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Wizards play Knicks twice in the 2017-18 preseason

Wizards play Knicks twice in the 2017-18 preseason

The Wizards will play the New York Knicks two times during the 2017-18 preseason, once at home at the Capital One Arena and again on the road at Madison Square Garden.

The Knicks confirmed the news on Tuesday in a tweet of their full schedule, though the matchups with New York were previously reported by CSN. Now that we have the dates for their games against the Knicks, here's how the Wizards' preseason schedule looks:

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 Wizards then start their regular season at home against the Philadelphia 76ers on Oct. 18. That will be the first NBA game for No. 1 overall pick Markelle Fultz.

It's always hard to predict who will actually play in the preseason, but the Wizards' preseason set is pretty decent. The Cavs are the defending conference champions and have several stars in LeBron James, Kyrie Irving (for now) and Kevin Love. The Knicks have Kristaps Porzingis and Carmelo Anthony, making them worth watching despite their record. And the Heat just barely missed the playoffs last season and could be the Wizards' biggest threat to defending as division champs.

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Wizards new alternate jerseys leaked by NBA 2K18

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Wizards new alternate jerseys leaked by NBA 2K18

NBA fans got a glimpse at new alternate jerseys from a host of teams on Thursday thanks to a leak by the video game NBA 2K18 and the Wizards are included in that mix.

The Wizards had yet to reveal their 'City' edition jerseys, but the front of the uniform tops has hit social media.

NBC Sports Washington can confirm they are legitimate.

Here's a look:

<<<CLICK HERE FOR ALL THE NBA 2K18 JERSEY LEAKS>>>

(Photo via @itscorevisuals, h/t @BulletsForever)

This happens just about every year where NBA 2K18 will release jerseys before the teams intended. It happened earlier this season with other teams, notably the Timberwolves who went through a color and logo change.

This recent round of leaks revealed jerseys for many teams including the Jazz, Magic and Lakers: 

<<<CLICK HERE FOR ALL THE NBA 2K18 JERSEY LEAKS>>>

The Wizards ones seem like they will be a big hit among fans.

 

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Tomas Satoransky continues to play at backup point guard for Wizards even with John Wall back

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Tomas Satoransky continues to play at backup point guard for Wizards even with John Wall back

John Wall's return wasn't the only piece of point guard-related news for the Wizards on Wednesday night.

In their 93-87 win over the Memphis Grizzlies, it was Tomas Satoransky and not Tim Frazier who first emerged from the bench to spell Wall with 5:10 on the clock. Satoransky ended up with 15 minutes in the game compared to five for Frazier.

Before Wall had platelet-rich plasma (PRP) treatment and viscosupplementation injections in his left knee, Satoransky had appeared in only nine of the Wizards' 18 games. Frazier played in all of them and averaged 16.6 minutes. 

Wall's absence opened the door for Satoransky to play as the primary backup behind Frazier and he thrived. In nine games, Satoransky averaged 8.4 points, 4.4 assists and 3.4 rebounds. He shot 52.9 percent from the field and 46.7 percent from three.

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He was +44 and, most importantly, he committed just two total turnovers while averaging 23.1 minutes per game. Satoransky is second in the NBA in assist-to-turnover ratio (6.00) among players who have appeared in at least 10 games.

Satoransky, 26, has long been appreciated by Wizards fans for his potential, ever since he was selected in the second round of the 2012 draft. He's 6-foot-7 and can jump out of the gym. Now he's shown the ability to play smart and limit mistakes and it appears to have earned him a larger role, even with Wall back.

"I felt good about it," Satoransky said of his nine-game audition. "I was the first guy coming off the bench. I didn't play very well today, but it's good to have the recognition of those games we had."

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As Satoransky noted, he didn't have his best game against Memphis. He had three points, two rebounds, two assists and a turnover. He was also 1-for-3 from the free throw line, as the Wizards shot 12-for-24 as a team.

The backend of head coach Scott Brooks' rotation can be hard to predict, as sometimes a given night will depend on matchups. Players like Mike Scott, Jason Smith and others have gone missing and sometimes after stretches where it appeared they played well.

One game doesn't guarantee that Satoransky has a new official role and that this will continue. But it was certainly a good sign for the second-year guard, a sign that he earned some trust from the coaching staff while Wall was out.

"Hopefully I can keep pushing," he said.

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