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Morning tip: Brandon Jennings helps Wizard's 4th quarter turnaround in Game 2 vs. Hawks

Morning tip: Brandon Jennings helps Wizard's 4th quarter turnaround in Game 2 vs. Hawks

Scoring has not come easy to Brandon Jennings since he signed with the Wizards as a free agent on March 1. Through 23 regular season games with Washington, he averaged just 3.5 points per game on 27.4 percent shooting.

Jennings is far removed from the guy who once dropped 55 points as a rookie for the Milwaukee Bucks. Nowadays he's a pass-first backup for the Wizards, asked mainly to push the pace while John Wall is taking a much-needed rest.

All of that makes what Jennings did in the fourth quarter of Wednesday night's Wizards win over the Hawks in Game 2 of their first round playoff series so unlikely and surprising. For the first time since he signed with the Wizards, Jennings caught fire in the fourth quarter of a big game. This particular streak went a long way in helping the Wizards secure a playoff win.

Jennings hit three straight shots for the Wizards, then assisted on another to account for eight consecutive points to tie the game at 84-84 with 7:50 left and force the Hawks to take a timeout.

"Brandon Jennings, he came in and changed the game for us," forward Otto Porter said.

"We were down going into that stretch of the game. He came in, he gave us energy [and] he made some shots," coach Scott Brooks added.

[RELATED: Millsap on Wizards' 2-0 lead on Hawks: 'It's 0-0 to us']

It started at the 10:34 mark of the fourth quarter when Jennings hit a stepback jumper over Jose Calderon. He then followed with a two from 21 feet with 9:00 left, then another two with 8:27 remaining. Then, he drove the lane to find Jason Smith for a dunk and that's when Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer had seen enough.

Jennings was just glad to contribute.

“I've been working on it every day. I finally shot the ball, that's the thing. I was finally able to take some shots and shoot it with confidence, so that's definitely a confidence boost. When my number is called, I just have to be ready," he said.

Jennings was able to rebound within the game after some shoddy defense against Hawks point guard Dennis Schroder in the first half. And Jennings' contribution came at a good time, as the rest of the Wizards' bench scored just 15 combined points. Jennings had 10 himself to go along with four rebounds and two assists.

"Things weren't going our way tonight but we stuck together and we fought until the end," Jennings said.

[RELATED: VIDEO: John Wall dunks on Dennis Schroder, stares him down]

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Does Chris Paul's trade to Rockets set the price for Pacers and Paul George?

Does Chris Paul's trade to Rockets set the price for Pacers and Paul George?

An NBA superstar named Paul was traded on Wednesday, but not the one who has been linked over and over in the last few weeks to the Wizards. No, it was Chris Paul who got dealt from the Clippers to the Rockets in a deal reported by Yahoo! Sports and not Paul George of the Pacers.

Paul's trade, however, could apply to George and by relation to the Wizards. That's because Paul is also a superstar and also has just one year left on his contract now that he agreed to opt in and head to Houston. George can opt out of his contract following the 2017-18 season and has made his intentions clear to the Pacers that he plans to leave.

Now, George has an extra wrinkle involved that Paul did not. He has indicated he not only wants to leave the Pacers next summer but specifically to join his hometown L.A. Lakers. Though Paul could leave the Rockets after one year, George seems almost certain to leave whichever city he plays in next year.

[RELATED: Wall is lobbying George to come to Wizards]

Still, set that aside and there may be something to learn from what the Rockets gave up for Paul if you are a team trying to land George from Indiana. First, let's look at what Houston gave up:

Rockets receive: PG Chris Paul

Clippers receive: PG Patrick Beverley, SG Lou Williams, SF Sam Dekker, 2018 first round pick

The Wizards already have a point guard, so they weren't interested in Paul. But could they offer something comparable for George? The Rockets' first round pick is likely to be in the late 20s, so that is doable. But in Beverley, Williams and Dekker the Clippers get two proven players who can help them win now and a high-ceiling former first round pick.

Whether the Pacers would accept NBA players like that, or if they seek more picks for the future, is unclear. The Wizards could not compete with teams like the Celtics and Lakers when it comes to picks, given the ones they hold will likely land in the lottery.

If the Wizards offer something similar to what the Rockets gave up, that hypothetical would likely include some combination of Otto Porter, who would have to do a sign-and-trade, Kelly Oubre, Jr., Marcin Gortat or Ian Mahinmi. Markieff Morris has such a team-friendly contract and gets along so well with John Wall and Bradley Beal that it's tough to see them give him up.

The Wizards may still not have the pieces to outbid others for George, but the Paul deal certainly appears to be a good starting point.

[RELATED: Sources: Wizards still in pursuit of trade for Paul George]

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Clippers trade Chris Paul to Rockets where he will team with James Harden, report says

Clippers trade Chris Paul to Rockets where he will team with James Harden, report says

There may be another super team forming in Houston, as on Wednesday the Rockets pulled off a deal to acquire superstar point guard Chris Paul and pair him with James Harden, a two-time runner-up for MVP.

That's according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, who tweeted this on Wednesday morning and in doing so set Twitter on fire:

Paul and Harden in the same backcourt will form one of the most talented duos in basketball, but how they will work together is not clear yet. Paul is a point guard and Harden has found his success in recent years at the same position. Harden's background is as a shooting guard, but he thrives with the ball in his hands and running Mike D'Antoni's offense.

The Clippers will receive guards Patrick Beverley, Lou Williams, Sam Dekker and a 2018 first round pick, according to multiple reports. That's all for Paul, who has one year left on his contract now that he has agreed to opt in. That brings up the question of whether Paul will sign a long-term deal. It would be understandable if he wants to see how the first year goes first.

Either way, this is a major, major blockbuster deal and NBA free agency hasn't even started yet.

[RELATED: Sources: Wizards still in pursuit of trade for Paul George]