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Seraphin out to 'terrorize' Celtics

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Seraphin out to 'terrorize' Celtics

When you sit down to watch tonight’s showdown between the Wizards and Celtics at Boston’s TD Garden [7:30, CSN], keep a close eye on the battle between big men Kevin Garnett and Kevin Seraphin.

After scoring 19 points in his season debut on Saturday, Seraphin says he’s anxious to see if he can do it again against Boston’s ageless wonder.

But there is more to this story.

On Tuesday, Celtics coach Doc Rivers told CSNNE.com that he wants Garnett to be more assertive offensively, insisting he get the ball inside.

Through three games, the Celtics’ 36-year-old veteran is averaging 13 points, his fewest since entering the NBA in 1995 when Seraphin was 6 years old.

Garnett managed 15 points against the Wizards in Saturday night’s 89-86 win at Verizon Center.

So will Garnett heed his coach’s advice and demand the ball?

“Doc Rivers is Doc Rivers, and Kevin Garnett is Kevin Garnett and I have to find a medium and a balance between that,” Garnett told CSNNE.com. “He’s the captain. I listen to whatever he says. It’s his ship. Within the flow of the offense, I pick and choose. I try to use my discretion and IQ to know when to be aggressive at times.”

Near the end of Saturday night’s game Garnett forced Seraphin to make an errant pass that killed the Wizards’ attempt to complete what would have been an emotional comeback win.

Wizards guard Martell Webster says Seraphin, who was double-teamed late in the game, needs to learn from that play and kick the ball out to an open teammate in the perimeter.

“He terrorizes defenses,” Webster said. “He already proved that. If you have a presence on the inside and he’s demanding a double team, as an offense you should be smiling.”

“He just needs to swing it, don’t force it. He knows that. Don’t try to make something happen, especially don’t try to make home run passes. Just swing it around the horn.
We’re getting kick outs and you gotta knock them down, plain and simple.”

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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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