WIZARDS ANNOUNCE 2014-15 SCHEDULE
Posted on 13 August 2014 by WNST Staff
WIZARDS ANNOUNCE 2014-15 SCHEDULE
Posted on 11 August 2014 by WNST Staff
WIZARDS ANNOUNCE 2014 PRESEASON SCHEDULE
Second Annual Baltimore Classic Highlights Eight-Game Slate
Monday, Oct. 6
United Center (Chicago, IL)
Wednesday, Oct. 8
at New Orleans
Veterans Memorial Arena (Jacksonville, FL)
Friday, Oct. 10
Bon Secours Wellness Arena (Greenville, SC)
Sunday, Oct. 12
Verizon Center (Washington, DC)
Wednesday, Oct. 15
vs. Maccabi Haifa
Verizon Center (Washington, DC)
Friday , Oct. 17
Verizon Center (Washington, DC)
Monday, Oct. 20
vs. New Orleans
Baltimore Arena (Baltimore, MD)
Wednesday, Oct. 22
at New York
Madison Square Garden (New York, NY)
Posted on 01 August 2014 by Nick Dorsey
Durant to DC Talks Must Settle
With LeBron James going back to his hometown team, discussions around the country have escalated regarding another NBA star heading back to his hometown in the near future. Kevin Durant, arguably the leagues best player behind James, is set to be a free agent at the end of the 2015-16 regular season and already talks have begun on the possibility of the Thunder star coming back home.
There is a legitimate shot that the 2014 NBA MVP could wind up in a Washington uniform for the start of the 2016-17 regular season, but the chatter must settle for now.
The former Longhorn standout still has two more seasons in Oklahoma City and his deal is not similar to what LeBron James had in Miami. When Durant signed a five year contract extension in 2010, his deal did not include an opt out clause after the fourth season. So unfortunately for Wizards fans, he cannot opt out after the upcoming season.
The coming back home hype for Cleveland fans was warranted after the conclusion of the 2012-13 season because there was a chance that James would opt out of his final year in Miami. The city of Cleveland remained patient for a whole season and the Akron native did what they had hoped.
Wizards’ nation is now feeling what Cavs fans did over a year ago, but it is a different situation. Washington must be patient due to the fact Durant cannot opt out of his final year and hit free agency.
As enticing as it may sound to land one of the biggest stars in the game, Wizards fans must play the waiting game. The game will not be too difficult because of the potential this team has for the upcoming season. With all the pieces added to the puzzle from the off-season, there are high expectations. So for now, Washington fans should just live in the moment because this season has a chance to be something special.
Washington Capitals Potential Forward Lines
With training camp on the horizon, everyone will await to see how new head coach Barry Trotz tinkers with the Capitals forward lines. Since Washington did not address the hole left at second line center by Mikhail Grabovski, there is uncertainty how the top six will shake up.
Trotz recently dropped hints regarding potential replacements for Grabovski, who signed a deal with the New York Islanders in free agency. The former Predator head coach mentioned the possibility that players like Marcus Johansson, Evgeny Kuznetsov and Andre Burakovsky could fill that center void.
With Brooks Laich back in the swing of things assuming he stays healthy, the top six can get tricky. Even the top nine becomes crowded with some of the younger prospects trying to climb their way into the lineup. With that being said, it is time to sort out the four forward lines and evaluate the possbilities.
1: Brooks Laich, Nicklas Backstrom, Alex Ovechkin
2: Marcus Johansson, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Troy Brouwer
3: Jason Chimera, Eric Fehr, Joel Ward
4: Tom Wilson, Michael Latta, Jay Beagle
As of now, the above line up could set up to be the top four forward lines for the Washington Capitals. It is possible, but there are several different ways these lines could change and it begins at the top.
Brooks Laich has seen his time on the wing playing along side Ovi and Backstrom in his career, but he was given a contract extension years ago based on his ability to be a quality two-way center. So if Laich can stay on the ice, he could find himself filling the void at second line center.
The third line should remain in tact because that combination above was consistently the most productive line throughout the season. Ward and Chimera had career years and their chemistry on the ice would be tough to separate.
The biggest problem that arises from this current lineup is Tom Wilson playing on the fourth line. Wilson is a young promising player and it is now his time to see increased minutes. Remaining on the fourth line will not help Wilson get those minutes, so he could find his way into the top three lines.
The wildcard of all this could be last years first round selection Andre Burakovsky. The 2013 first rounder had a tremendous season for the Erie Otters in the OHL, so there is temptation to bring him up to the big league. If he shows flashes of promise in training camp, Burakovsky could find himself on the big roster.
