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2015 NBA Playoffs First Round Matchups

Apr 15, 2015 11:30 PM

The following are the matchups for the first round of the 2015 NBA Playoffs.

Western Conference
1. Golden State Warriors vs. 8. New Orleans Pelicans
2. Houston Rockets vs. Dallas Mavericks
3. Los Angeles Clippers vs. 6. San Antonio Spurs
4. Portland Trailblazers vs. 5. Memphis Grizzlies

Eastern Conference
1. Atlanta Hawks vs. 8. Brooklyn Nets
2. Cleveland Cavaliers vs. 7. Boston Celtics
3. Chicago Bulls vs. 6. Milwaukee Bucks
4. Toronto Raptors vs. Washington Wizards

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Paul Pierce Believes Deron Williams Didn't Want MVP Pressure, Nets' Vets Lacked Drive

Apr 14, 2015 9:59 PM

Paul Pierce discussed his tenure with the Brooklyn Nets last season, saying Deron Williams puzzled him and the team's veterans lacked the drive to elevate the team with he and Kevin Garnett as older players.

"Before I got there, I looked at Deron as an MVP candidate,'' Pierce said. "But I felt once we got there, that's not what he wanted to be. He just didn't want that. I think a lot of the pressure got to him sometimes. This was his first time in the national spotlight. The media in Utah is not the same as the media in New York, so that can wear on some people. I think it really affected him.

"I'm much happier. It was a tough situation (in Brooklyn) last year. Horrible, really. It was just the guys' attitudes there. It wasn't like we were surrounded by a bunch of young guys. They were vets who didn't want to play and didn't want to practice. I was looking around saying, 'What's this?' Kevin (Garnett) and I had to pick them up every day in practice.

"If me and Kevin weren't there, that team would have folded up. That team would have packed it in. We kept them going each and every day.''

Pierce and the Nets did not sign a new deal after he became a free agent last offseason.

"Joe is quiet,'' Pierce noted. "He doesn't want much attention. He doesn't say much.

"There's a lot of secondary guys on that team. KG and I went there looking at them as the main guys who would push us, because we were advancing in years. But we ended up doing all the pushing.''

Jackie MacMullan/ESPN

Tags: Paul Pierce, Deron Williams, Washington Wizards, Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Will Bynum Signs With Wizards For Remainder Of Season

Apr 6, 2015 3:53 PM

The Washington Wizards have signed Will Bynum for the remainder of the season. 

Bynum has appeared in three games with Washington this season after originally signing a 10-day contract with the team on March 27.

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Toure' Murry Waived By Wizards

Mar 27, 2015 12:10 PM

The Washington Wizards have waived Toure' Murry to create a roster spot for Will Bynum.

Murry appeared in three games for the Wizards and averaged 1.5 points in 4.3 minutes per game.

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Wizards Sign Will Bynum To 10-Day Contract

Mar 27, 2015 12:08 PM

The Washington Wizards have signed Will Bynum to a 10-day contract. 

Bynum (6-0, 185) has played seven seasons with Golden State and Detroit appearing in 353 career regular season games while averaging 8.2 points, 3.3 assists and 1.6 assists in 18.5 minutes per game.  

Undrafted out of Georgia Tech in 2005, Bynum enjoyed his best season in 2009-10 for the Detroit Pistons when he averaged career highs with 10.0 points and 4.5 assists per game. Bynum appeared in 30 games this season for the Guangdong Southern Tigers of the Chinese Basketball Association where he averaged 22.3 points, 7.1 assists and 3.6 rebounds while shooting .564 from the field.

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Speights: We Knew Wizards Would Argue, Quit If We Turned Up Defense

Mar 24, 2015 12:22 PM

Marreese Speights said he knew the Washington Wizards would falter in Monday's game if the Golden State Warriors elevated their defense.

"We just turned up a little," Speights said. "We knew if we hit them, if we got a couple stops they would start arguing with each other and quit. We went out there with a good mindset in the second half and we did it.”

The Wizards lost 107-76 and were outscored 29-8 in the third quarter.

Ben Standig/CSN Washington

Tags: Marreese Speights, Golden State Warriors, Washington Wizards, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Toure' Murry Signs Second 10-Day Contract With Wizards

Mar 22, 2015 6:54 PM

The Washington Wizards have signed Toure' Murry to a second 10-day contract.

Murry has appeared in two of the Wizards’ four games since joining Washington. He played three minutes the day he signed against the Memphis Grizzlies and six seconds in Washington’s loss to the Utah Jazz Wednesday.

Murry was initially signed to give the Wizards depth in the backcourt.

