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Links: Injury-plagued Washington Wizards notch first preseason win against the Cleveland Cavaliers

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In today's links, the Washington Wizards earn their first win of the preseason, 99-95, over the Cleveland Cavaliers despite playing without five key players and losing Kevin Seraphin to a calf injury in the first quarter.

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Belated a-win-is-a-win links:

  • The Wizards got their first win of the preseason, 99-95, against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday, and they did it without John Wall, Nene, Emeka Okafor, Trevor Booker and Chris Singleton, plus they lost Kevin Seraphin to a calf injury midway through the first quarter. It's encouraging that the Wizards held up against a healthy Cavs squad, but not nearly as concerning as all the injuries. [Us | Wizards Insider | Truth About It | Wiz of Awes | Wizards Extreme | The Plain Dealer | Highlights and box score | Beal postgame interview]
  • Seraphin says his injury isn't that serious, but he left the arena in a walking boot and Randy Wittman didn't exactly seem confident that Seraphin would only miss a few days or so. [Us]
  • Bradley Beal is from St. Louis, where the Cardinals are basically like the Redskins in D.C. Evidently, some Wizards fans expected him to immediately drop the Cards and root on the Nats in the NLDS, because when Beal didn't do that, he started getting threats on Twitter. The internet is awesome for a lot of reasons, but the one thing it does best is amplify people's stupidity. [Wizards Insider]
  • Trevor Ariza has struggled adjusting to his new teammates early on in the preseason, but he's confident he'll figure things out in time for the regular season. [Washington Post]
  • Here's a roundup of Saturday's preseason action. [SB Nation]
  • Rockets coaches aren't thrilled with Jeremy Lin's work ethic. [NY Daily News]
  • Kevin Love hurt himself in bed. Sleeping, that is. [Star Tribune]
  • Remember when Andris Biedrins was considered a up-and-comer? No? Don't worry, it's really hard given how his last couple seasons have gone. [SI]
  • Can you identify all 24 different types of flops? [TrueHoop Blog]
  • The NBA is partnering with a Chinese investment group to build a 120,000-square foot basketball center near Beijing. [ESPN]