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Cobwebs interfere with Bradley Beal working way back

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Cobwebs interfere with Bradley Beal working way back

Bradley Beal didn't look like he was himself in the Wizards' last game, though they were again victorious, coming off a left shoulder contusion that kept him out for two weeks.

He scored a season-low seven points in 28 minutes in Saturday's 97-95 win at the Detroit Pistons. Maybe he'll be able to contribute more in Tuesday's game vs. the Indiana Pacers (CSN, CSNmidatlantic.com and NBC Sports Live Extra, 6:30 p.m. ET).

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"The whole first unit was (out of sync). That wasn't just Brad. Our whole first unit was a little bit out of rhythm," coach Randy Wittman said after Monday's practice. "After that first quarter I thought we lost our pace to the game with that first unit."

Beal made just 3 of 8 shots, but he did make a clutch jumper late in the fourth quarter, thanks to a solid screen from Nene to free him, to put the Wizards (6-4) ahead 90-89. His backcourt mate John Wall wasn't much better, getting a season-low eight points on 4 of 11 shooting in 27 minutes. 

"I'm sure missing two weeks of not being on the floor will have an effect," Wittman said of Beal, who had a collision in a game Nov. 7 that kept him out. "Hopefully, he'll have his legs back in a rhythm more than anything. I can't say that Brad's problem was because of that, but it could be."

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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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