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Wizards' 2017-18 regular season schedule, by the numbers

Wizards' 2017-18 regular season schedule, by the numbers

Here are some notes and numbers on the Wizards' 2017-18 regular season schedule, which was released on Monday...

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23

The Wizards play 23 weekend home games. That breaks down as 11 on Fridays, seven on Saturdays and five on Sundays. Last season they played 18 home games on the weekend.

18

The Wizards play 18 games on national TV this season. When the 2016-17 schedule was first released, they were only guaranteed five nationally televised games. Here is how those national TV games break down by opponent and network:

By opponent: Celtics (4), Cavs (3), Sixers (3), Lakers (1), Grizzlies (1), Pistons (1), Thunder (1), Bucks (1), Warriors (1), Raptors (1), Spurs (1).

By network: ESPN (10), TNT (7), ABC (1)

15

There are 15 back-to-back sets on the Wizards' schedule, down from 16 the year before. The league average this season is 14.4 back-to-backs. That puts the Wizards slightly above average, but it's lower than it has been in the past and that is by design. The NBA is starting the season earlier this year in order to spread games out and give players more rest.

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11

Washington's longest road trip will be five games over 11 days from Jan. 17 through Jan. 27.

10

The Wizards' longest homestand will be five games over the course of 10 days from Jan. 6 through Jan. 15.

6

This year the Wizards will open at home for the first time in six years. The last time they opened in D.C. was 2011 to begin the 2011-12 season. This year they will host the Philadelphia 76ers on Oct. 18.

4

There are four holidays where the Wizards will have games: Christmas at Boston, New Year's Eve vs. Chicago, Martin Luther King Day vs. Milwaukee and Valentine's Day at New York.

Not once will the Wizards play four games in five nights. They only did so once last year, but in previous seasons that workload was commonplace.

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Wizards Tipoff podcast, Ep. 45 - Season preview with over/unders and bold predictions

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Wizards Tipoff podcast, Ep. 45 - Season preview with over/unders and bold predictions

On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman personal injury lawyers, Chase Hughes and Chris Miller previewed the 2017-18 Wizards regular season with over/unders, biggest questions and bold predictions.

NBC Sports Philly Sixers Insider Jessica Camerato also joined the show to preview the first game between the Wizards and Sixers.

You can listen to the episode right here:

You can download the podcast on Apple Podcasts right here and on Google Play. If you like the show please tell your friends!

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Celtics lose Gordon Hayward to gruesome leg injury in season-opener vs. Cavaliers

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Celtics lose Gordon Hayward to gruesome leg injury in season-opener vs. Cavaliers

Gordon Hayward made his Celtics debut on Tuesday night as Boston took on the Cleveland Cavaliers in a rematch of the 2017 Eastern Conference Finals.

But Hayward's game, and possibly season, came to an end in the first half after the former Jazz small forward suffered a gruesome leg injury.

With the Celtics trailing by 12 in the first quarter, Hayward landed awkwardly under the Celtics basket and his left leg snapped in grotesque fashion, like Paul George's leg did during the summer of 2015.

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To watch the gruesome injury, you can click here. Trust us, it's not good.

You could hear a player on the braodcast scream "He broke his leg. He broke his leg."

Players, both Cavaliers and Celtics, huddled up, hoping for the best. 

Marcin Gortat, John Wall and Bradley Beal are three of the many players to issue the kindest respects following the awful injury.

The Wizards make their season debut on Wednesday when they host the Philadelphia 76ers at Capital One Center.

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