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Wizards-Wolves preview: Corral those kids

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Wizards-Wolves preview: Corral those kids

Matchup: Washington Wizards (35-36) vs. Minnesota Timberwolves (23-48)

When: Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. (TV: CSN+, CSNmidatlantic.com via NBC Sports Live Extra) 

Season series: Washington won the previous meeting, 104-98 in Minnesota on March 3. 

Recent: The Wizards split a home-and-home set with the Hawks. Wednesday's 122-101 loss snapped a season-high five-game winning streak. The Timberwolves won 113-104 over the Kings on Wednesday, but have lost eight of 12. 

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When last we met: John Wall recorded one of his umpteen double-doubles in the win earlier this month over Minnesota, but it wasn't the starters who fueled the victory. "Our bench played really well against Minnesota," Garrett Temple recalled. Fine, maybe it's cheating to say the Wizards bench led the way considering usual starter Bradley Beal (team-high 26 points) was part of it. Still facts are facts and those facts include Alan Anderson scoring 18 points and sinking four 3-pointers. "Double A came in and had a big game. He hit some outside shots," Temple noted.

We'll see if Anderson (ankle, groin) returns to the lineup after missing the last two games. Whether the swingman plays or not, following a similar overall formula of focusing defensively on Rookie off the Year favorite Karl-Anthony Towns while limiting their desired up-tempo style.  "We kept them out of transition and really limited Towns," Temple stated. "The bigs did a good job on Towns." The young big scored 14 points, four below his season average.

The chase: Losing to the Hawks combined with a Pistons win dropped Washington to 2 1/2 games behind Detroit (38-34) for the eighth and final playoff spot in the East. The good news lies with the Chicago Bulls (36-35) getting swept by the New York Knicks in a home-and-home scenario. The Pistons, winners of four straight, remain on their lengthy homestand, but the competition starts picking up beginning with Friday's matchup against the Charlotte Hornets. 

Beyond what the others are doing, Washington must take care of business in its final home game before opening a five-game road trip Sunday at the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Timberwolves: Towns didn't rock the Wizards in the first meeting, but the 6-foot-10 rookie is rolling over opponents of late. Showing no signs of hitting a rookie wall, Towns is averaging 27.3 points over last three games while shooting 60.3 percent from the field. NBA Dunk champion Zach LaVine is showing he's more than just a high-riser by sinking 18 of 34 3-pointers over his last five games. Defensively, Minnesota allows 105.7 points per game. Even though the wins aren't there yet, the talented kids are hanging tough. Their last three losses, including earlier this week against Golden State, have been decided by five points or less.

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Kevin Durant commits $10 million to Prince George's County public schools

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Kevin Durant commits $10 million to Prince George's County public schools

Kevin Durant continues to give back to the community that raised him. 

Durant, who calls Prince George's County, MD., home, recently announced a partnership with Prince George's County public schools. 

The partnership, which comes with a $10 million dollar commitment from Durant, will help fund a program called College Track. Essentially, it's a 10-year program that provides basic infrastructure — test prep, tutoring, college selection and how to get financial aid — that kids from less-advantaged families often times don’t have.

Durant's money will go towards building College Track's Maryland center. There are nine other College Tracks across California, Colorado, and Louisiana, and the program has helped over 3,000 students get to college and beyond. This Maryland center will be the first of three that are planned to go up in the DC area. 

You can read the entire article about Durant and College Track right here. 

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: What the Ramon Sessions signing means for Tomas Satoransky

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: What the Ramon Sessions signing means for Tomas Satoransky

On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman, Chase Hughes and Chris Miller offered their reaction to the Ramon Sessions signing and how it could affect Tomas Satoransky. Plus, how the Wizards match up with the new-look Cavs and how Kelly Oubre, Jr. broke out of his slump.

Chase also explained his epic fail with an Oubre interview and they revisited an Instagram post from months ago that foreshadowed much that has gone down this season.

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!