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In the Sterling-Silver Saga, NBA was wrong

Posted on 30 April 2014 by Tony Wisniewski

Donald Sterling is a racist–didn’t you know?

Apparently he’s been a racist, bigot, sexist, and virtual scumbag for decades.  Just ask Elgin Baylor and Danny Manning.

But if you think that NBA Commissioner Adam Silver made the right decision, I’m sorry, but you’re wrong.  You’re wrong because you’re letting emotion cloud your judgement and your ability to look at the ramifications.

Should Sterling have been booted from The League?  Sure, but as my good friend Brian put it, “it should have happened years ago, but not for this.”  Oh, and in case you’re wondering, yes, Brian is African American.

In fact, allow me to share his full thoughts on the matter.  Brian and I often banter back-and-forth that white people tend to use the “I have black friends” card when approaching a topic of race.  In some ways, sharing his thoughts is my way of playing that card–but only for the fact that he’s one of the smartest and level-headed dudes I’ve ever met.  In essence, I don’t respect his opinion and share it because of his skin color, rather it’s because of his societal acumen and natural intelligence.

Unfortunately race is a sensitive issue, still, even in 2014.  But that doesn’t mean we should shy away from it.  In fact, it’s incumbent upon anyone involved in sports to hit racial issues head on.  Here’s what Brian had to say via email:

“Ok now onto Sterling.. This is going to get long so you may want to use the restroom, take care of personal phone calls first, etc. Ok with Sterling I FEEL NO SYMPATHY AT ALL!!! and this is an example of “chickens coming home to roost” Sterling has a 30 year history of being a despicable vile racist. And not the oh my gosh he said something crazy on radio for ratings type racist (I’m looking at you Imus and Limbaugh) but a did real damage to real people with institutional racism. I remember reading about his antics and history back in ’06 when they covered his not one but two historical housing discrimination suits that he lost (he didn’t admit guilt just paid a California record in damages) But the sworn testimony is jaw dropping. And if you read the testimony from his other lawsuits you sit back and go man this guy is a scumbag. Now does this mean he should have his team stripped b/c he essentially told his jump off to stop embarrassing him in front of his country club friends by flaunting the fact that she is banging every young black athlete this side of Adam Jones? No he shouldn’t lose it for that (sidenote: I had no problem with the tape – I was actually a little disappointed b/c knowing Sterling’s history when I heard racist rant I thought he was going to go grand wizard on his and drop every slur know to man like Uncle Ruckus from the Boondocks- he didn’t even use a slur). So no in a vaccuum he should not lose the team for that. Now he should lose the team for the other stuff. This is Al Capone going to jail for tax evasion and not the hundreds of people he killed.”

So to sum up, it is kind of messed up that he is banned for life and losing his team for THIS!! But he has a trunk full of evil deeds that can be substituted. I wish I was mature enough to stand up for the rights of the most despicable out there but I’m not (at least not in a lot of cases). But sometimes I just give in to street justice. For example I could see 4 cops  batoning the hell out of a handcuffed Jerry Sandusky I would not only walk by and not say or report anything but I would probably testify in open court that he attacked them first. That is the wrong side to be on b/c rules should apply to everyone and the past crimes of a person doesn’t mean they waive away their present “rights” I just hope there are more mature people then me to weigh in on that and do the right thing. But for me and with Donald Sterling I say turn him over to the mob and let them do as they wish.

Like he said, Sterling deserves what he gets, but not for this incident. If the NBA needed to make this move to remove a classless bigot, it should have referred to the continued problems and issues, rather than giving into public pressure, player outcry, and the media.

 Adam Silver made the wrong decision simply because it wasn’t his decision.  It was a decision that was made under pressure and one that paved the way the “slippery slope” that Mavericks owner, Mark Cuban, alluded to, Drew Forrester opined about this morning  to and I wrote about yesterday.

Donald Sterling doesn’t deserve sympathy.  In fact, this isn’t even about Donald Sterling.  It’s about the preservation of the freedom to say and think the way you wish and desire–even if it’s something that most of us don’t support or condone.

If I don’t like people that wear blue shirts, it isn’t right to take my house away.  If I hate cat ladies and all they stand for, you can’t confiscate my dog.  And, if I don’t want to support gay marriage, or in contrast, I am married to a man, you can’t just up and take my business away and tell me I’m not allowed to be part of the rotary club.  It doesn’t work that way, not in 2014.  And, the decision to yank Sterling’s franchise from him is as irresponsible and antiquated-in-logic as saying that “minorities shouldn’t come to games.”

Should Donald Sterling have been punished?  I guess.  But more in the way of advertisers choosing not to affiliate with him, players refusing to sign in LA, and coaches–like Doc Rivers–refusing to work for him.  In fact, just last week, the NAACP planned on giving Sterling a Lifetime Achievement Award.  Interesting, considering that Sterling has been a racist and well-known bigot for a long, long time.

Organizations shunning a guy and pulling their ad dollars is more than appropriate.  Fining a guy over private comments and confiscating what purchased with his own money, that’s flat-out wrong because it opens the door to absolute power and dictation.

You might ask, does Sterling deserve to own a professional sports franchise? That’s really not up for debate, simply because if you have the money–as Snoop in The Wire would say–”deserve’s got nothin’ to do with it.”

Adam Silver was wrong.  The NBA just opened the door to dictating thought and opinion; and that’s a scary and dangerous path to go down.  Donald Sterling is a racist.  He doesn’t deserve sympathy.

He doesn’t deserve anything–and that includes having his franchise taken from him for this incident alone.

 

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NBA Commissioner Comes Down Hard On Donald Sterling

Posted on 29 April 2014 by Brandon Sacks

People have been calling for a harsh punishment for the racist remarks made by Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling since the statements were originally released.  During the time spent deliberating what would happen to him, big name sponsors cut their ties with the Clippers organization.  Today, the National Basketball Association and its commissioner finalized the decision and passed it along to the world.

Clippers owner Donald Sterling has received a lifetime ban from the sport and the largest fine able to be assessed by Commissioner Silver, $2.5 million.  Sterling will also be urged to sell his team.

Silver is being praised for coming down so strictly in his decision to ban Sterling from the league.  Sterling will no longer have any rights of association with the Clippers.  This means he cannot attend any more games, may not attend owners meetings, and cannot make any business decisions regarding operations of the Clippers.  Many players and coaches are perfectly content with the ruling and saying that justice has been served.

