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Wizards' 2017-18 regular season schedule released with plenty of national TV games

Wizards' 2017-18 regular season schedule released with plenty of national TV games

Days after we learned of the Wizards' season opener and Christmas Day matchup against the Celtics, Washington's full 2017-18 regular season schedule has been released. They will begin on Oct. 18 at home against the Sixers and end their regular season on April 11, 2018 at the Orlando Magic.

The Wizards' first two games will be at home, the second on Oct. 20 against the Pistons. They then go on a very early road trip out west with games at the Nuggets, Lakers, Warriors and Kings.

Christmas in Boston isn't the only holiday the Wizards will play on. They also have a matinee matchup against the Bulls on New Year's Eve at home.

[RELATED: Wizards to open vs. Sixers, play Celtics on Christmas Day]

The season starts earlier than usual as part of the NBA's quest to limit back-to-backs and give players more rest in between games. As a result, the Wizards do not play their first back-to-back until Nov. 19 and 20, a full month into the season. 

Washington will have plenty of nationally televised games in 2017-18, including their opener against Philadelphia. They play 18 games on either ESPN, TNT or ABC. That does not include NBATV games, which haven't been announced, and more could be added throughout the course of the year. Beginning Feb. 6, the Wizards play seven times on national TV in a 10-game stretch.

The end of the Wizards' regular season could be very difficult with some high profile games against elite teams. Among their final five games they will play at Houston, at Cleveland and at home against Boston. The Cavs and Celtics games will be on TNT. All four of the Wizards' games against their rival Boston Celtics will be nationally televised.

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Here is their full schedule. The tipoff times are based on the time zones of the cities they will be playing in:

Chris Miller contributed to this report

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Best 2017 Black Friday gift ideas for the Wizards fan in your life

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Best 2017 Black Friday gift ideas for the Wizards fan in your life

Looking for a Black Friday gift for that special Wizards fan? We’re got you covered.

Well they may not be that special, you may just be stuck with them in your gift exchange group. Believe it or not, some times sports’ fans are the hardest to shop for around the holidays. With Black Friday later this week there are going to be plenty of deals to find the perfect gift for any Wizards fan on your shopping list.

Here are a few ideas:

1. John Wall Jersey

Price: $69.99

Where to Buy: NBA Store

Why They’ll Love It: This is pretty self-explanatory. If they don’t have one, they need one. If they do have one, they can always use another. Attached is the link for the Men’s jerseys but they also have Women’s and Kids sizes as well.

2. Washington Wizards New Era Cuffed Knit Hat with Pom

Price: $23.99

Where to Buy: NBA Store

Why They’ll Love It: Everyone needs their go-to winter hat/ beanie once the temperature drops outside. This one can be that beanie. And as a guy I know this is not an easy find. Fits perfectly with any outfit.

3. Washington Wizards Brown Pilsner Beer Gift Set

Price: Sale -- $99.99

Where to Buy: NBA Store

Why They’ll Love It: Granted this gift is not for everyone and if they do not have other alcohol memorabilia you might want to think twice before getting this gift. If they do, and if they like their adult beverages, then you will strike gold with this gift.

4. Washington Wizards Team Lanyard

Price: Sale: $9.99

Where to Buy: NBC Sports Shop

Why They’ll Love It: Keeping it simple is sometimes the best option. There is never a time you could go wrong with a team lanyard and like unlike other Wizards lanyard options, this one looks pretty good.

5. Washington Wizards Candy Cane Sweater

Price: Sale -- $69.99

Where to Buy: NBC Sports Shop

Why They’ll Love It: Just click on the link and you’ll know why.

6. Men’s Washington Wizards Fanatics Navy Static Long Sleeve

Price: Sale -- $29.99, Regular -- $39.99

Where to Buy: NBA Store

Why They’ll Love It: Brush stroke designs are all of the rage these days and this item is the ideal sports t-shirt that isn’t too much. It’s simple, sleek, and lightweight.

7. Washington Wizards Logo Fathead

Price: Sale -- $69.99

Where to Buy: Fathead

Why They’ll Love It: Fatheads are not just for kids anymore, and if you do have a kid you should check out their full collection. The Wizards Logo Fathead is a requirement for any Wizards’ fan cave out there. And if you are unsure about getting them a poster, this is the best start before you go with a life-size John Wall poster.

8. Washington Wizards Plush Santa Hat

Price: Sale: $14.95

Where to Buy: Rakuten.com

Why They’ll Love It: Not all gifts have to wait until Christmas, here is a chance to get a unique item they you KNOW they will use at least one day out of the year.

9. Washington Wizards New Era Navy 2017 Draft Cap

Price: Sale -- $29.99, Regular -- $39.99

Where to Buy: NBA Store

Why They’ll Love It: Another necessity for any Wizards fan, like the John Wall jersey. Better yet, odds are they do not have this hat yet. If your Wizards fan is a hat wearer, you cannot go wrong with this as their gift.

10. fuboTV Subscription

Price: $19.99/month for 2 months

Where to buy: fubotv.com

Why they'll love it: What better gift than the games themselves? Perfect for the cord-cutting Wizards fan on your list, fuboTV offers 80 streaming channels from sports to news to movies and more. Watch on all of your favorite devices including Roku, Apple TV, Amazon FireTV and AndroidTV or take it anywhere with the fuboTV app, available for both Android and iOS. If you're on the go, take advantage of fuboTV's cloud-based DVR service to record your favorite programs and watch them wherever you'd like. Even better? There are no hidden fees or long-term contracts and you can cancel anytime.

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Star NBA draft prospect Michael Porter, Jr. likely out for season with back injury

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Star NBA draft prospect Michael Porter, Jr. likely out for season with back injury

There was a potentially major development in the 2018 NBA Draft on Tuesday, as news broke that star Missouri freshman Michael Porter, Jr. will undergo back surgery that could keep him out for the rest of the season.

Porter, 19, will have a "microdiscectomy of the L3-L4 spinal discs," according to the school.

Porter played in just one game, and for only two minutes, after entering this season as one of the top recruits in the nation.

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A 6-foot-10 forward, Porter is projected by most mock drafts to be a top five pick. He is highly skilled for his size with the ability to shoot and handle the ball.

It's too early to project how much this will affect his draft status, but injuries this serious often cause players to slide.

Nerlens Noel tore his ACL as a freshman at Kentucky and was picked sixth the following summer despite once being considered the top prospect in the draft.

Joel Embiid suffered a back injury as a freshman at Kansas, yet was still taken third in a what was a deep class. It depends on the injury and the potential of the player.

There's a chance Porter returns this season. He has a recovery timeline of three-to-four months, which means he could be back in March. But with hopefully a long NBA career ahead of him, it wouldn't seem wise to risk it.

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