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Wizards fall to Warriors after fight breaks out between Bradley Beal and Draymond Green

Wizards fall to Warriors after fight breaks out between Bradley Beal and Draymond Green

The Washington Wizards lost to the Golden State Warriors 120-117 on Friday night at Oracle Arena. Here's analysis of what happened...

Not enough: The final result of this game was entirely secondary to what went down at the end of the first half, a fight between Bradley Beal and Draymond Green that resulted in ejections for each. Each team lost a star player, but the subtraction of Beal clearly affected the Wizards more than Green's departure did the Warriors.

The Wizards battled and battled, but John Wall (20 points, 14 assists) and Otto Porter (29 points, 10 rebounds) couldn't keep up with Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson, especially with Markieff Morris out of the picture. They were up by 18 at one point, but Wall missed a three in the final seconds and Jodie Meeks missed everything at the buzzer.

With Morris already out due to injury, the fact the Wizards kept it close was impressive. Still, they fell to 3-2 on the year with their second consecutive loss.


Fight night: The game itself is not what people will be talking about through the weekend. With one minute left in the first half, Beal and Green got into a fight that ended in a big scrum between the teams under the basket. Both players were ejected after an extended dispute between the teams, their coaching staffs and security. 

It's must-see video.

That, of course, could result in a suspension or several. Beal and Green could be hit, but there were other players that may have left the bench and the NBA doesn't allow that. The Wizards' next game is on Sunday against the Kings.

The next time the Wizards and Warriors see each other is Feb. 28 at Capital One Arena. That should be fun.

Porter continues to impress: Porter had a career-high seven threes and through five games more and more looks like a different player. Wall and Beal took major steps in their development in the first year of their max contracts. Porter signed his this summer and appears to be taking a similar leap. The only shame is that he didn't get a chance to shoot either of the Wizards' final threes late in Friday's loss as they attempted to force overtime. He's shooting 50 percent on the season.

Oubre brings the offense: Three-pointers are always needed to keep up with the Warriors and Kelly Oubre, Jr. was happy to provide them for the Wizards. He had four threes in the first half and had 14 points in his first 17 minutes. 

Oubre was unconscious from long range, even hitting one three right in Durant's face. He also tried to dunk on Durant, earning a foul that KD wasn't happy with. The difference in Oubre's confidence with the ball in his hands is obvious this season. Clearly he worked on his right hand all summer. He's always had a quick trigger shooting threes, but now they are going in at a higher rate. He's 7-for-15 in his last three games.

Three-point defense good early, not late: The Wizards have had trouble defending the perimeter at times in recent years, making their three-point defense something to watch heading into this one. But they ended up holding the Warriors to 1-for-15 to begin the game. Golden State, you may or may not have heard, is pretty good at shooting threes.

At halftime the Warriors were 3-for-20 from long range. Wall, Porter and Oubre deserve much of the credit, though there were some open looks missed that the Warriors usually make. Golden State, though, rallied to hit 7-of-18 in the second half. That helped them secure the victory.

Up next: The Wizards head to Sacramento to face the young Kings on Sunday. Tipoff is at 6 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington. The matchup to watch there is Wall vs. De'Aaron Fox, the fourth overall pick. Fox also went to Kentucky and, like Wall, is 6-foot-4 and known for his speed.


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Texas A&M big man Robert Williams likes potential fit with Wizards, John Wall

Texas A&M big man Robert Williams likes potential fit with Wizards, John Wall

In terms of the needs on their roster and the guys most likely to be available when they are on the clock at No. 15 in the first round, few players in this draft class seem as obvious a fit with the Washington Wizards more than Robert Williams of Texas A&M. So, it was no surprise that he not only visited them in Washington on Monday, but received the only individual public workout they have held during this year's predraft process.

Williams could be the answer to their longstanding quest for an athletic big man. No need to bring in five other guys for the usual six-player workout when Williams deserves a longer and more extensive look than most prospects they are considering.

The 20-year-old was put through a variety of drills Monday afternoon, just days before the 2018 NBA Draft. He likes the fit with Washington, if that's how things end up sorting out.

"I definitely feel like they could use a big like me, a defensive-style athletic big like me. I definitely see myself fitting here," he said.

