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CSN MID-ATLANTIC: Wizards' starting five tops Celtics'

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CSN MID-ATLANTIC: Wizards' starting five tops Celtics'

Apparently, they're not impressed with the Celtics' addition of Gordon Hayward in Washington.

Despite Hayward being added to the Celtics' lineup - and the Wizards loss to the C's in the Eastern Conference semifinals this past spring - our friends at CSNMidAtlantic.com rank Washington's starting five ahead of Boston's in their list of the best starting units, not including the Warriors and Cavs.

The Wizards return the same five who took the Celtics to seven games - John Wall, Bradley Beal, Otto Porter, Markieff Morris, and Marcin Gortat. As for the Celtics, it seems the apparent uncertainty about just who'll make up their starters is what gave the Wizards the edge, putting them third on the list ahead of the Celtics at fourth. The Rockets are No. 1 and the Timberwolves No. 2.

More from Nick Ashooh's CSNMidAtlantic.com's story: 

So do they go Thomas, Hayward, Crowder, newly acquired Marcus Morris, and Horford? Or do they add Rozier at shooting guard,  and put Hayward at the 3 instead. What about rookie Jayson Tatum? He's already being compared to Celtics legend Paul Pierce. When does he crack the starting lineup?

With all the questions, there also means a learning curve when it comes to chemistry. Obviously, the talent is there in Boston, but it may take some time for Stevens to figure out exactly what five guys work best together to start games.  

Bring on the playoff rematch...

LeBron James, NFL players blast President Trump on Twitter

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LeBron James, NFL players blast President Trump on Twitter

President Donald Trump's verbal attacks on NFL players and his tweeted dis-invite of NBA star Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors led to some pointed reactions on Twitter from prominent athletes.

One of the most notable was from the Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James, who backed Curry:

NFL players, including the Patriots' Devin McCourty, also chimed in on Twitter after Trump criticized players who have protested during the national anthem.  

A sampling: 

Trump rescinds White House invitation to Steph Curry in tweet

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Trump rescinds White House invitation to Steph Curry in tweet

President Donald Trump, in a tweet Saturday, rescinded the invitation to the White House for the Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry after Curry had made it clear he didn't want to go for the traditional champions' visit.

It's unclear if Trump's tweet referred to just Curry not being invited or if the President meant the entire Warriors team was not welcome.

Curry had said Friday at Warriors’ media day that he planned to vote no when the team discussed visiting the White House as a team. 

“I don’t want to go. That’s the nucleus of my belief. If it was just me, it would be a pretty short conversation.” Curry said of the team's meeting on the issue. 

His teammate Kevin Durant also said he didn’t want to go. “I don't respect who's in office right now,” he said.

Curry, Durant, coach Steve Kerr and other members of the Warriors organization have been critical of Trump and team officials had told the White House they would vote as a team whether to go.

LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers defended Curry's stance and called out Trump in a tweet:

At a rally in Alabama Friday night, the President criticized NFL players - most notably former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick - who have been kneeling during the national anthem to protest police treatment of African-Americans. 

Curry referred to the NFL players protests when talking to reporters on Friday.

“You can talk about all the different personalities that have said things and done things—from Kaepernick to what happened with [the Seattle Seahawks'] Michael Bennett to all sorts of examples of what has gone on in our country that has led to change,” Curry said. “We’re all trying to do what we can using our platforms, using our opportunities to shed light on that. That’s kind of where I stand on that. I don’t think us going to the White House will miraculously make everything better, but this is my opportunity to voice that.”