With all that being said, here is another look at how the lineups could unfold for the upcoming season:
1. Marcus Johansson, Nicklas Backstrom, Alex Ovechkin
2. Tom Wilson, Brooks Laich, Troy Brouwer
3. Jason Chimera, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Joel Ward
4. Eric Fehr, Michael Latta, Jay Beagle
The first line does not see much change except for the swap of MoJo and Laich. This second line is assuming that Trotz hopes for Laich to hold onto the second line center position. This top six seems ideal for a couple of reasons.
Tom Wilson gets a lot more experience cracking the top six, which will be imperative for his growth. The second line has the make up of a Trotz style in which accountability is a priority. Laich is a very good two-way center while Wilson brings another dimension of physicality. Troy Brouwer got hot scoring toward the tail end of the season and this line would depend on him to continue providing points.
The third line had a minor change in dropping Fehr to the fourth line. Kuznetsov did not play a lot of center last season and with this lineup, he would get the much-needed experience at playing that role. Ward and Chimera were the constant point producers from the third line last season with the center position being interchangeable between Grabovski and Fehr. Kuzy could find his way to become the second line center if Laich re-aggravates past injuries.
Posted on 27 July 2014 by WNST Staff
WASHINGTON, DC - Washington Wizards guard John Wall has been selected to the 2014-16 USA Basketball Men‘s National Team, USA Basketball announced today. Wall will join 18 other players, including teammate Bradley Beal, who have been selected for the 2014-2016 USA Men‘s National Team pool. The 2014 USA World Championship Team and, if the U.S. qualifies, the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team, will be selected from that pool.
Posted on 27 July 2014 by WNST Staff
ARLINGTON, VA. – The Washington Capitals have signed forward Nathan Walker to a three-year, entry-level contract, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today.
Walker, 20, became the first Australian drafted to the NHL on June 28 after Washington selected him in the third round, 89th overall, in the 2014 NHL Draft. Walker registered 11 points (five goals, six assists) and 40 penalty minutes in 43 games with the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL) in 2013-14.
During the 2012-13 season, Walker recorded 27 points (seven goals, 20 assists) and 63 penalty minutes in 29 games with the Youngstown Phantoms of the USHL. The 5’9”, 185-pound left wing represented Australia at the 2011 IIHF World Championship Division II tournament and at the 2012 World Championship Division 1 Group B tournament. Walker registered six points (four goals, two assists) and four penalty minutes in four games at the 2011 tournament and was named Australia’s best player by the tournament’s coaches.
Posted on 22 July 2014 by WNST Staff
NBCSN Opens Season on Oct. 8 with Philadelphia Flyers-Boston Bruins Wednesday Night Rivalry Matchup at 7:30 p.m. ET, followed by 2014 Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings vs. San Jose Sharks at 10 p.m. ET
NHL Winter Classic Features Chicago Blackhawks at Washington Capitals from Washington, D.C. on January 1 at 1 p.m. ET on NBC
NBCSN Presents Coverage of 2015 NHL All-Star Weekend from Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Including 60th NHL All-Star Game on Jan. 25
31 Games Across NBC and NBCSN Feature Rematches from 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Including Both Conference Finals and Kings-Rangers on March 24
NBC Sports Live Extra to Stream All 103 Regular-Season Games
STAMFORD, Conn. — July 22, 2013 – Coming off of the most-watched NHL regular season ever on NBC and NBCSN, the most-watched Stanley Cup Playoffs since 2006 and most-watched Stanley Cup Playoffs on cable in 17 years,NBC Sports Group will deliver coverage of 103 NHL regular-season games during the 2014-15 season, featuring 14 games on NBC and 89 games on NBCSN. All games will be streamed live via NBC Sports Live Extra. Schedule highlights include:
NBCSN will offer most games on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights throughout the season. Beginning in January, a Sunday game will be added most weeks. NBCSN drops the puck on its coverage on Wednesday, Oct. 8 at 6:30 p.m. ET with NHL Live, NBCSN’s live pre- and post-game show, leading into coverage of Flyers-Bruins from TD Garden in Boston, Mass. at 7:30 p.m. ET. Coverage shifts to Los Angeles immediately following Flyers-Bruins with the banner-raising ceremony for the 2014 Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings, before face off against San Jose Sharks at 10 p.m. ET.
NBC Sports Group’s NHL lead broadcast team will be comprised of two-time Emmy award-winning play-by-play voice Mike “Doc” Emrick, as well as analyst Eddie Olczyk and Emmy-award winning “Inside the Glass” analyst Pierre McGuire.
NHL ON NBC
NHL on NBC coverage begins on Friday, November 28 at 1 p.m. ET, with the NHL Thanksgiving Showdown featuring the New York Rangers at Philadelphia Flyers, marking the first of 14 games that will air on NBC during the regular season. Beginning on January 18, and continuing through the end of the regular season, NBC will present the NHL Game of the Week, generally occurring on Sunday afternoons. NBC will also present the Flyers and Rangers in primetime at 8 p.m. ET on Saturday, Feb. 28.
