WASHINGTON -- The Washington Wizards are back in the postseason after a one-year absence. They also appear back in the groove that helped them overcome a dismal start and become a true contender in the Eastern Conference. John Wall scored 22 points and Bradley Beal had 19 as the Washington Wizards defeated the Brooklyn Nets 129-108 Friday night and clinched a playoff berth. Brandon Jennings had 18 points and nine assists off the bench for the Wizards (44-28), who shot 50.5 percent from the field, made 21 of 22 free throws and led by as many as 28 points. Washington, which swept the four-game season series from Brooklyn, has won two in a row after losing four of five. The latest victory, combined
Blake Griffin knows a thing or two about flopping, but he may have painted his masterpiece Thursday during a Clippers-Mavericks game. The burly Los Angeles forward managed to get J.J. Barea, one of the NBA’s smallest players, ejected by selling the appearance of having been forced off his feet. Make no mistake, Barea earned some kind of penalty for shoving his forearm into Griffin’s neck area. It’s just rather ludicrous to think that swipe would have felled Griffin, at least under normal circumstances (i.e., if it wasn’t strategically advantageous for him to hit the floor). Barea is officially listed at 6-feet and 185 pounds, and to say that’s generous is like saying LaVar Ball is mouthy. He’s
Now, we can add the return of slugger Kyle Schwarber to the Cubbies’ list. The 23-year-old left fielder/catcher missed all but two games last season due to a torn ACL that occurred when he and Dexter Fowler collided in the outfield back in April. After dispatching the Toronto Raptors in a first-round sweep, they played the top-seeded Atlanta Hawks in the conference semifinals.