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Alan Anderson appears to have avoided any setbacks


Alan Anderson appears to have avoided any setbacks

PHILADELPHIA -- The key to Alan Anderson being a serious contributor for the Wizards going forward is the morning after with his left ankle. Since making his season debut earlier this week, there haven't been any setbacks as he is expected to play tonight at the Philadelphia 76ers (CSN+, CSNmidatlantic.com and NBC Sports Live Extra, 7 ET).

"It's fine. It's not worse," Anderson said after shooatround Friday at Wells Fargo Center. "That's good."

Anderson scored nine points on 3 of 4 shooting in 16 minutes in Wednesday's 109-104 loss at the Chicago Bulls. One of the few bright spots for the Wizards, his three-pointer in the fourth quarter put the Wizards in range 91-88 but they couldn't get back ahead after trailing by 15.

Could he be in line for more time based on the way he played and the way he feels? His ankle required two surgeries for bone spurs and a loose bone fragment and the discomfort during his rehab caused him to take more time than expected.

"If I have to, I can do a lot," Anderson said. "Don't want to force any issue. Out nine months, you just don't want to get out there and go all out. You got to gradually build up to back where you were at."

MORE: No way the Wizards could lose to the Sixers, right? Wrong. 

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Wizards vs. Trail Blazers: Time, TV Channel, Live Stream, How to Watch

Wizards vs. Trail Blazers: Time, TV Channel, Live Stream, How to Watch

The Wizards head to the West Coast to open a road swing against the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday night.

Wizards (0-2) are looking for their first win when the head into Portland to face Damian Lillard and the Trail Blazers (2-0).

After this game, the Wizards have a tough stretch ahead of them before playing in D.C. again, playing at: Golden State, Sacramento, LA (Lakers) and Memphis.


What: Washington Wizards vs. Miami Heat, 2018 NBA regular season Game 3
Where: Moda Center, Portland, Ore.
When: 10:00 p.m. ET
TV Channel: The Wizards vs. Trail Blazers will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington (Channel Finder)
Live Stream: You can live stream Wizards vs. Trail Blazers on NBC Sports Washington's live stream page and on the new MyTeams App.
Radio: Wizards Radio Network, 1500 AM


8:30 PM: D.C. Sports Live (LIVE)

9:00 PM: Wizards Outsiders (LIVE)

9:30 PM: Wizards Pregame Live (LIVE)

10:00 PM: Wizards @ Portland Trail Blazers (LIVE)


Wizards: Dwight Howard remains day-to-day with a back injury.
Trail Blazers: None


Bradley Beal, Wizards: After becoming the Wizards franchise leader in 3 points on Saturday, it is likely Beal will have a lot to prove to help the team get its first win.

Otto Porter, Jr., Wizards: Porter has had a slow start, so will he take more shots in Portland?

Damian Lillard, Portland: The Blazers' star is leading the way this season averaging 28.5 ppg and 6.5 assists per game. 


Number of all-time Meetings: 111 games
Regular Season Record: Blazers lead 57-54
Last Meeting: Wizards won 106-92 in December 2017

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Dwight Howard 'out' for game vs. Trail Blazers, does not travel with team

Dwight Howard 'out' for game vs. Trail Blazers, does not travel with team

Due to an ongoing buttocks injury, Dwight Howard is listed as "out" for the Wizards' Monday night game in Portland against the Trail Blazers. Howard did not travel out west with the team for the five-game trip, according to NBC Sports Washington's Chris Miller.

The news comes just four days after Wizards head coach Scott Brooks told the media that Howard would "definitely" make the trip. 

The veteran power forward was signed to the Wizards on a two-year free-agent deal in July worth $11 million, but has missed the Wizards' first two games of the regular season and all five of the team's preseason games. 

In Howard's absence, Brooks has turned to Ian Mahinmi, but his foul trouble has proved worrisome for the Wizards' lineup so far.