Last year, NBC posted its most-watched NHL regular season since its most-recent agreement with the league in the 2005-06 season, including last year’s NHL Stadium Series game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Chicago Blackhawks, which averaged 2.8 million viewers and was the most-watched NHL regular-season game, excluding Winter Classics and regional coverage, since the advent of People Meters (1987).
NHL WINTER CLASSIC
The annual NHL Winter Classic will take place on January 1, 2015 in Washington, D.C., and will feature the Chicago Blackhawks and the Washington Capitals. The 2014 NHL Winter Classic will be broadcast on NBC at 1 p.m. ET.
The 2014 NHL Winter Classic on NBC tied as the highest-rated NHL regular-season game in nearly four decades (2.5 HH rtg), and became the second-most watched such game in 39 years (4.4 million avg. viewers). The five previous NHL Winter Classics have produced the five most-watched NHL regular-season games in the past 39 years (average viewers).
MOST-WATCHED NHL REGULAR-SEASON GAMES SINCE 1975
|4.525 million||Jan. 1, 2011||NBC||Capitals-Penguins|
|4.404 million||Jan. 1, 2014||NBC||Maple Leafs-Red Wings|
|4.401 million||Jan. 1, 2009||NBC||Red Wings-Blackhawks|
|3.751 million||Jan. 1, 2008||NBC||Penguins-Sabres|
|3.733 million||Jan. 2, 2012||NBC||Rangers-Flyers|
WEDNESDAY NIGHT RIVALRY
NBCSN’s exclusive Wednesday Night Rivalry coverage will return for a third season and feature some of the biggest rivalries in the NHL, including Philadelphia-New York Rangers, Chicago-St. Louis, and Boston-Detroit. The network will air exclusive coverage on Wednesday nights for 24 weeks, with games usually starting at 8 p.m. ET. WNR begins Wednesday, October 8 with Opening Night coverage between the Flyers and Bruins.
During its inaugural season, Wednesday Night Rivalry was called “the hottest new brand in sports” by Forbes. This past season, Wednesday Night Rivalry’s 23 exclusive telecasts averaged 559,000 viewers, up 26% compared to the exclusive time period average of the last full regular season in 2011-12 (443,000). Since the debut of Wednesday Night Rivalry last season, NBCSN has recorded nine regular-season games with more than 700,000 viewers vs. four over the previous two seasons.
NBCSN 2014-15 NHL Wednesday Night Rivalry schedule (subject to change):
|October 8||Philadelphia||Boston||7:30 p.m.|
|October 15||Boston||Detroit||8 p.m.|
|October 22||Philadelphia||Pittsburgh||8 p.m.|
|October 29||Detroit||Washington||7:30 p.m.|
|November 5||Detroit||N.Y. Rangers||8 p.m.|
|November 12||Boston||Toronto||8 p.m.|
|November 19||Philadelphia||N.Y. Rangers||8 p.m.|
|December 3||St. Louis||Chicago||8 p.m.|
|December 10||Toronto||Detroit||8 p.m.|
|December 17||Boston||Minnesota||8 p.m.|
|January 7||Boston||Pittsburgh||8 p.m.|
|January 14||Philadelphia||Washington||8 p.m.|
|January 21||Chicago||Pittsburgh||8 p.m.|
|January 28||Pittsburgh||Washington||8 p.m.|
|February 4||Boston||N.Y. Rangers||8 p.m.|
|February 11||Detroit||Pittsburgh||8 p.m.|
|February 18||Detroit||Chicago||7:30 p.m.|
|February 25||Pittsburgh||Washington||8 p.m.|
|March 4||N.Y. Rangers||Detroit||8 p.m.|
|March 11||N.Y. Rangers||Washington||8 p.m.|
|March 18||Chicago||N.Y. Rangers||8 p.m.|
|March 25||Chicago||Philadelphia||8 p.m.|
|April 1||Philadelphia||Pittsburgh||8 p.m.|
|April 8||Boston||Washington||8 p.m.|
In addition, NBCSN will present 10 games on Wednesday nights that will immediately follow Wednesday Night Rivalry matchups. These nightcaps will showcase one or two Western Conference teams. The first of these games will take place on Opening Night, when San Jose visits Los Angeles following Flyers-Bruins Wednesday Night Rivalry coverage. Following are the 10 Wednesday nightcap games:
|October 8||San Jose||Los Angeles||10 p.m.|
|November 12||Los Angeles||Anaheim||10:30 p.m.|
|January 7||New York Rangers||Anaheim||10:30 p.m.|
|January 21||Los Angeles||San Jose||10:30 p.m.|
|January 28||Chicago||Los Angeles||10:30 p.m.|
|February 11||Washington||San Jose||10:30 p.m.|
|February 18||Los Angeles||Colorado||10 p.m.|
|March 18||Los Angeles||Anaheim||10:30 p.m.|
|April 1||Colorado||San Jose||10:30 p.m.|
|April 8||Dallas||Anaheim||10:30 p.m.|
NHL ALL-STAR WEEKEND – JAN. 24-25 – NATIONWIDE ARENA, COLUMBUS, OHIO
NBCSN will present extensive coverage of the 2015 NHL All-Star Weekend from Nationwide Arena on Columbus, Ohio, home of the Columbus Blue Jackets. All-Star weekend will take place Saturday, January 24 and Sunday, January 25 and will include the NHL All-Star Skills Competition™ and the NHL All-Star Game.
