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While preparing to play in Baltimore, Wizards have high hopes for season
While preparing to play in Baltimore, Wizards have high hopes for season

The expectations have been raised, perhaps higher than they've been in a decade. The roster has been bolstered, with the additions of aging superstar Paul Pierce and blue-collar power forward DeJuan Blair. Are the Washington Wizards for real, or was last season just a nasty tease for the team's long-suffering fans? Even a rash of preseason injuries and the looming opening-night suspension of four players have not dimmed the enthusiasm surrounding the Wizards, who return to their local roots Monday night in a 7 p.m. preseason game against the New Orleans Pelicans at Royal Farms Arena. If anything, Wizards coach Randy Wittman looks forward to building on last season's...

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