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Morning tip: John Wall plans to shoot a lot in NBA All-Star Game

Morning tip: John Wall plans to shoot a lot in NBA All-Star Game

As a starter for the East All-Star team in 2015, John Wall set his goals high going in when he made it known he wanted to set the all-time assist record. He only came up 15 short of Magic Johnson's mark of 22 assists in the 163-158 loss to the West in New York. 

As a reserve for the third time in four All-Star appearances, Wall's goals aren't as lofty for 2017.

"I tried to set the assist record and that just didn't work. This time I'm just trying to score," said Wall as the Wizards head into the All-Star break 34-21 following a win over the Indiana Pacers. "Get baskets. I'm not worried about assists. I'm shooting that (ball). A lot."

What Wall learned is that in the exhibition, players prefer to go one-on-one so even if he sets them up with a good pass he won't get credit for it.

It'll be difficult for Wall to dominate the game just shooting but given how less and less defense is played he could get to the rim for easy finishes. 

The only thing that would work against him, of course, is time. Reserves generally don't play much more than 25 minutes and he's on an East squad that's heavy on ball-handlers such as Kyrie Irving, Kemba Walker, Isaiah Thomas and Kyle Lowry.

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Wizards announce Markieff Morris will miss six to eight weeks after hernia surgery

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Wizards announce Markieff Morris will miss six to eight weeks after hernia surgery

Markieff Morris won't be available for the Wizards for six to eight weeks as he recovers from surgery to repair a sports hernia. He underwent the procedure today. 

The team released the following statement with the news. 

Wizards forward Markieff Morris underwent surgery today to repair a sports hernia.  The procedure, which went as expected, was performed by Dr. Michael Brunt at the Barnes-Jewish Hospital Center for Advanced Medicine in St. Louis, MO.  Morris will begin the rehabilitation process immediately and is expected to miss approximately six to eight weeks.

Originally when the surgery was reported, Morris was expected to miss at least the beginning of Wizards training camp, which begins next week in Richmond, Va.

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The latest timeline, however, extends the forward's absence into the regular season, which begins in a little under four weeks on October 18.

Morris seems likely to miss the Wizards' first West Coast road trip, including the contest against the Warriors on October 27, and could be sidelined for the November 3 home game against the Cavaliers. 

The Kansas product cemented himself as the starting power forward for the Wizards, averaging 14 points and 6.5 rebounds per game last season. The 28-year-old sets a physical tone on defense and brings a veteran presence to the locker room, as well.

Backup forward Jason Smith will likely get the most minutes filling in for Morris, but coach Scott Brooks could take a look at new addition Mike Scott or play Otto Porter and Kelly Oubre together more. 

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5 things to know about Wizards training camp invite Carrick Felix

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5 things to know about Wizards training camp invite Carrick Felix

Here are five things to know about Wizards training camp invite Carrick Felix. For their full training camp roster, click here.

1. A 6-foot-6, 210-pound guard, Felix spent the 2016-17 season with the Long Island Nets of the D-League (now known as the G-League). There he averaged 9.1 points and 3.9 rebounds per game while shooting 43.7 percent from the field and 24.7 percent from three. 

2. Felix played one season in the NBA back in 2013-14 with the Cleveland Cavaliers while LeBron James was in Miami. Felix appeared in just seven games for the Cavs, averaging 2.7 points in 5.4 minutes a night. Felix, 27, hasn't played in an NBA game in three years and five months.

3. After those seven games with Cleveland, Felix spent the rest of his time in the Cavs' organization playing in the D-League. They then traded him to the Utah Jazz in July of 2014 and the Jazz cut him that October before the season began. He waited nearly three full years for another shot in the NBA, one he's now getting with the Wizards.

4. He starred at Arizona State University before the Cavs drafted him in the second round in 2013. Felix was second team All-Pac-12, on the Pac-12 All-Defensive Team, the Pac-12 Scholar Athlete of the Year and a first team Pac-12 All-Academic Team honoree.

5. Felix finished his degree early at ASU, graduating with a B.S. in Communications in 2012. He then earned his Master's degree in Liberal Studies the same spring he was drafted.

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