Wizards

Quick Links

NBA issues memo to teams outlining changes to schedule

silver.png

NBA issues memo to teams outlining changes to schedule

The NBA has had to deal with a resting players problem recently. Now, they've taken steps to try and fix that issue.

With an expanded NBA calender being part of the new collective bargaining agreement, we'll hopefully see fewer opportunites for players to sit out and rest, which left fans angry and sent NBA Twitter into a frenzy.

There's now going to be far more opportunity for rest built into the schedule, with the NBA moving up the start of the regular season by one week.

That's not all that's being changed though according to ESPN's Brian Windhorst:

• Eliminating stretches of four games in five days and 18 games in 30 days.

• Reduction of five games in seven nights to just 40 instances across (1.3 per team), down from last year when it was on the schedule 90 times (three per team).

• Reduction in number of back-to-backs to 14.9 per team, down from 16.3 per team. In all, 40 back-to-backs have been eliminated from last season.

• Reduction of single-game road trips by 17 percent.

• Reduction in single-game road trips over 2,000 miles by 67 percent; there are only 11 of them on schedule.

• Increase in weekend games from 549 to 568, much of the boost coming on Saturdays. Previously the NBA avoided Saturdays and Sunday afternoons during football season to dodge conflicts.

RELATED: FORMER CAVS GM ADDS FUEL TO A KYRIE IRVING TO THE CELTICS TRADE

Teams that have seen versions of their schedules can petition the league for changes. The overall changes the league has made will stay the same though.

The schedule is expected to be finalized this week and we should see some of the highlights soon.

 

RELATED: VERIZON CENTER OFFICIALLY CHANGES NAMING RIGHTS

Quick Links

NBA Power Rankings 2017-18: Celtics still won't lose, Wizards rise

screen_shot_2017-10-16_at_12.18.53_pm.png
USA Today Sports

NBA Power Rankings 2017-18: Celtics still won't lose, Wizards rise

The Celtics passed their toughest test yet with a win over the Warriors. 

The league's leading defense held the defending champion Warriors to a season-low 88 points Thursday night to keep its winning streak alive, and added their 15th straight win Saturday against the Hawks.

Spoiler alert: there's obviously no way you can move them from the top spot after doing all that. 

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE LATEST NBA POWER RANKINGS

The Sixers and Knicks are actually above .500, and see themselves rising, while teams like the Clippers and Thunder can't seem to put a consistent stretch together. 

Heck, the Clippers would be happy for a win at this point. 

The Magic also seem to be leveling out after a strong start to the season.

To see where all 30 teams came in this week, check out our latest NBA Power Rankings.

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE LATEST NBA POWER RANKINGS

Quick Links

Wizards at Bucks: TV, live stream and radio info, things to watch

usatsi_9769556.jpg
USA Today Sports

Wizards at Bucks: TV, live stream and radio info, things to watch

John Wall, Bradley Beal, Otto Porter and the Washington Wizards battle Giannis Antetokounmpo, Eric Bledsoe, Khris Middleton and the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday night.

Here is all you need to know: TV, live stream and radio info, tip-off time, plus three things to watch…

WASHINGTON WIZARDS AT MILWAUKEE BUCKS

Where: BMO Harris Bradley Center
Tip-off: 8 p.m.
TV: NBC Sports Washington (coverage begins at 7 p.m.)
Live stream: NBCSportsWashington.com
Online with no cable TV: fuboTV (try for free)
Radio: 1500 AM

Three things to watch...

Can Wall play?

The Wizards were without star point guard on Sunday night, as John Wall sat out due to a swollen left knee. The Wizards lost and it was in large part due to their lack of offense. They scored only 91 points, their second-lowest output of the season so far. With a healthy Wall, maybe that doesn't happen.

Head coach Scott Brooks told reporters in Toronto that Wall could miss Monday's game as well. But by tipoff Wall will have had two full days off following his last game, on Friday against the Heat. The Bucks, though, present a unique challenge with a deep backcourt featuring Eric Bledsoe, Malcolm Brogdon, Khris Middleton and others. This is also the second game of a back-to-back for the Wizards. They were 7-9 in games with zero days rest last year.

[RELATED: WAIT...WHAT'S 'WOLF SEASON?']

Recent history

The Wizards won three of their four matchups against the Bucks last season and have taken 14 of their last 19 meetings going back to 2012. Washington has absolutely owned the Bucks and that hasn't changed even in recent years with the emergence of Giannis Antetokounmpo as a superstar. The Bucks, though, are a different team with Bledsoe so there is no guarantee the recent success continues.

One thing to keep in mind is that these teams had a bit of bad blood last year. The Bucks' lone win against the Wizards was on Dec. 23 in Milwaukee. The Bucks won in a blowout and Antetokounmpo remained in late in the game to chase a career-high in points. The Wizards didn't like that and after beating them in a rematch on Dec. 26 several players including Wall said publicly they thought it was disrespectful.

[RELATED: HOW MAHINMI LOST WEIGHT, WHY HE LOVES D.C.]

Bucks are on the rise

Speaking of Antetokounmpo, the guy just keeps getting better. This year he's averaging a ridiculous line of 30.1 points, 10.5 rebounds, 4.4 assists, 1.8 blocks and 1.7 steals. He is shooting a cool 56.3 percent and so far looks like a legitimate MVP candidate.

Antetokounmpo has some help, too. Middleton is averaging 18.9 points, 5.5 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 1.2 steals. Brogdon, the reigning rookie of the year, is averaging 14.1 points and 3.8 assists. There is also Bledsoe, who hasn't quite broken out yet since joining the Bucks in a trade.

[RELATED: KELLY OUBRE CAN SEE WHY DURANT MADE A FAKE TWITTER ACCOUNT]