It appears as though the new commissioner isn’t playing here.  He made a major decision swiftly and without faltering.  In a short amount of time, he was able to do what former commissioner David Stern was never able to do.  This looks to be just the beginning of a fantastic tenure of the newest NBA commissioner.

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Donald Sterling’s lifetime ban the right move by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver

Posted on 29 April 2014 by johngallo

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver got it right by banning Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling for life from the league after his remarks about blacks created widespread outrage.

Sterling’s banned from attending Clippers’ games and practices. He’s banned from the Clippers’ facility and from making any team or personnel decisions. He’s banned from attending the NBA Board of Governors’ meetings or any league activity. He was fined $2.5 million, the most allowed under the NBA’s Constitution. Silver also said he would urge NBA owners and the Board of Governors to force Sterling to sell the team, which he bought in 1981.

“The views expressed by Mr. Sterling are deeply offensive and harmful,” Silver said, adding the NBA’s investigation and Sterling confirmed it was the owner’s voice on the controversial phone call where the racist remarks were made. “That they came from an NBA owner only heightens the damage and my personal outrage. Sentiments of this kind are contrary to principle of inclusion and respect that form the foundation of our diverse multicultural and multiethnic league.”

Silver took everything he could from Sterling, who now owns the Clippers in name only.

But Sterling’s rant is part of a much bigger picture, as it shows racism remains prevalent in sports. No matter the stance sports takes, racism keeps rearing its ugly head.

What Sterling said may not be worse than any racial remarks that have been said through the years but that would be like arguing cancer is a worse disease than AIDS.

Racism should have no part in sports, except it does. It’s a part of society we wish would go away, but we know it never will. It’s like crime – something we never want to happen, but know it’s just a matter of time until a bloodied body is found on the street. We just hope we’re not the victim.

Sterling’s words are just the latest in a long string of racist comments that never seems to end.

How is Sterling any different from when the late Marge Schott, who called Eric Davis and Dave Parker her “million-dollar [n-word]” in February 1993 when she owned the Reds? She said she was joking. Racism isn’t funny.

Eagles receiver Riley Cooper said “I will fight every [n-word] here” at a security guard while attending a Kenny Chesney concert in June 2013. His punishment? He couldn’t participate in practice. He said he got fined “a good amount of money.” He attended counseling. But after apologizing publically, he was good on the field – so good he was rewarded with a five-year, $25 million deal. Apparently, it doesn’t really hurt to use the n-word, as long as you can go out and post 835 yards receiving and eight touchdowns.

And what about Don Imus calling the Rutgers women’s basketball team “some nappy-headed hoes” in April 2007? He lost his job, but he got it back.

It’s up to us – sports fans, society, human beings – to determine how long Sterling, a guy who was about to receive his second award from the NAACP before he blasted blacks, is punished.

But based on history, those punishments vary greatly, as the court of public opinion make some offenders pay dearly, while others get a slap on the wrist.

Shaquille O’Neal skewered Sterling like a shish kabob on TV. But let’s not get amnesia. Remember what O’Neal, who had recently received an NAACP Young Leaders Award, said about the Houston Rockets’ Chinese center Yao Ming in December 2002? “Tell Yao Ming, ‘Ching chong yang, wah, ah soh.’”

What’s worse? Saying something racist about an entire ethnic group or directing it toward one person? Racism is racism is racism.

But at least O’Neal apologized.

Fuzzy Zoeller apologized, too. But apologies aren’t panaceas; they don’t cure everything. They simply attempt to clean a stain, which is often permanent.

When I think of Zoeller, a two-time major champion, I think of what he said after Tiger Woods dominated The Masters in 1997.

“You pat him on the back and say congratulations and enjoy it and tell him not to serve fried chicken next year. Got it? Or collard greens or whatever the hell they serve.”

It still sounds just as bad as it did 17 years ago.

And 17 years from now, what Greek track star Voula Papachristou tweeted in July 2012 will be just bad.

“With so many Africans in Greece… the West Nile mosquitoes will at least eat homemade food!!!”

The Greek Olympic Committee prohibited her from competing in the London Games because her comments were against the Olympic spirit.

Not to mention the human spirit..

Olympic sprinter Michael Johnson credited slavery, in part, for helping him win four Olympic gold medals and eight World Championships.

“All my life I believed I became an athlete through my own determination, but it’s impossible to think that being descended from slaves hasn’t left an imprint through the generations,” he said in 2012. “Difficult as it was to hear, slavery has benefited descendants like me – I believe there is a superior athletic gene in us.”

Is that offensive? What if a Caucasian said slavery benefitted blacks? He would be…oh wait.

“The black is a better athlete to begin with because he’s been bred to be that way – because of his high thighs and big thighs that goes up into his back, and they can jump higher and run faster because of their bigger thighs. This goes back all the way to the Civil War when during the slave trading, the owner – the slave owner would breed his big black to his big woman so that he could have a big black kid.”

Who said that on NFL Today on Jan. 16, 1988?

Jimmy “the Greek” Snyder.

He was fired by CBS.

But John Rocker didn’t lose his job – just a 14-day suspension and a $500 fine for his derogatory comments about homosexuals, minorities and foreigners in Sports Illustrated in December 1999.

“I would retire first [before playing for a New York team]. It’s the most hectic, nerve-racking city. Imagine having to take the [Number] 7 train to the ballpark, looking like you’re [riding through] Beirut next to some kid with purple hair next to some queer with AIDS right next to some dude who just got out of jail for the fourth time right next to some 20-year-old mom with four kids. It’s depressing.”

“The biggest thing I don’t like about New York are the foreigners. I’m not a very big fan of foreigners. You can walk an entire block in Times Square and not hear anybody speaking English. Asians and Koreans and Vietnamese and Indians and Russians and Spanish people and everything up there. How the hell did they get in this country?”

The question I have is: How is Rocker still in this country?

It remains to be seen if Sterling will continue to own the Clippers, who have evolved into a cause just as much as a team. But if Sterling wants – or is forced out – of the NBA, I have someone he can call: Don “Moose” Lewis.

