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Wizards' Jason Smith gives hilarious explanation of Shaqtin' A Fool moment vs. Bulls

Wizards' Jason Smith gives hilarious explanation of Shaqtin' A Fool moment vs. Bulls

Reserve big man Jason Smith is quietly finding his groove with the Wizards. And the more fans get to know him, the more there is to like. Just take Tuesday night's win against the Bulls. 

Smith finished with 7 points, 6 rebounds and 3 blocks, plus solid defense in 23 minutes off the bench. But he also had a blooper reel moment that made Shaqtin' A Fool. 

Take a look at Smith's stumbling dive out of bounds while defending Bobby Portis:

Funny in a clumsy kinda way, but not as funny as his explanation after the game. 

Speaking to Rob Carlin, Brian Mitchell and Chris Miller on SportsTalk Live, Smith ran through what happened in shameless fashion. He fell kind of on purpose to rattle Portis? Maybe?

"So, I might have been a little gassed and I was like, you know what, I gotta get out there. But I was going to contest high, and my legs said no. And, uh, I just gave him like, you know the field goal kicker when you kinda dive past him?"

"Hey, it worked! It worked. He didn't shoot the ball and he didn't make it, so it worked," Smith said. But he admitted his coach might not have been so impressed.

"Coach Brooks might have just covered his head. 'Oh, what is he doing out there?' But it worked!" 

You can watch his full interview in the video player above. And next time you're watching a Wizards game, make sure to pay attention to Smith. It's worth it. 

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Morning tip: Wizards' defensive principles go on hiatus for Game 3

Morning tip: Wizards' defensive principles go on hiatus for Game 3

ATLANTA -- The first true shots fired in a seven-game series don't come from the budding rivalry between Paul Millsap and Markieff Morris. It comes when the visiting team wins. That hasn't occured between the Wizards and Atlanta Hawks just yet as both have held serve on their own floors.

Saturday's 116-98 victory by Atlanta trims the series deficit to 2-1, with a pivotal Game 4 at Phillips Arena on Monday. 

Sometimes to win on the road in the postseason, it requires winning ugly. The Wizards got half of it right with the ugly part, except they lost.

"We just weren't defending," said Bradley Beal, who had just 12 points on 6-for-20 shooting that included missing all six three-point looks. "We had a lot of great looks, a lot of missed shots but we still gave ourselves a chance to win defensively. We didn't do it. We got to be better. We know we got to defend in order to win."

Dennis Schroder had 27 points as he got into the paint on a regular basis. Paul Millsap had 29 points and 14 rebounds as he did all of his work in the trenches. The Hawks won the battle of rebounds (50-42), shooting (49.4%-41.6%) and forced the action as evidenced by foul shots attempted (32-20). 

[RELATED: Millsap reacts to Morris' crybaby comment on live TV]

The Wizards have yet to play anywhere close to their best basketball in the series. Beal hasn't shot well at all. He's 27-for-68, or 39.7%. From three-point range, he's 6-for-27, or 22.2%.

There hasn't been anything unique happening to cause him to sputter. The Hawks aren't trapping him. They're soft on their coverages with the help off screens. They're more concerned about packing the paint to prevent finishes at the rim by Beal and John Wall. 

It all goes back, however, to the lack of defense that plagued Washington in Game 3. Schroder, for instance, isn't a shooter despite his 6-for-8 start. He went 4-for-14 after the first quarter. 

"We were doing our concepts. They were knocking down shots," Beal said. "We didn't necessarily think everybody would make it. We live with some. Some we don't. We have to know our personnel a little bit better. We got to do better pressuruing the ball. We weren't into the ball enough."

When the Hawks opened in D.C., they were hoping for a split in the first two games. Didn't happen. The Wizards will be content with a split, too, but if that doesn't happen they still will have the home-court edge. 

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VIDEO: Paul Millsap reacts to Morris' crybaby comment, says it's now personal

VIDEO: Paul Millsap reacts to Morris' crybaby comment, says it's now personal

Markieff Morris called Paul Millsap a "crybaby" following the Wizards' Game 3 loss to the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday night and that comment came just in time before Millsap took the podium.

That offered reporters to toss the quote back to Millsap and get his reaction. Millsap had a pretty good line about Morris needing to go back to the hotel and "take his loss."

Watch Millsap's reaction right here. Dennis Schroder was also there to react:

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