Robin Lopez has a history when it comes to starting fights with mascot. That's nothing new.
And when the notorious mascot bully made a stop in D.C. Tuesday night for Chicago's matchup against Washington, Wizards mascot G-Wiz was not spared.
The two started by playing a friendly game of Twister, alternating spins. Then he struck.
If you're a mascot and you see Robin Lopez, run. Quickly.
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ATLANTA -- Jason Smith went through "very little" at a shootaround session Friday with the Wizards but his status for Game 6 with the Hawks still is going to be a game-time decisions, according to coach Scott Brooks.
Smith strained his left calf in a Game 5 win vs. the Hawks but didn't return in the fourth quarter. He says he "hyperextended" it when hustling on a play.
If he's unable to play, Markieff Morris' foul trouble becomes an even bigger issue for the Wizards if he ends up off the floor because of it for the fourth game in a row. The Wizards are thin on bigs already with Ian Mahinmi having yet to make an appearance in the series with the same injury as Smith towards the end of the regular season.
Strains are tears but there are varying degrees which makes the recovery process different.
Mahinmi, of course, remains out.
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ATLANTA -- It seems like a copout when a team suggests that it was "team defense" that was at fault in a key playoff loss because coaches and teammates don't want to single out one guy as the weak link, but that was exactly the case in Game 4 for the Wizards. They had a road game in hand with a chance to go up 3-1 vs. the Atlanta Hawks.
Instead, they returned to D.C. tied 2-2 after a 111-101 loss on Monday at Phillips Arena.
Dennis Schroder didn't score all 18 of his points in the second half, after going scoreless in the first 24 minutes with foul trouble, because John Wall was an open door. There were breakdowns everywhere, from Bradley Beal to Jason Smith to Markieff Morris to Kelly Oubre and others.
The Hawks shot 12 of 31 on threes for 38.7%. The reason Schroder, Kent Bazemore, Ersan Ilyasova and Tim Hardaway knocked them down is because of they were given too much space when the Wizards went under screens and relied on the help to switch onto the shooters.
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The evidence is ample and this is an area the Wizards will likely change or be much more aggressive in how they execute if they hope to close out tonight in Game 6:
The switches were late or they were too often indecisive on when to say when. That's a relatively easy fix for the Wizards, but it's those small details that'll determine whether this series ends tonight or goes to a Game 7 on Sunday.
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