Wizards Preseason Schedule Set

No need to wait until the regular season to excited about the upcoming season for the Washington Wizards. The preseason schedule, which the team just announced, contains several juicy storylines, with games against the Cleveland Cavaliers, former Wizards Coach Eddie Jordan and the Philadelphia 76ers, and Flip Saunders's former team, the Detroit Pistons, highlight the eight-game exhibition schedule.

As reported earlier, the Wizards will open the preseason in Richmond against the Memphis Grizzlies (Oct. 6). They will play one game at Verizon Center against the Dallas Mavericks (Oct. 9), then hit the road for the final six games. The Wizards will head to Toronto to face Hedo Turkoglu, Chris Bosh and the Raptors (Oct. 11) and play back-to-back games in Grand Rapids, Mich., and Cleveland against the Pistons (Oct. 13) and the Cavaliers (Oct. 14). They will take a few days off, then have another back-to-back set against Atlanta (Oct. 19) and Philadelphia (Oct. 20) and conclude against the Chicago Bulls (Oct. 23). That's a serious set of meaningless exhibition games before the Wizards open the regular season against Dallas on Oct. 27.

Also, the Wizards plan to formally introduce Fabricio Oberto during a press conference on Wednesday. It's been almost three weeks since he agreed to a one-year, $1.99 million contract.

By Michael Lee |  August 11, 2009; 1:21 PM ET
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Posted by: SDMDTSU | August 11, 2009 1:46 PM

I gotta say, I'm started to get excited about this team

Posted by: BC1963 | August 11, 2009 2:18 PM

They should cut down the preseason schedule to avoid unnecessary injuries. Instead they're adding wear n tear.

I would prefer even reducing the number of games in the entire season, as long as it is worked out with the players union in the the CBA.

Posted by: rickgonz | August 11, 2009 2:18 PM

does it always seem the bullets play only like one game here for preseason?? and for some reason i always think it's the mavs...

Posted by: 3tripleiii | August 11, 2009 2:29 PM

Michael,

I have always wondered about that as well. Why do we always spend so much time on the road? And (conspiracy theory!) could their be any correlation between the number of injuries we sustain and the number of road games we play in October? Have I just solved the Curse?

Posted by: bryc3 | August 11, 2009 2:46 PM

Good tough schedule. Let's see how serious AB, NY and JM are about this coming season, and whether they can contribute in a meaningful way.

The first six (Arenas, Foye, Butler, Jamison, Haywood and Miller) don't need a lot of playing time to establish chemistry.

The future rests with the development of AB, NY and JM. With improvement, they would round out a strong 9 man rotation.

Posted by: Izman | August 11, 2009 2:53 PM

'does it always seem the bullets play only like one game here for preseason?? and for some reason i always think it's the mavs...'

I distinctly remember playing the Pistons here last preseason, largely because "Wow, we're going to be the worst team in the nba" hit like a ton of bricks in that one.

Posted by: divi3 | August 11, 2009 2:56 PM

When they play the Pistons, I wonder if Kwame will drive the ball past Blatche from the top of the key for a dunk (twice) again.

Posted by: kalo_rama | August 11, 2009 3:07 PM

Yeah, what a classic example of AB's lack of focus at times when Kwame does a blow by on you twice. Probably the only two times Kwame made that play all year!

Posted by: rphilli721 | August 11, 2009 5:53 PM

Speaking of Kwame- I always root for him. I want him to have one or two really good seasons before he's done. I'm talking 22 pts. 12 rebounds 4 assists 2 blocks and a steal. Hopefully he'll be able to fulfill at least some of that this season. I never give up on potential- it's all in his head and it always has been. MJ put some evil s--t in there- if he can weed that out he'll make it.

Posted by: jistutz | August 13, 2009 2:23 AM

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