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Top Stories: Preseason begins, Satoransky shines, and the Wizards’ national anthem protest

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The Wizards’ preseason begins

Courtney wrote about the vibe in the Verizon Center as the team tries to create a family atmosphere and build trust as they work to regain their defensive identity.

On Tuesday, the Wizards lost their first preseason game to Miami, 106-95. It’s important not to overreacted to preseason games, but the poor defense in the paint and behind the arc gave a lot of fans flashbacks to last year’s team. Check out Jake and Mike’s post game podcast for more analysis.

A bright spot: Tomas Satoransky followed up his training camp highlight reel dunks with a strong preseason debut. If you still can’t get enough of Satoransky, our friends at Truth About it have a great breakdown of his first game.

On Thursday, the Wizards headed to Philadelphia where they won in double overtime 125-119.

Kelly Oubre lead the Wizards with 24 points. Sheldon McClellan continued to make his case for the final roster spot, scoring 20 points and bringing defensive intensity. Read the full recap here.

After being held out of Tuesday’s game with a sore back, Ian Mahinmi scored his first points as a Wizard by dunking on Joel Embiid. Welcome to DC, Ian!

The Wizards locked arms during the national anthem

Bradley Beal talked about his motivation for peaceful protest and said the team would discuss whether or not this would be something they did all year.

John Wall makes progress towards his return

After having two knee surgeries over the summer, Wall is tantalizingly close to returning to the court. He began five-on-five drills earlier this week, one of the final hurdles he needs to clear. According to J. Michael of CSN Washington, Wall still needs to a complete five-on-five session, but at this point it’s mostly about getting his conditioning back.

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