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Next-day soreness absent for Bradley Beal going into pivotal game vs. Bulls

Next-day soreness absent for Bradley Beal going into pivotal game vs. Bulls

A day after Bradley Beal tweaked his sore right ankle, he was able to take part in the Wizards' practice Monday and is a go for Tuesday's home game with the Chicago Bulls that could put them over .500 for the first time this season.

"He felt good this morning. You're always worried about the next day," Wizards coach Scott Brooks said of Beal, who went down in the second quarter of Sunday's 107-101 win at the Milwaukee Bucks. "He went through light practice today. I assume everything is going to be fine for tomorrow."

After Beal had made a layup in traffic, as he retreated down the floor he stepped on the foot of Malcolm Brogdon and rolled the ankle again. He initially hurt it Dec. 28 in a win over the Indiana Pacers, but in that game he couldn't return in the second half because of stiffness.

Beal returned Sunday, scoring 12 of his team-high 26 points in the second half. Against Indiana, he returned briefly in the first half but clearly wasn't confident or comfortable cutting or exploding, Beal looked like his old self Sunday. 

"I was good," Beal said. "A little sore but I was alright."

A win also would give the Wizards a 2-1 edge in the season series with Chicago which is playing tonight vs. the Oklahoma City Thunder. 

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Thanks to John Wall, one class's final exam became a lot less stressful

Thanks to John Wall, one class's final exam became a lot less stressful

These days, it seems like there are two ways to handle an exam at school.

The first way can be considered the old-fashioned method: Looking over the materials from that semester or year in a method that scholars refer to as "studying."

The second way, meanwhile, is more of a recent, but still effective, trend: Lob a tweet at an athlete on Twitter and ask them to retweet it, and if they do, celebrate as you and your class cash in on an agreement made with your teacher beforehand.

One particularly bold class opted for the second route on Monday, and thanks to John Wall, the students in that class now have nothing to worry about when it comes to math.

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It started when a Twitter user named Luke took the following photo of his teacher with a sign that detailed a deal made between her and her pupils. All Wall had to do was see, and then acknowledge, that message, and everyone in that period would receive a 100 on the final test.

Fortunately for the kids, the Wizards' team account discovered Luke's request and also passed it along to Washington's point guard:

After that, well, all you need to do is check out Luke's reaction to figure out if Wall held up his end of the bargain:

Even in the offseason, the man can pick up an assist.

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Smacking some sense into the Michael Jordan, LeBron James and MVP debates

Smacking some sense into the Michael Jordan, LeBron James and MVP debates

It took about 48 hours for LeBron James to go from being allegedly "snubbed" in MVP balloting to the he's-not-as-good-as-Michael-Jordan insults after the Cavs lost a 21-point lead in a Game 3 loss to the Boston Celtics.

The Cavs aren't losing the East finals series. If that does happen, then we can revisit the LeBron-Jordan debate but comparing greats who played in different eras is difficult and oftentimes pointless.

Different rules. Different style of play. Different NBA. Everything else is speculation, guesswork and a reciting of numbers and stats as if they prove everything and anything is flawed, too. 

But the bigger issue is every time James isn't voted the league MVP that it's some type of snub. It's about as ridiculous as the narrative that James, 32, was better than ever in the postseason as Cleveland won 10 games in a row. This, of course, was before Sunday's loss to Boston. Funny how that dissipated quickly. 

Anyone remember the four-game sweep of the Indiana Pacers in the first round? The Cavs hardly looked unbeatable vs. Paul George and a cast of mostly nobodies. 

When Cleveland is on, they have more shotmakers than anyone in the East. But defensively they're hit or miss (mostly miss).

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No, James Harden, Russell Westbrook and Kawhi Leonard -- the MVP finalists based on 100 media voters (myself included) -- had better 82-game seasons. All three are worthy. If one of them were unworthy, then that would be a snub.

And for those of you who quickly recite numbers as exclusive proof: Leonard and Harden had teams with more wins. Westbrook's had just four fewer. And the best record in the league, 67-win Golden State, didn't have anyone finish in the top three.

There's no player anyone would rather have than LeBron James in the playoffs. But why is it so hard to grasp that MVP is a regular-season award? What happens after the middle of April doesn't apply.

James' offensive numbers are great, but he hasn't been a reliable one-on-one defender for several seasons now. Chasedown blocks don't count. Neither do plus-minus ratings.

If James wants to feel snubbed -- "Fourth? I haven't been fourth in a long time," he told reporters -- so be it. He's entitled to feel that way. But after four MVPs already, where James ranks compared to the all-time greats won't be determined by how many more regular-season accolades he accrues.

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He's wise to dial it down during the regular season to save himself. James has appeared in 1,061 regular-season games. He has played in more than 200 playoff games. 

It's about what happens in the postseason. He wasn't snubbed for MVP. It's not unreasonable to mention James in the same sentence as Jordan. 

Compare that to 2011 when he appeared in the NBA Finals for the first time with the Miami Heat, where he eloped for what would be a four-year stretch before returning home. He underperformed in getting schooled by the Dallas Mavericks in losing that series. He led Cleveland from a 3-1 deficit in the Finals to beat a 73-win team in Golden State that was being compared to Jordan's 72-win Bulls.

James has come a long way. Maybe he continues to make steps to add to his dossier. Maybe he doesn't win another ring. But only when his career is complete can his place actually be fairly determined.

All the rest of the chatter is just for page views. 

Guilty. 

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