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Jae Crowder: Looking ahead to showdown with Wizards contributes to Celtics' loss to Sixers

Jae Crowder: Looking ahead to showdown with Wizards contributes to Celtics' loss to Sixers

The Philadelphia 76ers have been a thorn in the side of the Wizards all season, winning 2 of 3 meetings. Sunday, they did them a big favor by coming from 13 points down to upset the Boston Celtics.

This sets the stage for Monday’s pivotal matchup when the No. 3 Wizards play at the Celtics. They lead the season series 2-1 and a victory would give them the tiebreaker in the event they have the same records going into the playoffs.

“We were talking about, a few guys overlooking this game. I think so, looking forward to the Washington game,” Jae Crowder told reporters after a 105-99 loss for Boston. “That’s what happens when you overlook an opponent, especially these guys.”

The Wizards (42-27) lost 96-93 to the Charlotte Hornets on Saturday to drop two games out of the No. 2 spot occupied by Boston. But the loss to the Sixers puts the Celtics (44-26) just one game ahead in the loss column.

Boston played the last two games without Isaiah Thomas who stayed behind on the road trip because of a bruised knee.

The Sixers had to make the third-quarter comeback without Jahlil Okafor, who left with soreness in his right knee.

According to CSNPhilly.com’s Jessica Camerato, the Sixers Insider, Okafor will be further evaluated.

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NBA Draft 2017 Early Entry List: Who is going and who is staying?

NBA Draft 2017 Early Entry List: Who is going and who is staying?

The 2017 NBA Draft takes place on Thursday, June 22, which means the top college basketball players have to make a big decision whether or not they want to return to school or head to the NBA Draft.

All players who are not automatically eligible for the NBA Draft must declare their eligibility by contacting the NBA in writing to state their intentions no later than 60 days before the draft, which falls on April 23, 2017. 

Players may "test the waters" by declaring for the draft but not signing with an agent, meaning they can pull out of the draft process if they do not get the feedback they want before April 23.

Here is the 2017 NBA Draft Early Entry List.

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DECLARING, SIGNING WITH AGENT

— Dwayne Bacon: 6-7, SF, Soph. (Florida State)

— Jawun Evans: 6-1, PG, Soph. (Oklahoma State)

— Markelle Fultz: 6-4, PG Fy. (Washington)

— Tyler Lydon: 6-9, SF, Soph. (Syracuse)

— L.J. Peak: 6-5, SG, Jr. (Georgetown)

— Ivan Rabb: 6-8, PF, Soph. (California)

— Jayson Tatum: 6-8, SF, Fy. (Duke)

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DECLARING WITHOUT SIGNING WITH AGENT

— Jarrett Allen: 6-11, PF, Fy. (Texas)

— Khadeen Carrington: 6-4, SG, Jr. (Seton Hall)

— Marcus Keene: 5-9, PG, Jr. (Central Michigan)

— Kyle Kuzma: 6-9, PF, Jr. (Utah)

— Eric Mika: 6-10, PF, Soph. (BYU)

— Donovan Mitchell: 6-3, SG, Soph. (Louisville)

— Trevor Thompson: 7-0, C, Jr. (Ohio State)

— Thomas Wilder: 6-3, PG, Jr. (Western Michigan

— Omer Yurtseven: 7-0, C, Fy. (NC State)

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RETURNING TO SCHOOL

— Robert Williams: 6-9, PF, Fy. (Texas A&M)

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NOTABLE PLAYERS YET TO DECIDE:

— Bam Adebayo: 6-10, PF, Fy. (Kentucky)

— Rawle Alkins: 6-5, PG, Fy. (Arizona)

— Grayson Allen: 6-5, SG, Jr. (Duke)

— Ike Anigbogu: 6-10, C, Fy. (UCLA)

— O.G. Anunoby: 6-8, SF, Soph. (Indiana)

— Lonzo Ball: 6-6, PG, Fy. (UCLA)

— Jordan Bell: 6-9, PF, Jr. (Oregon)

— Joel Berry II: 6-0, PG, Jr. (North Carolina)

— Marques Bolden: 6-11, C, Fy. (Duke)

— Mikal Bridges: 6-7, SF, Soph. (Villanova)

— Miles Bridges: 6-7, G/F, Fy. (Michigan State)

