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Beal wise beyond years

When Jason Kidd first entered the NBA as a rookie with the Dallas Mavericks in 1994, Bradley Beal was literally in diapers.
 
Thursday night at Verizon Center, the two guards were on the same court – one approaching the end of a brilliant 18-year NBA career, the other hoping to achieve the same greatness.
 
“It was weird, actually, knowing he’s a future Hall of Famer,” Beal, 19, said of his first NBA game against Kidd, 39.
 
“He’s probably one of the best point guards who ever played.  It’s a great feeling, but at the same time I’m playing against him so I just have to attack him and get the best of him.”
 
For the record, Beal and Kidd both came off the bench on Thursday. In 25:35, Beal recorded 15 points, five assists, one steal and one turnover. In 22:56, Kidd had four points, four assists, three steals and three turnovers.
 
One of those steals came against Beal.
 
“That’s a vet move,” Beal said of his one turnover. “I should have seen that coming. That’s how smart these guys are and how experienced they are. I just have to catch up to them and be two steps ahead of them.”
 
With 17,071 career points, Kidd has proven why the Mavericks took him with the second pick overall of the 1994 draft. Beal has the next 15 years to prove why the Wizards made him the third pick overall last June.
 
Wizards teammate Martell Webster says that after two preseason games Beal already is starting to show glimpses of greatness.
 
“He says he wants to compare himself to Ray Allen, but he’s a little more flash than Ray Allen,” Webster said. “I’d say he has a little of the flash, D Wade, in him.
 
“He can slash, put it on the floor, and make contact. That’s big. When you can establish yourself at the free throw line, seven, eight times a game, that’s a big difference.
 
“He’s got it. He’s still a rookie. He’s learning the basics. If he keeps watching the players that he admires, takes little bits and adds them to himself, he’ll be a star in this league.”
 
Wizards point guard Jannero Pargo says what impresses him most about Beal is his ability to play a calm game when the pace is furious.
 
“I'm very impressed,” Pargo said. “I think he's poised beyond his years. He's aggressive, but he’s not moving too fast.. He plays the game at his own pace. He's not rattled by anything. He takes the game as it comes to him and that's very refreshing for a rookie.”

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Life back in 1979, when the Wizards last won their division title

Life back in 1979, when the Wizards last won their division title

BY TYLER BYRUM, @theTylerByrum

The longest division winning drought in North American sports has come to an end with the Washington Wizards winning the Southeast Division. It had been 38 years in fact, with the last division title being in the 1978-79 season when the team was known as the Washington Bullets.

Modern life has changed rapidly in those 38 years, obviously the Internet and cell phones had yet to been invented and the United States was in the midst of the Cold War.

Here is a quick taste of life back in 1979: 

  • No. 1 overall NBA Draft pick: Magic Johnson
  • The Dallas Mavericks, Charlotte Hornets, Miami Heat, Orlando Magic, Minnesota Timberwolves, Toronto Raptors, or New Orleans Pelicans did not exist.
  • Wayne Gretsky scored his first NHL goal
  • ESPN was launched
  • Jimmy Carter was president
  • Margaret Thatcher was named the prime minister of the United Kingdom
  • Average Cost of new house: $72,600.00 
  • Average Household Income per year: $19,620.00 
  • Average Monthly Rent: $280.00 
  • Cost of a gallon of Gas: 86 cents 
  • The price of milk skyrocketed to $1.86 a gallon
  • Sony released their first Walkman for $200
  • Laverne & Shirley was the most popular TV show
  • Kramer vs. Kramer (featuring Dustin Hoffman and Meryl Streep) was the highest grossing movie 
  • My Sharona by Knack was the top billboard song that year
  • Adam Levine, Kevin Hart, Kourtney Kardashian, and Pink were born

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Wizards at Clippers: TV, live stream and radio info, things to watch

Wizards at Clippers: TV, live stream and radio info, things to watch

John Wall, Bradley Beal and the Washington Wizards battle Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan and the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday night as they aim to continue rising the ranks of the NBA's Eastern Conference.

Here is all you need to know: TV, live stream and radio info, tip-off time, plus three things to watch…

WASHINGTON WIZARDS at LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS

Where: Staples Center
Tip-off: 10:30 p.m.
TV: CSN+ (coverage begins at 10 p.m.)
Live stream: CSNmidatlantic.com
Radio: 1500 AM

Three things to watch...

Fight to the finish

The Wizards locked up their first division title in 38 years on Tuesday night by beating the Lakers, but more important in the short-term is the fact they held off the Raptors for yet another day. The Wizards are third in the East and just one game ahead of Toronto, the hottest team in the conference with a six-game winning streak. The Wizards have won four straight to maintain their standing.

The Wizards' road is also about to get a lot tougher. They play at the Clippers, then at the Jazz and Warriors. All three teams rank in the top five in the West by record. If they can keep rolling, they could put some pressure on the Cavs who are 1 1/2 games ahead in second.

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Rematch of one of year's best games

If Wednesday night plays out anything like the first time these two teams met this season, then we're all in for a treat. It was Dec. 18 at the Verizon Center when the Wizards edged the Clippers 117-110 behind Bradley Beal's 41 points, just one off his career-high. The Wizards shot 53.1 percent that day and went 10-of-19 (52.6%) from three. Markieff Morris had one of his best games of the season with 23 points, nine rebounds and three steals.

Morris will be key in the rematch on Wednesday because of his defense against Blake Griffin in the first meeting. Griffin had 26 points in the game, but none in the fourth quarter as Morris effectively shut him down.

That win was arguably one of the best of the Wizards' entire season, and at the time it was certainly their best of the year so far. The Wizards were 11-14 before that matchup and since have gone 35-14. The Clippers at the time were one of the best teams in the NBA at 20-7. They are exactly 24-24 since.

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Clippers battling inconsistency

The Clippers have won four of their last six games and currently hold the fifth spot in the Western Conference, but they have experienced some mixed results lately. Two of those four wins have come against the Cavaliers and Jazz, which are among the very best teams in the NBA. But their two losses have been at the hands of the Mavs and Kings, two of basketball's worst teams.

Defense hasn't been the issue lately for the Clips, who have held opponents to just 97 points per game in their last six contests. But in three of their last four losses, they have failed to eclipse the 100-point mark on offense. 

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