NBC SPORTS GROUP’S STATE-OF-THE ART STUDIOS
NHL studio programming throughout much of the 2014-15 season will originate from NBC Sports Group’s state-of-the-art International Broadcast Center, located in Stamford, Conn.
NHL Live, NBCSN’s live pre- and post-game show with highlights and analysis of NHL matchups, will air before and after most games. A 60-minute edition of NHL Live will air prior to most games, while a 30-minute post-game show will air immediately following the game.
On most days, the NHL Live team will consist of Liam McHugh (host), Mike Milbury (analyst), andKeith Jones (analyst). Coverage will also include host Kathryn Tappen, new to NBC Sports Group’s NHL coverage this season, as well as analysts Jeremy Roenick and Anson Carter.
FLEX SCHEDULING ON NBC
For the eighth consecutive season, the NHL and NBC Sports Group will utilize flex scheduling, which provides the ability to select from up to four games on Sunday afternoons. At least 13 days prior to the scheduled games, the NHL and NBC Sports will announce which game will air.
NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA COVERAGE
NBC Sports Live Extra, NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets, will stream all 2014-15 NHL regular season games televised on NBC and NBCSN. All NBCSN games will be live streamed via “TV Everywhere,” the media industry’s effort to make quality content available to authenticated customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms.
For desktops, NBC Sports Live Extra can be accessed at NBCSports.com/liveextra. The NBC Sports Live Extra app for mobile devices and tablets is available at the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, and on select Android handset and tablet devices within Google Play.
Games airing on:
NBC Sports Group 2013-14 NHL regular-season schedule (subject to change):
|Wed., Oct. 8||Philadelphia||Boston||NBCSN||7:30 p.m.|
|Wed., Oct. 8||San Jose||Los Angeles||NBCSN||10 p.m.|
|Thurs., Oct. 9||Colorado||Minnesota||NBCSN||9 p.m.|
|Tues., Oct. 14||Buffalo||Carolina||NBCSN||7:30 p.m.|
|Wed., Oct. 15||Boston||Detroit||NBCSN||8 p.m.|
|Tues., Oct. 21||Philadelphia||Chicago||NBCSN||8:30 p.m.|
|Wed., Oct. 22||Philadelphia||Pittsburgh||NBCSN||8 p.m.|
|Tues., Oct. 28||Minnesota||Boston||NBCSN||7 p.m.|
|Wed., Oct. 29||Detroit||Washington||NBCSN||7:30 p.m.|
|Tues., Nov. 4||St. Louis||New Jersey||NBCSN||7:30 p.m.|
|Wed., Nov. 5||Detroit||N.Y. Rangers||NBCSN||8 p.m.|
|Tues., Nov. 11||Buffalo||St. Louis||NBCSN||8 p.m.|
|Wed., Nov. 12||Boston||Toronto||NBCSN||8 p.m.|
|Wed., Nov. 12||Los Angeles||Anaheim||NBCSN||10:30 p.m.|
|Tues., Nov. 18||San Jose||Buffalo||NBCSN||7:30 p.m.|
|Wed., Nov. 19||Philadelphia||N.Y. Rangers||NBCSN||8 p.m.|
|Mon., Nov. 24||Pittsburgh||Boston||NBCSN||7 p.m.|
|Wed., Nov. 26||Philadelphia||Detroit||NBCSN||7:30 p.m.|
|Fri., Nov. 28||N.Y. Rangers||Philadelphia||NBC||1 p.m.|
|Tues., Dec. 2||Tampa Bay||Buffalo||NBCSN||7:30 p.m.|
|Tues., Dec. 2||Philadelphia||San Jose||NBCSN||10 p.m.|
|Wed., Dec. 3||St. Louis||Chicago||NBCSN||8 p.m.|
|Tues., Dec. 9||Los Angeles||Buffalo||NBCSN||7:30 p.m.|
|Wed., Dec. 10||Toronto||Detroit||NBCSN||8 p.m.|