In January 2010, Lewis announced he wanted to start the All-American Basketball Alliance, a 12-team league consisting only of Caucasian players because Lewis claimed he didn’t “hate anyone of color. But people of white, American-born citizens are in the minority now. Here’s a league for white players to play fundamental basketball, which they like.”

Sterling would feel right at home.

Just as long as players don’t bring African Americans to games.

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The Donald Sterling Story isn’t a tragedy — Yet

Posted on 29 April 2014 by Tony Wisniewski

Forget what you’ve heard about the Donald Sterling story; the tragedy hasn’t happened yet.

Racism, bigotry and prejudice are merely a backdrop to what’s coming.

The remarks made by the embattled Clippers owner are disappointing, but hardly earth-shattering. At the end of the day, the world–friends of Sterling and everyone else–discovered that Sterling isn’t who they thought he was.

Much like the world didn’t think Tiger Woods was a sex addict, didn’t realize that Ben Roethlisberger was the type of guy who would assault a woman in a hotel room, and never would have imagined that Lance Armstrong was a stone-faced liar.

People, especially those we only think we know, often turn out differently than we expected. The Sterling-saga isn’t the first of its nature and it surely won’t be the last. Remember Don Imus and the “nappy-headed hos” comment? It was stupid. Just like what Sterling said–stupid.

And the only thing that can make this whole situation more stupid, and potentially tragic, would be to force the sale of the LA Clippers franchise.

Suggest the sale? Sure, that’s fine. Recommend the sale? Yea, that’s fair. Force the sale? Oh, wow, that’s a major, major problem.

By forcing the sale of a professional sports franchise, based on recordings recovered by gossip-based media outlets like TMZ would be irresponsible, stupid, and essentially tragic. Yes, tragic; it could be that bad.

If professional sports leagues–or any sort of organization–were to have the power to start dictating who must sell or forfeit their privately-owned businesses and teams, based on their words, thoughts, and beliefs, it would be a major infringement on our culture and a dangerous challenge to freedom.

Let’s backtrack for a minute. Did Donald Sterling threaten anyone? Did he specifically use words and slang terms that could incite retaliation and potential violence? Did he violate any labor laws?

The answer to all of these questions is “no, no, and no.”

Is Sterling–by most accounts–a racist? Yes. Is he half off-his-rocker? Sure seems like it. Did he offend the general public and essentially sever any and all relationships, both public and private? You betcha.

But he didn’t kill anyone. He didn’t put anyone in danger. He didn’t violate anyone’s personal rights. He made ignorant statements that exposed a narrow-minded view of the world. If ignorance is the new Litmus Test for whether or not an owner should have to forfeit his business or his team, than we’re in incredibly troubling times.

Racism exists in society and so does stupidity. Neither are tragic, they’re merely unfortunate and intolerable to the point of disassociation. But neither are grounds for forfeiture of rights or businesses.

If this is the new precedent, it paves the way for power to drastically fall into the wrong hands. It promotes a lack of diverse thinking and opinion among members of society–even though, in this case, we’re dealing with an opinion and view that the majority of us don’t appreciate and aren’t willing to tolerate. That’s the beauty of freedom, no one truly has to believe or support anything he or she doesn’t want to.

If Donald Sterling wants to be a racist, what’s the issue with that, other than the fact that you and I don’t choose to agree with him?

There’s an easy solution to all of this. Simply don’t tolerate it. Don’t go to Clippers’ games. Don’t buy jerseys. Write letters to advertisers and persuade them to take a stand against Donald Sterling and drop their marketing deals. That’s all part of free speech and the beauty of having your own opinion and the ability to exercise what you believe and think to be right.

There’s a major difference in putting pressure on someone to do something and forcing their hand legally.

The only thing that would trump Donald Sterling’s stupidity and ignorance would be the decision to force him to give up his franchise based solely on the things he said in a private conversation. That’s when this whole situation goes beyond being stupid.

That’s when it shifts toward tragedy.

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Clippers Stage Protest Over Comments By Owner

Posted on 28 April 2014 by Brandon Sacks

It appears as though the Los Angeles Clippers are about as happy with with their owner’s alleged racist remarks that they have taken to showing how proud they are to wear the Clippers’ logo.  After coming out for their pregame rituals, the players gathered at half court and threw their warmups in a pile on the ground, revealing inside out shooting shirts.

Clippers owner Donald Sterling was allegedly caught saying he did not want African Americans to be seen at the Staples Center.  These racist remarks were not taken well by his predominantly African American team or the NBA as a whole.  In fact, the Miami Heat did the same exact thing before game 4 of their series against the Charlotte Bobcats.  This move was in an effort to show support for what the Clippers did a few days before.

Donald Sterling should be ashamed of himself for what he said.  Since he is the owner of the team, he needs to look out for the best interest of his business.  By completely neglecting an entire race, a business owner is going to lose a large amount of money from ticket sales.  On top of that, he needs to think about the repercussions from players.  Look at his current massive stars in Blake Griffin and Chris Paul.  He can’t really think that they, along with the majority of his team, are going to be willing to continue playing for the Clippers after these comments.  It is almost too much to ask of them to continue playing for someone whom dislikes them due to something they cannot control.

It almost seems like racism shouldn’t occur in the NBA, especially with African Americans.  This one race made up 76.3% of all professional basketball players as of the 2012-2013 season.  For a sport that consists mostly of African Americans, it almost seems borderline unintelligent to make these comments, whether he meant them or not.  He needs to be smarter with these things before he drives the will to exist out of a Los Angeles team that finally has taken the frontrunner spot in a city shared by the Kobe Bryant and the Lakers.

Mr. Sterling, if you don’t like a certain group of people, here is a tip for you.  Keep your mouth shut.  You’ll do much better in this business called the National Basketball Association.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 28 April 2014 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: MLS-DC United @ Portland Timbers (Saturday 10pm from Portland live on Comcast SportsNet); MLL: Long Island Lizards @ Chesapeake Bayhawks (Saturday 7pm Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium); Tennis: ATP Tour Mutua Madrid Open (Tuesday-Sunday from Madrid live on Tennis Channel)

10. Bill Bellamy (Thursday-Saturday Baltimore Comedy Factory); Towsontown Spring Festival (Saturday & Sunday Downtown Towson); Ocean City Springfest (Thursday-Sunday Ocean City Inlet); Kevin Nealon (Friday-Sunday DC Improv); Kinetic Sculpture Race (Saturday American Visionary Art Museum); The Amazing Spider-Man 2” and “Walk of Shame” out in theaters (Friday); Legend of Hercules” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday)

Kevin Nealon is such an underrated part of the greatness of the Chris Farley Chippendale’s sketch.

