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Takeaways from Wizards' loss to Hornets in one of worst shooting performances of season

Takeaways from Wizards' loss to Hornets in one of worst shooting performances of season

Neither team played well enough to win, but the Charlotte Hornets converted enough easy looks to regain the lead after halftime and close out 96-93 over the Wizards on Saturday night.

Cody Zeller (19 points, five rebounds, four steals) and Frank Kaminsky (14 points) led Charlotte to its first victory in the series this.  

The Wizards (42-27) were led by John Wall (19 points, eight assists), Bradley Beal (18 points), Bojan Bogdanovic (12 points) and Otto Porter (16 points) but they couldn’t generate enough offense to win their sixth consecutive set of back-to-back games.

A jumper by Kemba Walker (16 points) put Charlotte ahead 84-77 late in the fourth to stop any hopes of a comeback.

The Wizards had won 12 of their last 16 road games until losing this one.

– This will go down as one of the Wizards’ worst offensive showings of the season. They shot 29 for 78 from the floor, or 36.7%, including 11 for 32 from 3 (33.3%).

– The second unit extended a 20-19 first-quarter lead to 29-21. All five players used by coach Scott Brooks were reserves, with Brandon Jennings, Tomas Satoransky, Kelly Oubre, Bogdanovic and Ian Mahinmi. Kaminsky, however, took advantage of his matchup with Mahinmi late to get Charlotte the separation needed. A three-point shooting big, he was 0-for-9 in the first three quarters but shot 4-for-5 in the fourth to close out the game which drew the Wizards' best post defender away from the rim. 

– Oubre continued to surge and has posted solid back-to-back games for the first time in about a month. He hounded Walker on handoffs and denied him the ball. During the second-quarter stretch when the Wizards took their largest lead, Oubre forced Walker into forcing a shot that barely struck iron and drew a charge on the next possession on Nicolas Batum (eight points, 10 rebounds). His 6-7 frame and 7-2 wingspan can be problematic for smaller guards like Walker as they can’t get clean looks if he’s disciplined in his coverage.

– Wall picked up a technical foul for the second game in a row that’ll cost him $4,000. More importantly, it’s his 14th of the season. He allowed one more until Wall faces an automatic one-game suspension. This one game after a foul was called on Kaminsky on Wall’s drive. He drew the whistle but for some reason continued jawing with Kaminsky. Both players drew double technicals. 

--Jason Smith (eight points, four rebounds, three blocks) made his second consecutive start with Markieff Morris (illness) out. He played 27 minutes and although his offensive output was modest Smith's defensive coverage contributed to a much better start. 

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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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