|Mon., Dec. 15||Tampa Bay||Pittsburgh||NBCSN||7 p.m.|
|Wed., Dec. 17||Boston||Minnesota||NBCSN||8 p.m.|
|Tues., Dec. 23||St. Louis||Colorado||NBCSN||8 p.m.|
|Sat., Dec. 27||Washington||Pittsburgh||NBCSN||7:30 p.m.|
|Sat., Dec. 27||San Jose||Los Angeles||NBCSN||10 p.m.|
|Mon., Dec. 29||Detroit||Boston||NBCSN||7 p.m.|
|Thurs., Jan. 1*||Chicago||Washington||NBC||1 p.m.|
|Sun., Jan. 4||Dallas||Chicago||NBCSN||8 p.m.|
|Tues., Jan. 6||San Jose||Minnesota||NBCSN||8 p.m.|
|Wed., Jan. 7||Boston||Pittsburgh||NBCSN||8 p.m.|
|Wed., Jan. 7||N.Y. Rangers||Anaheim||NBCSN||10:30 p.m.|
|Sun., Jan. 11||Minnesota||Chicago||NBCSN||8 p.m.|
|Tues., Jan. 13||Minnesota||Pittsburgh||NBCSN||7 p.m.|
|Wed., Jan. 14||Philadelphia||Washington||NBCSN||8 p.m.|
|Sun., Jan. 18||NY Rangers||Pittsburgh||NBC||12:30 p.m.|
|Sun., Jan. 18||Buffalo||Detroit||NBCSN||8 p.m.|
|Mon., Jan. 19||Colorado||St. Louis||NBCSN||8 p.m.|
|Tues., Jan. 20||Pittsburgh||Philadelphia||NBCSN||7:30 p.m.|
|Wed., Jan. 21||Chicago||Pittsburgh||NBCSN||8 p.m.|
|Wed., Jan. 21||Los Angeles||San Jose||NBCSN||10:30 p.m.|
|Tues., Jan. 27||Tampa Bay||Carolina||NBCSN||7:30 p.m.|
|Wed., Jan. 28||Pittsburgh||Washington||NBCSN||8 p.m.|
|Wed., Jan. 28||Chicago||Los Angeles||NBCSN||10:30 p.m.|
|Thurs., Jan. 29||Montreal||N.Y. Rangers||NBCSN||7 p.m.|
|Thurs., Jan. 29||Anaheim||San Jose||NBCSN||10 p.m.|
|Sun., Feb. 1||St. Louis||Washington||NBCSN||1 p.m.|
|Tues., Feb. 3||Chicago||Minnesota||NBCSN||8 p.m.|
|Wed., Feb. 4||Boston||N.Y. Rangers||NBCSN||8 p.m.|
|Thurs., Feb. 5||Detroit||Colorado||NBCSN||9 p.m.|
|Sun., Feb. 8||Chicago||St. Louis||NBC||12:30 p.m.|
|Sun., Feb. 8||Montreal||Boston||NBCSN||7:30 p.m.|
|Mon., Feb. 9||Arizona||Chicago||NBCSN||8:30 p.m.|
|Wed., Feb. 11||Detroit||Pittsburgh||NBCSN||8 p.m.|
|Wed., Feb. 11||Washington||San Jose||NBCSN||10:30 p.m.|
|Sun., Feb. 15||Pittsburgh||Chicago||NBC||12:30 p.m.|
|Sun., Feb. 15||Philadelphia||Buffalo||NBCSN||7:30 p.m.|
|Tues., Feb. 17||Buffalo||New Jersey||NBCSN||7:30 p.m.|
|Wed., Feb. 18||Detroit||Chicago||NBCSN||7:30 p.m.|
|Wed., Feb. 18||Los Angeles||Colorado||NBCSN||10 p.m.|
|Thurs., Feb. 19||Columbus||Pittsburgh||NBCSN||7 p.m.|
|Sat., Feb. 21||Los Angeles||San Jose||NBCSN||10 p.m.|
|Sun., Feb. 22||Washington||Philadelphia||NBC||12:30 p.m.|
|Sun., Feb. 22||Boston||Chicago||NBC||3:30 p.m.|
|Sun., Feb. 22||Dallas||Minnesota||NBCSN||8 p.m.|
|Tues., Feb. 24||Philadelphia||Carolina||NBCSN||7 p.m.|
|Wed., Feb. 25||Pittsburgh||Washington||NBCSN||8 p.m.|
|Thurs., Feb. 26||Minnesota||Nashville||NBCSN||8:30 p.m.|
|Sat., Feb. 28||N.Y. Rangers||Philadelphia||NBC||8 p.m.|
|Sun., March 1||Anaheim||Dallas||NBCSN||8 p.m.|
|Tues., March 3||Buffalo||Tampa Bay||NBCSN||7:30 p.m.|
|Wed., March 4||N.Y. Rangers||Detroit||NBCSN||8 p.m.|
|Sun., March 8||Detroit||Boston||NBC||12:30 p.m.|
|Sun., March 8||N.Y. Rangers||Chicago||NBCSN||7:30 p.m.|
|Mon., March 9||Pittsburgh||San Jose||NBCSN||10 p.m.|
|Tues., March 10||Los Angeles||Colorado||NBCSN||9 p.m.|
|Wed., March 11||N.Y. Rangers||Washington||NBCSN||8 p.m.|
|Sun., March 15||Detroit||Pittsburgh||NBC||12:30 p.m.|
|Sun., March 15||Boston||Washington||NBCSN||7:30 p.m.|
|Mon., March 16||Washington||Buffalo||NBCSN||7 p.m.|