I could use some more Emma Stone in my life.

9. Against Me! (Friday 9pm Rams Head Live), All Time Low (Sunday 8pm Rams Head Live), Pop Evil (Sunday 7:30pm Rams Head Live), Rob Zombie (Monday 8pm Rams Head Live); Sevendust (Friday 9:30pm Baltimore Soundstage); Ledisi (Sunday 6:30pm Pier Six Pavilion); Kerfuffle feat. 311/SOJA/KONGOS/Cage The Elephant/J. Roddy Walston & The Business (Saturday 1:30pm Merriweather Post Pavilion); Ben Kweller (Monday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); Ozomatli (Monday 8pm Rams Head Center Stage); Iggy Azalea (Friday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring), Black Label Society (Monday 7:30pm Fillmore Silver Spring); CHVRCHES (Tuesday & Wednesday 7pm 9:30 Club), Future Islands (Thursday 7pm 9:30 Club), Aimee Mann & Ted Leo (Friday 8pm 9:30 Club), Nickel Creek (Saturday 8pm Sunday 7pm 9:30 Club), Dave Grohl (Monday 8pm 9:30 Club); Three Dog Night (Thursday 7:30pm Birchmere), Pat McGee Band (Saturday & Sunday 7:30pm Birchmere); David Gray (Tuesday 6:30pm Lincoln Theatre); Saliva (Saturday 9pm Fish Head Cantina); Ray LaMontagne “Supernova”Old 97′s “Most Messed Up”Damon Albarn “Everyday Robots”Chris Robinson “Phosphorescent Harvest” and Johnnyswim “Diamonds” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

Support our boys in All Time Low. They’re good boys.

Sometimes I forget how much I freaking love some Against Me tunes.

Would it be awkward for me to leave Kerfuffle hours early after J. Roddy???

Ozomatli is a damn fine way to celebrate Cinco.

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Basketball Insiders’ Kyler believes Wizards/Bulls Is Best First Round Playoff Match Up

Posted on 19 April 2014 by WNST Audio

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Bovada gives Wizards 17/10 odds to upset Bulls

Posted on 18 April 2014 by WNST Staff

Courtesy of Bovada, (www.Bovada.lv, Twitter: @BovadaLV).

 

Odds to win 2014 NBA Championship     

Miami Heat                                2/1

San Antonio Spurs                    3/1

Oklahoma City Thunder              4/1

Indiana Pacers                          6/1

Los Angeles Clippers                9/1

Houston Rockets                      20/1

Brooklyn Nets                           25/1

Golden State Warriors               28/1

Chicago Bulls                            40/1

Portland Trailblazers                  40/1

Dallas Mavericks                       66/1

Memphis Grizzlies                     66/1

Toronto Raptors                        66/1

Washington Wizards                  150/1

Atlanta Hawks                           250/1

Charlotte Bobcats                     250/1

 

Odds to win 2014 NBA Eastern Conference         

Miami Heat                                2/3

Indiana Pacers                          2/1

Brooklyn Nets                           9/1

Chicago Bulls                            12/1

Toronto Raptors                        20/1

Washington Wizards                  50/1

Charlotte Bobcats                     75/1

Atlanta Hawks                           100/1

 

Odds to win 2014 NBA Western Conference        

San Antonio Spurs                    3/2

Oklahoma City Thunder              2/1

Los Angeles Clippers               9/2

Houston Rockets                      9/1

Golden State Warriors               14/1

Portland Trailblazers                  18/1

Dallas Mavericks                       33/1

Memphis Grizzlies                     33/1

 

