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Wizards put on show for John Wall as he guests on game broadcast

Wizards put on show for John Wall as he guests on game broadcast

Five-time All-Star point guard John Wall made his on-air debut Friday night when the Wizards took on the Mavericks at Capital One Arena. 

He joined Justin Kutcher and Drew Gooden on the NBC Sports Washington broadcast before the game and for the entirety of the first quarter, and the Wizards did not disappoint during his short stint as an analyst. 

Let's start with Isaac Bonga giving Rui Hachimura a birthday gift. 

Friday was Hachimura's second game back from a 22-game absence due to a groin injury he sustained in December.

Bonga was the one who's inadvertent kick caused the rookie's injury, so it's good to see these two involved in a positive play on the court. Ironically enough, Wall was so locked in watching the game that he barely reacted when Hachimura threw down the slam. 

Nobody on this year's roster has played more with Wall than Bradley Beal, so while his longtime backcourt mate is out for the season and making his TV debut, Beal made sure to give him a highlight to talk about. 

Wall mentioned earlier in the broadcast that he's been impressed with Beal's performance leading the Washington offense despite playing shooting guard most of his career. Wall mentioned he himself is working more on his 3-pointer so that when he returns next season, he'll be able to play off-ball while Beal initiates the offense. 

When the Wizards traded Isaiah Thomas to the Clippers in exchange for Jerome Robinson, they needed another point guard. That's when Tommy Sheppard swung a deal with the Nuggets, sending Jordan McRae to Denver for Shabazz Napier. 

Napier's played for six different teams in his first six seasons in the NBA even though he's been productive everywhere he's been. 

On the Wizards, he'll have the chance to share point guard minutes with Ish Smith and perhaps even start some games down the stretch. For a player set to hit free agency this summer, it's hard to ask for a better situation. 

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Isaiah Thomas shows off impressive collection of signed jerseys

Isaiah Thomas shows off impressive collection of signed jerseys

Like most sports fanatics, Isaiah Thomas has accumulated quite the jersey collection. The difference between him and the rest of us? He met all the people who's signed jerseys are hanging on his wall. 

Thomas showed off his collection to Chris Miller (watch above) as a part of his interview on the Wizards Talk Podcast, and we're going to go through it with him. 

First, he showed off his non-basketball collection, featuring Ken Griffey Jr., David Ortiz Tom Brady and Sidney Crosby. It's anyone's guess how he came across a dreaded Crosby jersey, but it's safe to assume he got the Brady and Ortiz jerseys from his time in Boston and his Griffey from his roots in Seattle. 

Continuing with the Seattle theme, Thomas turned to two Sonics legends in Gary Payton, Shawn Kemp and Kevin Durant. Thomas has been one of the biggest advocates for the NBA returning to Seattle, and bringing up the days of Payton and Kemp would make anyone miss the Sonics. 

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Next up, former Wizards teammate John Wall, Derrick Rose, Vince Carter, Muggsy Bogues, one of the best small guards to ever play, Brandon Roy and Jamal Crawford. 

Then, Thomas moved to his "Hitter List." It's a wall consisting of Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan, Allen Iverson, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Kevin Garnett, Chris Paul, Carmelo Anthony, Damon Stoudemire and James Harden. 

"Those are killers right there," Thomas said.

So, the main takeaway here? Thomas has a jersey collection that would make anyone jealous and he still has plenty of time to add to it before his career is over. That's when we might need a follow-up video to see the complete collection. 

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Relive the best games of Bradley Beal's 25-point scoring streak

Relive the best games of Bradley Beal's 25-point scoring streak

With the 2019-20 season on hold due to the coronavirus, we thought it'd be a good time to re-live some of the best moments the Wizards had before the league suspended play.

From January 20 to March 6, Bradley Beal put on one of the best scoring stretches in Wizards history. He scored at least 25 points in 21 consecutive games, good for the longest such streak in franchise history and the longest in the NBA all season, beating out the likes of James Harden and Giannis Antetokounmpo. 

Over that 21-game stretch, Beal averaged 36 points and 5.6 assists while shooting 48.6% from the floor and 40.7% from three on nine attempts per game. He only scored less than 30 points five times throughout the course of the streak. 

30+ points: 16 games
40+ points: 6 games
50+ points: 2 games

Oh, and those 50-pieces came on back-to-back nights, which is something nobody in the NBA had done since Kobe Bryant in 2007. 

All-day Sunday, you'll be able to re-live the best games from Beal's streak on NBC Sports Washington. Here's a look at what you can expect. 

When: Sunday, April 5, 9:00 a.m.

Where:

  • NBC Sports Washington (channel finder
  • Any of our 24/7 authenticated streaming platforms

9 am -- Pistons @ Wizards from January 20, 2020: Beal starts off his streak by scoring 29 points in a much-needed win over the Pistons. This game also featured Beal crossing center Andre Drummond out of his shoes. 

11:30 am -- Wizards @ Hawks from January 26, 2020: In a trying day for the entire basketball world, Bradley Beal scored 40 points just hours after Kobe Bryant passed away in a helicopter crash. 

2 pm -- Mavericks @ Wizards from February 7, 2020: Beal scores 29 and hits the game-winning layup off a perfectly executed pass from Troy Brown Jr. 

4:30 pm -- Wizards @ Bulls from February 23, 2020: Setting a new career-high with 53 points, it's hard to look at Beal as a reason the Wizards lost this one. 

8 pm -- Bucks @ Wizards from February 24, 2020: One night later, Beal sets a career-high again by scoring 55 points in what he described was the most fun game he'd ever played in. 

11:30 pm -- Nets @ Wizards from February 26, 2020: Beal gets the Wizards back on track following a three-game losing streak post All-Star break with a 30-point night against the Nets at home. 

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