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Top Stories: Wizards wrap up Summer League, Mystics have down and up week

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Washington Wizards Media Day Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images

Here’s what’s been going on with the Wizards and Mystics this week.


Hopefully what happened in Vegas won’t stay in Vegas

The Wizards’ final record in Las Vegas was a disappointing 1-4, but they got great performances from their key up-and-coming pieces. Devin Robinson was an efficient highlight factory all week long, but they also got big performances out of first-round pick Troy Brown Jr., even though he went up against talented wing players like Cedi Osman, Lonnie Walker IV, Zhaire Smith, and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, and Jerome Robinson.

Brown averaged 18.4 points, 6.8 rebounds, and 2.0 assists per game and showed improvement with his shot as Summer League unfolded. He even earned All-Summer League Second Team honors from The Starters.

He didn’t wow with a bunch of jaw-dropping athletic plays, but he showed a rare polish for an 18-year-old that should help him earn some minutes during his rookie year.


The Mystics recover after giving away a winnable game at home

The Mystics put together arguably their worst effort of the season in a 106-89 loss at home to the Dream on Wednesday in which they gave up 11 threes and allowed four Dream players to score over 20 points.

They rebounded on Friday with a 16-point win over Elena Delle Donne’s former team, the Chicago Sky. Delle Donne scored 25 and the Mystics got 25 more from rookie Ariel Atkins, who now has the fourth-highest scoring average among rookies, only behind A’ja Wilson, Kelsey Mitchell, and Diamond DeShields.

The Mystics are now just a half-game behind the Mercury for second place in the standings, but now they face a four-game road trip before the All-Star break. While all four games are against teams behind them in the standings, it will be an interesting challenge for a team that’s played fewer games on the road than anyone else so far this season.


John Wall gets in his feelings and gets ready for softball

I turned 30 this week but nothing made me feel older than seeing this and not having a clue what was going on. You can read about it here. I still don’t quite get it, but hey, I’m old now.

Fun fact about Drake: He’s a big fan of the Raptors, the team John Wall and the Wizards swept out of the playoffs in 2015. Wild times.

Fun fact about John Wall: He’ll be participating in the Celebrity Softball Game at Nationals Park on Sunday. Here’s to hoping he can make a few highlights so we can finally put this video away for good.