|Tues., March 17||Buffalo||Boston||NBCSN||7:30 p.m.|
|Wed., March 18||Chicago||N.Y. Rangers||NBCSN||8 p.m.|
|Wed., March 18||Los Angeles||Anaheim||NBCSN||10:30 p.m.|
|Sun., March 22||St. Louis||Detroit||NBC||12:30 p.m.|
|Sun., March 22||Anaheim||N.Y. Rangers||NBCSN||7:30 p.m.|
|Tues., March 24||Los Angeles||N.Y. Rangers||NBCSN||7 p.m.|
|Wed., March 25||Chicago||Philadelphia||NBCSN||8 p.m.|
|Sun., March 29||San Jose||Pittsburgh||NBCSN||7:30 p.m.|
|Mon., March 30||Los Angeles||Chicago||NBCSN||8:30 p.m.|
|Wed., April 1||Philadelphia||Pittsburgh||NBCSN||8 p.m.|
|Wed., April 1||Colorado||San Jose||NBCSN||10:30 p.m.|
|Thurs., April 2||Boston||Detroit||NBCSN||7:30 p.m.|
|Sun., April 5||Pittsburgh||Philadelphia||NBC||12:30 p.m.|
|Sun., April 5||St. Louis||Chicago||NBCSN||7:30 p.m.|
|Tues., April 7||Minnesota||Chicago||NBCSN||8:30 p.m.|
|Wed., April 8||Boston||Washington||NBCSN||8 p.m.|
|Wed., April 8||Dallas||Anaheim||NBCSN||10:30 p.m.|
|Thurs., April 9||Chicago||St. Louis||NBCSN||8 p.m.|
|Sat., April 11||Minnesota||St. Louis||NBC||3 p.m.|
|Sat., April 11||San Jose||Los Angeles||NBC||3 p.m.|
|Sat., April 11||Boston||Tampa Bay||NBCSN||TBD|
*Denotes NHL Winter Classic
Posted on 21 July 2014 by WNST Staff
The Sacramento Kings (5-1) earned a spot in the Samsung NBA Summer League Championship with their convincing 74-62 victory over the Washington Wizards (5-1) Sunday at UNLV’s Thomas & Mack Center. Sacramento used a 39-10 run that spanned the first and second quarters to outdistance itself from Washington to earn its fifth straight victory in Las Vegas.
The Kings will square off against the Houston Rockets (5-2), who are also riding a five-game winning streak of its own, in Monday’s title bout at 6:00 pm.
Trailing 7-4, Sacramento scored six straight points to turn the game’s momentum in its favor. Nik Stauskas, the eighth overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, got things going — a 14-4 run — with a game-tying 3-pointer moments before Quincy Acy sank a go-ahead free throw. The Kings wound up outscoring the Wizards 10-4 the remainder of the period.
Sacramento kept the pedal down in the second as its lead grew to as much as 26 points — 43-17 — with a 25-6 run that lasted the initial 7:29 of the stanza.
In all, the Kings had nine different players contribute at least two points in the massive 39-10 outburst. Stauskas (five points), Acy (two), Eric Moreland (two) and Ray McCallum (five) combined for the first 14 points that sparked the first-quarter offensive. MarShon Brooks scored 14 in the second quarter alone to couple with 11 more from a combination of Jared Cunningham (three), Ra’shad James (two), Brendan Lane (two) and Ben McLemore (two).
Sacramento took a 21-point lead into intermission and maintained a healthy distance until Washington rattled off a 19-5 run to pull within seven in the early stages of the fourth quarter. The spurt began with 5:11 remaining in the third and the Wizards trailing by 21. Otto Porter (seven), Glen Rice Jr. (five), Jarell Eddie (five) and Daniel Theis (two) combined to pull their team within single digits for the first time since early in the second frame.
