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John Wall wasn't happy with how the Wizards handled his trade to Houston

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Despite the injuries the Houston Rockets face, John Wall made a trip back to D.C. to face a familiar team, the Washington Wizards. The Wizards' organization told John that they would not trade him but that clearly changed when Wall was traded for Russell Westbrook. Wall couldn't play basketball for two years because of an Achilles and ACL injury. Although Wall was seen throwing up gang signs, he apologized to the Wizards' organization for his actions.

"I called everybody and apologized about it. Nobody's perfect. We make mistakes," Wall said to Fred Katz of The Athletic. "The number one goal is, you didn't give me the opportunity for me and Brad to run it back, like y'all said we (would)," he said. "That was (my) and our ultimate goal. It was, 'OK, we're gonna give it one more shot.' If it's just one year or two years, we were gonna give it one more shot just to see. … And it's just crazy we never got to do that. I don't think they wanted to do that. I think they moved forward and did whatever they wanted, which is cool. But that was the most frustrating thing than anything. Like, to have an opportunity to run it back with my brother and playing with the guy, the level he's on now."

Bradley Beal loved the competition in Monday night's victory versus the Rockets. He had 37 points and is on a verge of becoming a starter in the All-Star game.

"I'm definitely looking forward to competing against him the rest of my career, as crazy as that may sound," Beal said.

In Wall's return, he had 29 points and 11 assists on 38% shooting. Wall was able to keep the Rockets in the first half, as they were down by three. He made a big play inside the 1st quarter, which was Wall's signature dunk. Wall is averaging 26.5 points per game and shooting 40% percent from the field against the Wizards. The Wizards' head coach Scott Brooks was impressed by Wall's performance. "He was special…He's an All-Star player," as Brooks said.

Wall is continuing to play through adversity because of injuries to the Rockets' roster. It honestly feels like Wall is playing with one hand behind his back. Wall's leadership skills have allowed him to stay composed and support his teammates. The Rockets just lost Ray Spalding to an apparent Achilles injury. Spalding was just called up from the G-League affiliation of the Rio Grande Vipers. The Rockets were missing Eric Gordon, PJ Tucker, Victor Oladipo, and Christian Wood. Those guys were part of the Rockets win streak of six in a row.

Hopefully, Wall continues to progress through this season of injuries and COVID-19.

"Nobody's putting their heads down. Like I'm telling them every day, keep fighting, don't give up," as Wall said. "It's a bump in the road but always the next man up and just give ourselves a chance. All you can do is go out there and play hard."

Wall gave his all to the Wizards organization and still cares for the Washington D.C. community. Even though the Rockets lost, it was good to see the respect he had for that community.

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Carlos Correa had a big home run Saturday night. Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

With four wins in a row, including the first two of this series, Houston had a chance to keep their momentum going to lock up a series win on Saturday in this four-game set. Although Texas would make it interesting late, the Astros would hold them off to get the victory.

Final Score: Astros 6, Rangers 5

Astros' Record: 23-17, second in the AL West

Winning Pitcher: Luis Garcia (1-3)

Losing Pitcher: Dane Dunning (2-3)

Action in the first

After getting trounced the night prior, the Rangers managed to grab early momentum with a run to start the scoring Saturday night against Luis Garcia. It came after a one-out triple set up a sac fly, giving Texas a 1-0 lead. Houston quickly took control back in their favor, though, putting up four in the bottom of the inning on a two-RBI single by Alex Bregman and a two-run homer by Carlos Correa, making it 4-1 Astros.

The scoreboard went quiet after that inning, with both teams slowing down at the plate. Garcia put together a decent night, allowing just the one run over five innings of work, erasing some runners throughout the night. His final line: 5.0 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 0 HR, 94 P.

Rangers tighten it up late

Bryan Abreu was the first reliever to enter for Houston, taking over for Garcia in the top of the sixth. He worked around a leadoff single, keeping it a three-run game, then returned for a 1-2-3 top of the seventh. Correa led off with a double in the bottom of the inning, setting up a two-run Kyle Tucker homer, extending his recent hot streak and the lead to 6-1.

Ryne Stanek took over on the mound for Houston in the top of the eighth but worked himself into trouble with a single and walk to set up a three-run homer by Joey Gallo to make it a two-run game at 6-4. He would manage just one out before a walk would prompt Dusty Baker to move on to Brandon Bielak. Bielak would allow a run while getting the final two outs, making it 6-5.

Astros secure the series

After a scoreless bottom of the eighth, Ryan Pressly would try to notch another save and close the door on the Rangers. He would get the job done, sitting the Rangers down in order, keeping Houston's winning streak intact.

Up Next: The finale of this four-game set will start at 1:10 PM Central on Sunday. Lance McCullers JR. (3-1, 3.10 ERA), fresh off of a recent gem, will look to continue his success for the Astros, while Kyle Gibson (3-0, 2.28) will try to stay perfect on the season for the Rangers.

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