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Wizards' 2019-20 regular season schedule released: Lakers, Zion Williamson come to D.C. late in year

Wizards' 2019-20 regular season schedule released: Lakers, Zion Williamson come to D.C. late in year

The Washington Wizards' 2019-20 regular season schedule is out with their opener set for Oct. 23 on the road against Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks. The Wizards will begin their season with three road games against Western Conference teams and seven of their first 11 away from Capital One Arena.

The Wizards will play on New Year's Day this season. That one is at home against the Orlando Magic. They also play the Detroit PIstons at home in their annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day matinee.

The Wizards will see the new-look Rockets with Russell Westbrook in just their fourth game of the season, on Oct. 30. They won't play first overall pick Zion Williamson and the Pelicans until April 1. That game is at home with their second meeting not long after, on April 13 in New Orleans.

The L.A. Lakers, now with Anthony Davis, will come to town on March 28. And the Wizards will play the revamped Clippers twice in eight days in December with Kawhi Leonard and Paul George coming to Washington on Dec. 8.

Here is the full schedule...

OCTOBER

10/23 - at Mavericks
10/25 - at Thunder
10/26 - at Spurs
10/30 - vs. Rockets

NOVEMBER

11/2 - vs. Timberwolves
11/4 - vs. Pistons
11/6 - at Pacers
11/8 - vs. Cavaliers (ESPN)
11/13 - at Celtics
11/15 - at Timberwolves
11/17 - at Magic
11/20 - vs. Spurs
11/22 - vs. Hornets
11/24 - vs. Kings
11/26 - at Nuggets
11/27 - at Suns
11/29 - at Lakers

DECEMBER

12/1 - at Clippers
12/3 - vs. Magic
12/5 - vs. Sixers
12/6 - at Heat
12/8 - vs. Clippers
12/10 - at Hornets
12/14 - at Grizzlies
12/16 - at Pistons
12/18 - vs. Bulls
12/20 - at Raptors
12/21 - at Sixers
12/23 - at Knicks
12/26 - at Pistons
12/28 - vs. Knicks
12/30 - vs. Heat

JANUARY

1/1 - vs. Magic
1/3 - vs. Blazers
1/4 - vs. Nuggets
1/6 - vs. Celtics
1/8 - at Magic
1/10 - vs. Hawks
1/12 - vs. Jazz
1/15 - at Bulls
1/17 - at Raptors
1/20 - vs. Pistons
1/22 - at Heat
1/23 - at Cavaliers
1/26 - at Hawks
1/28 - at Bucks
1/30 - vs. Hornets

FEBRUARY

2/1 - vs. Nets
2/3 - vs. Warriors
2/7 - vs. Mavericks
2/9 - vs. Grizzlies
2/11 - vs. Bulls
2/12 - at Knicks
2/13-20 - ALL-STAR BREAK
2/21 - vs. Cavaliers
2/23 - at Bulls
2/24 - vs. Bucks
2/26 - vs. Nets
2/28 - at Jazz

MARCH

3/1 - at Warriors
3/3 - at Kings
3/4 - at Blazers
3/6 - vs. Hawks
3/8 - vs. Heat
3/10 - vs. Knicks
3/13 - at Celtics
3/15 - vs. Thunder
3/16 - at Sixers
3/18 - at Nets
3/20 - at Hawks
3/21 - vs. Bucks
3/23 - vs. Celtics
3/25 - vs. Suns
3/27 - at Bucks
3/28 - vs. Lakers

APRIL

4/1 - vs. Pelicans
4/3 - vs. Sixers
4/5 - at Pacers
4/7 - vs. Raptors
4/10 - at Rockets
4/11 - at Hornets
4/13 - at Pelicans
4/15 - vs. Pacers

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John Wall is dunking during pregame warm-ups again

John Wall is dunking during pregame warm-ups again

John Wall isn't expected to return to the court for the Wizards this season, but his recovery from Achilles surgery seems to be going well. 

Before Washington played to host to the Sixers Thursday night, Wall was dunking in his pre-game workout doing his patented left-handed slam. 

With Wall out for the year, the Wizards have taken the opportunity to develop their youth in Rui Hachimura, Troy Brown and Moe Wagner in high-pressure situations. 

The last time Wall played for the Wizards it was with a stale roster that needed re-shuffling. When he comes back, presumably at the start of next season, he'll have an exciting new group to dish assists to every night. 

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Isaiah Thomas a late scratch for Wizards vs. Sixers with calf injury

Isaiah Thomas a late scratch for Wizards vs. Sixers with calf injury

WASHINGTON -- Not long after head coach Scott Brooks revealed he had two of his players coming back from injury, the team announced starting point guard Isaiah Thomas is out for Thursday's game against the Sixers with a left calf strain. 

This is a new injury for Thomas, at least publically. He has played in the Wizards' last 17 games after beginning the season rehabbing a left thumb injury. 

Thomas' absence is on top of back-up shooting guard Jordan McRae having surgery on his right hand on Wednesday and puts the Wizards in a bind in terms of guard depth. Ish Smith is in Thomas' place in the starting lineup and the team called up Chris Chiozza to help fill the void. They also have rookie Justin Robinson on hand.

Given Brooks did not reveal Thomas' injury pregame, it is likely he was a gametime decision or something happened during his warm-up routine. There should be more information after Thursday's game.

Thomas, 30, is averaging 12.6 points and 5.1 assists in 24.9 minutes this season while shooting 41 percent from three.

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