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10 must-see moments from Wizards' Game 2 win over Hawks

10 must-see moments from Wizards' Game 2 win over Hawks

Here are 10 plays or moments from the Washington Wizards' 109-101 win over the Atlanta Hawks in Game 2 of their first round playoff series that are worth revisiting...

1. Taken as a whole, this game was pretty ugly, especially the first half where both teams shot horribly (Wizards 40.5%, Hawks 34.9%). The game didn't really heat up until the fourth quarter when John Wall, Bradley Beal and Brandon Jennings took over.

There were, however, some highlights in the first half including this deep three from Wall, who went 2-for-2 from long range.

2. Beal started off slow, just as he did in Game 1, but he got two on this play following Marcin Gortat's block of Dwight Howard. Gortat had five blocks to go along with 14 points and 10 rebounds. 

This was one of two blocks Gortat had on back-to-back plays:

3. Beal ended up with 31 points, including 16 in the fourth quarter. He also had three assists, though, including this one to set up Jason Smith on the pick-and-roll.

It was yet another example of Beal's growth as a ballhandler and passer:

4. This was during a timeout. The Wizards announced the Capitals score on their big screen and D.C. sports fans loved it:

5. Now, for arguably the moment of the night. Wall stole the ball and dunked it on a fastbreak with Dennis Schroder right on him. After dunking it, Wall stared Schroder down and talked some smack in his direction:

Here's another look:

Wall is ruthless.

6. This may be the story of the game. Who predicted that Jennings would go off for six straight points, eight if you count an assist?

Here's the play that got his run started, a stepback jumper:

7. And here's the assist to Smith that sent Verizon Center into pandemonium and had the Wizards going nuts:

8. This was Otto Porter's biggest play of the night, a steal-and-slam in the fourth quarter:

Porter finished with four points, but those two were big.

9. Now for some big shots by Wall in the fourth. Here is an and-1 he pulled off that was insanely athletic:

10. And finally, here is Wall throwing down a dunk late in the fourth to help put the game on ice:

We'll leave you with a Photoshop graphic from our digital team. Let Brandon cook:

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Top 5 teams in the East: Finding the right spot for the Wizards

Top 5 teams in the East: Finding the right spot for the Wizards

The 2017-18 NBA schedule was released on Monday and with Eastern Conference odds being released on Tuesday, it's now time to project where teams will finish and rank the best teams in the East.

After falling one game short of the Eastern Conference Finals, the Wizards are determined to break through and solidify themselves as one of the top two teams in the East.

The offseason contract extensions of Otto Porter and John Wall have only strengthened the team's bond and desire to bring a championship back to Washington, D.C.

But as the regular season approaches, where do the Wizards rank among the top teams in the East? On Tuesday, CSN's Rob Carlin and Chris Miller ranked their list of the top five teams in the east.

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Here's what they both went with as of Aug. 15. You can watch their analysis in the video player above.

Rob Carlin's Top 5 Teams in the East:
5. 76ers
4. Wizards
3. Bucks
2. Celtics
1. Cavaliers

Chris Miller's Top 5 Teams in the East:
5. Bucks
4. Raptors
3. Cavaliers
2. Celtics
1. Wizards

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It's easy to look at the 76ers roster and think this team is the future. The 76ers just might be "the future," but the team's "Big 3" of Joel Embiid, Markelle Fultz and Ben Simmons have played exactly zero games together and injury concerns have already stunted the growth of both Simmons and Embiid. 

That's why the Toronto Raptors, with DeMar DeRozan, Kyle Lowry and Serge Ibaka, should be in the No. 5 spot here.

Speaking of "teams of the future," the Milwaukee Bucks are the closest thing the NBA has to "The MonStars." Giannis Antetokounmpo is a fringe MVP candidate and the team has at least seven players with a wingspan of at least seven feet. But You need superstar players to carry a team, and Antetokounmpo is close, but not there yet. The Bucks should be in the No 4 spot here.

It's great to think that the Washington Wizards will be the No. 1 team in the Eastern Conference. It's what every basketball fan in Washington, D.C. is hoping for. But until LeBron James has been unseated, it's hard — nearly impossible — to put any team above the Cavaliers. Perhaps a healthy Ian Mahinmi will make a big difference up front, a place the team needs help. But that is a big question mark. The bench is big question mark too. The team's "Big 3" of Wall, Porter and Bradley Beal can only do so much. The Wizards are going to be good — really good, hopefully — but as of now, it's hard to put them above the No. 3 spot

The Wizards came up just short of the Eastern Conference Finals, falling to the Boston Celtics in seven games. The Celtics got a bit better this offseason,a dding all-star forward Gordon Hayward. Brad Stevens is widely considered one of the best coaches in the entire NBA, and if Isiah Thomas returns to form following a playoff hip injury, the Celtics should be locked in to the No. 2 spot in the East, which both Chris Miller and Rob Carlin agree with here.

Who knows if Kyrie Irving will be with the Cleveland Cavaliers by the time the playoffs roll around. And while LeBron James may not be in a Cavs uniform in 2018, he's going to be in uniform this season. And until a team is able to unseat the Cavaliers — the back-to-back-to-back Eastern Conference champions — you just have to put LeBron & co. in the No. 1 spot.

But that's whats fun about August. It's the silly season. It's all speculation. The Wizards very well could be the best team in the East. They brought the band back together and are trending in the right direction. There's no reason to believe they can't finish in the top two spots and potentially be the best team in the East.

By the time the new year gets here and the playoffs come into focus, we will finally know who is right and who is wrong.

But for now, speculation sure is fun. 

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Wizards' 2017-18 regular season schedule, by the numbers

Wizards' 2017-18 regular season schedule, by the numbers

Here are some notes and numbers on the Wizards' 2017-18 regular season schedule, which was released on Monday...

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23

The Wizards play 23 weekend home games. That breaks down as 11 on Fridays, seven on Saturdays and five on Sundays. Last season they played 18 home games on the weekend.

18

The Wizards play 18 games on national TV this season. When the 2016-17 schedule was first released, they were only guaranteed five nationally televised games. Here is how those national TV games break down by opponent and network:

By opponent: Celtics (4), Cavs (3), Sixers (3), Lakers (1), Grizzlies (1), Pistons (1), Thunder (1), Bucks (1), Warriors (1), Raptors (1), Spurs (1).

By network: ESPN (10), TNT (7), ABC (1)

15

There are 15 back-to-back sets on the Wizards' schedule, down from 16 the year before. The league average this season is 14.4 back-to-backs. That puts the Wizards slightly above average, but it's lower than it has been in the past and that is by design. The NBA is starting the season earlier this year in order to spread games out and give players more rest.

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11

Washington's longest road trip will be five games over 11 days from Jan. 17 through Jan. 27.

10

The Wizards' longest homestand will be five games over the course of 10 days from Jan. 6 through Jan. 15.

6

This year the Wizards will open at home for the first time in six years. The last time they opened in D.C. was 2011 to begin the 2011-12 season. This year they will host the Philadelphia 76ers on Oct. 18.

4

There are four holidays where the Wizards will have games: Christmas at Boston, New Year's Eve vs. Chicago, Martin Luther King Day vs. Milwaukee and Valentine's Day at New York.

Not once will the Wizards play four games in five nights. They only did so once last year, but in previous seasons that workload was commonplace.

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