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10 must-see moments from Wizards' Game 2 win over Hawks

10 must-see moments from Wizards' Game 2 win over Hawks

Here are 10 plays or moments from the Washington Wizards' 109-101 win over the Atlanta Hawks in Game 2 of their first round playoff series that are worth revisiting...

1. Taken as a whole, this game was pretty ugly, especially the first half where both teams shot horribly (Wizards 40.5%, Hawks 34.9%). The game didn't really heat up until the fourth quarter when John Wall, Bradley Beal and Brandon Jennings took over.

There were, however, some highlights in the first half including this deep three from Wall, who went 2-for-2 from long range.

2. Beal started off slow, just as he did in Game 1, but he got two on this play following Marcin Gortat's block of Dwight Howard. Gortat had five blocks to go along with 14 points and 10 rebounds. 

This was one of two blocks Gortat had on back-to-back plays:

3. Beal ended up with 31 points, including 16 in the fourth quarter. He also had three assists, though, including this one to set up Jason Smith on the pick-and-roll.

It was yet another example of Beal's growth as a ballhandler and passer:

4. This was during a timeout. The Wizards announced the Capitals score on their big screen and D.C. sports fans loved it:

5. Now, for arguably the moment of the night. Wall stole the ball and dunked it on a fastbreak with Dennis Schroder right on him. After dunking it, Wall stared Schroder down and talked some smack in his direction:

Here's another look:

Wall is ruthless.

6. This may be the story of the game. Who predicted that Jennings would go off for six straight points, eight if you count an assist?

Here's the play that got his run started, a stepback jumper:

7. And here's the assist to Smith that sent Verizon Center into pandemonium and had the Wizards going nuts:

8. This was Otto Porter's biggest play of the night, a steal-and-slam in the fourth quarter:

Porter finished with four points, but those two were big.

9. Now for some big shots by Wall in the fourth. Here is an and-1 he pulled off that was insanely athletic:

10. And finally, here is Wall throwing down a dunk late in the fourth to help put the game on ice:

We'll leave you with a Photoshop graphic from our digital team. Let Brandon cook:

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CSN Wizards Insider J. Michael's official 2016-17 awards ballot

CSN Wizards Insider J. Michael's official 2016-17 awards ballot

The NBA announced their awards for the 2016-17 season on Monday night. Here is the official ballot turned in by CSN Wizards Insider J. Michael:

Kia Most Valuable Player
Leonard, Kawhi (S.A.)   
Harden, James (Hou.)   
Westbrook, Russell (OKC.)   
Wall, John (Was.)   
DeRozan, DeMar (Tor.)   

Kia Most Improved Player
Beal, Bradley (Was.)   
Antetokounmpo, Giannis (Mil.)   
Jokic, Nikola (Den.)   

Kia Defensive Player of the Year
Gobert, Rudy (Utah)   
Leonard, Kawhi (S.A.)   
Green, Draymond (G.S.)   

Kia Sixth Man
Johnson, James (Mia.)   
Iguodala, Andre (G.S.)   
Gordon, Eric (Hou.)   

Kia Rookie of the Year
Brogdon, Malcolm (Mil.)   
Saric, Dario (Phi.)   
McGruder, Rodney (Mia.)   

Coach of the Year
D’Antoni, Mike (Houston Rockets)
Snyder, Quin (Utah Jazz) 
Spoelstra, Erik (Miami Heat) 

All-Rookie Team
1st
Brogdon, Malcolm (Mil.)   
Hield, Buddy (Sac.)   
Ferrell, Yogi (Dal.)   
McGruder, Rodney (Mia.)   
Saric, Dario (Phi.)   

2nd
Brown, Jaylen (Bos.)   
Embiid, Joel (Phi.)   
Murray, Jamal (Den.)   
Prince, Taurean (Atl.)   
Chriss, Marquese (Pho.)   

All-Defensive Team
1st
Green, Draymond (G.S.)   
Leonard, Kawhi (S.A.)   
Gobert, Rudy (Utah)   
Thompson, Klay (G.S.)   
Paul, Chris (LA-C)   

2nd
Butler, Jimmy (Chi.)   
George, Paul (Ind.)   
Whiteside, Hassan (Mia.)   
Bradley, Avery (Bos.)   
Beverley, Patrick (Hou.)   

All-NBA Team
1st
Leonard, Kawhi (S.A.)   
James, LeBron (Cle.)   
Davis, Anthony (N.O.)   
Harden, James (Hou.)   
Westbrook, Russell (OKC.)   

2nd
Green, Draymond (G.S.)   
Antetokounmpo, Giannis (Mil.)   
Whiteside, Hassan (Mia.)   
DeRozan, DeMar (Tor.)   
Wall, John (Was.)   

3rd
George, Paul (Ind.)   
Millsap, Paul (Atl.)   
Gobert, Rudy (Utah)   
Curry, Stephen (G.S.)   
Thomas, Isaiah (Bos.)   

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2016-17 NBA Awards: All-Wizards Edition

2016-17 NBA Awards: All-Wizards Edition

On Monday night, the NBA's best and brightest will converge in New York City for the first annual NBA Awards.

In years past, the NBA's annual awards have been revealed throughout the playoffs, but for the first time ever, all the awards will be handed out on one night.

The Wizards are up for one award: "Best Playoff Moment."

The Wizards we're bounced in the Eastern Conference Semifinals, but John Wall's Game 6 buzzer-beater was arguably the top moment of the 2016-17 playoffs. While the Wizards aren't up for any other awards, we decided to hand some out in advance.

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Wizards' MVP: John Wall

— John Wall wasn't just the Wizards' MVP, but one of the NBA's best players in 2016-17. In fact, other than LeBron James, Wall is arguably the best player in the Eastern Conference. He may not win the NBA MVP award, but he's definitely one of the 5-10 potential candidates.
 

Wizards' Most Improved Player: Bradley Beal

— Bradley Beal's 2016-17 season was injury-free, and in-turn, was his best season as a pro. He increased his points per game from 17.4 to 23.1 and improved his shooting from both the field and from beyond the arc. The Wizards had the second best backcourt in the NBA in 2016-17, and Beal was a huge reason why.


Wizards' Best Newcomer: Scott Brooks

— The NBA Coach of the Year award is likely headed to Houston's Mike D'Antoni or Miami's Erik Spoelstra. But Brooks deserves recognition. In his first season with the Wizards, the former Thunder head coach led the team to 49 wins and within one game of the Eastern Conference Finals. Of all the additions the Wizards made last offseason, Brooks' was the most significant.


Wizards' Most Quotable: Markieff Morris

— Markieff Morris wins this one in a landslide


Wizards' Best Dressed: Kelly Oubre

— he wore a customized surgeon's mask to a game. It's his award and everybody else is just playing games. 


Honorable Mention: Jason Smith

— The 7-footer was a great addition in his first season with the Wizards, improved his range and became a credible threat from beyond the arc off the bench, and was one of the most entertaining players on the team. He didn't win any awards, but he deserves some recognition.