September 27, 2012: Comcast SportsNet Adds Wizards' Oct. 15 Preseason Game at Brooklyn to Schedule

September 27, 2012: Comcast SportsNet Adds Wizards' Oct. 15 Preseason Game at Brooklyn to Schedule

NETWORK ADDS NETS BROOKLYN DEBUT TO 2012-13 WIZARDS SCHEDULE, WHICH NOW FEATURES 4 PRESEASON AND 82 REGULAR-SEASON GAMESBethesda, Md. (Sept. 27, 2012) Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, the regions leading source for multiplatform sports coverage, has announced the addition of the Washington Wizards preseason game at Brooklyn on Oct. 15 (7:30 p.m.) to the teams previously announced 2012-13 regional television schedule. The game is the Nets first at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.Comcast SportsNets live coverage of the Wizards upcoming NBA season now includes four preseason games and all 82 regular-season contests. The networks Wizards schedule tips off with the teams preseason home opener against New York on Oct. 11 (7 p.m.), with regular-season coverage beginning with their Oct. 30 opener at Cleveland (7 p.m.)
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Morning tip: Fast starts key to winning trip for Wizards starting vs. Lakers, ending vs. Warriors

Morning tip: Fast starts key to winning trip for Wizards starting vs. Lakers, ending vs. Warriors

LOS ANGELES -- The natural progression after a team such as the Wizards upsets the defending NBA champions on the first game of a five-game road trip and then play the lowly L.A. Lakers is to discuss the possibility of a letdown. Coach Scott Brooks hopes his insistence that all 82 games of the regular season schedule represent equal importance gets through.

The Wizards (45-28) are trying to hold off the No. 4 Toronto Raptors, who are just one game back of the No. 3 seed and have won the season series with Washington 2-1 to give them the tiebreaker should both end with the same record. 

"I talk to the guys all the time is our job is 82 games. We got to focus, give ourselves the best chance to win by locking in on what we do. Any team can beat you in this league," Brooks said. "Theyr'e still pros. They still put points on the board."

In a 127-115 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday, the Wizards dropped 40 first-quarter points. John Wall was 8-for-8 with 18 of his game-high 37 points. 

With the second game of back-to-back on Wednesday vs. the L.A. Clippers, also at Staples Center, getting the Lakers put away early so the starters can recharge quicker.

“When we play with great energy in that first quarter we get a chance to win," Brooks said. "When we just don’t play at the pace we need to play at then the game seems like it takes forever. We have speed and athleticism and shooting. We want to be able to utilize that from the opening tip.”

The Lakers (21-52) have lost 15 of their last 17 games and don't look much like the team the Wizards beat 116-108 on Feb. 2 at Verizon Center.

They're playing for better draft lottery odds and have rested key veterans such as Luol Deng and Timofey Mozgov for the rest of the season.

The Wizards went 4-1 in their last five-game road trip, and if they can match that success they'll be in a good position to finish strong and reach the 50-win mark for the first time in four decades.

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Need to Know: What is the Redskins' plan for QB Kirk Cousins?

Need to Know: What is the Redskins' plan for QB Kirk Cousins?

Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, March 28, 30 days before the April 27 NFL draft.

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Days until:

—Offseason workouts begin (4/17) 20
—Redskins rookie camp (5/12) 45
—Redskins OTAs start (5/24) 57
—Franchise tag contract deadline (7/15) 109
—First Sunday of 2017 season (9/10) 157

Tuesday three and out

1. Maybe Bruce Allen and the Redskins have a master plan for saving the whole Kirk Cousins situation but right now it just looks like they’re stuck without a solution to paying $24 million to a quarterback who likely will be gone in a year. That’s money that could either be rolled over into future seasons if Cousins gets traded or used as a down payment on a long-term Cousins deal. Maybe there’s a master plan there somewhere but right now it looks an awful lot like the organization is just stumbling around in the dark, stubbing its toe while trying to find the light switch.

2. WR Brian Quick will cost the Redskins less against the salary cap than they are paying him. That’s because his contract takes advantage of the minimum salary benefit. He gets the sixth-year minimum salary of $775,000 plus an $85,000 signing bonus, a total of $860,000. Because of the minimum salary and low signing bonus the CBA rules allow the team to essentially discount the cap hit for the contract down to $695,000. The rule is designed so that younger players are necessarily cheaper, at least when it comes to the salary cap.

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3. Allen hinted that the Redskins won’t necessarily hire a general manager after the draft. While talking to colleague JP Finlay he said, “We’ll talk about what we need after the draft from a staffing standpoint.” Not “we’ll search high and low for the best GM in the business” but that needs will be examined. It’s going to be interesting to see how it all shakes out.

And out—Allen didn’t have much to say when JP asked about the stadium project that was a hot topic a year or so ago, only confirming that talks are ongoing. The fact that he had so little to say, not even some platitudes about the desire to build a great environment for the fans. Reading between the lines, this makes me think that a deal is getting close and the less that is said about it at this point the better. Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe will be term limited out of office next January and the feeling is that he will want to leave a Redskins stadium deal as his legacy.

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