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Wizards have schedule, still waiting for opponent

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Wizards have schedule, still waiting for opponent

The Wizards still don't have an opponent for the Eastern Conference semifinals, but they do have a schedule.

The NBA released two contingencies depending on whether the Atlanta Hawks finish off the Brooklyn Nets in six games or the first-round series goes seven games. Game 6 is set for Friday at 8:00 PM in Brooklyn.

Wizards-Hawks would open in Atlanta. Washington would have home court advantage if Brooklyn advances.

 

  • If game 7 is not necessary in the Atlanta-Brooklyn series.  

Atlanta vs. Washington 

Game 1 – Sun  May 3  Washington at Atlanta, 1:00 PM, ABC             

Game 2 – Tue  May 5  Washington at Atlanta, 8:00 PM, TNT            

Game 3 – Sat  May 9  Atlanta at Washington, 5:00 PM, ESPN            

Game 4 – Mon  May 11 Atlanta at Washington, 7:00 PM, TNT            

Game 5 * Wed  May 13 Washington at Atlanta, TBD, TNT             

Game 6 * Fri  May 15 Atlanta at Washington, TBD, ESPN              

Game 7 * Mon  May 18 Washington at Atlanta, 8:00 PM, TNT             

 

  • If game 7 is necessary in the Atlanta-Brooklyn series.

 Atlanta vs. Washington /OR/ Washington vs. Brooklyn 

Game 1 – Tue  May 5  at Atlanta OR Washington, 8:00 PM, TNT        

Game 2 – Thu  May 7  at Atlanta OR Washington, 8:00 PM, TNT         

Game 3 – Sat  May 9  at Washington OR Brooklyn, 5:00 PM, ESPN         

Game 4 – Mon  May 11 at Washington OR Brooklyn, 7:00 PM, TNT         

Game 5 * Wed  May 13 at Atlanta OR Washington, TBD, TNT 

Game 6 * Fri  May 15 at Washington OR Brooklyn, TBD, ESPN

Game 7 * Mon  May 18 at Atlanta OR Washington, 8:00 PM, TNT

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Bradley Beal thoroughly impressed by LeBron James after being his teammate at All-Star Game

Bradley Beal thoroughly impressed by LeBron James after being his teammate at All-Star Game

As a member of the Washington Wizards, Bradley Beal has had many battles with LeBron James over the years, first with the Miami Heat and now with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Over the weekend, Beal got to experience having James as a teammate for the first time at the All-Star Game in Los Angeles.

It was an eye-opening endeavor. Beal got to see up close and personal James' abilities and his routine to maximize them. In a group of the best players on the planet, James stood out.

"It was surreal at first, just being around all the guys," Beal said. "Even just being on his team for two days, that was an unbelievable experience."

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Beal, 24, is six seasons in to his NBA career and from experience has learned how to train for the rigors of an 82-game regular season. What James does at 33 years old to stay in peak form, however, is next level.

"To see his preparation, his focus and his mentality and what he does to take care of his body before and after games," Beal said. "That's the true testament to a Hall of Famer and one of the best to ever play the game."

James actually assisted Beal's first points in the All-Star Game, a two-handed dunk in the first quarter. James attacked the rim on a fastbreak to draw attention, then found Beal with a dump-off pass for an easy bucket.

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It was an example of James' tricks of the trade. He is not just the most athletic player on the court, he is also the smartest when it comes to the game of basketball.

"His approach and his leadership and everything, it's top notch. It's crazy because you always play against him and to play with him, you get experience the other side of it," Beal said.

Beal, however, did note that much of what he gleaned from James was by watching him. At the end of the day, they are competitors and James isn't going to give away all of his secrets.

"He's not disclosing that information," Beal joked.

The Wizards happen to play James and the Cavs in their first game back from the All-Star break on Thursday night. Once again, Beal will be on the other side. 

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Walt Williams talks Wizards, his NBA career and life after basketball

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Walt Williams talks Wizards, his NBA career and life after basketball

On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman, Chase Hughes was joined by former NBA player Walt Williams for a wide-ranging discussion. Williams talked about the Wizards, his show on NBC Sports Washington and his playing career.

Williams also projected the NBA prospects of Maryland Terrapins stars Bruno Fernando and Kevin Huerter.

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!