2014 NBA Championship Exact Matchup

Miami Heat vs San Antonio Spurs                      3/1

Miami Heat vs Oklahoma City Thunder                4/1

Miami Heat vs Los Angeles Clippers                  8/1

Miami Heat vs Houston Rockets                         14/1

Miami Heat vs Golden State Warriors                 22/1

Miami Heat vs Portland Trailblazers                    28/1

Miami Heat vs Dallas Mavericks                         50/1

Miami Heat vs Memphis Grizzlies                       50/1

Indiana Pacers vs San Antonio Spurs                 13/2

Indiana Pacers vs Oklahoma City Thunder           8/1

Indiana Pacers vs Los Angeles Clippers             14/1

Indiana Pacers vs Houston Rockets                   28/1

Indiana Pacers vs Golden State Warriors            40/1

Indiana Pacers vs Portland Trailblazers               50/1

Indiana Pacers vs Dallas Mavericks                    100/1

Indiana Pacers vs Memphis Grizzlies                  100/1

Brooklyn Nets vs San Antonio Spurs                  20/1

Brooklyn Nets vs Oklahoma City Thunder           25/1

Brooklyn Nets vs Los Angeles Clippers              50/1

Brooklyn Nets vs Houston Rockets                    75/1

Brooklyn Nets vs Golden State Warriors             100/1

Brooklyn Nets vs Portland Trailblazers                150/1

Brooklyn Nets vs Dallas Mavericks                     300/1

Brooklyn Nets vs Memphis Grizzlies                   300/1

Chicago Bulls vs San Antonio Spurs                  30/1

Chicago Bulls vs Oklahoma City Thunder            33/1

Chicago Bulls vs Los Angeles Clippers              66/1

Chicago Bulls vs Houston Rockets                    100/1

Chicago Bulls vs Golden State Warriors             175/1

Chicago Bulls vs Portland Trailblazers                200/1

Chicago Bulls vs Dallas Mavericks                     400/1

Chicago Bulls vs Memphis Grizzlies                   400/1

Toronto Raptors vs San Antonio Spurs               50/1

Toronto Raptors vs Oklahoma City Thunder        60/1

Toronto Raptors vs Los Angeles Clippers           100/1

Toronto Raptors vs Houston Rockets                 200/1

Toronto Raptors vs Golden State Warriors          300/1

Toronto Raptors vs Portland Trailblazers             350/1

Toronto Raptors vs Dallas Mavericks                 700/1

Toronto Raptors vs Memphis Grizzlies                700/1

Washington Wizards vs San Antonio Spurs        125/1

Washington Wizards vs Oklahoma City Thunder  150/1

Washington Wizards vs Los Angeles Clippers     275/1

Washington Wizards vs Houston Rockets           500/1

Washington Wizards vs Golden State Warriors    700/1

Washington Wizards vs Portland Trailblazers      900/1

Washington Wizards vs Dallas Mavericks           1500/1

Washington Wizards vs Memphis Grizzlies          1500/1

Charlotte Bobcats vs San Antonio Spurs            175/1

Charlotte Bobcats vs Oklahoma City Thunder     225/1

Charlotte Bobcats vs Los Angeles Clippers        400/1

Charlotte Bobcats vs Houston Rockets              750/1

Charlotte Bobcats vs Golden State Warriors       1000/1

Charlotte Bobcats vs Portland Trailblazers          1250/1

Charlotte Bobcats vs Dallas Mavericks               2000/1

Charlotte Bobcats vs Memphis Grizzlies             2000/1

Atlanta Hawks vs San Antonio Spurs                  250/1

Atlanta Hawks vs Oklahoma City Thunder           300/1

Atlanta Hawks vs Los Angeles Clippers              500/1

Atlanta Hawks vs Houston Rockets                    1000/1

Atlanta Hawks vs Golden State Warriors             1500/1

Atlanta Hawks vs Portland Trailblazers                1750/1

Atlanta Hawks vs Dallas Mavericks                    2000/1

Atlanta Hawks vs Memphis Grizzlies                   2000/1

 

NBA SERIES PRICES

Atlanta Hawks (Series Prices)                 +425     (17/4)

Indiana Pacers (Series Prices)                -650     (2/13)

 

Charlotte Bobcats (Series Price)             +1000   (10/1)

Miami Heat (Series Price)                       -2500   (1/25)

 

Brooklyn Nets (Series Prices)                 -160     (5/8)

Toronto Raptors (Series Prices)             +140     (7/5)

 

Washington Wizards (Series Prices)       +170     (17/10)

Chicago Bulls (Series Prices)                 -200     (1/2)

 

Dallas Mavericks (Series Prices)            +550     (11/2)

San Antonio Spurs (Series Prices)          -900     (1/9)

 

Memphis Grizzlies (Series Prices)           +300     (3/1)

Oklahoma City Thunder (Series Prices)   -420     (5/21)

 

Golden State Warriors (Series Prices)     +300     (3/1)

Los Angeles Clippers (Series Prices)      -400     (1/4)

 

Portland Trail Blazers (Series Prices)      +180     (9/5)

Houston Rockets (Series Prices)            – 220     (5/11)

 

 

Atlanta Hawks vs. Indiana Pacers

Atlanta Hawks (Series Prices)                 +425     (17/4)

Indiana Pacers (Series Prices)                -650     (2/13)

 

Indiana Pacers vs. Atlanta Hawks – Exact Series Result           

Indiana Pacers win 4-0               4/1

Indiana Pacers win 4-1               3/2

Indiana Pacers win 4-2               4/1

Indiana Pacers win 4-3               19/4

Atlanta Hawks win 4-0                66/1

Atlanta Hawks win 4-1                33/1

Atlanta Hawks win 4-2                12/1

Atlanta Hawks win 4-3                16/1

 

Indiana Pacers vs. Atlanta Hawks – Total Games in Series       

4                      7/2

5                      3/2

6                      3/1

7                      7/2

Indiana Pacers vs. Atlanta Hawks – Average First Round Points Per Game – Paul George        

Over/Under                               22

 

Indiana Pacers vs. Atlanta Hawks – Average First Round Rebounds Per Game – Paul George  

Over/Under                               7

 

Indiana Pacers vs. Atlanta Hawks – Average First Round Points Per Game – David West          

Over/Under                               15

 

Indiana Pacers vs. Atlanta Hawks – Average First Round Rebounds Per Game – David West    

Over/Under                               7

 

Indiana Pacers vs. Atlanta Hawks – Average First Round Points Per Game – Lance Stephenson          

Over/Under                               14

 

Indiana Pacers vs. Atlanta Hawks – Average First Round Rebounds Per Game – Lance Stephenson    

Over/Under                               7

 

Indiana Pacers vs. Atlanta Hawks – Average First Round Points Per Game – George Hill         

Over/Under                               10½

 

Indiana Pacers vs. Atlanta Hawks – Average First Round Points Per Game – Paul Millsap        

Over/Under                               17

 

Indiana Pacers vs. Atlanta Hawks – Average First Round Rebounds Per Game – Paul Millsap  

Over/Under                               8

 

Indiana Pacers vs. Atlanta Hawks – Average First Round Points Per Game – Jeff Teague         

Over/Under                               15½

 

Indiana Pacers vs. Atlanta Hawks – Average First Round Assists Per Game – Jeff Teague        

Over/Under                               6

 

Indiana Pacers vs. Atlanta Hawks – Average First Round Points Per Game – Kyle Korver         

Over/Under                               11

 

Charlotte Bobcats vs. Miami Heat

Charlotte Bobcats (Series Price)             +1000   (10/1)

Miami Heat (Series Price)                       -2500   (1/25)

 

Miami Heat vs. Charlotte Bobcats – Total Games in Series

4                      3/2

5                      3/2

6                      5/1

7                      7/1

 

Miami Heat vs. Charlotte Bobcats – Average First Round Points Per Game – LeBron James

Over/Under                               28

 

Miami Heat vs. Charlotte Bobcats – Average First Round Rebounds Per Game – LeBron James           

Over/Under                               7½

 

Miami Heat vs. Charlotte Bobcats – Average First Round Assists Per Game – LeBron James   

Over/Under                               7

 

Miami Heat vs. Charlotte Bobcats – Average First Round Points Per Game – Dwyane Wade     

Over/Under                               19

 

Miami Heat vs. Charlotte Bobcats – Average First Round Points Per Game – Chris Bosh          

Over/Under                               16

 

Miami Heat vs. Charlotte Bobcats – Average First Round Rebounds Per Game – Chris Bosh    

Over/Under                               6½

 

