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Wizards' full preseason schedule announced, including game vs. Tyler Hansbrough's Chinese team

Wizards' full preseason schedule announced, including game vs. Tyler Hansbrough's Chinese team

The Wizards announced their 2017-18 preseason schedule on Thursday and on it is a game against the Guangzhou Long-Lions, a Chinese team that features former University of North Carolina star Tyler Hansbrough.

That's the only game of the five that was not previously reported. Here is the full list:

Oct. 2 vs. Guangzhou Long-Lions, 7 p.m.

Oct. 6 vs. New York Knicks, 7 p.m.

Oct. 8 vs. Cleveland Cavaliers, 7 p.m.

Oct. 11 at Miami Heat, 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 13 at New York Knicks, 7:30 p.m.

The preseason opening on Oct. 2 means there are 39 days until the Wizards take the court for the first time. That will be here before you know it.

The Wizards will begin their regular season schedule on Oct. 18 at home against the Philadelphia 76ers. For their full regular season schedule, click here.



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5 must-see moments from Wizards' win over Sixers

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5 must-see moments from Wizards' win over Sixers

Here are the five best moments from the Washington Wizards' 120-115 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday night at Capital One Arena


1. John Wall posted up T.J. McConnell and finished with a thunderous left-handed slam in what was clearly the play of the game.

This may go down as one of the best dunks of the entire Wizards season:

2. Wall had some great dunks, but he played a solid game overall with 28 points and eight assists. Check out this block on Markelle Fultz, a fellow No. 1 overall pick who was making his NBA debut:

3. Kelly Oubre, Jr. had a strong game with 14 points and seven rebounds. He did a great job pitching in when Jason Smith left with an injury. His best play was this ridiculous putback dunk. Everything in the universe aligned perfectly for him to put one back and rock Capital One Arena in the process:

Oubre's postgame quote on the dunk was sensational:

"Man, I don't know. I just jumped in the air and the ball was in the rim. I blacked out, honestly, in that moment. I'm just happy it happened. It was all God. God took over my soul at that point."

4. Marcin Gortat had a monster night with 16 points, 17 rebounds and three blocks. Ten of his points came in the fourth quarter alone, including this powerful dunk assisted by Wall. Gortat broke out his signature celebration afterwards:

5. Wall could not be stopped in the second half. This was his second-best dunk of the night, but still a great highlight:

Afterwards, when Wall was asked about his collection of dunks, he replied: "it's Wolf Season, just keep watching."

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Marcin Gortat dedicates big game against Sixers to late former Polish teammate Adam W贸jcik

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Marcin Gortat dedicates big game against Sixers to late former Polish teammate Adam W贸jcik

Marcin Gortat is a legend in his home country of Poland and on Wednesday night he paid homage to one of his predecessors.

Adam W贸jcik, one of the most decorated Polish basketball players of all time, passed away in August after a battle with Leukemia. Months later, in the first game of the 2017-18 season, Gortat took the floor with W贸jcik's initials, the date of his death, a cross and 'RIP' inscribed on his shoes.

Gortat went out and delivered one of the best games of his career. He had 16 points, 17 rebounds and three blocks, just the third time in his 11 NBA seasons he has posted those numbers. His production was pivotal in the Wizards' 120-115 win over the Sixers in their season opener.

"I'm just glad I did that wearing the initials of the greatest players from Poland, Adam W贸jcik," Gortat said. "I'm glad in the first game, we came up with a win."


Ten of Gortat's points came in the fourth quarter, as he consistently fed off pick-and-roll mismatches. John Wall found him over and over, including for a big dunk that allowed Gortat to do his signature Polish Hammer celebration.

That Wall-to-Gortat combination is something head coach Scott Brooks wants to see more of.

"It鈥檚 simple for him. I鈥檝e been telling him for about a year and at the start of this season," Brooks said. "You run into your screen and you roll out, and you鈥檙e going to get open looks. We have some special players handling the ball. They鈥檙e going to have to guard with an extra man and if he rolls hard, he鈥檚 going be able to finish."

W贸jcik died at just 47 years old after a long and successful basketball career. He won eight Polish League championships and won MVP three times. Gortat and W贸jcik played together for the Polish national team and W贸jcik is someone Gortat looked up to for a long time.

"I dedicate this game to him," he said.