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Detroit Pistons forward Josh Smith (6) shoots in front of Washington Wizards center Kevin Seraphin (13), from France, in the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014 in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Wizards down Pistons, who lose Kentavious Caldwell-Pope to injury

- Associated Press

John Wall led the Wizards (3-1) with 15 points in their preseason home opener and Marcin Gortat added 11 points and 11 rebounds. Kevin Seraphin scored 14, including the go-ahead dunk to make it 90-89 with 5.7 seconds remaining.

Washington Wizards forward Paul Pierce, left, pokes Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah, rigth, in the head during a time-out as Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau, center, gets between the two during the first half of a pre-season NBA basketball game in Chicago, on Monday Oct. 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Jeff Haynes)

Pierce fined, four Wizards suspended

- The Washington Times

Paul Pierce was fined $15,000 and four Wizards were suspended after a scuffle with the Chicago Bulls on Monday that was initiated by Bulls forward Joakim Noah, then boosted by Pierce's retaliation.

Washington Wizards forward Otto Porter Jr. (22) looks to pass in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat, Monday, April 14, 2014, in Washington. The Wizards won 114-93. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Pierce's supreme confidence could benefit Porter

- The Washington Times

Otto Porter has been around Pierce for about two weeks. The former Celtics captain is a notorious and relentless trash-talker. He also has a set of offensive skills that remain difficult to stop despite his 37th birthday being less than two weeks away. Combine those things, and players do not thrive around Pierce if they are mentally weak. The same goes for soft players in the NBA.

Washington Wizards center DeJuan Blair poses for a photograph during NBA basketball media day at the Verizon Center in Washington, Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

DeJuan Blair a big upgrade for Wizards' frontcourt

- The Washington Times

"[Blair is] only 6-foot-6, but he does everything like he's 6-10," John Wall said. "He can rebound. He screens. He can make floaters. He does the dirty work — the stuff that you need. And that's a great player to add to our team to make our big men even deeper."

Dallas Mavericks' DeJuan Blair (45) celebrates scoring against the San Antonio Spurs in the second half of Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Monday, April 28, 2014, in Dallas. The Spurs won 93-89. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

New Wizards big man Blair finds basketball 'fun again' after playoff run


Blair averaged 6.7 points, 6.2 rebounds and a team-high 2.0 steals against the Spurs. Perhaps the key stat is that the ample production came in only 13.5 minutes per game. With the Mavericks trailing 3-2 in the series, he tallied 10 points, 14 rebounds and four steals in a Game 6 win.

John Wall embraces fellow guard Bradley Beal after the Wizards beat the Celtics on April 2 to clinch the franchise's first playoff berth in six years. The pair celebrated an overtime victory in Game 2 of their first-round series against the Bulls (below). Washington clinched the series in five games. (associated press photographs)

LeBron James comes to Washington in November

- The Washington Times

Advancing to the Eastern Conference semifinals last season was enough to push the Wizards more onto the national radar. The 2014-15 NBA schedule was released Wednesday night, and the Wizards will be on national television 10 times.

Boston Celtics center Kris Humphries (43) drives past Washington Wizards center Marcin Gortat (4), from Poland, in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Kris Humphries feels 'blessed' to be a Wizard


In 10 seasons, Humphries only has been to the playoffs three times. He has never been past the first round either, but who would've thought coming to the Wizards could get him closer to his goal?

FILE - In this April 8, 2014 file photo, Alonzo Mourning gestures to the crowd after he received a video tribute and loud ovation during the first half of an NBA basketball game between the Miami Heat and the Brooklyn Netsin Miami. His fire was like none other, and that fire led him to the Basketball Hall of Fame. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)

Alonzo Mourning reaches 'pinnacle' with Hall of Fame induction

- Associated Press

After a career where he averaged 17.1 points, 8.5 rebounds and 2.8 blocked shots, the 6-foot-10 Mourning will be part of the class enshrined in Springfield, Massachusetts on Friday night, when the surest bet in sports will be that his speech will exceed the 10-minute recommendation he was given for his remarks.