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Wizards fear the worst with guard Sheldon Mac's 'devastating' injury

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Wizards fear the worst with guard Sheldon Mac's 'devastating' injury

The looks on Wizards' players faces said it all. When Sheldon Mac went down during the second quarter of their preseason win over the Cavaliers on Sunday afternoon, those close enough to see what happened immediately knew it was serious.

The entire team surrounded Mac at midcourt as trainers lifted him off the ground and into the locker room. Now the second-year guard is set for an MRI either Sunday evening or Monday morning. The fear is a torn Achilles tendon, an injury that would keep him out not only for the rest of this season but affect his plans next summer as well.

"It’s sad. It’s devastating," guard Bradley Beal said. "Sheldon (Mac) is a great guy. He’s a great teammate and even better player, too. You never want to see anybody go down, especially with an injury, in which you know it could be serious potentially. We can do nothing but pray for him."

"He's a brother. Our hearts dropped when he went down on the floor," forward Kelly Oubre, Jr. said. "I said a prayer for him when he was on the floor and I was standing over him."

The Wizards won't know until the MRI results come in. Right now it is considered a lower left leg injury. Mac hurt himself pushing off his left leg. He stumbled forward while dribbling as his left foot went limp.

Mac, 24, has impressed so far this preseason. He had three points in 10 minutes with one assist on Sunday before leaving. Mac played little minutes last season after joining the Wizards as an undrafted free agent out of Miami. This year, he is hoping for an expanded role.

If Mac is indeed out for an extended period of time, that should create an opportunity for either Carrick Felix or Donald Sloan. Sloan offers more NBA experience with five seasons under his belt. He can also score and would provide insurance for backup point guard Tim Frazier, who has yet to play in the preseason due to a groin strain.

Felix, though, has been one of the most impressive reserves for the Wizards throughout the preseason. He has drawn praise from teammates and coaches for his unrelenting effort. He took a charge with less than three minutes to go in their first preseason game and on Sunday went all-out for a chasedown block with :30 on the clock in the fourth.

“He plays with maximum effort. That is his strength," head coach Scott Brooks said. "He has one way of playing, he has the play hard button and he plays it and uses it every game and he steps on the floor and does the same thing in practice, every practice he brings it. He’s given himself a good opportunity to make the team."

"He's honestly just been my favorite player this whole training camp. He goes hard at all times. He takes care of his body. He's a professional guy," Oubre said. "I'm very impressed at how hard he plays at all times. As an energy guy, when I'm on the court with him I just get a little bit more energized. We come back."

Felix has also shown flashes on offense. He had 13 points in 24 minutes on 4-of-6 shooting on Sunday. Felix's calling card, however, is his defense. And that could be an attractive quality given the Wizards' main backup shooting guard Jodie Meeks is known for his scoring. 

The Wizards have some depth at Mac's position, but they have high hopes for his future and are certainly hoping for the best with the MRI. 

[RELATED: WIZARDS TOP CAVS, LOSE MAC TO INJURY]

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Wizards at Hornets: TV, live stream and radio info, things to watch

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Wizards at Hornets: TV, live stream and radio info, things to watch

John Wall, Bradley Beal, Otto Porter and the Washington Wizards battle Kemba Walker, Dwight Howard, Malik Monk and the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday night.

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

WASHINGTON WIZARDS AT CHARLOTTE HORNETS

Where: Spectrum Center
Tip-off: 7 p.m.
TV: NBC Sports Washington Plus (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...

Defense has been excellent

The Wizards have shown recently that they are capable of being one of the best defensive teams in the NBA. In six of their last seven games they have held opponents to 95 points or less and they have kept teams to 100 points or less in seven straight. Only one team, the Celtics, has kept teams to 95 points or less more often than the Wizards (seven times). And only three teams have held opponents to 100 points or less more times than the Wizards (nine times).

The Wizards are eighth in defensive rating (102.5) and in points allowed (102.9/g) this season. They are third in points allowed in their last nine games. Have they played the best opponents? Maybe not. But those are impressive numbers, nonetheless.

[PODCAST: MORRIS ON WHY THE WIZARDS ARE A TOUGH TEAM]

Hornets have Howard now

Charlotte offers a different look these days with big man Dwight Howard manning the middle. They acquired him in a trade with the Hawks this offseason and he's off to a good start so far. Howard is averaging 14.6 points, 12.9 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game. He had 25 points, 20 rebounds and four blocks against the Timberwolves on Monday.

The Hornets have also seen a huge improvement from 25-year-old guard Jeremy Lamb. The former first round pick is averaging 16.0 points and 5.1 rebounds while shooting 46.4 percent. Last year he averaged a career-high 9.7 points.

