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By the numbers: Breaking down the Wizards' 2019-20 schedule

By the numbers: Breaking down the Wizards' 2019-20 schedule

The Wizards' 2019-20 regular season schedule is out. Here is a by-the-numbers breakdown of the Wizards' road ahead...


The Wizards have 13 back-to-back sets. Their first is very early, with their second and third games of the season against the Thunder and Spurs. Their heaviest month for back-to-backs is March when they will play four of them. That includes a brutal set at Milwaukee and then at home against the Lakers. The Wizards played 15 back-to-backs last season, but their 13 are still above the league average (12.4).


They only have one national TV game on a major network. They will see the Cavaliers on Nov. 8 at home in a game that will be broadcast by ESPN. The Wizards could technically be flexed into more national TV games as the season goes on, but it shows where they stand in the league at the moment when it comes to national interest.


The Wizards' longest road trip of the season is four games. They will do that four times with perhaps the most difficult one coming in late November and early December. From Nov. 26 to Dec. 1, they will play at the Nuggets, Suns, Lakers and Clippers. Denver and the two L.A. teams could be the top three seeds in the West this year.


Their longest homestand is six games. They will do that twice, once from Dec. 28 to Jan. 6 and again from Jan. 30 to Feb. 11. The more difficult of the two is probably the first one, as they will see the Blazers, Nuggets and Celtics in a three-game span.

7 of 11

The Wizards will kick off their season with seven of their first 11 games on the road. That includes their first three games, which are against tough opponents (Mavs, Thunder, Spurs). They will then return home for a difficult opener at Capital One Arena against the Rockets. The Wizards were the fifth-worst road team last season.


John Wall had surgery to repair his ruptured Achilles on Feb. 12. If he misses a full calendar year (the recovery timeline is 11-15 months) he would return in time to have 18 games left on the Wizards' schedule. Though it seems likely he misses all of next season, the timeline could work in the Wizards' favor if they want to bring him back towards the end of 2019-20.


The Wizards will not see Zion Williamson, the 2019 first overall pick, until their 75th game of the season. That is a long time for Wizards fans to wait to see the Duke prodigy. By then, he will only be a rookie in name as he will have nearly a full season under his belt.


The Wizards will travel nearly 40,000 miles on road trips this season, according to the team. They will travel about 36,032 miles to play Eastern Conference opponents alone. 


There are four teams in the East the Wizards will play only three times instead of four. Those teams are the Raptors, Pacers, Nets and Cavs. So, the Wizards won't get a break against the top teams like the Bucks and Sixers.


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After setbacks in rehab, John Wall is appreciating the little things in life

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After setbacks in rehab, John Wall is appreciating the little things in life

WASHINGTON -- John Wall has been all smiles in public when discussing his rehab from Achilles surgery. He has even remarked how smoothly this recovery has gone compared to others he's underwent in the past.

But his road back from a ruptured left Achilles has not been entirely free of obstacles. He revealed to NBC Sports Washington on the Wizards Talk podcast recently that he dealt with an infection that delayed him getting out of his walking boot.

That was already weeks after he first had surgery to remove bone spurs from his heel in January. He had a series of infections following that procedure, one of which helped doctors discover his Achilles had torn during a fall in his home.

Wall can admit now after the fact it was a difficult time for him.

"I've just put in a lot of hard work," he said. "For me to be where I'm at right now, with all the setbacks and infections and then finding out my Achilles was ruptured and then going through another infection, it was like 'man, when can I ever get past that point of just getting out of the boot and walking?'"

What made that last part particularly frustrating was where Wall makes his offseason home. He summers in Miami, a place notorious for its humidity.

"I was in Miami during the summertime in a boot. Like, man, I don't want to be in hot Miami in a boot, sweating," he said.

Nowadays, things are much better for Wall. He is doing on-court work at the Wizards' practice facility. He can shoot jumpers and do individual ball-handling and passing drills. He can jog and lift weights.

After months of waiting to just have his walking boot come off, Wall is very appreciative to simply be able to do anything on the basketball court.

"Just to do the ball-handling and be able to shoot and do the weight-lifting, that's a great aspect [of my progress]. It makes it easier for me because I'm in a great space where it's fun," he said. 

"I'm able to do what I'm able to do, even if I'm not playing at a high speed and running up and down, I'm able to shoot and do ball-handling. That's what I love to do."

Wall continues to make progress, now nine months removed from the Achilles surgery he had on Feb. 12. He is likely to be out at least three more months, and he could miss all of the 2019-20 season.

At some point, Wall may get restless, but he continues to preach patience towards his return. When asked by Chris Miller if he will start bothering the coaches soon to play, he said he's just happy to be back on the court in practice.


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Moe Wagner isn't the only Wizards with a questionable golf swing

Moe Wagner isn't the only Wizards with a questionable golf swing

With the grind of the NBA season preparing to get underway, the Washington Wizards are spending some time off the court as a way to relax and have some fun. On Monday, the team headed to Top Golf to take some hacks, and we were treated to a breakdown of each player's swing.

As you can see, some like head coach Scott Brooks have a pretty smooth swing. However, the same cannot be said about others.

Take for example Moe Wagner. 

The newly acquired Wizard started off promising with a solid stance, bent knees and all. But, the wind up showed that there were clearly some quirks in his mechanics. Then, the worst thing possible happened: a missed ball. No one will really judge if the swing isn't the prettiest, considering his job is to play basketball, but to come up empty hurts.

Wagner wasn't alone in his misfortunes, however. Jordan McRae also had some trouble getting his club to connect with the ball. But, as they say, third times the charm.

As for other poor swings, Davis Bertans and Thomas Bryant had success hitting the ball, it just didn't look all too pretty.

For Bryant, he may be taking the concept of getting a low, solid base, quite too literally. With Bertans, the movement on his back leg followed by a quick swing is, well, interesting to say the least.

But, fear not, Washington does have a few players who at least look like they've picked up a golf club before. 

Even rookie Rui Hachimura showed off a pretty decent stroke.

While the videos did provide a good laugh, it's safe to say that most of these guys shouldn't quit their day jobs.