That seven-point margin was the closest Washington would get to Sacramento as the lead grew to as much as 17 midway through the final stanza.
Sacramento was paced by a quartet of players in double figures. Brooks paced the team with 14, while McCallum added 11 to 10 apiece from Acy and Cunningham. Moreland, who had six points, led all players with 12 rebounds — 10 of which came on the defensive boards.
Rice Jr. had a game-high 24 points for the Wizards behind an 8-for-23 day from the field. He sank one 3-pointer and made all seven free throws.
Posted on 20 July 2014 by WNST Staff
LAS VEGAS – Glen Rice, Jr. of the Washington Wizards was unanimously named Most Valuable Player of the Samsung NBA Summer League 2014, while nine additional standout players highlight the Samsung All-NBA Summer League First and Second teams, as selected by a panel of media members. The summer classic has featured 24 teams competing in a total of 67 games over 11 days and will culminate tomorrow night in the Championship game between the 14th seeded Houston Rockets and the 8th seeded Sacramento Kings. The Championship game will air live on NBA TV at 9 p.m. ET/ 6 p.m. PT.
Rice, Jr. played in six games in Las Vegas, helping the Wizards advance to the semifinals of the Samsung NBA Summer League tournament and secure a 5-1 record at the event. He averaged a league-leading 25 points on .469 shooting, to go along with 7.8 rebounds and 2.5 steals.
Rice, Jr. is joined on the Samsung All-NBA Summer League First Team by Wizards teammate Otto Porter, along with Chicago Bulls Doug McDermott and Tony Snell and Donatas Motiejunas of the Houston Rockets.
Rudy Gobert (Utah Jazz), Tim Hardaway, Jr. (New York Knicks), Jordan McRae (Philadelphia 76ers), Russ Smith (New Orleans Pelicans) and T.J. Warren (Phoenix Suns) make up the Samsung All-NBA Summer League Second Team.
Samsung NBA Summer League 2014 has featured a tournament-style schedule for the second consecutive year, with the Golden State Warriors having won the inaugural championship in 2013. Each of the participating teams played three games apiece between July 11 and 15 before being seeded in the tournament, which tipped off on July 16 and will run through the championship game on July 21.
The Samsung All-NBA Summer League teams are listed below.
Samsung NBA Summer League Most Valuable Player:
Glen Rice, Jr. — Washington Wizards
Samsung All-NBA Summer League First Team
Doug McDermott — Chicago Bulls
Donatas Motiejunas — Houston Rockets
Otto Porter — Washington Wizards
Glen Rice, Jr. — Washington Wizards
Tony Snell — Chicago Bulls
Samsung All-NBA Summer League Second Team
Rudy Gobert — Utah Jazz
Tim Hardaway, Jr. — New York Knicks
Jordan McRae — Philadelphia 76ers
Russ Smith — New Orleans Pelicans
T.J. Warren — Phoenix Suns
Posted on 20 July 2014 by WNST Staff
It took triple-overtime for the Washington Wizards to defeat the San Antonio Spurs 95-94 in the final quarterfinal game of the Samsung NBA Summer League 2014. The Wizards (5-0) will take on the Sacramento Kings (4-1) on Sunday in the semi-finals. The Spurs went 4-2 in the summer desert classic.
With 36 seconds left in the game Vander Blue hit a three-point jump shot to tie the game at 81, neither team would score in the final seconds forcing overtime to decide the game. Austin Daye connected on a pair of free throws with 4.8 seconds left in overtime to tie the game at 84. Glen Rice Jr. hit a three at the buzzer to force triple overtime.
Rice scored a game high 36 points and pulled down a team high 11 rebounds for the Wizards while Otto Porter scored 27. Austin Daye scored a team high 27 points for the Spurs while Bryce Cotton added 16.
In the opening quarter of play the Spurs earned a one-point lead, 21-20, after trailing by as many as five early in the quarter. Daye and Green powered the Spurs offense with six points apiece while Porter led the Wizards with eight.
The Spurs blew the game wide open when they went on a 20-1 run and led by as many as 17 in the second quarter. The Wizards answered with a 9-2 run to end the quarter, San Antonio took a 49-39 lead at the half. Daye continued to lead the Spurs offense with eight points in the quarter while Kyle Anderson added five. Daniel Theis tallied six for the Wizards.
Washington answered back in the third with a 17-2 run of their own in the period and finished up 63-61. Rice scored 12 points for the Wizards while Porter added five. Deshaun Thomas and Cotton each scored four for the Spurs.
The two teams traded baskets in the fourth quarter, neither team leading by more than four points. The quarter featured seven lead changes and was tied up twice. Rice led the Wizards with seven points while Blue added seven for the Spurs.
