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Top Stories of the Week: The Wizards’ season begins with a loss

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0-1 already. But here’s a recap of the week so far.

NBA: Washington Wizards at Atlanta Hawks Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

The NBA season has finally begun ladies and gentlemen. Unfortunately, things didn’t start out on the right foot for Washington, so let’s get right to it.

Wizards lose season opener to Atlanta, 114-99

It’s just one game, right? Markieff Morris scored 22 last night, but John Wall and Bradley Beal had trouble getting things going, and the Wizards lost 114-99 against the Hawks on the road.

The major turning point of the game was the fourth quarter when ATL turned on the jets against Washington’s second unit and never looked back. Another significant thing to point out is that Tomas Satoransky didn’t get to play very much in this game — Trey Burke and Marcus Thornton saw more time instead.

It’s a bit early before we have “Unleash the Sato” memes in what the pundits believe will be another lost season in the nation’s capital. But like many of you, I was disappointed that the Wizards didn’t utilize one of their major signings from the past summer.

Here are some other recaps from around the web:

Wizards analysis and outside links

Mystics stuff

  • Most of the Mystics’ players are overseas during the NBA season. You can check out what they’re doing here from the team itself. We’ll talk more about this in depth and revisit their summer next week.
  • This is a formality, but Emma Meesseman was officially named to the EuroBasket qualifying roster for Belgium earlier this week in a 16-man roster. The Belgian women’s national team roster also includes veteran Sparks center Ann Wauters and Indiana Fever 2016 3rd round pick Julie Allemand. You can read the roster and initial analysis here from the Koninklijke Belgische Basketballbond/Federation Royal Belge De Basket-Ball (KBBB/FRBB). The first link is in Dutch, but if you prefer links in Français, it’s here.
  • Meesseman & her Russian team, UMMC Ekaterinburg won the FIBA Europe SuperCup against French team ESB Villeneuve-d'Ascq (ESBVA) last week. Coincidentally, Meesseman played for ESBVA in 2013 when the Mystics drafted her.

We still have more posts coming up today and the weekend, so these can’t be the only links around town so I’m tricked already. If you have more links you’d like to offer as a treat, feel free to do so in the comments or in a FanPost.

Enjoy Halloween candy shopping ladies and gents!