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10 Wizards games you can't afford to miss in the 2017-18 regular season

10 Wizards games you can't afford to miss in the 2017-18 regular season

The Wizards' new 2017-18 regular season schedule was announced on Monday. Here is an early ranking of their 10 best games...


10. Oct. 27 at Los Angeles Lakers

In just their fourth game of the season, the Wizards will get an early look at No. 2 overall pick Lonzo Ball. Back in May, when asked by CSN's Chris Miller about the Big Baller Brand shoeline, John Wall quipped that Ball's father, LaVar, has "all the answers." Don't be surprised if Wall serves up a few 'welcome to the league, rookie' moments in their first head-to-head matchup. The game is also on ESPN, which will offer Wall a chance to show out at the Staples Center.

9. Nov. 3 vs. Cleveland Cavaliers

The first meeting between the Wizards and Cavs, two titans of the Eastern Conference, this game will also be on ESPN. Remember what happened last year when the Wizards played the Cavs on national TV? One of those games was described immediately afterwards as an "instant classic" by head coach Scott Brooks. The other saw Wall drop a career-best 18 points in the first quarter.

8. March 13 vs. Minnesota Timberwolves

This will be the only time the T-Wolves will visit Washington this season. One of the most aggressive teams this summer, Minnesota will come to town with Jimmy Butler, Karl-Anthony Towns, Andrew Wiggins and Jeff Teague in store. They have a chance to make a major leap this season and should be fun to watch.

[RELATED: Morris says Celtics rivalry should continue, even with his brother]

7. Feb. 27 at Milwaukee Bucks

Wizards-Bucks may be one of the most underrated rivalries in basketball, but there is definitely some real beef between them. Much of that is rooted in a game this past season when Giannis Antetokounmpo remained in a blowout game to set a career-high in points scored. That did not sit well with Wall and the Wizards. On Feb. 27 they will play at Milwaukee and on national TV. Expect some extra motivation from the Wizards.

6. Oct. 18 vs. Philadelphia 76ers

The first game of the regular season for both teams, the Wizards will host the Sixers on national TV. That game will be the first ever NBA appearance for No. 1 overall pick Markelle Fultz and it happens to come in his hometown. He is from nearby Upper Marlboro, Md. It should be a special night for Fultz and the Sixers and it will give Wall and the Wizards a good chance to spoil the party.

5. April 3 at Houston Rockets

The one time the Wizards travel to Houston could be a massive game. It's the fifth-to-last game of the regular season and we know the Rockets will be super good with James Harden and Chris Paul. If the Wizards are battling for playoff position, this could be a very tough matchup at a crucial time.

[RELATED: Four thoughts on Wizards' 2017-18 schedule]

4. Feb. 28 vs. Golden State Warriors

This is the one time the defending champs will come to Washington. Last year the Wizards beat the Warriors in D.C. in a game that Kevin Durant got injured. Any time the Dubs come to town, it's a spectacle. This game will also be on ESPN.

3. Jan. 25 at Oklahoma City Thunder

The Wizards don't play the Thunder until Jan. 25, but they will see them twice in a span of five days. The first meeting is a road game at OKC on national TV. The Wizards will see Russell Westbrook and Paul George, the latter of which was involved in trade rumors with the Wizards back in June and July.

2. April 5 at Cleveland Cavaliers

Another late season matchup, the Wizards will play the Cavs in their fourth-to-last game. They will go at Cleveland in a game that could have major playoff implications. It could be a playoff series preview, or it could feature a lot of stars resting, depending on how the standings have shaken out.

1. Dec. 25 at Boston Celtics

This is a pretty easy choice. The Wizards will play their rival Boston Celtics on Christmas Day, the NBA's most prominent regular season stage. It's at 5:30 p.m., right after people finish Christmas dinner, and it's on ABC. This will almost certainly be the most-watched game the Wizards play during the regular season. It also happens to be the first time the two teams meet this season following their brutal, seven-game playoff series this spring. 



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Wizards vs. Clippers: TV, live stream and radio info, things to watch

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Wizards vs. Clippers: TV, live stream and radio info, things to watch

John Wall, Bradley Beal, Otto Porter and the Washington Wizards battle DeAndre Jordan, Lou Williams, Danilo Gallinari and the L.A. Clippers on Friday night.

Here is all you need to know: TV, live stream and radio info, tip-off time, plus three things to watch…


Where: Capital One Arena
Tip-off: 7 p.m.
TV: NBC Sports Washington (coverage begins at 6 p.m.)
Live stream: NBCSportsWashington.com
Online with no cable TV: fuboTV (try for free)
Radio: 1500 AM

Three things to watch...

Will Morris or Mahinmi play?

The Wizards now have John Wall back and that should certainly help them against the Clippers, but two of their big men are currently dealing with injuries. Ian Mahinmi has a right knee strain and has missed two straight games. He had an MRI that came back clean and is considered day-to-day.

Markieff Morris is also day-to-day, though it's unclear exactly what his injury is. He was listed as out due to right hip soreness on Wednesday night, the first we had heard of that injury. Then, after the game, head coach Scott Brooks mentioned his left ankle and his groin. Basically, Morris is banged up and the fact he isn't 100 percent probably helps explain why he's been playing so poorly in recent games. We'll see if he can give it a go on Friday.


Payback time

The Wizards see the Clippers less than a week after suffering one of their worst losses of the season to them in L.A. This gives the Wizards an opportunity to right a wrong and get even. The Wizards led by as much as 13 points before L.A. clawed back and won by one point in game that included a bizarre ending where the clock operator started early on the Wizards' final play.

Beyond the ending, several things stood out about that game. Morris (two points, one rebound) and Kelly Oubre, Jr. (zero points, one rebound) had their worst games of the season. Lou Williams (35 points) was unstoppable. And both Austin Rivers (16 points) and Williams hit big shots down the stretch. This time, though, the Wizards have Wall and he will definitely make a difference. Rivers is also out due to a concussion.


Beal's shooting

The return of Wall should help everyone in the Wizards' starting lineup get open looks and improve their efficiency. He's a master at setting teammates up for the shots they want. Bradley Beal, for one, could use some help getting out of a recent shooting funk.

Though Beal is averaging 23.7 points in his last three games, two of them losses, he's shooting just 36.8 percent, well below his season average of 45.3. Beal has not been himself from three-point range in general this season. He's hitting just 35.8 percent, a far cry from his 39.5 career clip. If anyone can help, it's Wall who often finds Beal wide open off screens and especially on the fastbreak.


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NBA 2K18 leaks new jerseys for many teams including the Wizards

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NBA 2K18 leaks new jerseys for many teams including the Wizards

NBA fans got a glimpse at unreleased 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.

NBA 2K happens to do this periodically and often the jerseys are exactly right or close to official. It happened earlier this season with other teams, notably the Timberwolves who went through a color and logo change.

Here's a look at the one leaked for the Wizards, one that falls in line with the 'City Edition' alternate that has yet to be released officially.

Keep in mind this is not official, but here you go:


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

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