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Todd Dybas

Todd Dybas was a sports writer for the Washington Times.

Articles by Todd Dybas

The Wizards' John Wall goes up for a shot against in a 104-98 win over the Hawks in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals. (Associated Press)

Wizards sore, but shake off rust to beat Hawks in Game 1

The Wizards left Philips Arena sore yet pleased on Sunday afternoon. They had flipped Game 1 on its head to find a way to a 104-98 win in the opener of their Eastern Conference semifinal series against the top-seeded Atlanta Hawks. Published May 3, 2015

Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal, left, and John Wall embrace after Game 4 of the first round of the NBA basketball playoffs against the Toronto Raptors, Sunday, April 26, 2015, in Washington. The Wizards won 125-94 to complete the first sweep of a seven-game series in club history, and advancing them to the second-round. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Washington Wizards will face Atlanta Hawks in second round

The Hawks beat the Nets in six games to close their first-round series with a 111-87 win Friday night in Brooklyn. The Wizards and Hawks will begin their Eastern Conference semifinal series Sunday in Atlanta. Published May 1, 2015

Washington Wizards forward Drew Gooden (90) celebrates with the fans after Game 4 in the first round of the NBA basketball playoffs against the Toronto Raptors, Sunday, April 26, 2015, in Washington. The Wizards won 125-94 to complete the first sweep of a seven-game series in club history, and advancing them to the second-round. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Once playoffs began, much changed for the struggling Wizards

A team that sailed through the early part of the season, began free-falling as the calendar turned and then stabilized itself after the all-star break made quick work of the Raptors and looked as efficient as ever. Published April 28, 2015

Backup point guard Ramon Sessions did not play hefty minutes in the first-round series against the Toronto Raptors, but his flexibility helped the Wizards. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press Via Associated Press)

Ramon Sessions providing a lift off the bench for Wizards

During the sweep of the perimeter-oriented series against the Raptors, Sessions provided an option that Andre Miller would not have. He was fast enough to track Lou Williams and defend Kyle Lowry and Greivis Vasquez. Published April 27, 2015

Washington Wizards center Marcin Gortat (4) battles for the ball against Toronto Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas (17) during the first half in Game 2 in the first round of the NBA basketball playoffs, Tuesday, April 21, 2015,  in Toronto. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)  MANDATORY CREDIT

Three points: Things to ponder following Game 3

Pushing the Toronto Raptors to the brink has placed the Washington Wizards in a dominating spot. No team has rallied from a 3-0 deficit in NBA playoff history. Published April 25, 2015

Washington Wizards forward Paul Pierce (34) celebrates with Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3) after defeating the Toronto Raptors in Game 2 in the first round of the NBA basketball playoffs, Tuesday, April 21, 2015,  in Toronto. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)  MANDATORY CREDIT

Three points: Things to ponder after Game 2

The Wizards left the booming city of Toronto with a firm grip on their best-of-seven series with the Raptors. When a visiting team goes up 2-0, it wins a best-of-seven series 89.7 percent of the time. Published April 22, 2015