Wall Powers Wizards To Game 1 Win Over Hawks

Washington Wizards vs. Atlanta Hawks- 4/16/17 NBA Pick Odds and Prediction

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It seems an impossible lean with an improbable angle at full speed.

Bryce Harper, of course, is that person, and like John Wall, he had himself a helluva day on Sunday.

Wall was on defense and tipped a pass. Wide open, he pointed his feet, raised his elbow and released the 3-pointer.

John Wall was so ticked off he set a career-high with 15 technical fouls in the regular season.

Season series: Wizards, 3-1.

We know John Wall is fast. Dwight Howard, who signed a three-year, $70.5 million contract to play for his hometown Hawks, did not have the Atlanta playoff debut the Hawks had hoped for. Though he was inserted into the starting lineup later in the year, Hardaway gets the Lou Will Honorary Award for Excellence as Sixth Man. But there were plenty of fouls called in the long haul against the Wizards. Thabo Sefolosha did not play, but Budenholzer said he was healthy.

At the postgame podium Sunday, he sat in a folding chair with his always-on-him black sunglasses tucked in a pocket. I don't see anything we did out of the ordinary that would make anybody think differently. It was evident Sunday.

In regards to becoming an MVP, Wall responded with, "I won't be finishing first". Bradley Beal didn't even play that well, and he still showed that he's too good. Wall generated a surplus of exceptional moments, especially his 15 points in the third quarter1. "He can take over quarters".

This was a turnabout for Wall against Atlanta.

The Hawks got caught in between a little bit this season.

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In that fixture - the Wizards were eliminated from the playoffs in a heartbreaking loss.

The game swung wildly, particularly in the first half.

Bryan Rust added two goals for Pittsburgh, and Marc-Andre Fleury overcame a shaky first period to make 33 saves.

Despite an unfavorable first-game result, Millsap remained upbeat about Atlanta's chances this series.

Morris and Millsap had a heated exchange after a jump ball in the first half. "I had to miss two or three games was big for us", Wall said after today's game, before adding, "but at the same time I can't have that all in my mind and try it do by myself".

Millsap and Morris had a daylong tussle.

Washington had a chance to clinch the franchise's first 50-win season since 1978-79 but instead made a decision to rest players down the stretch in order to ensure its best players would be healthy and ready to square off against a familiar foe.

Said Morris: "It is what it is". That's how I know, actually, if young guys they really want it. Like I said, the intensity was sky-high.

"I just feel like we've got a lot of options, a lot of guys we have confidence in", Budenholzer said.

Brooks had wondered about the Wizards' spirit as the season wound down. The Wizards were also 18-5 from January 1 right up to the All-Star break.

On the Wizards' next possession, Wall and Morris executed a flawless alley-oop. Both returned to practice Tuesday after sitting out Monday's session. "We started to get a lot of stops out in transition and I got into a rhythm of knocking down shots and being more aggressive".

On two days of rest (11 times), Morris shot 52.2% overall and 46.7% from 3. Please support our efforts.

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