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April 25, 2015 Updates

Washington Wizards forward Kris Humphries, who was briefly married to Jenner’s step-daughter Kim Kardashian in 2011, also tweeted what appeared to be a reaction to Jenner’s announcement. Kris Humphries: "Man, I'm glad I got out when I did." Humphries was slammed on Twitter for the insensitive remark, but clarified on Saturday that he fully supports Jenner. For The Win

"The Jazz organization, they do a good job. It's very family oriented, they do a lot of stuff for the fans. I mean, it's just great," Booker said. "Washington was a great experience, but I definitely enjoyed my time here in Utah a little more (than his previous four years in Washington with the Wizards)." Deseret News

Almost an hour after the Washington Wizards defeated the Toronto Raptors on Friday, Wizards forward Paul Pierce still hadn't taken that big postgame exhale. He was still pumped in the aftermath of a 106-99 victory, giving the Wizards a 3-0 series lead. "My adrenaline is through the roof right now," Pierce said. "I'm trying to come down." USA Today Sports

His personality and game has dominated the series, starting with his comments at the beginning of the series, saying Toronto didn't have that "it" factor. He scored 20 points in Game 1 and 10 in Game 2, and would not elaborate on what "it" is, though you know it when you see it. And Pierce has it. "I'm going to leave it for you guys to try and explain it and think about it and go over this small two-letter word for the rest of the series," he said. "I'm going to leave it at that." USA Today Sports

April 24, 2015 Updates

Leonsis was asked: Would you be in favor of legalizing sports betting? His response: “First of all, I respect our commissioner. I love Adam Silver I think he’s doing a great job. And I think he is spot on. I think we’re living in this real-time technical trading world, and that there’s so much betting that goes on, I think this first iteration that we’re seeing with the Draft Kings kind of phenomenon, and this daily interactive gaming. But, it makes sense. You’re going to have wallets on your phone, people now are going to start to make wagers on, in a real time way, ‘I think he’s going to make a pass, instead of take the shot,’ and you’ll be able to instantly move money back and forth, so it’s better to get in front of it. and the consumer is going to do what the consumer is going to do. We have to make sure that it’s managed in the right way. But I do think it was smart to get in front of it, and not bury your head in the sand and say it’s not going to happen.” Washington Post

Wittman doesn’t always come across as the most engaging and inviting person. He can be curt and guarded with members of the media. He won’t offer much insight on his tactics or his opponents. Before Game 1, Wittman implored reporters to hurry up and ask their questions because he had work to do. No one laughed and Wittman didn’t smile; he wasn’t joking. Washington Post

In a five-minute speech before the series began, Wittman fired up his players by tugging at their hearts. According to Beal, Wittman told them to “cherish each moment,” and reminded them that postseason appearances aren’t promised. Wittman then pointed to the 37-year-old Pierce and said, “Paul, this might be your last time ever making it to the playoffs.” Beal said the speech nearly pushed him to tears. Pierce said, “It was inspiring.” Wall has been one of Wittman’s staunchest supporters because of the way he pushed him on the defensive end and held players accountable. He added that Wittman is always working behind the scenes to get more from his team. Washington Post

April 23, 2015 Updates
April 22, 2015 Updates

Paul Pierce says the Toronto Raptors don’t scare them because they don’t have the “it” factor. Raptors big man Amir Johnson fires back. The Wizards take Game 1, 93-86. They then take a 60-49 lead into halftime in Toronto in Game 2, and Wizards guard Bradley Beal says this: “[The Raptors] think that we’re some punks. They think that they can push around. But we’re not rolling.” For The Win

April 20, 2015 Updates

Kendrick Perkins never ceases to be amazed by his ex-Celts captain, Paul Pierce. But as much as Pierce was his old trash-talking self during Washington’s win Saturday over Toronto, the Cavaliers center found himself wanting more. “I actually thought that they maybe should have gone to him a little more down the stretch,” Perkins said when asked about the Pierce 3-pointer that sent the game into overtime. “I don’t know if the Wizards know what kind of a killer they’ve got over there.” Boston Herald

Bradley Beal started Game 1 against the Toronto Raptors nearly reduced to tears by an inspiring pregame speech from Washington Wizards coach Randy Wittman. "I almost cried," Beal said. "Witt almost had me teary-eyed before the game. He said make sure you cherish each moment, because you never know, this may be your last game playing. He looked at Paul [Pierce] and said, 'Paul, this may be your last time ever making it to the playoffs.'" "You have to embrace each moment that you are out here on the floor and live in each moment each and every second." ESPN.com

Coach Dwane Casey scoffed at questions about Pierce winning the "psychological war." "I guess Paul has done it before, I'm sure it's been done before and he's got a championship, so I guess he's been successful at it," Casey said. "I haven't seen very many times where people talk themselves into a game ... again, if that's the way he feels, fine." The Star Phoenix

Toronto Raptors General Manager Masai Ujiri has been fined $35,000 for using obscene language in a public setting on Saturday, April 18 prior to the Raptors' playoff game against the Washington Wizards, it was announced Sunday by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver. NBA.com

April 19, 2015 Updates


Gilbert Arenas and Antawn Jamison are the only two new-era players cracking the Top 10.


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