Jorge Castillo/Washington Post

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Wizards Plan On Signing Toure' Murry To 2nd 10-Day Contract

Mar 19, 2015 1:52 PM

The Washington Wizards plan on signing Toure' Murry to a second 10-day contract, league sources tell RealGM.

The Wizards also will continue to monitor Will Bynum, who is a free agent after playing this season in China.

Murry has made two appearances with the Wizards.

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John Wall Sprains Right Ankle

Mar 19, 2015 1:28 PM

John Wall suffered a sprained right ankle in the Washington Wizards' win on Wednesday over the Utah Jazz.

Wall suffered the injury contesting a fast-break alley-oop with just over seven minutes remaining. Wall limped around but tightened his right sneaker and stayed in the game. 

“You know me. I want to play. I want to compete,” said Wall, whose ankle was swollen after the game. “I tied my shoe as tight as possible and ran it off. If it hurts afterwards I’ll get a day off tomorrow to rest. So it’s nothing.”

Wall has yet to miss a game this season.

Jorge Castillo/Washington Post

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Kevin Seraphin Fined $15K By NBA For Flagrant 2 Foul On Jon Leuer

Mar 13, 2015 6:37 PM

Kevin Seraphin has been fined $15,000 by the NBA for his flagrant 2 foul on Jon Leuer, the league announced Friday.

The incident occurred in the Washington Wizards' win over the Memphis Grizzlies on Thursday night.

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Wizards Plan On Signing Toure' Murry To 10-Day Contract
Toure' Murry signed with the Utah Jazz in the offseason and was waived in January.

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Nets, Thunder Close To Brook Lopez For Reggie Jackson Trade
The deal could also be expanded to send Jarrett Jack to the Wizards and Kevin Garnett to the Timberwolves.

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Andre Miller Traded By Wizards To Kings For Ramon Sessions
Andre Miller reunites with George Karl, who was hired by the Kings over the All-Star break.

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Wizards Interested In Trade For Norris Cole
Norris Cole will be a restricted free agent in the offseason.

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Wizards, Heat Interested In Trade For Jameer Nelson
The Wizards and Heat have explored trade talks with the Nuggets on Jameer Nelson, sources tell RealGM's Shams Charania.

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Warriors, Hawks, Blazers In Top-10 On Both Offense, Defense
Fourteen other teams are in the top-10 in either offensive or defensive efficiency.

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Bradley Beal Has Mild Stress Reaction In Lower Right Fibula
Bradley Beal will be re-evaluated following the All-Star break.

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John Wall Prefers Playmaker With Open Wizards' Roster Spot
Will Bynum could be the type of player John Wall believes the Wizards should target.

Jorge Castillo/Washington Post

Ray Allen To Make Decision Following All-Star Weekend
Ray Allen's potential role with a team is expected to be a deciding factor.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Wizards Show Interest In Will Bynum
The Wizards have expressed interest on Will Bynum in the Chinese Basketball Association, league sources told RealGM.

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Kobe Bryant Considered Joining Michael Jordan With Wizards
Kobe Bryant informed Michael Jordan several times he wanted to play for the Wizards.

Michael Lee/Washington Post

Stephen Curry, Kyle Lowry Headline 2015 NBA All-Star Starters
Stephen Curry was the leading vote-getter for the NBA 2015 All-Star Game, beating LeBron James.

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Wale Talking To Kanye About Designing New Uniforms For Wizards
Wale, a rapper from the Washington D.C. area, is working with the Washington Wizards as a creative liaison.

Dan Steinberg/Washington Post

Average NBA Franchise Valuation Now More Than $1 Billion
There are now 11 NBA teams worth at least $1 billion, compared to three a year ago.

Kurt Badenhausen/Forbes

Bulls, Pistons, Wizards, Clippers Express Interest In Damion James
The Bulls, Pistons, Wizards and Clippers have expressed interest in Damion James, a league source told RealGM on Sunday.

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Nate Robinson Bought Out, Clippers, Heat, Cavs, Wizards Interested
Nate Robinson will weigh offers from teams once he clears waivers, RealGM's Shams Charania reports.

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Wizards Waive Glen Rice Jr.
Glen Rice appeared in 16 career games with Washington in parts of two seasons.

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Wizards Attempt To Trade Glen Rice Jr. Ahead Of Contract Guarantee Date
If the Wizards cannot find a trade partner, they could waive Glen Rice.

Jorge Castillo/Washington Post

John Wall, James Harden Named Players Of The Week
John Wall and James Harden have been named the NBA's Players of the Week for games played between Dec. 8 and Dec. 14.

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Wizards Assign Glen Rice Jr. To Fort Wayne
Glen Rice Jr. has appeared in five games this season for Washington

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