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Kawhi Leonard sits for Raptors on 2nd night of back-to-back

Source | 9 hrs ago.

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Kawhi Leonard is sitting out as the Toronto Raptors play on a second consecutive night. Leonard did not travel with the Raptors to the nation's capital for their game at the Washington Wizards on Saturday night. He had 31 points and

Five observations from the Wizards' loss to the Toronto Raptors, including Bradley Beal's historic shot

Source | 9 hrs ago.

The Washington Wizards lost 117-113 loss to the Toronto Raptors on Saturday night. Here are five observations from the game.Rough start Those bad losses that defined the Wizards' fateful 2017-18 season, the ones against undermanned teams on what look

Three things to watch for in Wizards' first matchup with Raptors

Source | 22 hrs ago.

Once again, we await word from head coach Scott Brooks on the status of Dwight Howard. Howard, who missed all of the Wizards' preseason with a piriformis injury, was a gametime decision for the opener on Thursday.

Stanley Cup champions in the house for Wizards home opener

Source | 2 days ago.

It was a full D.C. family affair Thursday night inside Capital One Arena for the Washington Wizards' home opener against the Miami Heat. Several Washington Capitals were in attendance on their night off just 24 hours removed from an overtime-thrilling

Capital City Go-Go now allow Wizards make final roster cut to 14 and leave the 15th spot open

Source | 6 days ago.

LaVoy Allen, Chris Chiozza, Chasson Randle and Tiwian Kendley - and in doing so trimmed their roster down to 14 players. For one, the Wizards have a lot of money committed to their roster and could use some savings. The Wizards also don't absolutely need that 15th player.

Draymond Green, Mark Jackson joke ex-Warriors coach held Mo Speights back

Source | 7 days ago.

Former Warriors big man Marreese Speights will play in China this season with the Guangzhou Long-Lions, but the 31-year-old got it done against NBA competition this preseason. He scored 41 points (on 27 shots) in nearly 40 minutes against the Washington

Wizards waive four players following preseason finale against Long-Lions

Source | 7 days ago.

NBA preseason came to an end Friday night for the Washington Wizards as the team played one final tune-up contest against the Chinese Basketball Association's Guangzhou Long-Lions. On Saturday, the team announced it waived forward Lavoy Allen and guards

Wizards add Dwight Howard, coach wants team to stop talking

Source | 10 days ago.

For all of the changes Washington Wizards coach Scott Brooks wants to see John Wall, Bradley Beal and other players implement this season with an eye to finally making a deep playoff run, the most important might have nothing do with better shot selection or a more concerted effort on defense or taking every opponent seriously. The Wizards are coming off a 43-39 finish, No. 8 seeding in the Eastern Conference and first-round playoff exit, hardly the sort of showing they seemed to think they were capable of a year ago. ''The professionalism is going to be a big thing for us,'' forward Markieff Morris said.

Dwight Howard's back soreness turned out to be a butt injury

Source | 11 days ago.

Dwight Howard has been sidelined with an injury to his piriformis muscle. Washington Wizards center Dwight Howard got some mixed news on the injury that has kept him out during the preseason. It was actually his butt that was the source of his discomfort, according to Shams Charania.

Fired as Suns' GM, Ryan McDonough's legacy in Phoenix partly tied to Wizards

Source | 12 days ago.

Nine days before their regular season schedule kicks off, the Phoenix Suns have fired general manager Ryan McDonough, a move surprising not only in its timing but for its apparent reasoning. Unless something surfaces about a newfound scandal or a fireable offense, McDonough seemed to have the Suns trending in the right direction and probably deserved another year on the job. Phoenix also signed Trevor Ariza to a free agent deal and traded for Ryan Anderson.

Five observations from Wizards' preseason loss to Knicks, including Troy Brown Jr.'s debut

Source | 18 days ago.

The Washington Wizards opened their preseason schedule with a 124-121 loss to the New York Knicks in overtime on Monday night. Here are five observations from the game... Head coach Scott Brooks has cited shooting more three-pointers as a goal for his team, going all the way back to when he first took over the job with the Wizards.

