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Kara Lawson has been named the primary analyst for Wizards' game broadcasts on CSN

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Kara Lawson has been named the primary analyst for Wizards' game broadcasts on CSN

CSN Mid-Atlantic has named Kara Lawson the primary analyst voice for Wizards games, joining play-by-play announcer Steve Buckhantz in the broadcast booth.

Lawson has extensive ties to the Washington area as a native of Alexandria, Va., and a former Washington Mystic. 

I’m ecstatic to return to my hometown and be a part of the coverage for the franchise I rooted for growing up. There are not many times in life when you are offered an opportunity that fits on so many levels. To cover the NBA on a day-to-day basis, as part of a team, is a dream come true. I look forward to working with everyone on the CSN Mid-Atlantic team and the Washington Wizards.

The newest member of the Wizards broadcast team has an impressive work history, both on the court and on television. She played college backetball at Tennessee before launching a WNBA career, winning a WNBA Championship in 2005 as a member of the Sacramento Monarchs. She also played with the Mystics from 2014-15. 

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Lawson was selected to the USA Basketball Women's National Team for the Beijing Olympics in 2008, winning a gold medal. 

On the broadcast side, she has covered college basketball and the NBA for ESPN, becoming the first female analyst on a national NBA broadcast in January of 2007. She will continue her work with ESPN in addition to her new role with CSN. 

As Lawson steps in as the primary analyst , Phil Chenier and Drew Gooden will serve as secondary analysts for select games. A Wizards franchise legend and the team's television broadcast analyst for 33 seasons, Chenier will also contribute regularly as a studio analyst during the Wizards pregame and postgame shows on CSN. 

Gooden, who played for the Wizards 2014 to 2016, will be another new addition to the Wizards broadcast team beginning with this season. 

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Wizards announce Markieff Morris will miss six to eight weeks after hernia surgery

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Wizards announce Markieff Morris will miss six to eight weeks after hernia surgery

Markieff Morris won't be available for the Wizards for six to eight weeks as he recovers from surgery to repair a sports hernia. He underwent the procedure today. 

The team released the following statement with the news. 

Wizards forward Markieff Morris underwent surgery today to repair a sports hernia.  The procedure, which went as expected, was performed by Dr. Michael Brunt at the Barnes-Jewish Hospital Center for Advanced Medicine in St. Louis, MO.  Morris will begin the rehabilitation process immediately and is expected to miss approximately six to eight weeks.

Originally when the surgery was reported, Morris was expected to miss at least the beginning of Wizards training camp, which begins next week in Richmond, Va.

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The latest timeline, however, extends the forward's absence into the regular season, which begins in a little under four weeks on October 18.

Morris seems likely to miss the Wizards' first West Coast road trip, including the contest against the Warriors on October 27, and could be sidelined for the November 3 home game against the Cavaliers. 

The Kansas product cemented himself as the starting power forward for the Wizards, averaging 14 points and 6.5 rebounds per game last season. The 28-year-old sets a physical tone on defense and brings a veteran presence to the locker room, as well.

Backup forward Jason Smith will likely get the most minutes filling in for Morris, but coach Scott Brooks could take a look at new addition Mike Scott or play Otto Porter and Kelly Oubre together more. 

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Chris Thompson spins out of multiple tackles to score TD in first game since Redskins extension

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Chris Thompson spins out of multiple tackles to score TD in first game since Redskins extension

Chris Thompson wasted no time proving he deserved that contract extension. The do-it-all back scored the Redskins' first offensive touchdown of the season in spectacular fashion. 

Thompson, who is the shortest player on the team at 5-8, grabbed a tipped pass from Kirk Cousins and turned up the field.

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He looked like he was about to run into a crowd of Eagles, but managed to slip every one of them on the way to the end zone. 

If you watch the video above, you can count five Philly defenders diving to tackle Thompson and coming up with turf. 

His spin move was part Tasmanian Devil, part Harry Houdini. 

Those are the kinds of rewards the Redskins expected from their 2013 draft pick when they signed him to an extension through the 2019 season. Thompson seems intent on returning the investment of decision-makers in Ashburn.