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In today's Washington Wizards links, the good guys drop their second preseason game, and the only one they'll play at home, to the New York Knicks, 108-101.
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- The Wizards lost to the Knicks, 108-101, in their second preseason game and the only one they'll play at home. Both Bradley Beal and Martell Webster looked good for the second time this preseason, and even Chris Singleton had some good moments. The team obviously performed better offensively than in the opener against the Bobcats, but defensively they closed out on shooters late far too often and let the Knicks make more than half of their three-point attempts. Hard to win games that way. [Us (recap, postgame quotes) | Washington Post (gamer, blog) | Washington Times | Washington Examiner | CSN Washington | Truth About It | Wiz of Awes | Wizards Extreme | Buckets Over Broadway | Highlights & box score | Postgame interviews (Beal, Crawford, Webster, Pargo)]
- Once again, the early returns on Beal have been very encouraging. [Washington Examiner | CSN Washington]
- Thomas asks the burning question: Will Beal be good or great?
- Craig Stouffer has Beal among his top five candidates for NBA rookie of the year. [Washington Examiner]
- On the other hand, Trevor Ariza has been...ick. [CSN Washington]
- Emeka Okafor was excited about making his Wizards debut after sitting out the Bobcats game, but then he came down with a stomach virus.
- Amin takes a look at where the Wizards' small forwards stand through two preseason games.
- Randy Wittman seems happy that the Wizards won't play another home game this month. [Washington Times]
- Webster is a sharp dude. Does he always talk like he's coaching the team? [Truth About It]
- Steve Novak, last season's leader in three-point shooting percentage, shot 7-for-7 from deep last night, in part because the Wizards evidently decided that guarding him was a waste of their time. [Ball Don't Lie]
- A quick roundup of yesterday's preseason action. [SB Nation]
- LeBron James wants to learn Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's skyhook, because things weren't already unfair enough. [Heat Index]
- Mike Woodson has quite a few egos to keep in check this season. [Newsday]
- Dwight Howard's back injury was so severe last season that at one point he couldn't feel his left leg. Yikes. [LA Times | ESPN Los Angeles]
- Dirk Nowitzki may need to have his right knee scoped. [SB Nation | ESPN Dallas]
- Kobe Bryant v. Smush Parker? Spare me. [SB Nation | Ball Don't Lie]
- ESPN is awful for a number of reasons, not hiring Stan Van Gundy to talk about basketball on television being one of them. Because he's awesome, SVG thinks The Worldwide Leader chickened out because the NBA didn't want him speaking truth on the airwaves. Pay. This. Man. [Ball Don't Lie]
- Al Jefferson has a 12-foot-by-10-foot bed. I mean, I know Jefferson is a big guy and all, but why on earth would he need a mattress with so much surface are...Ooo... [Deseret News]
- Andre Drummond looked pretty good in his Pistons debut. [Detroit Free Press]