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Wizards' 2017-18 regular season schedule released with plenty of national TV games

Wizards' 2017-18 regular season schedule released with plenty of national TV games

Days after we learned of the Wizards' season opener and Christmas Day matchup against the Celtics, Washington's full 2017-18 regular season schedule has been released. They will begin on Oct. 18 at home against the Sixers and end their regular season on April 11, 2018 at the Orlando Magic.

The Wizards' first two games will be at home, the second on Oct. 20 against the Pistons. They then go on a very early road trip out west with games at the Nuggets, Lakers, Warriors and Kings.

Christmas in Boston isn't the only holiday the Wizards will play on. They also have a matinee matchup against the Bulls on New Year's Eve at home.

[RELATED: Wizards to open vs. Sixers, play Celtics on Christmas Day]

The season starts earlier than usual as part of the NBA's quest to limit back-to-backs and give players more rest in between games. As a result, the Wizards do not play their first back-to-back until Nov. 19 and 20, a full month into the season. 

Washington will have plenty of nationally televised games in 2017-18, including their opener against Philadelphia. They play 18 games on either ESPN, TNT or ABC. That does not include NBATV games, which haven't been announced, and more could be added throughout the course of the year. Beginning Feb. 6, the Wizards play seven times on national TV in a 10-game stretch.

The end of the Wizards' regular season could be very difficult with some high profile games against elite teams. Among their final five games they will play at Houston, at Cleveland and at home against Boston. The Cavs and Celtics games will be on TNT. All four of the Wizards' games against their rival Boston Celtics will be nationally televised.

[RELATED: Morris says rivalry should continue even though his brother is on Celtics]

Here is their full schedule. The tipoff times are based on the time zones of the cities they will be playing in:

Chris Miller contributed to this report

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NBA set to reportedly crack down on closeouts, initiating contact

NBA set to reportedly crack down on closeouts, initiating contact

Despite the NBA season just getting underway, the Association is still looking at a few rule tweaks. 

According to a report from Bleacher Report's Howard Beck, the NBA will look at tweaking how they call two fouls: "aggressive" closeouts and when shooters initate contact to a shot to draw a foul. 

The former has been a growing issue in NBA games, and, according to Beck, was brought to the attention of league offices after Golden State Warriors center Zaza Pachulia slid his foot under San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard during Game 1 of last year's Western Conference Finals. 

The Wizards had to deal with closeout injuries of their own last season. Last March, Orlando Magic forward Terrance Ross apologized to Bradley Beal after hurting Beal's ankle on a closeout:

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Wizards announce 2017-18 training camp roster

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Wizards announce 2017-18 training camp roster

The Wizards released their 19-man training camp roster on Thursday, including their two players signed under two-way contracts and two veterans joining the team on training camp invites.

Devin Robinson of the University of Florida and Michael Young of Pittsburgh are the two two-way players. They were signed as undrafted free agents following the 2017 NBA Draft. Under the NBA's new system of two-way deals, they will spend the majority of their time in the G-League with an alotment of 45 days at the NBA level.

The two veterans on training camp invitations are combo guard Donald Sloan, a five-year NBA veteran who played last year in China, and Carrick Felix, who last played in the NBA in 2013-14 with the Cavs and spent last year with the Long Island Nets of the G-League.

Here is the full roster:

PG John Wall

SG Bradley Beal

SF Otto Porter

PF Markieff Morris

C Marcin Gortat

C Ian Mahinmi

PF Jason Smith

PG Tim Frazier

SF Kelly Oubre

PF Mike Scott

SG Jodie Meeks

PG Tomas Satoransky

SG Sheldon Mac

C Daniel Ochefu

PF Chris McCullough

SF Devin Robinson

PF Michael Young

PG Donald Sloan

SG Carrick Felix

Wizards training camp begins Sept. 26 in Richmond, Va. For a full training camp preview, check out our Wizards Tipoff podcast:

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