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Disturbing as all that misfiring may be, the Warriors' perception that the Wizards quit on each other is potentially far worse. "We just turned up a little," reserve center Marreese Speights said of Golden State's defense to reporters following the win. "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.” CSN Washington
Stating the obvious to reporters, Wizards forward Paul Pierce said, "Yeah, we basically struggled a lot in the third quarter. I thought we didn’t move the ball from side to side. They’re a great offensive team, but they’re also a great defensive team. I thought our offense got a little bit stagnant. We turned the ball over quite a little bit, probably too much isolation." CSN Washington
"We have to regroup, bounce back and go home," Wittman said. "Listen, like I said, we played a half of the way we wanted to play. I have to find the guys that are committed to do it for 48 now. That’s my job.” CSN Washington
Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki had a heck of an excuse to skip Tuesday morning's shootaround. His wife, Jessica, gave birth to a baby boy on Monday. He's the couple's second child, joining their toddler daughter. ESPN Dallas
Meanwhile, J.J. Barea will miss his second game in a row with a sprained left ankle. “He’s out tonight for sure,” Carlisle said. “And my understanding is it’s more of a day-to-day thing. Not serious. But he turned it over the other day in practice. He’s not ready to go yet.” Dallas Morning News
Fast forward to 2014-15. The Thunder stat sheet shows seven players averaging in double figures. One of those, Reggie Jackson, has been traded, so his 12.8 scoring average doesn’t count. But that leaves six double-digit scorers: Westbrook a league-leading 27.5, the injured Durant 25.4, Enes Kanter 17.2, Ibaka 14.3, Dion Waiters 11.5 and Anthony Morrow 10.5. And beyond that, the dropoff is not severe: D.J. Augustin 8.5, Steven Adams 7.7, Mitch McGary 7.2. Oklahoman
The New Orleans Pelicans announced today that the team has re-signed unrestricted free agent guard Toney Douglas. Douglas, 6-2, 185, appeared in three games for New Orleans, averaging 9.0 points, 4.0 assists, 2.3 rebounds and 1.3 steals in 22.0 minutes per game while signed to two 10-day contracts with the team. Prior to joining the Pelicans, Douglas played for the Jiangsu Dragons of the Chinese Basketball Association, appearing in 35 games while averaging 19.1 points, 4.8 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 2.1 steals. Inside Hoops
Metta World Peace remains alive and well, and is still a basketball player. And will be taking his talents to Italy. The Italian basketball team Pallacanestro Cantu, via their verified account, tweets that they have signed World Peace (the artist formerly known as Ron Artest) for the remainder of their season. Inside Hoops
Trey Burke had a rough night. The Utah Jazz point guard took 22 shots. He made four of them. And one of those makes might have been just as costly as any miss. Salt Lake Tribune
After going 4 for 22, Burke’s shooting percentage is down to 36.8 on the season. Both his overall percentage and his 3-point field goal percentage are down from his rookie campaign. But, especially without Gordon Hayward on the floor, it sounds like Burke will continue to be a key cog in the Jazz’s offense. Salt Lake Tribune
Rodney Hood left the bench in the second quarter, made his way to a garbage can in the hallway that leads to the locker room, and appeared to spend a few minutes throwing up. He returned to play, but left the game for good in the second half because of "gastrointestinal distress." This is not the first time this has happened to Hood this season. Nor is it the first time it’s happened in his basketball career. Salt Lake Tribune
The Sacramento Kings announced today that the team has signed David Wear to a 10-day contract, according to Kings General Manager Pete D’Alessandro. The 6-10, 235-pound forward is averaging 16.3 points (.478 FG%, .394 3pt%, .812 FT%), 7.4 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 30.0 minutes per game in 43 contests for the Reno Bighorns, Sacramento’s NBA D-League affiliate. Inside Hoops
Austin Spurs forward Jarell Eddie was today named NBA Development League Performer of the Week for games played Monday, March 16 – Sunday, March 22. The award is the first of Eddie’s career and he joins Kyle Anderson and Bryce Cotton as Spurs to have earned the honor this season. Eddie (6-7, 220, Virginia Tech) led Austin to a 2-0 week as his Spurs clinched a playoff spot on Friday with the 126-113 win over the Texas Legends and secured the team’s status as the Southwest Division Champion following the 115-95 victory over the Bakersfield Jam on Saturday. Inside Hoops
The Miami Heat’s Dwyane Wade and the Los Angeles Clippers’ Chris Paul today were named NBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Monday, March 16, through Sunday, March 22. Wade led the Heat to a 3-1 week, averaging 24.5 points (second in the East), 4.0 assists and 2.25 steals (fourth in the conference). He shot 53.2 percent from the field, including a 13-of-18 performance during a 32-point outing in a 106-92 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on March 16. The All-Star guard also scored 32 points and added six assists in a 108-104 win against the Portland Trail Blazers on March 18. Inside Hoops
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