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Notes and numbers on the Wizards' time playing at the 'Verizon Center'

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Notes and numbers on the Wizards' time playing at the 'Verizon Center'

For the second time in just 11 years, the Washington Wizards' home arena has undergone a name change. No longer will they play at the Verizon Center. Instead, it will be known as Capital One Arena. That may take some getting used to.

It feels strange to do a full retrospective on a building that isn't closing. All they are doing is changing the name. That shouldn't mean much to fans other than the building's facade in Chinatown looking a little different. That said, the Wizards had some good memories at the 'Verizon Center.' Consider these notes...

*The Wizards made the playoffs six times in the 12 seasons they played at the Verizon Center. They made the postseason just once in the eight years it was called the MCI Center.

*In 2007, the first ever indoor HD, LED scoreboard was unveiled at the Verizon Center.

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*John Wall, Bradley Beal and Otto Porter have each played every one of their NBA home games at the Verizon Center.

*The last NBA game played at the arena under the name Verizon Center ended with Wall beating the Celtics on a game-winning shot in Game 6 of the second round of the 2017 playoffs. 

*Wall holds the record for the most points scored at the Verizon Center with 52 against the Magic on Dec. 6, 2016. The most points scored by a Wizards opponent at the Phone Booth was Stephen Curry, who dropped 51 points on Feb. 3, 2016.

*The most points scored by the Wizards as a team at the Verizon Center was 136 against the Kings on Jan. 11, 2011. The most points scored by any team was 140 by the Cavaliers in the overtime classic on Feb. 6, 2017.

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*The last time the arena changed names it happened during the regular season for the Wizards and Capitals in 2006.

Now that the building will be known as Capital One Arena, it needs a nickname. The Verizon Center was the 'Phone Booth,' as mentioned above, and that was a good one. What should we call Capital One Arena?

Plenty of suggestions have been thrown out on Twitter from 'Cap One' to 'the ATM' to 'the Cap Center.' Others include 'the Bank' and 'the Vault.' Surely we can do better than those, but nicknames are hard.

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

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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. 

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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