Posted on 18 July 2014 by Nick Dorsey
The Washington Wizards 2013-14 season was among the most successful the franchise has had in quite sometime. There is a lot of momentum from last season to build off of and general manager Ernie Grunfeld had a task ahead of him going into the off-season. Continuity was the main goal and for the most part they succeeded.
Priority number one for the organization was bringing back center Marcin Gortat. Washington acquired the Polish center from the Phoenix Suns in a trade last off-season and a first round pick was part of the price. Gortat had one of the best years of his career averaging 13 points, nearly 10 rebounds and had 37 double-doubles.
Gortat was a big difference maker for the Wizards last year and they could not afford for him to walk. He helped elevate the franchise to a playoff contender and giving up a first rounder for Gortat made him nonexpendable. The front office took care of priority number one by signing the Polish center to a five year $60 million deal.
The second priority for Grunfeld was bringing back starting small forward Trevor Ariza. The 10-year veteran had one of the better seasons in his career averaging 14 points and shooting 40% from the three-point line. Ariza also brought a great defensive presence and should have gotten recognized for his defensive skills on one of the All-NBA defensive teams.
Ariza wanted the big contract, as he was most likely entering his last big free agency period of his career. Wanting long-term financial security, this was his best time to get that.
Washington did not want to overspend for the services of Ariza, but they expressed interest in bringing him back. Unfortunately, they were unable to come to an agreement and Ariza chose to sign with the Houston Rockets for a four-year deal worth $32 million.
The loss of Ariza at first left a large hole for the former third overall selection Otto Porter to fill, but Grunfeld made a big move.
Former Brooklyn Net Paul Pierce signed on the dotted line and was officially a Washington Wizard. This move came as a bit of a surprise to many, but it is a move that had to happen. There are several different opinions about Pierce at this point in his career, but this was an outstanding addition to the roster.
Entering his 17th season, Pierce played a career low last year in terms of minutes per game. He might have some age to him, but Pierce brings qualities to this team they desperately need.
When Ariza left for Houston, a lot of experience within this team was lost. Trevor Ariza won a championship with the Lakers and brought that championship experience to a team that was so young and not full of playoff experience. The Wizards now get that back with Pierce, who has won a championship with Boston and was once awarded Finals MVP.
Washington was able to close games in their first round series against the Chicago Bulls, but found difficulty in closing out games against the Indiana Pacers. Bradley Beal was that guy first round, but Paul George made it tough for him second round to do so. Nobody else was able to step up in that role and Paul Pierce brings that ability with him.
The Truth is known as one of the more clutch players in the NBA and is one of the best closers. With the experience he brings to the lineup, no stage is too big for him and it will rub off on the rest of the squad.
Otto Porter is due to get an increased workload this year and right now the Pierce signing does not limit that. Pierce will be great for Porter from a mentor standpoint and he is not killing a severe amount of playing time for the second year player. With Pierce only getting about 28 minutes a game last season, Porter will still get plenty of minutes to gain experience.
This situation could get a little tricky over a month into the season once Martell Webster gets back onto the floor. For now, the signing of Pierce is a huge addition for the Wizards due to the experience he brings and the ability to close out in the big moments.
Washington has other needs to address this off-season such as providing better depth in the front-court and adding another guard to the mix. The Wizards made several trades in the past few days to add to the depth in the front-court.
Kris Humphries and DeJuan Blair were added to the roster through sign and trade deals. Humphries is a solid shooter from mid range much like Nene, except he is not as physical and defensively sound as Nene. Blair appears undersized at 6’7 for the low post, but he is a physical player able to rebound and score inside well.
With Drew Gooden set to return as well, the Wizards front court depth is much better heading into the season than they were last year. The roster is almost set nearing the 15-player maximum and Washington has flexibility with that last spot.
Ernie Grunfeld has done a tremendous job of building a contender in the Eastern conference. He has done a great job of setting up the team for success now, but also the future as well. Many of the new acquisitions have short-term deals with player options in the mix. These contracts give an opportunity for the front office to clear up a good amount of cap space.
This flexibility with the roster and the salary cap already is raising discussions on whether the Wizards are positioning themselves to make a run for Kevin Durant in 2016. With the LeBron returning home story just happening, eyes are already gazing upon Durant to potentially make a return home to DC.
Landing Durant is a possibility with an attractive roster to surround himself with and the cap room to get a big deal. It also bodes well for Washington when they chose to hire Durant’s former high school coach David Adkins. The pieces are falling into place for the potential signing, but that time is out on the horizon.
The Wizards took a big step as a franchise last season winning their first playoff series since 2005. With playoff experience gained and good pieces added to the roster, Grunfeld has the Wizards set to be a big-time contender in the Eastern Conference.