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Wizards fall short against Celtics in overtime due to too many turnovers

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Wizards fall short against Celtics in overtime due to too many turnovers

The Washington Wizards lost to the Boston Celtics 110-104 in overtime on Thursday night. Here's analysis of what went down...

Narrow loss: In order to beat a team as good as the first-place Boston Celtics without John Wall in their lineup, the Washington Wizards need to play near-perfect basketball. On Thursday night, they did not play perfect basketball.

The Wizards were in it all game, all the way until the final minute of overtime, but too many unforced errors did them in. They coughed up too many turnovers, 22 of them in total, and the Celtics took advantage.

That spoiled an otherwise strong effort. The Wizards shot 46.2 percent (12-for-26) from three and dished 28 assists on 38 field goals. The Wizards missed all four of their three attempts in overtime.

The Wizards lost their second straight game and fell to 5-2 since Wall got injured. Though they again proved they can compete without him against a very good team, they didn't have enough to close the deal and were outscored 12-to-6 in the extra period.


Too many turnovers: This game could have gone very differently if the Wizards took care of the ball. The Celtics have a stingy defense and no doubt forced a good share of them, but there were also a large collection of avoidable mistakes. The Wizards had six turnovers in each of the first two quarters and another five in the third. Their 22 for the game were one off their season-high.

There were many culprits. Seven different Wizards players had two turnovers or more and four players had three apiece.

The Celtics are one of the NBA's best defenses and are uniquely good at capitalizing on turnovers with their athleticism and speed. As a result, they scored 24 points off the Wizards' miscues as Jaylen Brown (18 points) in particular feasted off them. Time and time again he blew into the open court for easy scores.

In order to beat a team as good as the Celtics, especially without Wall, they need to play smart basketball and the turnovers killed them in this one.


Otto was on: Few Wizards players have as tough an assignment as Otto Porter in a matchup with the Celtics because Porter goes head-to-head against one of Boston's biggest strengths. Kyrie Irving gets all the publicity, but they are uniquely talented at the wing position with second-year pro Brown and rookie Jayson Tatum. They are crazy athletic and well-coached to play within Brad Stevens' system.

Porter sized those guys up and didn't back down. Brown guarded him for much of the first half and had no chance, neither did others like Irving when they switched. Porter was on fire with 14 points on 5-for-6 shooting from the field in the first half, including 2-for-2 from three and six rebounds. Porter had 12 points after his first four field goals which is insanely efficient.

The Celtics tried new things in the second half. They put Tatum on him and collapsed with double teams when they could. Porter made the most of tight shooting windows to keep popping shots.

Porter continued filling it up with seven points in the third quarter and six in the fourth. He led the Wizards with 27 points for the game., though none of them came in overtime. Porter also had 10 rebounds and two steals. Bradley Beal (18 points) was right behind him in the scoring column. Beal also tied a career-high with nine assists.


Satoransky on Kyrie: Tomas Satoransky once again impressed on defense against one of the toughest players to guard in the NBA. Much like he did against Russell Westbrook and Dennis Schroder, Satoransky was able to give Irving fits at times with his length and anticipation.

Irving did, to be fair, score 28 points and shoot 9-for-19 from the field. But there were times when Satoransky really gave him problems. One one sequence in the second quarter, Satoransky stripped Irving and finished with a layup on the other end. Then, on the very next play he blocked Irving's shot out of bounds:

Satoransky also did quite well for himself on offense. He finished with 14 points, four rebounds and four assists. All in all, it was a solid showing against one of the game's brightest stars.

Up next: The Wizards are off Friday before heading out on the road again. They begin in Chicago on Saturday night with an 8 p.m. tipoff on NBC Sports Washington.


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2018 NBA Draft: TV, live stream and radio info, things to watch

2018 NBA Draft: TV, live stream and radio info, things to watch

The 2018 NBA Draft will take place on Thursday night as the newest wave of potential superstars like DeAndre Ayton, Marvin Bagley III, Mo Bamba and Luka Doncic enter the league. Here is everything you need to know for the big night...


