Feb 1, 2014; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Wizards point guard John Wall (2) smiles on the bench with Wizards shooting guard Bradley Beal (3) against the Oklahoma City Thunder in the fourth quarter at Verizon Center. The Wizards won 96-81. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Washington Wizards Links: Washington Wizards Schedule, Predictions and Ice Bucket Challenges

We’re still a couple of months away from the NBA season, but that shouldn’t stop you from getting excited. The Washington Wizards are expected to make some noise this upcoming season and they’ve gotten some much deserved attention from the media.

Here are the Wizardly Links for August 14th, 2014.

- Have the Washington Wizards improved since last season? (via Wiz of Awes)

Washington’s team will look different next season, but their growth during the NBA Playoffs will be key for their success for next year. Last season, the team’s goal appeared to be to just make the playoffs, but it seems like they’re actually expecting to make some noise during the ‘14-15 NBA season.

- The Washington Wizards released their schedule for the 2014-2014 NBA season yesterday (via Wiz of Awes)

The Washington Wizards will also tip off the NBA season against the Miami Heat on October 29, while they’ll match up against the Milwaukee Bucks on November 1st for their home opener.

- Could E.G. and Beal win NBA Awards next season? Josh Martin thinks so. (via Bleacher Report)

Grunfeld did well to fill out the team’s frontcourt with Kris Humphries on what’s essentially a two-year deal and did even better to replace Trevor Ariza on the cheap with future Hall of Famer Paul Pierce.

- Bradley Beal and John Wall accepted the ice bucket challenge. So, yeah.

- The Washington Wizards do not have a lock-down wing defender. That might be a problem. (via WizardsXTRA)

Last year, the Wizards 3 and D player was Trevor Ariza, but when he left to join the Houston Rockets, this created a hole in the Wizards offense. Ariza’s 3-point % was .407, the highest on the team behind Andre Miller (2 out of 3 attempts) and Marcin Gortat’s last second heave from behind the line gave him 1.000 percent.

- Thomas Pruitt breaks down how the Washington Wizards could stop the new-look Cleveland Cavaliers (via Bullets Forever)

The funny thing about the Pierce and James match ups is that despite getting smoked — averaging 29, eight and five is elite period, especially when you consider the competition — Pierce was on the winning side of two series.




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