Williams is one of the best big men in this year's draft. He is 6-foot-9 and 240 pounds with a 7-5 wingspan. He used that length to dominate in the paint at the college level.

Williams averaged a modest 10.4 points for the Aggies in 2017-18, but also 9.2 rebounds and 2.6 blocks. That was his sophomore year. He averaged 8.2 rebounds and 2.5 blocks as a freshman.

He was a shot-blocking force the day he stepped on campus and believes those skills will translate to the professional ranks. In the NBA, Williams believes he can thrive because his defensive versatility will be even more valuable in a day and age where switching is paramount.

"I feel like I can guard all positions. That’s one of my biggest attributes," he said. "It’s just about embracing it, having fun stopping a guard. Once you’re comfortable with it, you can do it."

Williams may adapt to the NBA quickly on the defensive end and that's where the Wizards need help the most. They haven't had a consistent rim-protector in years. Last season, point guard John Wall led the team in blocks per game.

Offense is where the questions lie with Williams. He wasn't a big scorer in college and does not have much of an outside shot. The fact he shot just 47.1 percent from the free throw line this past season suggests he has a lot of work to do before he can stretch the floor.

Williams will need to find a niche offensively, likely as a rim-runner off pick-and-rolls. He sees a lot of potential in a possible pick-and-roll pairing with Wall.

"He’s an elite passer and an elite guard. Coming off a pick-and-roll, you have to pay attention to him as well as have to pay attention to me as well. It’s a win-win situation," Williams said.

Williams believes his offensive game will open up with more space at the NBA level. The Wizards have Wall surrounded by three-point shooters in Bradley Beal, Otto Porter and Markieff Morris. Toss Williams into the middle and he could go to work in the paint doing the rest.

If Williams were drafted by the Wizards, he could look at Clint Capela of the Houston Rockets as a model to follow. Like Houston, the Wizards have two All-Star guards. An athletic big man who doesn't need plays run for him could be the perfect complement.

No one needs to tell Williams that, he is well-aware. He said that at nearly every stop during the predraft process Capela's name has come up.

"I knew that’s what you were going to say," Williams said to a reporter (raises hand) who asked about the Capela comparison.

Williams continued to say they are different players and it's not entirely fair to compare them. That exchange showed Williams has an edge to him, sort of like Morris. He's clearly not afraid to be honest when some players would not.

Despite downplaying the comparison, Williams can see what makes Capela successful.

"I’ve watched him. He’s a great player," Williams said. "He is around the right people. He just plays his role. He runs off a lot of screens. He gets up there and does what he has to do."

Williams is gearing up for Thursday's draft and trying to decide who he will walk the stage with, as the NBA has introduced a new tradition of each player walking with two people. He said it will likely be his mother and sister. Perhaps by the end of the night he will also walk that stage wearing a Washington Wizards hat.

For more on Williams, check out our extensive draft profile on him.

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Former Wizards forward arrested on armed robbery charges after stealing $100,000

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Former Wizards forward arrested on armed robbery charges after stealing $100,000

Former NBA player J.J. Hickson faces charges of armed robbery after breaking into a home near Atlanta, stealing $100,000 from the house, and physically assaulting a teenager who was inside, authorities said Monday, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Hickson, who played eight seasons in the NBA with four teams before his brief appearance in Washington, is currently being held in Coweta County Jail without bond. 

He is currently affiliated with the Lebanese Basketball League but played 15 games with the Wizards during the 2015-16 season. Hickson averaged 4.6 ppg and scored a season-high 15 points against the Nets in the penultimate game of the regular season. He has not played professionally in the United States since.  Hickson played just one season at North Carolina State before being selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers with the No. 19 pick of the 2008 NBA Draft.

Jimmy Yarbrough, the sheriff's spokesperson in Coweta, said that while at least two people were involved in the invasion, only Hickson is being held and charged.

According to authorities, Hickson entered through a side door, armed with a knife and his face and head covered. He was initially apprehended by another department and later transferred into the custody of Coweta County law enforcement. 

At this time in the investigation, very little detail is publicly available.

The teenage victim, whose name remains private, received medical treatment for several broken bones and is fortunately in good condition.