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Bradley Beal takes stock of East after Celtics' aggressive offseason with Gordon Hayward and Jayson Tatum

Bradley Beal takes stock of East after Celtics' aggressive offseason with Gordon Hayward and Jayson Tatum

LAS VEGAS – The Cleveland Cavaliers haven’t made any significant upgrades though the Boston Celtics have with Gordon Hayward, Jayson Tatum and Marcus Morris, but Bradley Beal isn’t sold that either team has a lock on the East for 2017-18.

“It’s a great move by them. I hate it because Gordon and I have the same agent,” Beal said of Mark Bartelstein of Priority Sports. “My agent kind of set me up a little bit.”

The Celtics beat the Wizards in seven games of the conference semifinals in May. It’s a heated rivalry that got more complex because Marcus Morris is the twin of Wizards forward Markieff Morris.

“Might be even more (competitive) with him over there,” Beal said of Marcus Morris in Boston. “I actually like the idea of it. It keeps it competitive. It keeps the league better, everybody fighting for the same thing. I like the idea of (a rivalry). We have respect for each other, a mutual respect.“

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Boston traded Avery Bradley, who hounded Beal at every turn and is one of the league's elite defensive players. He's now with the Detroit Pistons. But Jae Crowder, a forward who got into it with John Wall during the regulaar season, remains. 

Morris isn't a fan of Celtics center Al Horford, who he believes delivered a cheap shot to hurt his ankle in the their series. 

In other words, there's still plenty of heat simmering.

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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.

WIZARDS vs. TRAIL BLAZERS HOW TO WATCH

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

WIZARDS vs. TRAIL BLAZERS TV SCHEDULE

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 vs. BLAZERS INJURY REPORT:

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

WIZARDS vs. BLAZERS PLAYERS TO WATCH

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. 

WIZARDS vs. BLAZERS SERIES HISTORY 

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.

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