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Wizards' Bradley Beal accepts fine but calls choke of Evan Fournier unintentional

Wizards' Bradley Beal accepts fine but calls choke of Evan Fournier unintentional

A day after Bradley Beal was hit with the first fine from the league office for aggressive behavior -- grabbing Evan Fournier around the throat momentarily in a fracas during a game last week vs. the Orlando Magic -- he accepted it.

"He's a good player. Playing hard. It was just a scuffle, a bunch of people in the mix. Our hands were going places," said Beal, who was physical in defending the shooter in the Wizards' 94-91 win. "Not intentional. It is what it is. We have strict rules in the NBA so we got to abide by them no matter who you are."

It could've been larger than $15,000 but Beal quickly released his hand and didn't attempt to strike Fournier as both rallied to their teammates' side as the Magic's Bismack Biyombo and the Wizards' Kelly Oubre shoved each other after a foul. 

Fournier hurt the Wizards in their first meeting, an 88-86 win for Orlando, and Beal was intent on not letting him have space. He held him to 2-for-9 shooting, and game officials allowed both to be aggressive on one another. Fournier, however, took six foul shots. Beal didn't get any. 

"I didn't want Fournier to catch the ball. I didn't even want him to even breathe a little bit," Beal said about his defense in that game that coach Scott Brooks called his best effort of the season. "It's important. I have to step up. I have it tough every night so each night I got to bring it. It starts with John (Wall) and I. Once we set the pressure, set the tone it just motivates and gets everybody else going."

(Note: The first part of this last quote about not letting him breathe wasn't a joke or said in jest by Beal. Just accidental humor to those listening).

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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.

'PREDICT THE GAME' HOW TO WATCH

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.

WIZARDS AT CELTICS HOW TO WATCH

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

WIZARDS AT CELTICS TV SCHEDULE

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

WIZARDS 2019-20 'PREDICT THE GAME' SCHEDULE

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."

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