Bernucca: “Soft” Wizards Staggering Toward All-Star Break

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After the Washington Wizards ended a season-high five-game losing streak Saturday with a 37-point victory over the Brooklyn Nets, Marcin Gortat wasn’t quite ready to declare that their earth was back on its axis. “At the end of the day, it was Brooklyn, so we can’t get really excited,” he said. There’s nothing like perspective. And Gortat is right: One win against a plodding, tired team is nothing to get excited about. What the Wizards should be is concerned. Prior to the win

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Sprung: The Truth on Pierce: Passive Aggressive Leadership

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When Paul Pierce signed with the Washington Wizards on July 11, it seemed like Washington downgraded from Trevor Ariza, who departed to Houston. Two months into the season, it’s time for a fresh look. In our own free agency tracker, there were not kind words for the aging Pierce. “And while this may seem like a fine consolation prize for Ernie Grunfeld and Randy Wittman, anybody in Boston or Brooklyn who has been watching Pierce closely for the past two years

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5 Best NBA Players to See For Under $20 This Week (12/17-12/21)

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The countdown to Christmas is upon us. With just eight days left, people are scrambling to get some last-minute shopping done in time for the holiday. Luckily for you, there are still amazing deals to be discovered when you Check CHARGED.fm. Even with NBA tickets in high demand, you can see some of the best players in the league for under $20 a ticket. I’ve searched through the marketplace once again and found five incredible games you can check out this week.

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Tweet of the Day: Excitement for the 2014-15 NBA Season Abounds

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After months of waiting and a summer full of roster change and player movement, the dawn of the 2014-15 NBA regular season is now upon us. Play begins with three games Tuesday night. The New Orleans Pelicans host the Orlando Magic at 8 p.m. (EST). The game will air the local Fox Sports affiliates — FSNOLA and FS Florida, otherwise, you can find it on NBA League Pass. Meanwhile, the NBA on TNT crew will host a doubleheader, starting with the

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The Hired Gun Theory: Why the Thunder Need to Grab Greg Monroe

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Championship contending windows in the NBA typically close a lot sooner than anyone thinks. Take the Indiana Pacers, for example. Entering last season, Indiana was considered an elite team perhaps still a year or two away from hitting its prime as a true title contender. The Pacers started out hot, became the early season championship favorites, bought into their own hype, made a couple of short-sighted trades and eventually fizzled. In the following months, Roy Hibbert went from All-Star center to meme extraordinaire,

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Five Things To Watch: Washington Wizards

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It’s been a long, long time since the Washington Wizards were expected to be a top team in the Eastern Conference. But after defeating the Chicago Bulls in the first round of the 2014 NBA playoffs for their first postseason series win in nine years, the Wizards are entering a season with high expectations. How high? Well, there is some talk that after last season’s 44-38 mark, the Wizards could win 50 games – which they haven’t done since the 1978-79 season. Here

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SH Blog: Bradley Beal out with broken wrist

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A while back, there was a bit of a verbal skirmish between the Wizards’ and Cavaliers’ backcourts over who was the best in the NBA. For my money, neither is as good as the Warriors’ duo, but that’s beside the point. The point, of course, is that the first Cavs-Wizards game is Nov. 21, and it looks like one of the key players won’t be involved. Jorge Castillo of the Washington Post: Washington Wizards starting shooting guard Bradley Beal could miss 6-8 weeks

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Tweet of the Day: With Season Nearing, Hawks Are ‘Rising’

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There has been a lot of movement and change in the Eastern Conference this offseason, enough so that the Chicago Bulls have emerged as challengers for the NBA title with a healthy Derrick Rose and an added big man in Pau Gasol. The Cleveland Cavaliers now hold Vegas’ highest odds to win the coveted Larry O’Brien trophy, having reeled in hometown hero LeBron James and All-Star power forward Kevin Love. The Charlotte Hornets are also getting consideration as a challenger in

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