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Wizards speak up on Baltimore riots

In the midst of watching, cheering and banging on the glass during the Capitals series-clinching win on Monday, members of the Wizards could not ignore the reports of unrest coming out of Baltimore.

Via his Twitter account, John Wall spoke out against the violence. 

Paul Pierce also expressed concern and the need for calm over social media and following practice on Tuesday.

"I just think it’s really upsetting when you see a community just go out and burn down stores and trash cars. Those are some  of the things that I saw on the news but I also saw some positive things. Some of the people rallying together for a cause," he said.

Pierce, 37, grew up in Los Angeles. He was 14 when riots broke out in the area.

"It’s funny because I sent out on Twitter yesterday that it reminded me of the LA riots. I was living in LA during that time when we were tearing up our own community and it really didn’t have a cause. It really didn’t serve a purpose. At the end of the day, the riots were all over and you looked up and the stores that we go to weren’t there anymore. It’s pretty much a lot of vandalism and it really didn’t help the cause.  So I understand the mindset but it really isn’t helping the cause when you destroy the things in the places that we know and that we live in. So the people of Baltimore, I just wish there could be some resolve to this."

Wizards coach Randy Wittman was asked about the turbulent scene.

"It's tough. it's sad to watch that," the head coach said. "There is a lot of things that go on that need to be addressed, looked at. Continue to grow as a group of people no matter what your background is. Being able to get along. It's hard to watch when your neighborhood is torched or destroyed because of something that that neighborhood really had nothing to do with. That' the hard thing. Guys that work hard to have a business and then it's taken away from you in a matter of minutes. That's hard to look at.

"I'm all for protests. That's part of who we are. Stating what your beliefs are. You just hope it can be in a peaceful way. I hope that gets rectified.

Rasual Butler joined Pierce, Wall and Marcin Gortat along the boards for Game 7, his first ever hockey game. He also joined his teammates in stating concern for the people and neighborhoods in Baltimore.

"It was just really disturbing," Butler said Tuesday. "I understand the anger. I just don't understand the way they're going about displaying their anger. It's almost like rage now because it's uncontrolled anger. Tearing up your own property, it doesn't make sense to do that. But, I understand where they're coming from. They're upset, they're angry. They want answers. Justice needs to be a real thing in our society. Right now, I don't think it is because of the way that people, particularly of color are being treated by people who are supposed to serve and protect. It's not OK."

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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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Bradley Beal excitedly tweets reaction to signing two-year extension

Bradley Beal excitedly tweets reaction to signing two-year extension

ICYMI, Bradley Beal finally signed a contract extension with the Washington Wizards. The two-year, $72 million deal begins in the 2021-22 season and includes a four-year player option available in 2022-23.

After a career year for shooting guard we know and love to call Panda, as well as a tumultuous year for the Wizards, Beal faced many options, like requesting a trade or holding out. Instead of requesting a trade, he put the pen to paper with a deal that's flexible for what's to come Washington's way over the next five seasons. Making this happen is a huge win for the Wizards front office and is a significant success for general manager Tommy Sheppard to add to his resume.

With all of that said, Bradley Beal is pretty excited about the extension, too.

We're doing the same dance moves over the good news, Brad! The Wizards' future looks bright and filled with panda swag.

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