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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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10 must-see moments from Wizards' Game 4 loss to Atlanta Hawks

10 must-see moments from Wizards' Game 4 loss to Atlanta Hawks

Here are 10 plays or moments from the Washington Wizards' 111-101 loss to the Atlanta Hawks in Game 4 of their first round playoff series on Monday night that are worth revisiting...

1. There weren't many positives for the Wizards in Game 4, as they lost their second straight game and now have a tied series with the Hawks. But Otto Porter did play much better than he had in the previous three games and that is a good sign.

Porter got going early on both ends of the floor. On this play he followed up a block with a three on the other end, part of his 13-point night.

2. On this play Bradley Beal was so certain he was fouled by Hawks' Taurean Prince that he stopped for a moment mid-play. It was a strange sight:

Beal ended up with 32 points, but it wasn't enough to push the Wizards over the edge.

3. John Wall had 22 points and 10 assists. This was one of his most impressive plays, a difficult and-1 in the first half:

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4. This was one of Wall's easiest plays. He got matched up with rookie Taurean Prince and blew by him effortlessly:

5. Bojan Bogdanovic had his best game of the series with 13 points and three rebounds. He got started with this nifty and-1:


6. Dwight Howard was a force for the Hawks with 16 points and 15 rebounds. One of his points came on this hideous free throw:

7. This shot by Howard was nice, though it didn't actually count:

8. Back to Porter. On this play he drew contact on a fastbreak to get the and-1:

9. Wall made it interesting in the fourth quarter with some nice plays including this and-1:

10. Wall was still at it ever later when it was becoming the Hawks' game to lose. On this play he hit a timely three off a Marcin Gortat screen.

We'll leave you with this: all-time great Dr. Julius Erving was sitting courtside:

And he was decked out in Sixers gear:

Gotta represent. Onto Game 5.

[RELATED: 'Podium game' for Jose Calderon vs. Wizards a shocker]

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Morning tip: Foul trouble continues to haunt Markieff Morris vs. Hawks in NBA Playoffs

Morning tip: Foul trouble continues to haunt Markieff Morris vs. Hawks in NBA Playoffs

ATLANTA -- Ever since Game 1, Markieff Morris has been absent. After Monday's 111-101 loss to the Atlanta Hawks that made the series even at 2, he has flirted with fouling out three times in a row. 

His nine points and four rebounds in 24 minutes weren't nearly enough to help the Wizards who find themselves in a must-win spot for Game 5 Wednesday at Verizon Center. His nemesis, Paul Millsap, filled up the boxscore with 19 points, nine rebounds and seven assists in 36 minutes.

"I give them credit. They do a great job just trying to attack Keef, trying to get him in foul trouble," said John Wall, who had 22 points and 10 assists for Washington. "We got to do a better job of helping him out and not letting him get in foul trouble but also go back at Millsap on the other end and make him defend the same way. They made adjustments. We got to make adjustments."

Morris went through a demonstration at morning shootaround with Marcin Gortat and Jason Smith in hopes of keeping them out of foul trouble on Millsap, too. He prefers to attack from the left block and turn over his left shoulder to get into the paint. If he turns the opposite way to the baseline, Millsap almost always settles for the fallaway jump shot. He doesn't attack the rim.

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Gortat still had five fouls. Smith picked up three. 

While Morris had plenty of success in his matchup with Millsap in the regular season when the Wizards won the series 3-1, they've been agitating each other every step of the way in the playoffs. Millsap accused him of roughhouse tactics and then 55 fouls were called in Game 2. 

Morris called him "crybaby" following an 18-point loss by Washington in Game 3 when Millsap went to the foul line 15 times. There were no words after Monday.

The whistles haven't been as liberal overall, but Morris is picked up his first foul at 7:50 of the first quarter and his second one 66 seconds later. The third foul came in the last three minutes of the half and Morris never could get on track.

Even two years ago when the Hawks were the No. 1 seed in the East, Phillips Arena wasn't this super-charged. Morris brought it out the extra eneregy with his needling of Millsap and for the Wizards to win the series, they'll have to win Game 5 at home Wednesday and come back to Atlanta for Game 6 on Friday.

Despite Morris' foul issues, the Hawks had their own. They lost starting point guard Dennis Schroder to three fouls in the first quarter. He didn't even play in the second quarter but they were able to turn a nine-point deficit into a 59-50 lead at halftime.

"We were supposed to take advantage then. Didn't. Then we had 15 points in the second quarter," Morris said. "They play hard."

After Dwight Howard threw down dunks on consecutive lobs from Kent Bazemore, the Wizards were botching assignments. The help wasn't there. 

Morris stared at Gortat during the flurry as both looked lost. And so was the game.

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