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The Wizards' first 10 games by-the-numbers, including some good and some bad

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The Wizards' first 10 games by-the-numbers, including some good and some bad

Ten games only equal about 12 percent of a full 82-game season, so no long-term conclusions can be drawn after the Wizards' 5-5 start. But 10 games is enough to get a snapshot of early-season trends, enough to wonder what is sustainable and what is likely to change.

The Wizards have shown some good and some bad so far. Here are 10 stats to consider from the Wizards' first 10 games...

67

The Wizards have opponents to shoot 67 percent on shots within five feet of the rim. That is the worst percentage in the NBA. Washington's froncourt players aren't doing a good job protecting the rim and that is being compounded by leaky defense at the perimeter.

28.2

So far the Wizards have been excellent at getting to the free throw line with 28.2 attempts per game. That's a 27.6 percent increase from the 22.1 attempts per game they had last season and it's good enough for fifth among NBA teams. John Wall and Bradley Beal have made a major difference so far, each averaging at least two more free throws than they did last season.

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254

Beal is averaging 25.4 points through 10 games and that number would be much higher if it weren't for his four-point outing against the Warriors when he was ejected in the second quarter. Still, 254 points after 10 games puts him in some exclusive company in franchise history. Only five times has a Wizards or Bullets player had more points through 10 games. Beal has the most since Gilbert Arenas dropped 285 in 10 games back in 2006-07, 11 years ago.

14

The Wizards lead the NBA with 10 total charges drawn and 1.4 charges per game. With four charges drawn, Tim Frazier leads the NBA in charges per 36 minutes (0.96).

10.6

Washington also leads the NBA with 10.6 screen assists per game. Marcin Gortat leads all players with 6.0 per contest.

3.5 

Kelly Oubre, Jr. is tied for third in the NBA with 3.5 deflections per game. He leads the Wizards, who rank ninth in the NBA with 14.0 per game. For all the heat they are getting for their defense so far this season, this stat shows the potential they have as a group to disrupt opposing offenses.

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10.9

The Wizards haven't been running as much as they would like, but they still rank 10th in fastbreak points per game. They just know they can be much better, as last year they placed fifth in the NBA with 15.9 fastbreak points per game.

48.6

Given the percentage opponents are shooting around the rim, it should come as no surprise that the Wizards are giving up a lot of points in the paint. They are 24th in basketball in the category with 48.6 paint points per game allowed. Last season the Wizards were 15th in the category, so they can definitely get better.

47.5

The Wizards are fifth-worst in the NBA in opponents field goal percentage at 47.5. It was also a problem last season when they were seventh-worst.

49

Oubre has also been very good at shooting from three so far this season, hitting on 49 percent of his attempts. He is making 2.4 threes per game on 4.9 attempts. If Oubre can shoot threes above 40 percent, that will significantly change his status as an offensive threat.

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

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

John Wall, Bradley Beal, Otto Porter and the Washington Wizards battle Goran Dragic, Hassan Whiteside, Dion Waiters and the Miami Heat on Friday night.

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

WASHINGTON WIZARDS VS. MIAMI HEAT

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...

Wizards are heating up

The Wizards have won a season-high four straight games as they enter Friday night's matchup with the Heat. In all four of those games they have held opponents to under 100 points. Only the Celtics have had a longer such streak this season, they got to eight. If the Wizards make it one more game, they will push to five for the first time since 2015.

Five straight wins for the Wizards would also get them closer to some franchise history. The longest win streak in Wizards/Bullets history is just nine games. That's tied with the Orlando Magic for the shortest-longest win streak in franchise history for an NBA team. Five wins would put them more than halfway there.

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Will Gortat bounce back?

Marcin Gortat has had some honest analysis of himself and the Wizards recently and he couldn't have been happy with his outing on Wednesday night. Gortat was held to just two points on 0-for-6 shooting and five rebounds. Meanwhile, his Heat counterpart Hassan Whiteside had 15 points and 21 rebounds.

Gortat is having a solid year overall, but consistency on the boards has eluded him. He hasn't reached double figures in rebounds in five straight games. In two of his last three games, he has topped out at two points. Look for Gortat to be extra-motivated against Miami.

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How will the Heat respond?

After a close game in Miami on Wednesday, the Wizards and Heat will run it back on Friday night. Given the Heat lost the first meeting in this home-and-home set, they likely value this opportunity to get even. Add into the equation that the Heat thought the officiating favored the Wizards on Wednesday and they might be pretty fired up.

It's very difficult to sweep a good team like the Heat in a home-and-home series, so the Wizards will have their work cut out for them. If they can hold them off again and swing a win, the Wizards will be sitting pretty at 10-5 just in time for their road trip.

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LeBron James admits he's playing too many minutes after Draymond Green pointed it out

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LeBron James admits he's playing too many minutes after Draymond Green pointed it out

With Isaiah Thomas, Tristan Thompson and Derrick Rose currently injured, LeBron James has had to take on a bigger workload with the Cavaliers. He's leading the NBA in minutes per game (38.1) and that's despite being 32 with his 33rd birthday coming up next month.

The minutes are so high for LeBron that Draymond Green of the Warriors is talking about it to the media. He was interviewed by USA Today recently and said: 

"My concern would be that LeBron is playing so many minutes right now... Yeah, he’s super human but eventually his super human powers go away."

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Green is known for speaking his mind and LeBron doesn't always agree with him, but in this case he does. Here is what LeBron told Cleveland.com when he heard Green's comments:

“Draymond’s right... We want to get those minutes down for sure. But as of right now, we’ve had two point guards out and we’ve had some different lineup changes, so, I’ve had to play more minutes than I would like, and more minutes than my teammates would like me to have.”

Meanwhile, LeBron is showing no signs of slowing down. He's averaging 28.3 points, 8.7 assists, 7.5 rebounds, 1.3 steals and 1.3 blocks, all while shooting a career-best 57.9 percent from the field. 

Almost 40 minutes per night, however, is way too much and it comes into question how long LeBron can keep this up. Believe it or not, LeBron will slow down at some point and heavy minutes is one way to accelerate that process.

Now that LeBron has acknowledged he's playing too much, it will be interesting to see if Cavs coach Tyronn Lue makes an adjustment. It's not an easy call because the Cavs aren't playing very well right now.

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