Miami Heat vs. Charlotte Bobcats – Average First Round Points Per Game – Mario Chalmers  

Over/Under                               10

 

Miami Heat vs. Charlotte Bobcats – Average First Round Points Per Game – Al Jefferson        

Over/Under                               23

 

Miami Heat vs. Charlotte Bobcats – Average First Round Rebounds Per Game – Al Jefferson   

Over/Under                               10½

 

Miami Heat vs. Charlotte Bobcats – Average First Round Points Per Game – Kemba Walker     

Over/Under                               17½

 

Miami Heat vs. Charlotte Bobcats – Average First Round Assists Per Game – Kemba Walker   

Over/Under                               6

 

Brooklyn Nets vs. Toronto Raptors

Brooklyn Nets (Series Prices)                 -160     (5/8)

Toronto Raptors (Series Prices)             +140     (7/5)

 

Toronto Raptors vs. Brooklyn Nets – Exact Series Result         

Toronto win 4-0                         14/1

Toronto win 4-1                         11/2

Toronto win 4-2                         9/2

Toronto win 4-3                         9/2

Brooklyn Nets win 4-0                12/1

Brooklyn Nets win 4-1                11/2

Brooklyn Nets win 4-2                4/1

Brooklyn Nets win 4-3                4/1

 

Toronto Raptors vs. Brooklyn Nets – Total Games in Series    

4                      6/1

5                      5/2

6                      2/1

7                      2/1

 

Toronto Raptors vs. Brooklyn Nets – Average First Round Points Per Game – DeMar DeRozan

Over/Under                               24

 

Toronto Raptors vs. Brooklyn Nets – Average First Round Points Per Game – Kyle Lowry       

Over/Under                               19

 

Toronto Raptors vs. Brooklyn Nets – Average First Round Assists Per Game – Kyle Lowry      

Over/Under                               7½

 

Toronto Raptors vs. Brooklyn Nets – Average First Round Points Per Game – Jonas Valanciunas       

Over/Under                               12½

 

Toronto Raptors vs. Brooklyn Nets – Average First Round Rebounds Per Game – Jonas Valanciunas  

Over/Under                               9

 

Toronto Raptors vs. Brooklyn Nets – Average First Round Points Per Game – Terrence Ross

Over/Under                               12

 

Toronto Raptors vs. Brooklyn Nets – Average First Round Points Per Game – Joe Johnson     

Over/Under                               16½

 

Toronto Raptors vs. Brooklyn Nets – Average First Round Points Per Game – Deron Williams 

Over/Under                               17

 

Toronto Raptors vs. Brooklyn Nets – Average First Round Assists Per Game – Deron Williams

Over/Under                               6

 

Toronto Raptors vs. Brooklyn Nets – Average First Round Points Per Game – Paul Pierce       

Over/Under                               14½

 

Washington Wizards vs. Chicago Bulls

Washington Wizards (Series Prices)       +170     (17/10)

Chicago Bulls (Series Prices)                 -200     (1/2)

 

Chicago Bulls vs. Washington Wizards – Total Games in Series          

4                      6/1

5                      5/2

6                      2/1

7                      2/1

 

Chicago Bulls vs. Washington Wizards – Average First Round Points Per Game – Jimmy Butler         

Over/Under                               14

 

Chicago Bulls vs. Washington Wizards – Average First Round Points Per Game – Joakim Noah          

Over/Under                               13½

 

Chicago Bulls vs. Washington Wizards – Average First Round Rebounds Per Game – Joakim Noah    

Over/Under                               11½

 

Chicago Bulls vs. Washington Wizards – Average First Round Rebounds Per Game – Joakim Noah    

Over/Under                               6.5

 

Chicago Bulls vs. Washington Wizards – Average First Round Points Per Game – Taj Gibson 

Over/Under                               13

 

Chicago Bulls vs. Washington Wizards – Average First Round Points Per Game – Carlos Boozer        

Over/Under                               12½

 

Chicago Bulls vs. Washington Wizards – Average First Round Rebounds Per Game – Carlos Boozer  

Over/Under                               8

 

Chicago Bulls vs. Washington Wizards – Average First Round Points Per Game – Mike Dunleavy       

Over/Under                               12

 

Chicago Bulls vs. Washington Wizards – Average First Round Points Per Game – John Wall  

Over/Under                               20½

 

Chicago Bulls vs. Washington Wizards – Average First Round Assists Per Game – John Wall

Over/Under                               8

 

Chicago Bulls vs. Washington Wizards – Average First Round Points Per Game – Bradley Beal          

Over/Under                               16½

 

Chicago Bulls vs. Washington Wizards – Average First Round Points Per Game – Marcin Gortat         

Over/Under                               13

 

Chicago Bulls vs. Washington Wizards – Average First Round Rebounds Per Game – Marcin Gortat

Over/Under                               9

 

Dallas Mavericks vs. San Antonio Spurs

Dallas Mavericks (Series Prices)            +550     (11/2)

San Antonio Spurs (Series Prices)          -900     (1/9)

 

San Antonio Spurs vs. Dallas Mavericks – Exact Series Result

San Antonio Spurs win 4-0                     11/4

San Antonio Spurs win 4-1                     3/2

San Antonio Spurs win 4-2                     7/2

San Antonio Spurs win 4-3                     6/1

Dallas Mavericks win 4-0                        100/1

Dallas Mavericks win 4-1                        50/1

Dallas Mavericks win 4-2                        12/1

Dallas Mavericks win 4-3                        16/1

 

San Antonio Spurs vs. Dallas Mavericks – Total Games in Series        

4                      5/2

5                      3/2

6                      7/2

7                      9/2

 

San Antonio Spurs vs. Dallas Mavericks – Average First Round Points Per Game – Tony Parker         

Over/Under                               17½

 

San Antonio Spurs vs. Dallas Mavericks – Average First Round Points Per Game – Tim Duncan         

Over/Under                               16

 

San Antonio Spurs vs. Dallas Mavericks – Average First Round Rebounds Per Game – Tim Duncan    

Over/Under                               10

 

San Antonio Spurs vs. Dallas Mavericks – Average First Round Points Per Game – Kawhi Leonard     

Over/Under                               13½

 

