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Takeaways from Wizards' loss to Dallas Mavericks

Takeaways from Wizards' loss to Dallas Mavericks

More important than the result for the Wizards, a 112-107 loss to the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday, is that point guard John Wall is OK after having to limp off the court at Verizon Center.

Wall (26 points, 11 assists) helped the Wizards (41-26) take a 57-53 lead at the half, but he came down awkwardly as Nerlens Noel (12 points) challenged his shot in transition. It appeared that his left foot pinned under him and he stayed down.

He left with 1:37 left under his own power and returned to start the third quarter, but his 44th double-double wasn’t enough to stop a furious comeback by Dallas.

Bradley Beal (24 points) was right behind Wall and Bojan Bogdanovic (19 points) and Otto Porter (14 pointts, 10 rebounds, five assists) contributed as they lost the season series with Dallas (29-38) 2-0. Bogdanovic ended a 35-13 run with a three to cut the deficit to 97-90 for Washington.

Harrison Barnes (22 points, nine rebounds) led the Mavericks, followed by Dirk Nowitzki (20 points) and Seth Curry (18 points).

The Wizards took a 74-62 lead in the third quarter but couldn’t sustain. Curry stole an outlet pass and went uncovered for a three-pointer and then Nowitzki hit a mid-range jumper for a 89-87 lead. Nicolas Brussino (11 points) followed with a three to force a timeout with 5:58 left.

Brussino had another three over Marcin Gortat (eight points, 10 rebounds) as he hesitated to close him out at the top of the key.

Nowitzki sealed it with a three at 1:33 to take a 104-95 lead.

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-- The defensive lapses continued. In the first half, Dallas shot 20 of 39, or 51.3%. Covering pindown screens remain problematic. When the defender is trailing, for instance Porter against Curry because he’s been screened, the help from the big to contest the look isn’t there. It’s an area that has to be cleaned up because while Gortat might be reluctant to leave his man to allow him to slip to the rim for a dunk, the timing has to be better where he can do both. Ian Mahinmi had difficulty in this area, too.

--Nowitzki, like in the first meeting, played mostly as a center. It’s not the strength of his game but he presents a matchup problem because Gortat has to defend him at the arc. But Nowitzki has to defend him in the low post. While Gortat’s stats were modest, Dallas did double-team to help and that created open looks on the pass out.

--Markieff Morris (five points, six rebounds) was saddled with foul trouble as he picked up his fifth early with 7:37 left in the fourth quarter. 

--Brandon Jennings (three points, four assists) made his first three-pointer since joining the Wizards, but the second unit didn’t play as well as it had recently.  Jason Smith (zero points) missed both of his shot attempts. Jennings running the half-court offense still doesn't look like a proper fit. He does better in the open court.

--Kelly Oubre, who only played 39 seconds in the last game, didn’t make an appearance.

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Wizards vs. 76ers Preseason: Time, TV Channel, Live Stream, How to Watch

Wizards vs. 76ers Preseason: Time, TV Channel, Live Stream, How to Watch

The Wizards will take the court Friday night in Philadelphia as they wrap up their 2019 preseason slate. While there are still roster spots to be won and roles to be carved out, the biggest storyline surrounding the Wizards this week comes from their biggest star.

Bradley Beal, the face of the franchise and Wizards' only All-Star while John Wall rehabs from his Achilles injury, signed a two-year contract extension with the Wizards Thursday morning.

The focus of the season for the Wizards will clearly be on their younger players, but fans will be most excited to see the team's remaining star this season.

It's unclear which 76ers stars will be on the court for the preseason finale, but the game will serve as the final tune-up for two franchise going in opposite directions. 

The Wizards vs. 76ers preseason finale wil tip off Friday, October 18 at 7:00 p.m. and will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington Plus.

WIZARDS vs. 76ERS PRESEASON HOW TO WATCH

What: Washington Wizards at Philadelphia 76ers, 2019 NBA Preseason Game 4

Where: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA

When: Friday, October 18 at 7:00 p.m. ET

TV Channel: The Wizards at 76ers preseason game will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington Plus (NBC Sports Channel Finder)

Live Stream: You can live stream Wizards at 76ers on NBC Sports Washington's live stream page and on the NBC Sports App.

Radio: Wizards Radio Network, 1500 AM

WIZARDS vs. 76ERS TV SCHEDULE

3:00 PM: The Daily Line (LIVE)

7:00 PM: Wizards vs. 76ers, NBA Preseason (LIVE)

WIZARDS vs. 76ERS INJURY REPORT:

Wizards: John Wall (OUT, Left Achilles rehab), Isaiah Thomas (OUT, Left thumb rehab), Isaac Bonga (OUT, Left knee soreness), Troy Brown Jr. (OUT, Left calf strain), Ian Mahinmi (OUT, Right Achilles strain), C.J. Miles (OUT, Left foot rehab)

76ers: James Ennis (DAY-TO-DAY, calf injury)

WIZARDS vs. 76ERS PLAYERS TO WATCH

Bradley Beal, G, Wizards: Beal just signed a contract extension to keep him in Washington for a few more years. With John Wall out, the Wizards are solely his team, and this will be his first time on the court since agreeing to the new deal. 

Thomas Bryant, C, Wizards: The Wizards' best big man has enjoyed a strong preseason, and will look to solidify himself as Washington's number two option behind Beal with John Wall out. His outside game remains a work in progress, but Bryant has flashed a lot of potential inside for a Wizards team desperate for secondary scoring.

Matisse Thybulle, SG, 76ers: The rookie guard filled the stat sheet in Philadelphia's previous preseason game, and appears to have earned a significant role as a defensive specialist and the first wing off the 76ers' bench.  

WIZARDS vs. 76ERS SERIES HISTORY 

Number of all-time Meetings: 303 games

All-time Record: 76ers lead 181-122

Last Meeting: Wizards won 123-106 on 1/9/19

Streaking: Wizards have won 9 straight home games against the 76ers, and  22 of last 29 at Capital One Arena

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How Bradley Beal's contract extension will work and how he could earn more money down the road

How Bradley Beal's contract extension will work and how he could earn more money down the road

By signing Bradley Beal to a two-year contract extension worth $72 million on Thursday, the Wizards made their future more secure. It was undoubtedly a win for the franchise and their newly constructed front office.

It is also a victory for Beal, of course, as he will go from rich to even richer. And even though he is technically passing on the chance to earn a supermax in the short-term, he is now in position to earn a lot of money down the road.

Beal's contract now runs through at least the 2021-22 season, as 2022-23 is a player option. That means he could opt out after his Age 28 season and enter free agency just weeks after his 29th birthday, in the summer of 2022.

His Age 28 season will also be his 10th in the NBA and players with 10 years of service time can sign contracts worth up to 35 percent of the salary cap. According to ESPN, Beal could sign a new contract with the Wizards in 2022 worth an approximate $266 million over five years.

Or, Beal could leave the Wizards that summer and still sign for a lot of money with a different team. He will be in line for a deal worth about $198 million over four years in free agency.

By the summer of 2022, Beal will have made roughly $172 million in NBA salary, so not including his endorsements. A $266 million deal would push him to somewhere in the range of $438 million in career earnings and that contract would end when he's 33 going on 34. 

Assuming Beal will still be good enough to earn another NBA contract at that age, he could push $450-500 million in total salary by the time his career is over.

That's a lot of cash and Beal gets to stay in Washington for the foreseeable future, which is what he wanted to do. Not bad.

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