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Grading out: Where Bradley Beal stands after All-Star break

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Grading out: Where Bradley Beal stands after All-Star break

The frequent start and stops to Bradley Beal's fourth season makes it incredibly difficult to gauge exactly where he's at and where he's heading as the Wizards emerge from the All-Star break. He has missed 21 games because of a shoulder contusion, a stress reaction in his lower right leg and a concussion and has a minutes restriction. 

Expected to compete for a spot as an All-Star for the first time, his early-season progress derailed. 

The stats: 18.7 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 2.9 apg, 46.3% FG, 39.7% 3pt FG

Offensive rating (points scored per 100 possessions): 102.1

Defensive rating (points allowed per 100 possessions): 105.5

Net rating: minus-3.4

Beal doesn't always move the way he should without the ball which can cause the offense to get stagnant. The perimeter defense has had holes everywhere. It's causing good individual efforts to go to waste and the fact is going into this season Beal declared he was a team leader. So he gets knocked down a notch even when he's not at fault. The generals must fall on the sword because they're also tasked with keeping the troops in line. It's not all on the coaches. 

Grade: C+

It would be easy to give him an "I" for incomplete but that's a cop-out. If Beal gets better and can pick up where he left off after he broke down one of the league's best defenders in Kawhi Leonard (Spurs) to hit the game-winning shot in the fourth game of the season, then he's destined to get above 20 points a game for the first time as a pro and set career highs in field goal and three-point accuracy.

RELATED: Finally healthy, Wizards look to pounce

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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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