Author: Brett Pollakoff

Atlanta Hawks v Washington Wizards-Game Three

Hawks’ Jeff Teague commits flagrant foul on Bradley Beal in Game 3 vs. Wizards (VIDEO)


John Wall was once again out of the lineup for the Wizards, but the Hawks were getting crushed by Washington in the first half nonetheless.

That may have been part of the reason that Jeff Teague went headhunting when Bradley Beal had a clear path to the basket on a fast break, a dangerous play that was ruled a flagrant-one at the time.

It’s tough to disagree.

Although Atlanta was affected by Paul Millsap dealing with flu-like symptoms which forced him out of the starting lineup, that’s not enough of a reason for the Hawks to shoot 39 percent from the field in the first half and trail by as many as 18 points.

LeBron James is asked to criticize Kyrie Irving while Irving is sitting next to him (VIDEO)

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Earlier this season, as the newly-formed Cavaliers were still getting to know each other, LeBron James was critical of Kyrie Irving for finishing a game with zero assists.

“He came up to me and was like, ‘One, you can never have another game with no assists,’ ” Irving said, via ” ‘You can damn near have just one, two, three, but you can’t have zero.’ And I was like, ‘All right, cool, it won’t happen again.’ And it hasn’t happened since that game.”

It happened again on Friday.

Irving was playing on a sore foot, and finished Cleveland’s Game 3 loss with 11 points, four rebounds … and zero assists.

LeBron was asked about the no-assist performance from Kyrie, and whether or not the injury he was dealing with warranted “giving him a pass.” While there was nothing wrong with asking this type of question on the surface, the fact that Irving was sitting right next to James made it somewhat ridiculous.

“None of us get a pass tonight,” James said. “It’s not just Kyrie. Kyrie could have had 40 assists, but if D Rose still makes that shot, we still lose.”

LeBron’s response was predictable, especially with his teammate sitting within arm’s reach. And Irving’s reaction was priceless.

Wizards’ John Wall ruled out for Game 3 vs. Hawks

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John Wall has officially been ruled out of Game 3 vs. the Hawks on Saturday, head coach Randy Wittman confirmed to reporters less than two hours before tip-off during his customary media availability.

Although the team had yet to make a determination on his status until now, this shouldn’t really come as much of a surprise.

Once it was revealed that Wall had five non-displaced fractures in his left wrist following an injury he suffered in Washington’s Game 1 victory, it was safe to assume Wall would continue to miss some time. What kept the team from making a sweeping statement that he’d miss the remainder of the postseason was the fact that the injury is to Wall’s non-shooting hand, and the thinking was that if the swelling could subside to the point where he could dribble and grip the ball effectively, he might try to play through the discomfort.

It’s obviously not to that point just yet, and that’s going to hurt the Wizards’ chances in this series somewhat significantly.

The key stat that tells you just how important Wall has been to his team in these playoffs is points created by assists per game. Wall leads all players in this category with an average of 30.8, while the next person on the list (Blake Griffin) averages just 18.8 to come in a very distant second.