John Wall delivered what could go down as the quote of the season for the 2016-17 Washington Wizards following their win over the Bulls on Tuesday night. When asked by CSN's Chris Miller whether he got some motivation from rookie Denzel Valentine doing a dance after a fourth quarter three-pointer, Wall not only confirmed that was the case, but shared exactly what he told Valentine coming out of a timeout.
Wall walked up to Valentine and said: "'That's how you feel?' I said 'You woke a monster.'"
Wall then proceeded to hit the go-ahead shot with five seconds to go in the fourth quarter to seal a Wizards victory. So, whatever motivaiton he took from that whole incident appeared to have worked.
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Here is the dance Valentine did, as shown on the CSN broadcast:
And here is Wall dropping the line:
That's just great stuff.
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The 113-110 win over the New York Knicks might've ended differently for the Wizards if game officials had assessed a technical foul for assistant coach Sidney Lowe with 7.6 seconds left, according to the last-two minute report released Friday.
The Knicks inbounded the ball to Carmelo Anthony wtih 13.7 seconds left and were attempting to send the game into overtime. As Anthony drove on Markieff Morris, he kicked to Courtney Lee for a three-pointer in the corner. Kelly Oubre was closing him out strong and the play broke down.
They didn't end up getting off a shot as Brandon Jennings turned over the ball and Bradley Beal ran out the clock. John Wall did not foul Jennings on the strip of the ball.
According to the L2M report, it was an incorrect no-call by the officiating crew of Brent Barnaky, Bill Kennedy and Gary Zielinski. Lowe was standing to the left of Barnaky as the play unfoled in front of Washington's bench.
The league also concluded that Lee picked up his pivot foot on his move and it should've been ruled a traveling violation and that at 1:44 Anthony camped out in the lane more than three seconds when defended by Oubre. Instead, Anthony was able to get an offensive rebound on the play amd draw a foul. He made 1 of 2 foul shots because of the oversight to trim the Wizards' lead to 109-108.
When Wall grabbed a rebound of Anthony's miss with the Wizards up 111-110, he took the rebound and went end-to-end for a dunk that shouldn't have counted. The reason? Wall, who has been dealing with a right pinkie injury and a bad left wrist, touched the ball with both hands on the final dribble before he elevated to dunk. In real time and depending on the camera angle, it's difficult to pick up in real time.
Fines are immiment.
The NBA has handed out fines following the incidents.
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For the first time in NBA history, current players were allowed to cast their votes for the all-star game, and their votes accounted for 25 percent of the total vote.
You would think that just about every player in the league would mark LeBron James or Kevin Durant's name on their 2017 NBA All-Star Game ballot, as both are former MVPs still in their prime. But incredibly out of the 324 players who voted, 128 players didn't vote for James, and 154 players didn't vote for Durant.
They both ended up making it, but Thunder star Russell Westbrook was beaten out for a spot in the Western Conference starting lineup by guards Steph Curry from the Golden State Warriors and James Harden of the Houston Rockets. The West starting lineup is rounded out by Warriors forward Durant, Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard and Pelicans forward Anthony Davis.
Westbrook being left out of the starting lineup caused plenty of reaction from fellow athletes:
Here's to hoping that Westbrook goes off for a triple-double in the all-star game off the bench to stick it to those who didn't think he should be a starter.
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