— Isaiah Briscoe: 6-3, PG, Soph. (Kentucky)

— Dillon Brooks: 6-7, SF, Jr. (Oregon)

— Thomas Bryant: 6-10, PF, Soph. (Indiana)

— John Collins: 6-10, PF, Soph. (Wake Forest)

— Zach Collins: 7-0, C, Fy. (Gonzaga)

— Tyler Dorsey: 6-4, PG/SG, Soph. (Oregon)

— De'Aaron Fox: 6-4, PG, Fy. (Kentucky)

— Harry Giles II: 6-11, PF, Fy. (Duke)

— Isaac Haas: 7-2, C, Jr. (Purdue)

— Ethan Happ: 6-20, PF, Soph. (Wisconsin)

— Jonathan Isaac: 6-10, SF/PF, Fy. (Florida State)

— Josh Jackson: 6-8, SG/SF, Fy. (Kansas)

— Justin Jackson: 6-7, SF, Fy. (Maryland)

— Justin Jackson: 6-8, SF, Jr. (North Carolina)

— Luke Kennard: 6-6, SG, Soph. (Duke)

— T.J. Leaf: 6-10, PF, Fy. (UCLA)

— Lauri Markkanen: 7-0, PF, Fy. (Arizona)

— Malik Monk: 6-3, SG, Fy. (Kentucky)

— Johnathan Motley: 6-10, PF, Jr. (Baylor)

— Justin Patton: 7-0, C, Fy. (Creighton)

— Kobi Simmons: 6-5, PG, Fy. (Arizona)

— Dennis Smith Jr.: 6-2, PG, Fy. (NC State)

— Edmond Sumner: 6-6, PG, Soph. (Xavier)

— Caleb Swanigan: 6-9, PF, Soph. (Purdue)

— Allonzo Trier: 6-5, SG, Soph. (Arizona)

— Melo Trimble: 6-3, PG, Jr. (Maryland)

— Nigel Williams-Goss: 6-3, PG, Jr. (Gonzaga)

— D.J. Wilson: 6-10, PF, Jr. (Michigan)

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Bojan Bogdanovic hopes Wizards can use fastbreak to snap out of recent funk

Bojan Bogdanovic hopes Wizards can use fastbreak to snap out of recent funk

The Wizards are allowing opponents too many second-chance opportunities, according to Bojan Bogdanovic, who wasn't with the team before the All-Star break but has been part of their inconsistency on defense in the time since.

Bogdanovic knows the Wizards are one of the best teams in basketball at scoring on the fastbreak and allowing teams to rebound their own misses has disrupted one of Washington's biggest strengths.

"We just gotta be more focused and play more physical on defense," Bogdanovic said. "We know that we're one of the best teams in the league when we get a stop and run to the fastbreak. We have to take care of our basket and make stops." 

The Wizards have struggled all season at preventing second-chance points, ranking 28th out of 30 teams in the category. They are 22nd in defensive rebounding and those issues have continued since the All-Star break.

Even so, the Wizards remain formidable in transition. Despite losing four of their last five games, they have enjoyed the seventh-most fastbreak points in basketball during that stretch. But Bogdanovic still sees improvement based on the fact the Wizards are allowing so many second-chance points.

Against Boston on Monday, the Wizards allowed the Celtics - a bad rebounding team - to set a season-high with 20 offensive rebounds. The Celtics notched 22 second-chance points, which was double their season average.

"We play a lot of small-ball. We have to take care of all the facets on the defensive boards. We've gotta be focused and give extra effort," Bogdanovic said.

Bogdanovic has been with the Wizards just 15 games and his addition coincided with the signing of backup point guard Brandon Jennings and the recovery of backup center Ian Mahinmi from injury. Bogdanovic does not believe the team's current problems can be blamed on the adjustment of adding new players.

"I think that I've found my role already here. It was tough the first couple of games, but I adjusted well. I feel great with this group," he said. "Both sides of the floor it is a completely different structure than what we played in Brooklyn. I already learned everything. I'm ready to roll."

The Wizards have two home games before playing eight of their final 10 on the road. Bogdanovic believes they can snap out of their recent funk in time to hold on to a top three seed in the East.

"I think that we have a good chance if we play basketball like we did before," he said.

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