NBA Tells J.R. Smith to Cover Up His Supreme Tattoo Or Else

Source | 19 days ago.

“They made me change it,” Washington Wizards guard Kelly Oubre Jr. told a scrum of reporters last season after he was asked to take off a leg sleeve by streetwear brand Supreme. The Cleveland Cavaliers guard got a Supreme tattoo one his leg over the summer and the NBA isn’t all too happy about it. Smith posted on Instagram that the league is threatening to fine him for every game he doesn’t cover his new ink up.

Wizards' open practice shows off bench depth, Dwight Howard's coaching ability

Source | 20 days ago.

The Washington Wizards held their annual open practice on Friday night, this time in D.C. at their new facility in Ward 8. The practice, which was attended by thousands of fans, featured a dunk contest, half-court shot competition and a 5-on-5 scrimmage. Coach Howard: Though he didn't play due to his back injury, Dwight Howard served as a coach during the scrimmage.

Heat potentially trading for Jimmy Butler would only add to Wizards' competition in the East

Source | 23 days ago.

Just when we thought the NBA offseason had finally calmed down, Jimmy Butler said "hold my beer". When news broke the Butler wanted out of Minnesota, reports initially were that he preferred the Knicks, Nets, or Clippers.

Markieff Morris never believed the Celtics were better than the Wizards

Source | 25 days ago.

The Wizards were going to turn over a new leaf, talk less and let their play speak for itself. The topic that got them off track? Surprise! The Celtics. Raptors are going through a little bit when they changed DeMar DeRozan.

Wizards' rookie Troy Brown Jr. handled his first media day like a veteran

Source | 25 days ago.

Washington Wizards first-round draft pick Troy Brown Jr. is as mild-mannered as it comes. The 19-year-old did and said all the right things Monday at his first NBA media day inside the brand new Entertainment and Sports Arena in Congress Heights. He made

Wizards players believe winning as a team will take care of individuals with contract uncertainty

Source | 25 days ago.

The Washington Wizards are set to play the 2018-19 season with seven players on expiring contracts, or in other words half of 14 spots currently held on their roster. The players themselves seem to be in agreement on one thing, that as long as the team wins, they won't have to worry about their own contract situation. "I'm more focused on winning.

Ted Leonsis’ goals for Wizards: Win 50 games, make conference finals

Source | 25 days ago.

Wizards’ owner Ted Leonsis is setting the bar high. Las Vegas set the under/over on wins for Washington at 44.5, which was sixth highest in the East. While this team has talent, John Wall and Bradley Beal have never really meshed (and both have battled health issues), now Dwight Howard is the starting center, and a lot of is asked of Otto Porter, Markeiff Morris, and other role players.

Wizards' Bryant, McRae hope to make most of second chance in G-League

Source | 26 days ago.

The NBA's G-League for many represents a second chance and that is the case for two Wizards players entering the 2018-19 season, the first for the Capital City Go-Go. Center Thomas Bryant is on the Wizards' roster, but will likely spend much of his time with the Go-Go. Guard Jordan McRae is on a two-way contract and will also be there plenty.

Wizards coach Scott Brooks is begging Otto Porter Jr. to shoot more 3-pointers

Source | 26 days ago.

Scott Brooks is doing just about everything he can to get Otto Porter Jr. to shoot the ball. The Washington Wizards coach doesn't know how to convince Porter to take more shots -- especially when he's open -- instead of passing the ball. Throughout his five years with the Wizards, Porter's 3-point shooting percentage has progressively improved.

John Wall, Caps cheer on Redskins

Source | 27 days ago.

The Redskins had the force of D.C. sports behind them on Sunday for their second homegame of the season.Wizards star John Wall was at the game against the Green Bay Packers, and the noted Dallas Cowboys fan was actually rocking a Redskins jersey!Wall-

Washington Wizards bring training camp back to D.C., announce start date and roster

Source | 29 days ago.

The Wizards will be holding their 2018-19 training camp close to home, as the team announced on Thursday they will return to the area after breaking camp in Richmond, Va. in recent years.Wizards training camp will begin on Tuesday, Sept. 25 and will be