San Antonio Spurs vs. Dallas Mavericks – Average First Round Rebounds Per Game – Kawhi Leonard           

Over/Under                               6½

 

San Antonio Spurs vs. Dallas Mavericks – Average First Round Points Per Game – Manu Ginobili      

Over/Under                               12½

 

San Antonio Spurs vs. Dallas Mavericks – Average First Round Points Per Game – Dirk Nowitzki        

Over/Under                               22

 

San Antonio Spurs vs. Dallas Mavericks – Average First Round Rebounds Per Game – Dirk Nowitzki  

Over/Under                               6½

 

San Antonio Spurs vs. Dallas Mavericks – Average First Round Points Per Game – Monta Ellis           

Over/Under                               18½

 

San Antonio Spurs vs. Dallas Mavericks – Average First Round Assists Per Game – Monta Ellis         

Over/Under                               5

 

San Antonio Spurs vs. Dallas Mavericks – Average First Round Points Per Game – Vince Carter         

Over/Under                               12

 

San Antonio Spurs vs. Dallas Mavericks – Average First Round Points Per Game – Jose Calderon      

Over/Under                               11

 

Memphis Grizzlies vs. Oklahoma City Thunder

Memphis Grizzlies (Series Prices)                       +300     (3/1)

Oklahoma City Thunder (Series Prices)               -420     (5/21)

 

Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Memphis Grizzlies – Exact Series Result  

Oklahoma City Thunder win 4-0              9/2

Oklahoma City Thunder win 4-1              2/1

Oklahoma City Thunder win 4-2              13/4

Oklahoma City Thunder win 4-3              4/1

Memphis Grizzlies win 4-0                      66/1

Memphis Grizzlies win 4-1                      33/1

Memphis Grizzlies win 4-2                      7/1

Memphis Grizzlies win 4-3                      12/1

 

Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Memphis Grizzlies – Total Games in Series          

4                      4/1

5                      9/5

6                      5/2

7                      11/4

 

Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Memphis Grizzlies – Average First Round Points Per Game – Kevin Durant          

Over/Under                               32½

 

Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Memphis Grizzlies – Average First Round Rebounds Per Game – Kevin Durant    

Over/Under                               7

 

Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Memphis Grizzlies – Average First Round Points Per Game – Russell Westbrook 

Over/Under                               21½

 

Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Memphis Grizzlies – Average First Round Assists Per Game – Kevin Durant         

Over/Under                               5.5

 

Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Memphis Grizzlies – Average First Round Assists Per Game – Russell Westbrook

Over/Under                               7

 

Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Memphis Grizzlies – Average First Round Points Per Game – Serge Ibaka

Over/Under                               15

 

Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Memphis Grizzlies – Average First Round Rebounds Per Game – Serge Ibaka      

Over/Under                               8½

 

Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Memphis Grizzlies – Average First Round Points Per Game – Zach Randolph      

Over/Under                               18½

 

Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Memphis Grizzlies – Average First Round Rebounds Per Game – Zach Randolph 

Over/Under                               10

 

Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Memphis Grizzlies – Average First Round Points Per Game – Mike Conley           

Over/Under                               16½

 

Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Memphis Grizzlies – Average First Round Assists Per Game – Mike Conley          

Over/Under                               6

 

Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Memphis Grizzlies – Average First Round Points Per Game – Marc Gasol

Over/Under                               15

 

Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Memphis Grizzlies – Average First Round Rebounds Per Game – Marc Gasol       

Over/Under                               8

 

Golden State Warriors vs. Los Angeles Clippers

Golden State Warriors (Series Prices)                 +300     (3/1)

Los Angeles Clippers (Series Prices)                  -400     (1/4)

 

Los Angeles Clippers vs. Golden State Warriors – Exact Series Result

Los Angeles Clippers win 4-0                 11/2

Los Angeles Clippers win 4-1                 2/1

Los Angeles Clippers win 4-2                 4/1

Los Angeles Clippers win 4-3                 7/2

Golden State Warriors win 4-0                40/1

Golden State Warriors win 4-1                20/1

Golden State Warriors win 4-2                6/1

Golden State Warriors win 4-3                12/1

 

Los Angeles Clippers vs. Golden State Warriors – Total Games in Series        

4                      4/1

5                      2/1

6                      5/2

7                      5/2

 

Los Angeles Clippers vs. Golden State Warriors – Average First Round Points Per Game – Blake Griffin         

Over/Under                               24½

 

Los Angeles Clippers vs. Golden State Warriors – Average First Round Rebounds Per Game – Blake Griffin   

Over/Under                               9½

 

Los Angeles Clippers vs. Golden State Warriors – Average First Round Points Per Game – Chris Paul

Over/Under                               18½

 

Los Angeles Clippers vs. Golden State Warriors – Average First Round Assists Per Game – Chris Paul           

Over/Under                               10½

 

Los Angeles Clippers vs. Golden State Warriors – Average First Round Points Per Game – J.J. Redick           

Over/Under                               15½

 

Los Angeles Clippers vs. Golden State Warriors – Average First Round Points Per Game – DeAndre Jordan   

Over/Under                               11

 

Los Angeles Clippers vs. Golden State Warriors – Average First Round Rebounds Per Game – DeAndre Jordan           

Over/Under                               13½

 

Los Angeles Clippers vs. Golden State Warriors – Average First Round Points Per Game – Stephen Curry      

Over/Under                               25

 

Los Angeles Clippers vs. Golden State Warriors – Average First Round Assists Per Game – Stephen Curry     

Over/Under                               8

 

Los Angeles Clippers vs. Golden State Warriors – Average First Round Points Per Game – David Lee 

Over/Under                               18½

 

Los Angeles Clippers vs. Golden State Warriors – Average First Round Rebounds Per Game – David Lee       

Over/Under                               9½

 

Los Angeles Clippers vs. Golden State Warriors – Average First Round Points Per Game – Klay Thompson    

Over/Under                               18

 

Portland Trailblazers vs. Houston Rockets

Portland Trail Blazers (Series Prices)                  +180     (9/5)

Houston Rockets (Series Prices)                        – 220     (5/11)

 

