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Links: Bradley Beal hopes to play in his home state tonight against the Heat

In today's Washington Wizards links, Bradley Beal twisted his ankle in practice Monday but hopes to play in his home state in tonight's preseason game against the Miami Heat.


Let's get some home Cookin' (Bookin') links:

  • The Wizards take on the Heat tonight in Kansas City for their seventh and second-to-last preseason game. You'll actually be able to watch this one, too, at 8:30 p.m. ET on Comcast Sportsnet. [Wizards Blog | Game notes]
  • After twisting his left ankle on Monday, Bradley Beal was held out of practice yesterday. But he didn't show any noticeable limp and is hoping he can play tonight in his home state. [Wizards Insider]
  • With games that count fast approaching, Randy Wittman plans to keep using the preseason to experiment with his lineups. [Washington Post | Washington Examiner | Wizards Extreme]
  • Some highlights from Monday's practice. [Truth About It]
  • Post-practice interviews. [Wittman | Beal | Trevor Booker | Jordan Crawford]
  • Amin handicaps the ongoing battle to fill in for John Wall at point guard. [Us]
  • Emeka Okafor was taken off Superman: Ride of Steel on Monday night when Six Flags employees realized he was too tall for the ride. As Jake pointed out, let's all be thankful the Wizards' starting center still has his head attached to the rest of his body. [Deadspin | Ball Don't Lie]
  • At least birthday-boy Jannero Pargo had fun at Six Flags. []
  • Jordan breaks down some out-of-bounds plays the Wizards used against the Bucks to try and get Beal some open looks. [Us]
  • BNIE wonders who's gonna be playing transition defense for the Wiz this season. [Us]
  • If Nene and Kevin Seraphin both remain hobbled once the regular season begins, Brian Cook seems to be the most likely to benefit. [CSN Washington]
  • A depressing recap of the Wizards' injury-ridden preseason. [AP]
  • SI's preseason power rankings do not favor the Wiz.
  • Shocker: Wizards fans are more optimistic about the team than outside observers. [Wizards Extreme]
  • As an NBA fan, Greg Wissinger wishes John Wall and the Wizards weren't so hurt. [Sactown Royalty]
  • It sounds like JaVale McGee is slated to be the Nuggets' backup center behind Kosta Koufos, but he figures to get plenty of playing time alongside backup point guard Andre Miller. [Denver Post]
  • #WizardsRank keeps rollin' along with DeShawn Stevenson at No. 11. [Truth About It]
  • Speaking of Stevenson, Deadspin's NBA [Poop] List continues with this entry on the former-Wizard. And if you missed it last week, make sure to check out the equally-excellent entry on fellow former-Wizard Nick Young.
  • No less than five ex-Wizards are mentioned in this piece about the NBA's best minimum-salary players. [The Point Forward]
  • SB Nation's NBA writers have begun their previews of the Southeast Division.
  • A recap of Tuesday's preseason action. [SB Nation]
  • And a preview of today's. [SB Nation]
  • Thanks to Tim Duncan, NBA fans will no longer vote for two forwards and a center in the annual All-star ballot, but rather three "frontcourt" players. [SB Nation | ESPN]
  • Speaking of the All-Star Game, it's never to early to start predicting this season's rosters. [The Point Forward]
  • Check out the Cavaliers' new homecourt design. [Fear The Sword]
  • The Nets aren't making much of their budding rivalry with the Knicks, but the same can't be said for New York fans. [Newsday]
  • Wait, is Dirk Nowitzki taking criticism for having knee surgery? [Dallas Morning News]
  • The fabled couch Jeremy Lin slept on in Landry Fields' apartment last season has gone missing. [Ball Don't Lie]