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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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Cavs tried to trade Kyrie Irving to Warriors for Klay Thompson, report says

Cavs tried to trade Kyrie Irving to Warriors for Klay Thompson, report says

The Cavaliers ultimately got a lot in return for Kyrie Irving, a star point guard who wanted out after helping lead Cleveland to three straight NBA Finals appearances. But before they struck a deal with the Celtics for Isaiah Thomas and others, the Cavs reportedly tried for Klay Thompson of the Warriors.

Yes, the two teams that have met in the NBA Finals three straight times discussed a potential blockbuster. Marc Spears of ESPN's The Undefeated reported the would-be trade, saying Cavs GM Kobi Altman "did call the uninterested Warriors about Klay Thompson, a source said."

Well, wouldn't that have been interesting? From Cleveland's perspective, it would have been a great trade. Thompson could co-exist with LeBron James and Kevin Love, and one could argue he's a better player than Irving is. 

From the Warriors' side of things, that trade would have been a potential disaster. Irving would have needed to play alongside Stephen Curry and, though they would be amazing on offense, defense would be a completely different issue. Thompson works perfectly with Curry because he can not only score, but he's among the best defensive guards in the business. 

Beyond all those things, would the Warriors really want to switch it up now after winning their second title in three years? Nice try, Cleveland.

[RELATED: WHERE DO WIZARDS STAND IN EAST AFTER KYRIE TRADE?]

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Wizards Tipoff podcast, Ep. 28 - What the Kyrie Irving-Isaiah Thomas trade means for the Wizards

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Wizards Tipoff podcast, Ep. 28 - What the Kyrie Irving-Isaiah Thomas trade means for the Wizards

On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast, CSN New England's Celtics Insider A. Sherrod Blakeley joined the show to break down the blockbuster trade involving Kyrie Irving and Isaiah Thomas.

Chase Hughes and Chris Miller offered their own thoughts on the deal and later answered fan questions on the Wizards' bench.

You can listen to the episode right here:

You can download the podcast on Apple Podcasts right here and on Google Play. If you like the show please tell your friends!

[RELATED: Keef and Dolph: an odd couple friendship within the Wizards' organization]