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Seldom-used Will Bynum thrives under 4th-quarter pressure

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Seldom-used Will Bynum thrives under 4th-quarter pressure

Despite Will Bynum's experience, he's nowhere as near as seasoned in the playoffs. In his 10th season as a pro, eighth in the NBA, and not playing much for the Wizards recently, he found himself inserted into Game 3 vs. the Atlanta Hawks with 24 seconds left and a 99-98 lead.

Bynum, who replaced Marcin Gortat, was quickly fouled by Dennis Schroder and sent to the foul line. He buried both foul shots.

"That ain't pressure to me," said Bynum, who had nine points in 13 minutes of a 103-101 victory thanks to Paul Pierce's buzzer-beating bank shot. "Pressure is having four or five kids with no job. I'm playing a game that I love. I work hard. I'm prepared for this type of opportunity."

Bynum actually was the Wizards' best scorer in a dismal fourth quarter. They only scored 18 points, six coming from the backup point guard, in blowing all of a 21-point lead. 

John Wall's left wrist fracture created a spot for Bynum. He has missed the last two games of this series and is unlikely to play. Bynum had appeared just once in the playoffs, in a Game 4 blowout of the Toronto Raptors in the first round when he logged just four minutes. 

Now Ramon Sessions is the starter without Wall, which pushed Bynum up in the rotation and ahead of Garrett Temple because he's a better offensive option.

Bynum contributed to Pierce's game-winning basket, too. He set the screen on Kyle Korver to free him, forcing Schroder to switch on Pierce who is six inches taller and about 70 pounds heavier. 

"I've been dreaming, waiting on this type of opportunity," said Bynum, who last appeared in the playoffs in 2009 with the Detroit Pistons and played in China this season until being signed as a free agent in late March. "I'm well prepared. I work hard.

"I've been pro for a long time in a lot of different situations and scenarios."

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Wizards release 2018-19 preseason schedule, including two games vs. Knicks

Wizards release 2018-19 preseason schedule, including two games vs. Knicks

The Wizards released their 2018-19 five-game preseason schedule on Tuesday and it looks quite a bit like last year's did.

Once again, they will play the New York Knicks twice, once at home and once on the road. And once again, they will host the Guangzhou Long-Lions of the Chinese Basketball Association.

It all begins on Oct. 1 when the Wizards host the Knicks. Three of their five preseason games will be played at Capital One Arena.

Here is the full preseason schedule:

10/1 vs. Knicks

10/5 vs. Heat

10/8 at Knicks

10/10 at Pistons

10/12 vs. Guangzhou Long-Lions

The preseason schedule release comes on the heels of the full 82-game regular season reveal. That came out last week. You can see it here.

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    2018-19 NBA over/under win totals from Las Vegas have Wizards lower than some many expect

    2018-19 NBA over/under win totals from Las Vegas have Wizards lower than some many expect

    The Westgate sportsbook in Las Vegas released their over/unders for NBA win totals for the 2018-19 season earlier this month and the Wizards were set at 44.5. That, of course, sparked some debates among fans and the media.

    Chase Hughes and Nick Ashooh gave their take on the matter in the video above. For reference, here are the win totals as set by Westgate:

    Atlanta Hawks - 23.5
    Boston Celtics - 57.5
    Brooklyn Nets - 32.5
    Charlotte Hornets - 35.5
    Chicago Bulls - 27.5
    Cleveland Cavaliers - 30.5
    Dallas Mavericks - 34.5
    Denver Nuggets - 47.5
    Detroit Pistons - 37.5
    Golden State Warriors - 62.5
    Houston Rockets - 54.5
    Indiana Pacers - 47.5
    Los Angeles Clippers - 35.5
    Los Angeles Lakers - 48.5
    Memphis Grizzlies - 34.5
    Miami Heat - 41.5
    Milwaukee Bucks - 46.5
    Minnesota Timberwolves - 44.5
    New Orleans Pelicans - 45.5
    New York Knicks - 29.5
    Oklahoma City Thunder - 50.5
    Orlando Magic - 31.5
    Philadelphia 76ers - 54.5
    Phoenix Suns - 28.5
    Portland Trail Blazers - 41.5
    Sacramento Kings - 25.5
    San Antonio Spurs - 43.5
    Toronto Raptors - 54.5
    Utah Jazz - 48.5
    Washington Wizards - 44.5

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