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Where Wizards' roster stands after locking up 15th spot with Otto Porter

Where Wizards' roster stands after locking up 15th spot with Otto Porter

LAS VEGAS --With the Wizards matchng the Brooklyn Nets' offer sheet of $106 million, that brings the roster to the regular-season maximum of 15 with one spot remaining for a "two-way" contract.  

They've already given a two-way deal to forward Michael Young, an undrafted free agent.

The Wizards like to be three-deep at each of the five positions though some players are hybrids:

Point guard

JohnWall

Tim Frazier

Tomas Satoransky

[RELATED: Wizards match $106M offer sheet from Nets, re-sign Otto Porter]

Shooting guard

Bradley Beal

Jodie Meeks

Sheldon Mac

Small forward

Otto Porter

Kelly Oubre

Mike Scott

[RELATED: Some positives in Wizards' first Summer League loss to Grizzlies]

Power forward

Markieff Morris

Jason Smith

Chris McCullough

Center

Marcin Gortat

Ian Mahinmi

Daniel Ochefu

[RELATED: Bradley Beal on his summer and the Wizards' offseason]

Based on this, there are no roster spots open. Mac and Ochefu, however, are playing on non-guaranteed deals and could be released at anytime before early January without penalty.

If that scenario were to unfold, the opening would be filled likely by a veteran playing for the minimum because the Wizards are in the luxury tax and have to get below it by the end of 2017-18 to avoid paying it.

The only opening that remains at the moment is the second two-way contract that'll pay between $75,000-$275,000. Danuel House and Devin Robinson appear to have the best chance at such a deal from the group at Las Vegas summer league but Jared Cunningham has pushed his way into that discussion, too. 

The biggest question remaining for the Wizards is what they'll do, if anything, with their bigs Gortat and Mahinmi. There's duplication in the middle and neither can stretch the floor so if a roster spot is created that'll be the likely place to trim.

[RELATED: Oubre cleared to practice again after right knee procedure]

 

 

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2018 NBA Playoffs Wizards-Raptors Game 4: TV, live stream and radio info, things to watch

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2018 NBA Playoffs Wizards-Raptors Game 4: TV, live stream and radio info, things to watch

John Wall, Bradley Beal, Otto Porter and the Washington Wizards battle Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, Serge Ibaka and the Toronto Raptors on Sunday night in Game 4 of the 2018 NBA Playoffs.

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

GAME 4: TORONTO RAPTORS AT WASHINGTON WIZARDS

Series: Raptors lead 2-1
Where: Capital One Arena
Tip-off: 6 p.m.
TV: NBC Sports Washington (pregame coverage begins at 5 p.m.)
Live stream: NBCSportsWashington.com
Radio: 1500 AM

Time to get even

After a momentous Game 3 win, the Wizards have breathed some life back into their season. On Sunday, they can make this a brand new series.

With a win in Game 4 for the Wizards, they would tie the series and send it back to Toronto ensuring another home game in Washington. A loss would put them down 3-1, a deficit that has historically been hard to overcome.

Only 11 teams have accomplished the feat, most notably the Cavaliers in the 2016 NBA Finals. The Warriors did the same that year in the conference finals. It has only been done three times since 2006. 

How will Raptors respond?

Game 3 took on a much different tone and style than the previous two and it played into the Wizards' hands. It was much more physical and Washington did a good job of instigating contact and using it to their advanage. After the game, several players highlighted Markieff Morris shoving OG Anunoby and Serge Ibaka as a turning point.

Just because it worked in Game 3 doesn't mean it will carry over successfully in Game 4. Not only could the Raptors respond with their own dose of brutality, but the referees may try to nip anything of the sort in the bud early on.

It would not be surprising if Game 4 was officiated very tightly and if a message was sent in the first quarter to the players. After seeing how well it worked in Game 3, the Wizards will likely try to test the limits.

Playoff Beal

The Raptors will also try to adjust their defense following Bradley Beal's 28-point outburst in Game 3. He wasn't much of a factor in the first two games of the series, but broke out in Game 3 to lead the Wizards to a win.

The Wizards did a good job of getting Beal involved early. He was found for open looks from three in the first half and had two three-pointers in each of the first two quarters. Beal also took it upon himself to attack the rim and force the issue.

The Raptors held Beal back in the first two games by being rough with him and in Game 2 they got him in foul trouble. Surely he will be a big emphasis of their gameplan on Sunday.

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The Wizards dominated Game 3 because everybody ate ... literally

The Wizards dominated Game 3 because everybody ate ... literally

The Wizards returned to Washington, D.C. on Friday down 0-2 to the Raptors in their best-of-seven 2018 NBA Playoffs first-round series

The team lost a close one in Game 1 and was run out of the building in Game 2. Game 3 was must-win, and the Wizards knew what needed to happen in order for them to secure the victory.

"Everybody eats." 

That's the phrase that has defined the Wizards throughout much of the season They are at their best when John Wall is making plays and feeding his teammates.

On Friday night, the Wizards beat the Raptors 122-103 to force at least a Game 5. Wall finished with 28 points and 14 assists.

Bradley Beal finally broke out of his slump for 28 points and  Marcin Gortat, Mike Scott and Kelly Oubre all chipped in with at least 10 points.

But the stat sheet wasn't the only place where everybody eats.

Here's Marcin Gortat from Game 3. 

But if pantomiming isn't your thing, here is Bradley Beal actually eating popcorn during Game 3.

So what did we learn in Game 3? Well, for starters: "Everybody Eats" is not just a motto, it is a way of life.

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GORTAT DITCHES MOHAWK, TEAMMATES APPROVE

MUST-SEE MOMENTS FROM WILD GAME 3

BEAL GOT AN APOLOGY FROM SCOTT BROOKS