Houston Rockets vs. Portland Trail Blazers – Exact Series Result

Houston Rockets win 4-0                       13/2

Houston Rockets win 4-1                       4/1

Houston Rockets win 4-2                       3/1

Houston Rockets win 4-3                       5/1

Portland Trailblazers win 4-0                   20/1

Portland Trailblazers win 4-1                   10/1

Portland Trailblazers win 4-2                   6/1

Portland Trailblazers win 4-3                   5/1

 

Houston Rockets vs. Portland Trail Blazers – Total Games in Series   

4                      4/1

5                      3/1

6                      2/1

7                      2/1

 

Houston Rockets vs. Portland Trail Blazers – Average First Round Points Per Game – James Harden  

Over/Under                               26½

 

Houston Rockets vs. Portland Trail Blazers – Average First Round Assists Per Game – James Harden

Over/Under                               6

 

Houston Rockets vs. Portland Trail Blazers – Average First Round Points Per Game – Dwight Howard

Over/Under                               18½

 

Houston Rockets vs. Portland Trail Blazers – Average First Round Rebounds Per Game – Dwight Howard      

Over/Under                               12½

 

Houston Rockets vs. Portland Trail Blazers – Average First Round Points Per Game – Chandler Parsons        

Over/Under                               16½

 

Houston Rockets vs. Portland Trail Blazers – Average First Round Points Per Game – LaMarcus Aldridge      

Over/Under                               23½

 

Houston Rockets vs. Portland Trail Blazers – Average First Round Rebounds Per Game – LaMarcus Aldridge 

Over/Under                               10½

 

Houston Rockets vs. Portland Trail Blazers – Average First Round Points Per Game – Damian Lillard 

Over/Under                               20½

 

Houston Rockets vs. Portland Trail Blazers – Average First Round Points Per Game – Wesley Matthews         

Over/Under                               16½

 

Houston Rockets vs. Portland Trail Blazers – Average First Round Points Per Game – Nicolas Batum 

Over/Under                               14

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Former Towson G Neal returns to playoffs with Bobcats

Posted on 17 April 2014 by WNST Staff

GARY NEAL, BOBCATS SET FOR NBA PLAYOFFS
Former Towson guard to make fourth straight playoff appearance

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Former Towson men’s basketball standout Gary Neal will be participating in the NBA playoffs for the fourth straight season in 2014.

After competing in the playoffs for the last three seasons with the San Antonio Spurs, this year Neal will get a taste of the Eastern Conference playoffs with the Charlotte Bobcats.

The seventh-seeded Bobcats will face the two-time defending NBA Champion and second-seeded Miami Heat in the first round. The opening game of the series is set for Sunday, April 20 at 3:30 p.m. and will air on ABC.

Neal is averaging 10.5 points per game this season while spending time with both the Milwaukee Bucks and the Bobcats. The fourth-year pro scored in double figures in six of the final eight games of the regular season.

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Bobcats Drop Wizards in OT, Crucial Loss for Wiz

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Bobcats Drop Wizards in OT, Crucial Loss for Wiz

Posted on 10 April 2014 by Nick Dorsey

 

The Wizards were back in action at the Verizon Center against the Charlotte Bobcats last night. This game had huge implications for the NBA playoff seedings and the Wizards were looking to rebound after a tough loss to the Bulls over the past weekend.

Washington had a horrendous first half in a matchup that was essentially a playoff game. John Wall struggled early as he was turning the ball over often and failed to penetrate the defense. The Bobcats were getting easy baskets in the paint led by the good guard play of Kemba Walker.

The Bobcats entered the third quarter with a 13-point lead and that’s when the Wizards began to find their groove. John Wall led the way in a 14-2 scoring run to open the third quarter and the Wizards were right back in it.

The fourth quarter was back and forth and the Wizards finally gained the lead with just over five minutes to play. Kemba Walker hit a big three to tie the game at 83 and Wall hit a jumper on the other end with just over 50 seconds to play. Washington had possession with a tied game and just 17 seconds left and coach Wittman took a timeout.

Marcin Gortat finished a nice feed from John Wall to take a two-point lead with just 9 seconds left. Al Jefferson was found down low on the other end, wide open for a layup to tie it with just second’s left. Gortat mentioned after the game he did not want to foul and give Jefferson a chance at a 3-point play to win the game.

The Wizards were abysmal in overtime as they only scored one point and fell to the Bobcats 94-88. With the opportunity squandered, the race is now on with just four games left in the regular season. The two teams are now tied with a 40-38 record and the Cats hold the tiebreaker. The Bobcats have two games at home remaining against the 76ers and Bulls and road games against the Celtics and Hawks.

With how the standings shake up after last nights round of games the Wizards are set to face the two-time defending NBA champion Miami Heat. It is imperative that Washington finishes strong down the stretch so they can still get a shot at the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference. Here are more of my thoughts from last night’s game:

- Trevor Booker was a big-time spark player for the Wizards last night and Wall credited Booker postgame for being the sole reason they still had a chance to be in the game after the first half. He was active on both ends of the floor and his prescence was felt defensively as he finished with five blocks.

- Wall struggled early on, but as he turned it on early in the second half the rest of the team followed. He finally was able to get through the interior of the defense and make plays for his big men. Wall registered his third triple double of his career ( 14 pts 12 reb 11 ast) his last triple double came against the Celtics this past January.

- Washington is the second best three point shooting team in the NBA behind the Spurs and have four players that have made over 100 three pointers this season. It was difficult to watch the solid three point shooting squad shoot just 1-15 from long range. Wall did mention after the game your not going to win any games shooting from downtown like that, especially when your first three comes in the fourth quarter.

- Marcin Gortat was a force on the inside once again and keeps showing he was quite the acquisition this past offseason. Gortat finished with 27 points and 14 rebounds which makes up for his 34th double-double this season. Antawn Jamison was the last Wizards player to have over 34 double-doubles in season when he had 38 during the 2008-09 season.

- Nene was back in action for the first time since his injury against Cleveland this past February. He was certainly rusty at first, but he eventually started to find his groove. After the game, Nene mentioned the staff said he looked good throughout the game so his minutes per game will be something to monitor the rest of the way.

- Bradley Beal and Trevor Ariza were the players on the floor who struggled the most tonight. Beal finished with just 8 points and was 4-15 from the field. Trevor Ariza was 0-6 on the night and failed to score one point. If Beal and Ariza go for a combined 4-21 from the field in a game, the Wizards chances of winning will never be good.

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