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Why Wizards ultimately targeted Bojan Bogdanovic at trade deadline

Why Wizards ultimately targeted Bojan Bogdanovic at trade deadline

The Wizards went into the trade deadline intent on making their bench better, and they were more aggressive than usual as they brought in two solid players from the Brooklyn Nets in Bojan Bogdanovic and Chris McCullough on good flexible contracts but had to ship out what likely will be a late first-round 2017 draft pick and two non-rotation players in Andrew Nicholson and Marcus Thornton.

Nicholson signed a four-year, $26 million deal but couldn't stay in coach Scott Brooks' rotation. Expected to be Markieff Morris' backup at power forward, he only appeared in 28 of 55 games games and posted averages of 2.5 points, 1.2 rebounds, 39% field-goal shooting and 19% three-point shooting in 8.3 minutes.

Thornton was in the rotation early and even started once when Bradley Beal was out. But he was so erratic that Brooks opted for rookie Sheldon McClellan despite him being raw and thrust into duty earlier than anticipated.

Thornton was on a one-year veteran minimum contract after re-signing in the summer. He averaged 6.6 points in 33 appearances but after a disastrous start to 2017, in losses at the Houston Rockets and Dallas Mavericks, Thornton disappeared. Brooks hadn't used him since, a stretch of 21 consecutive games without a minute on the court. 


Why Bogdanovic?

He's a 6-8 small forward in his third NBA season. He averages 14.2 points and shot 35.7% from three-point range on a nine-win team in Brooklyn. His efficiency should improve now that he's playing with better pieces around him in John Wall and Bradley Beal.

Given how problematic Otto Porter's right hip can be, Bogdanovic also is more than capable as a starter. The Wizards have flourished when they've gone to small-ball lineups. How this cuts into Kelly Oubre's time, if at all, is unknown. They're two different players.

Plus Bogdanovic is on a good contract that pays $3.6 million in the final year of his three-year deal. The risk is that there's no long-term committment but the Wizards made this move, CSNmidatlantic.com was told, with "an eye toward the future." Meaning, they're optimistic that they can re-sign him. Because they gave up a first-round pick, they're almost obligated to do so to make it worth the expense.

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How to watch Wizards at Celtics 'Predict the Game' broadcast

How to watch Wizards at Celtics 'Predict the Game' broadcast

The Washington Wizards are traveling to Boston to play a red-hot Boston Celtics team that currently sits atop the Eastern Conference with an 8-1 record. Washington, on the other hand, has lost two in a row to fall to 2-6.

Their rosters have changed quite a bit over the past few seasons, but the Wizards and Celtics have built a rivalry that surely will still be felt among the fans.

With Isaiah Thomas also making his return to Boston as a starter, there is plenty of game action to pay attention to. Take your Wizards experience to the next level and get involved in the action with NBC Sports Washington's new Predict the Game contest.


What is this broadcast? Predict the Game is an easy-to-enter, free contest that allows fans to predict various game and player performance outcomes through a series of approximately 12-15 questions per quarter that will appear on-screen during the alternate telecast on NBC Sports Washington Plus. Predict the Game leaderboards will be displayed at select times, and the winner of each contest will be revealed throughout the game and during NBC Sports Washington’s postgame coverage.

Where can I find it? Contest questions and leaderboards will be displayed on NBC Sports Washington Plus (Channel Finder).

Additionally, the broadcast can be streamed on desktopiOS and Android devices. 

The NBC Sports Washington Plus presentation will, for the first time, feature special hosts, who will appear at various times to address Predict the Game participants and provide contest updates, information and results. The enhanced experience will contain the majority of the same video and audio (including announcers) as the primary live-game coverage, which will be available simultaneously on NBC Sports Washington.

How do I win? Fans will earn points for both answering questions (1 point) and correct predictions (1 or 2 points, depending on the question), with the top eligible scorer at the end of each game earning or splitting the $500 prize.

Each quarter will be its own contest, with an entirely new leaderboard starting from scratch, so even if fans miss out on the start of the game there will still be plenty of time to play and win. 

Fans must enter Predict the Game, which is open to join throughout the entire game, and submit their predictions at www.nbcsportswashington.com/predict.


What: Washington Wizards at Boston Celtics, 2019-20 NBA Regular Season Game 9

Where: TD Garden, Boston, Mass.

When: 7:30 p.m. ET

TV Channel: Wizards at Celtics will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington, and the Predict The Game broadcast will be on NBC Sports Washington Plus (NBC Sports Channel Finder)

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

Radio: Wizards Radio Network, 1500 AM


6:30 PM: Wizards Outsiders
7:00 PM: Wizards Pregame Live
7:30 PM: Wizards at Celtics (Regular broadcast on NBC Sports Washington, Predict the Game broadcast on NBC Sports Washington Plus)
10:00 PM: Wizards Postgame Live
11:00 PM: Wizards Talk


November 6:  at Indiana (7 p.m.)

November 13: at Boston (7:30 p.m.)

November 22: vs Charlotte (7 p.m.)

December 5: vs Philadelphia (7 p.m.)

December 10: at Charlotte (7 p.m.)

December 18: vs Chicago (7 p.m.)

December 26: at Detroit (7 p.m.)

January 1: vs Orlando (6 p.m.)

January 6: vs Boston (7 p.m.)

January 20: vs Detroit (2 p.m.)

January 26: at Atlanta (6 p.m.)

February 3: vs Golden State (7 p.m.)

February 11: vs Chicago (7 p.m.)

February 21: vs Cleveland (7 p.m.)

February 26: vs Brooklyn (7 p.m.)

March 3: at Sacramento (10 p.m.)

March 10: vs New York (7 p.m.)

March 18: at Brooklyn (7:30 p.m.)

March 15: vs Phoenix (7 p.m.)

April 1: vs New Orleans (7 p.m.)


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'Please don't flop': Isaiah Thomas' plea to Marcus Smart before Wizards-Celtics matchup

'Please don't flop': Isaiah Thomas' plea to Marcus Smart before Wizards-Celtics matchup

For the second time this week, Isaiah Thomas wants to make it clear that Boston's Marcus Smart flops.

"Please don't flop tomorrow," Thomas told the Celtics' point guard at Smart's Bowling Bash on Tuesday, a benefit for his YounGameChanger foundation. "I know all of your moves, I just started playing and I'm not trying to get into foul trouble."

Thomas told reporters "he flops" at the beginning of the week when asked whether he had any advice for his current Wizards teammates regarding his former team.  

The Wizards' point guard is returning to Boston for the first time as a starter, though there are only two players -- Smart and Jaylen Brown -- who have been with the Celtics since Thomas' 2014-17 run with the team.

So, while Thomas may not provide Washington with a ton of insight into Boston's team, at least the Wizards know one thing: Marcus Smart "flops."