When: 7 p.m.
Where: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
Live stream: WatchESPN.com
Radio: ESPN

Wizards draft picks: 15th overall in the first round, 44th overall in the second round

First round order:

1. Phoenix Suns
2. Sacramento Kings
3. Atlanta Hawks
4. Memphis Grizzlies
5. Dallas Mavericks
6. Orlando Magic
7. Chicago Bulls
8. Cleveland Cavaliers
9. New York Knicks
10. Philadelphia 76ers
11. Charlotte Hornets
12. Los Angeles Clippers
13. Los Angeles Clippers
14. Denver Nuggets
15. Washington Wizards
16. Phoenix Suns
17. Milwaukee Bucks
18. San Antonio Spurs
19. Atlanta Hawks
20. Minnesota Timberwolves
21. Utah Jazz
22. Chicago Bulls
23. Indiana Pacers
24.Portland Trail Blazers
25. Los Angeles Lakers
26. Philadelphia 76ers
27. Boston Celtics
28. Golden State Warriors
29. Brooklyn Nets
30. Atlanta Hawks

Top prospects:

1. DeAndre Ayton, C, Arizona
2. Marvin Bagley III, Duke
3. Luka Doncic, Slovenia
4. Jaren Jackson, Jr., Michigan State
5. Mo Bamba, Texas
6. Michael Porter, Jr., Missouri
7. Wendell Carter, Duke
8. Trae Young, Oklahoma
9. Collin Sexton, Alabama
10. Kevin Knox, Kentucky

Three things to watch...

Will Leonard get traded?

Last year's draft featured some big trades including Jimmy Butler going to the Timberwolves. This year, there seems to be at least a decent chance it happens with Kawhi Leonard of the Spurs. He wants a trade and they have been meeting with him in recent days, perhaps for a last-ditch pitch to remain with the team. If he gets dealt on draft night, it wouldn't be a huge surprise.

Who will the Kings pick?

A consensus has built for Ayton to go No. 1 to the Suns. After that, it's a major crapshoot and whomever the Kings select will produce a domino effect from there on down. Will they take Bagley, the safe pick, or go a riskier route with Doncic or maybe even Porter, Jr.? The best bet at this point appears to be Bagley, but nobody truly knows.

Where will Young and Porter, Jr. go?

The two most interesting prospects in this draft are Young and Porter, Jr. Young was a sensation in college basketball, but is undersized and appears to be boom-or-bust. He could flame out quickly at the next level or be some iteration of the next Stephen Curry. Porter, Jr. played only three games in college due to a back injury and now has hip issues as well. His talent is undeniable, but his injury history represents significant risk.


For more on the NBA Draft, check out our preview special episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast:

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2018 NBA Draft: A list of Green Room attendees

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2018 NBA Draft: A list of Green Room attendees

The NBA officially announced a list of 20 players invited to the Green Room at the 2018 NBA Draft. Provided that all attend, here's a list of who'll be there.

  • Miles Bridges, Michigan State
  • Mikal Bridges, Villanova
  • Marvin Bagley III, Duke
  • Mohamed Bamba, Texas
  • Collin Sexton, Alabama
  • Jaren Jackson Jr., Michigan State
  • Lonnie Walker IV, Miami
  • Donte DiVincenzo, Villanova
  • Zhaire Smith, Texas Tech
  • Aaron Holiday, UCLA
  • Deandre Ayton, Arizona
  • Wendell Carter Jr., Duke
  • Luka Doncic, Slovenia
  • Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Kentucky
  • Kevin Knox, Kentucky
  • Michael Porter Jr., Missouri
  • Robert Williams, Texas A&M
  • Trae Young, Oklahoma
  • Chandler Hutchison, Boise State
  • Jerome Robinson, Boston College

There are two players each invited from Villanova, Michigan State, Duke and Kentucky.

The 2018 NBA Draft will be Thursday, June 21 at 7 p.m. at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. It will be broadcast on ESPN and streamed live on WatchESPN. The Wizards have Nos. 15 and 44 picks.