On the eve of training camp, the Wizards signed veteran point guard Jannero Pargo to a 1-year contract. according to multiple reports.With John Wall expected to miss eight weeks with a leg stress fracture, Washington added the 33-year-old Pargo to a point guard mix that includes newcomer A.J. Price and rising second-year player Shelvin Mack.The 6-foot-1 Pargo spent eight seasons with seven teams entering this campaign, averaging 6.5 points and 2.0 assists. Last season in 50 games with the Hawks, Pargo averaged 5.6 points, 1.9 assists and shot 38.4 percent from 3-point range.In that span Pargo played in 429 regular season games with 18 career starts. Price and Mack have a combined four starts in four NBA seasons.Washington fans may remember Pargo from his days with the Bulls, specifically the playoffs. Coming off the bench, he scored 18 points in Game 3 against the Wizards and knocked down 10 3's over the final three games of the series, the last one won by the Wizards.Media day kicks off soon so check back for more on this and other Wizards news later on.Ben Standig blogs about the Wizards, Redskinsand the D.C.area college basketball scene for CSNwashington. You can reach him by email at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @benstandig.
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.
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 returned to Washington, D.C. on Friday down 0-2 to the Raptors in their best-of-seven 2018 NBA Playoffs first-round series.
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.
This is how Bradley Beal felt about the Raptors tonight 🍿 pic.twitter.com/W2sYuNVVmt— Aaron Dodson (@aardodson) April 21, 2018
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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