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Wizards' Scott Brooks confirms Steve Kerr's apology, says he doesn't hold it against Warriors

Wizards' Scott Brooks confirms Steve Kerr's apology, says he doesn't hold it against Warriors

Wizards' coach Scott Brooks confirmed on Tuesday that he did receive an apology from his Warriors counterpart Steve Kerr following the incident between the teams on Sunday that saw Washington guard Brandon Jennings shove Golden State center JaVale McGee to the floor for shooting a three late in a blowout win.

Brooks understands why Kerr wanted to apologize, but said he will not hold what happened against the Warriors organization.

"We've exchanged text messages. I have great respect for their organization. They are a championship team," Brooks said. "The last minute did not take anything away from how they play. You don't want their five-man shooting a three when they're up 20, but that's not of my business. But they won the game fair and square. We had a chance to play better for the 48 minutes before that and we did not do that."

Brooks went on to say acknowledge that there are some unwritten rule sin the game of basketball. In-game policing between players may be more prevalent in other sports like baseball, but there's no question in Brooks' mind that goes on in the NBA.

[RELATED: McGee said he was glad he got pushed late in Wizards' loss]

Brooks, for one, subscribes to those ideas and standards for his own team.

"I have some rules. The guys know," Brooks said. "When you're up [big], you don't want to shoot threes and run alley-oop plays or run the score up. Golden State doesn't do that. They took one bad shot, but that's not who they are. I'm not going to look at them and wish bad luck for them."

In Sunday's loss, the Wizards had essentially conceded the game by emptying their bench late in the fourth quarter and down over 20 points. The Warriors decided to leave Stephen Curry and Draymond Green on the floor as both were chasing personal statistics. Green was going for a triple-double and Curry eclipsed the 40-point mark. Then, there was McGee's shot.

All of that happened after the game was well in hand, hence the problem. Brooks understands that, but takes issue with people calling that time in a game "garbage time."

Here's why:

"There's no garbage time. I don't call it garbage time because I was in there a lot [as a player]. So, I take offense to garbage time. I always told people that 'it's my garbage time and you wish you could be in there playing during those minutes.' Players that were calling it that were not quite good enough to make a team. So, that was my jab back at them."

There you go. Follow the game's unwritten rules, just don't call it 'garbage time.'

[RELATED: Kerr wishes McGee handled his shot differently]

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Will the Cavs-Celtics trade involving Kyrie Irving and Isaiah Thomas affect the Wizards' chances at all?

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Will the Cavs-Celtics trade involving Kyrie Irving and Isaiah Thomas affect the Wizards' chances at all?

The Cavaliers and Celtics pulled off one of the biggest NBA trades in years, if not decades, on Tuesday night, one that features two All-Star point guards in Kyrie Irving and Isaiah Thomas, a very good player in Jae Crowder, a 2016 first round pick in Ante Zizic and an unprotected 2019 Nets first round pick that could be the key to Cleveland's dreaded life after LeBron James.

Boston and Cleveland entered this offseason as the top two teams in the Eastern Conference, so naturally this should affect the Wizards and other teams in the Eastern Conference a great deal, right? Maybe not.

In fact, this could have little effect on the rest of the East whatsoever, at least in the short-term. That's because both teams got good value back for 2017-18, but neither made a significant leap when it comes to their chances of winning the title next June.

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Yes, All-Star point guards in Irving and Thomas switched sides, and in Crowder the Cavs now have a physical defender who gives opponents fits on the perimeter. That could help the Cavs in the East and if they match up with the Warriors in the NBA Finals once again.

But the Cavs were already going to be very good and before this trade remained the odds-on favorites to win the East. They now remain the favorites and may have taken a slight step forward, as long as Thomas recovers well from the hip injury that ended his 2016-17 season.

In Irving, the Celtics get a guy with an extra year on his contract. He's four years younger than Thomas and isn't currently dealing with an injury. They have to feel good about that, plus they don't lose much in Crowder, given he plays small forward. Even without Crowder, they could have the most depth at that position in the NBA when you factor in Gordon Hayward, Jayson Tatum, Jalen Brown and Marcus Morris. As good as Crowder is, he could have been fighting for minutes in that group.

If the Wizards are to take a step forward or backward in the East, it will likely have nothing to do with this trade. They are counting on improving from within with a core of young players now signed to long-term contracts.

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Overall, the Wizards' odds against the Cavs and Celtics will probably be determined by other things unrelated to this trade, like if LeBron James truly begins his decline or if the Celtics losing Avery Bradley in a previous deal will hurt their ability to stop John Wall and Bradley Beal. 

That last point could be the determining factor in whether the Wizards can leapfrog either the Cavs or Celtics. Boston lost their best answer to what is arguably the best backcourt in the East. 

This trade could, if anything, just make things more interesting for Washington fans. Now the Wizards-Celtics rivalry can center around the debate about which All-Star point guard and former No. 1 pick is better: Wall or Irving? And with the Cavs, the Wizards now have a guy in Crowder who has been a true enemy for years. That matchup just got more intriguing.

The East could be more fun next year due to this trade, but don't expect the odds in Vegas to change much at all because of it.

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Cavs trade Kyrie Irving to Celtics for Isaiah Thomas and others in blockbuster deal

Cavs trade Kyrie Irving to Celtics for Isaiah Thomas and others in blockbuster deal

The Cavs and Celtics have pulled off one of the biggest trades the NBA has seen in years, a blockbuster deal that will send Kyrie Irving to Boston for Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and the Brooklyn Nets' 2018 unprotected first round pick. The final deal was reported by Brian Windhorst of ESPN.

Whew, where do we start? First of all, this is the top two teams in the East, teams that met in the conference finals this spring, trading All-Star point guards for each other. It's not often you see that.

For the Celtics, they will have Irving for at least the next two seasons under his current contract. Considering Thomas' deal runs up after this year, that's good news for them.

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That said, this is an unbelievable haul for the Cavs. Not only do they remain very good in the short-term with Thomas stepping in to fill the same role Irving did, but they get deeper with Crowder and set themselves up extremely well long-term with the Nets' pick. The Nets were the worst team in basketball this past season, the odds of them still being very bad two years from now seem good. The Cavs are in good position now even if LeBron James leaves next summer, knowing they have an extra first round pick that could be a top selection.

The first game of the NBA season, by the way, is Celtics at Cavs on Oct. 17. That should be a good one.

For the rest of the Eastern Conference, teams like the Wizards, it's hard to draw major conclusions from this deal. The Cavs were the best team in the East and have a good chance of remaining the top dogs. The Celtics gave up a lot, but they also added other pieces this offseason with Gordon Hayward and Jayson Tatum. Only time will tell if either got signifincatly better or worse.

Cleveland, however, does look much better off in the long run. That could affect how some view James' future, as many have speculated about whether this will be his final season with the Cavs. Now they appear to have a very sound long-term plan.

This trade will send shockwaves throughout the NBA, but may not affect the standings in the Eastern Conference very much. Still, it's a big one.

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