[RELATED: BRADLEY BEAL ON THE ART OF GETTING FOULED]

Recent history

The Wizards have handled the Hornets well in recent years. They won two of their three meetings last season and have won seven of the last 10 matchups going back to 2015. All three of the games between these teams last year, however, were decided by 10 points or less.

Walker tends to have trouble against John Wall. Walker has shot a hideous 35.7 percent against the Wizards in his career despite averaging 17.6 points and 6.4 assists. Wall's numbers against the Hornets are lower than his career norms, too. He's averaging a modest 17.7 points on 42.7 percent from the field. His 98 defensive rating vs. Charlotte is tied for his worst against any NBA team.

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Best 2017 Black Friday gift ideas for the Wizards fan in your life

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Best 2017 Black Friday gift ideas for the Wizards fan in your life

Looking for a Black Friday gift for that special Wizards fan? We’re got you covered.

Well they may not be that special, you may just be stuck with them in your gift exchange group. Believe it or not, some times sports’ fans are the hardest to shop for around the holidays. With Black Friday later this week there are going to be plenty of deals to find the perfect gift for any Wizards fan on your shopping list.

Here are a few ideas:

1. John Wall Jersey

Price: $69.99

Where to Buy: NBA Store

Why They’ll Love It: This is pretty self-explanatory. If they don’t have one, they need one. If they do have one, they can always use another. Attached is the link for the Men’s jerseys but they also have Women’s and Kids sizes as well.

2. Washington Wizards New Era Cuffed Knit Hat with Pom

Price: $23.99

Where to Buy: NBA Store

Why They’ll Love It: Everyone needs their go-to winter hat/ beanie once the temperature drops outside. This one can be that beanie. And as a guy I know this is not an easy find. Fits perfectly with any outfit.

3. Washington Wizards Brown Pilsner Beer Gift Set

Price: Sale -- $99.99

Where to Buy: NBA Store

Why They’ll Love It: Granted this gift is not for everyone and if they do not have other alcohol memorabilia you might want to think twice before getting this gift. If they do, and if they like their adult beverages, then you will strike gold with this gift.

4. Washington Wizards Team Lanyard

Price: Sale: $9.99

Where to Buy: NBC Sports Shop

Why They’ll Love It: Keeping it simple is sometimes the best option. There is never a time you could go wrong with a team lanyard and like unlike other Wizards lanyard options, this one looks pretty good.

5. Washington Wizards Candy Cane Sweater

Price: Sale -- $69.99

Where to Buy: NBC Sports Shop

Why They’ll Love It: Just click on the link and you’ll know why.

6. Men’s Washington Wizards Fanatics Navy Static Long Sleeve

Price: Sale -- $29.99, Regular -- $39.99

Where to Buy: NBA Store

Why They’ll Love It: Brush stroke designs are all of the rage these days and this item is the ideal sports t-shirt that isn’t too much. It’s simple, sleek, and lightweight.

7. Washington Wizards Logo Fathead

Price: Sale -- $69.99

Where to Buy: Fathead

Why They’ll Love It: Fatheads are not just for kids anymore, and if you do have a kid you should check out their full collection. The Wizards Logo Fathead is a requirement for any Wizards’ fan cave out there. And if you are unsure about getting them a poster, this is the best start before you go with a life-size John Wall poster.

8. Washington Wizards Plush Santa Hat

Price: Sale: $14.95

Where to Buy: Rakuten.com

Why They’ll Love It: Not all gifts have to wait until Christmas, here is a chance to get a unique item they you KNOW they will use at least one day out of the year.

9. Washington Wizards New Era Navy 2017 Draft Cap

Price: Sale -- $29.99, Regular -- $39.99

Where to Buy: NBA Store

Why They’ll Love It: Another necessity for any Wizards fan, like the John Wall jersey. Better yet, odds are they do not have this hat yet. If your Wizards fan is a hat wearer, you cannot go wrong with this as their gift.

10. fuboTV Subscription

Price: $19.99/month for 2 months

Where to buy: fubotv.com

Why they'll love it: What better gift than the games themselves? Perfect for the cord-cutting Wizards fan on your list, fuboTV offers 80 streaming channels from sports to news to movies and more. Watch on all of your favorite devices including Roku, Apple TV, Amazon FireTV and AndroidTV or take it anywhere with the fuboTV app, available for both Android and iOS. If you're on the go, take advantage of fuboTV's cloud-based DVR service to record your favorite programs and watch them wherever you'd like. Even better? There are no hidden fees or long-term contracts and you can cancel anytime.