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Five takeaways from the Wizards' 115-104 loss to the Knicks

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Five takeaways from the Wizards' 115-104 loss to the Knicks

In their second preseason game with this quick-paced offense, the Wizards' defensive lapses and inability to contain an elite scorer such as Carmelo Anthony led to Friday's 115-104 loss to the New York Knicks at Verizon Center. 

Otto Porter had his hands full defending Anthony, who heated up after the first quarter to score 21 points on 10-for-15 shooting. Porter had 22 points in Tuesday's win but ended this one with nine points on 4-for-11 shooting. Marcin Gortat had 15 points, John Wall 13, Bradley Beal 12, and Kris Humphries and Gary Neal 11 each.

Bradley Beal only shot 5-for-14 for the Wizards but was aggressive in attacking the basket throughout. He had eight rebounds and three assists. His end-to-end dunk over Knicks rookie Kristaps Porzingis was the highlight of the night. 

The Wizards were minus six players because of injury. Joining Alan Anderson (left ankle), Jared Dudley (back surgery) and Martell Webster (right hip), neither of whom played in the opener, were Garrett Temple (left hamstring), DeJuan Blair (left knee), Drew Gooden (right glute).

In his first year with the Knicks, Derrick Williams came off the bench to score a game-high 23 points. Kevin Seraphin, who spent his first five years in Washington, didn't make the trip because of a knee injury.

  • The Wizards were intent on challenging three-point looks but have been willing to concede long twos. Blending defensive principles with this fast-pace offense is still a work in progress. New York made half of its 42 field goals in the first half. They shot 5-for-11 from three-point range. 

  • Porter still needs to gain some strength if he's going to defend the likes of Anthony in the mid-post. Porter played good position defense and contested him in the first quarter when Anthony missed 3 of 5 shots. Anthony is a master at using his backside create space by bumping off his defender. Even though former Wizards forward Trevor Ariza was thinly built he gave Anthony fits with his anticipatory skills and fought him for every spot on the floor. Porter has his work cut out for him to do it on both ends when facing someone of this caliber. 

  • Beal stayed true to his word and avoided long twos. He attacked the basket -- and few oohs and aahs for an in-and-out dribble in transition -- and created for others though his assists doesn't show it. His should've had at least six.

  • Oubre not only had his first action as a pro but got a nice chewing out from coach Randy Wittman for what appeared to be missing a defensive rotation. If the scouting report on him coming out of Kansas is accurate, the 19-year-old can handle it. He dealt with Bill Self. He was 0-for-7 in 25 minutes. 

  • Kris Humphries is now 3-for-10 from three-point range in two games. When Beal dribbled into the paint, he drew multiple defenders which left Humphries with an unobstructed view. He'll get plenty of clean looks until he can prove he's a consistent threat. He made two long twos early in the fourth quarter which is where he's clearly more comfortable. 

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Wizards at Mavericks Game 1: Time, TV Channel, Live stream, how to watch

Wizards at Mavericks Game 1: Time, TV Channel, Live stream, how to watch

The Wizards head to Dallas for their regular-season opener. Bradley Beal will lead this new-look Washington group against one of the league's most dynamic duos in Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis.

Here is everything you need to know.

WIZARDS vs. MAVERICKS HOW TO WATCH

What: Washington Wizards vs. Dallas Mavericks, 2019 NBA Season Game 1

Where: American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX.

When: 8:30 p.m. ET

TV Channel: The Wizards vs. Mavericks game will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington (NBC Sports Channel Finder)

Live Stream: You can live stream Wizards vs. Mavericks on NBC Sports Washington's live stream page and on the NBC Sports App.

Radio: Wizards Radio Network, 1500 AM

WIZARDS vs. MAVERICKS TV SCHEDULE

7:30 PM: Wizards Outsiders (LIVE)

8:00 PM: Wizards Pregame Live (LIVE)

8:30 PM: Wizards vs. Mavericks (LIVE)

11:00 PM: Wizards Postgame Live (LIVE)

11:30 PM: D.C. Sports Live (LIVE)

WIZARDS vs. MAVERICKS INJURY REPORT:

Wizards: John Wall (left Achilles rehab – out), Troy Brown Jr. (left calf strain – out), Ian Mahinmi (right Achilles strain – out), Isaiah Thomas (left thumb rehab – out), C.J. Miles (left foot rehab – out)

Mavericks: Dwight Powell (left hamstring strain – out), Ryan Broekhoff (right ankle sprain – questionable)

WIZARDS vs. MAVERICKS SERIES HISTORY 

Number of all-time Meetings: 75

Regular Season Record: Mavericks lead Wizards 43-32

Last Meeting: 3/6/19, Wizards won 132-123

Last 10: Mavericks lead 8-2

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Troy Brown Jr. on Bradley Beal's extension, making a name for the Wizards

Troy Brown Jr. on Bradley Beal's extension, making a name for the Wizards

WASHINGTON -- The Wizards hoped Bradley Beal's decision to sign a contract extension last week would send a message to the younger players on the team. According to second-year veteran Troy Brown Jr., it already has. 

Brown, 20, said he was part of a group of players that cheered Beal when he arrived at the team's practice facility over the weekend, the day after news broke. 

"I was happy," Brown said. "We just appreciate him."

Brown's biggest takeaways from Beal's new contract, which will keep him in Washington through at least the 2021-22 season, involved the commitment he has made. Even as a two-time All-Star in his prime, he is willing to see through what the Wizards are trying to build.

That helped bolster Brown's opinion of the Wizards as an organization.

"It's good to see guys like Brad stay home," Brown said. "Like he talked about, he got drafted here. It makes younger guys like me, Thomas [Bryant] and Rui [Hachimura] feel good about the city, just to see the leader of our team taking that extension when he does have other options."

Like Beal, Brown is a first round pick. The Wizards selected him 15th overall in the 2018 draft, six years after they took Beal with the third pick in 2012. Beal has been around long enough to know exactly what it takes to be a star player in the NBA.

Brown has paid close attention and believes Beal can help him and the other young players on the team find success in the league.

"He leads by example every day. He comes in, works hard and is very vocal. Even if he's not talking a lot in practice, he's going hard," Brown said. 

"It's just one of those things where every time you know what you're going to get out of him. You don't really have to worry about Brad's effort or being a leader because he's going to do that every day."

What Beal has done is essentially say he's ready to be patient and help guide the Wizards through a transition period. While other NBA stars probably would have forced their way out of the situation he's in, Beal is laying down roots with confidence the team's new front office structure and philosophy will pay dividends down the road.

Beal has spoken about how he wants to build something new in Washington where the NBA franchise hasn't won 50 games or been to the conference finals since the 1970s. Brown has fallen in line, hoping to be part of a basketball renaissance in The District.

"We're all young guys in the league, but at the same time we understand the stuff that's going on with D.C. [with the Nationals, Capitals and Mystics]. It's not irrelevant to us. We want to make a name for the Wizards. I feel like with us, we take it more personal than other people do. We just want to turn this thing around," he said.

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