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NBA preseason Wizards vs. Long Lions: TV, live stream and radio info, things to watch

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NBA preseason Wizards vs. Long Lions: TV, live stream and radio info, things to watch

John Wall, Bradley Beal and the Washington Wizards battle Tyler Hansbrough and the Guangzhou Long-Lions of the Chinese Basketball Association on Monday night.

Here is all you need to know: TV, live stream and radio info, tip-off time, plus three things to watch…


Where: Capital One Arena
Tip-off: 7:00 p.m. ET
TV: None
Live stream: Monumental Sports
Radio: None

Three things to watch...

New year, new team

Monday night will offer the first real extended look at the Wizards' newest players after an offseason that saw them overhaul their bench.

Though point guard Tim Frazier, their most notable acquisition, won't play, this will give everyone a glimpse at shooting guard Jodie Meeks and forward Mike Scott. With Frazier likely to miss the game due to a Grade 1 groin strain, expect camp invite Donald Sloan and second-year pro Tomas Satoransky to play plenty at point guard.

Center Ian Mahinmi should be interesting to watch after he lost 10 pounds this summer. He worked tirelessly to trim down in hopes of being more mobile this year and taking weight off his surgically repaired knees. There's also Carrick Felix, who won the team's dunk contest on Friday night and offers potential on the defensive end. He could push Sheldon Mac for his roster spot as a backup shooting guard. And rookie Mike Young should get some run with their other two-way player, Devin Robinson, sidelined due to a stress fracture in his left foot.


Replacing Morris

The biggest objective for the Wizards this preseason is figuring out what they will do with Markieff Morris likely out the first few weeks of the regular season. With Morris recovering from sports hernia surgery, the Wizards need to explore their options. Those options should include Scott, who is capable at the four position, Jason Smith and Otto Porter. Though Porter has been penciled in as their starting small forward for years now, head coach Scott Brooks could opt to go small and play him at power forward with Kelly Oubre, Jr. alongside him at the three.

On the outside looking in would be Chris McCullough and Young. McCullough impressed during training camp, according to Brooks, and offers lots of potential at 6'11" with speed, the ability to play above the rim and a smooth jumper. Young is expected to play most of his time in the G-League this year, but don't tell that to him. His goal is to make the roster and he does play power forward. Plus, the Wizards are high on his future so don't rule out him making things interesting for them.


Psycho T

Given the Long-Lions play ball in China, there are going to be a lot of names Wizards fans will not recognize. They do, however, have one very famous player: Tyler Hansbrough, the former University of North Carolina star who is arguably one of the best college basketball players in history. He finished his career as one of the most decorated Tar Heels ever and that is saying something. 

Hansbrough hasn't played in the NBA since 2016 when he was with the Charlotte Hornets, but is only 31 and he did technically tear up the G-League (then the D-League) last season. If we know anything about Hansbrough from his playing days in the U.S. is that he gives crazy effort on a nightly basis, hence his nickname. And given this is an opportunity for him to play against NBA competition, it would make sense if he will want to do his best to impress whichever scouts are paying attention. 


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5 must-see moments from Wizards' win over Pistons, including John Wall's amazing blocks

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5 must-see moments from Wizards' win over Pistons, including John Wall's amazing blocks

Here are the best plays or moments from the Washington Wizards' 115-111 win over the Detroit Pistons on Friday night.

1. Much of the attention going into any Wizards-Pistons game these days will be on John Wall and Reggie Jackson, as the two have had a mini-rivalry over the years. It was a long night for Jackson, as you'll see throughout this post, and it started with this putback jumper by Wall that left Jackson in the dust:

2. Wall finished with 26 points, 10 assists and two blocks. Both of his blocks were amazing. The first was this one, on Tobias Harris who is a power forward:


3. Wall's 28 points were much quieter than in the season-opener when he was dunking all over everyone. In this game, though, he did have this sick layup on the fastbreak:

4. Bradley Beal was also an offensive standout with 25 points on 9-of-18 shooting. One of his best plays was this and-1 late in the game:

Here's a bonus clip. Beal (25 points) had a few nice crossovers that ended in missed shots. This was one of them:

5. Okay, here's the second Wall block. It was on Jackson and it came at the perfect time. This helped seal the win:


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John Wall proclaims himself as the best shot-blocking point guard in NBA history

John Wall proclaims himself as the best shot-blocking point guard in NBA history

If you have thought to yourself over the years that John Wall is very good at blocking shots for a point guard, then don't worry, he's fully aware. Wall, in fact, believes there has never been one better in the history of the game.

Seriously. Wall staked his claim after Friday night's win over the Pistons, one in which he had two jawdropping blocks; one against a power forward and the other with just 14 seconds left to help seal the victory.

"That's just me playing defense. I think I'm the best shot-blocking point guard in NBA history. I'm trying to set records," he said.

First, let's look at the aforementioned blocks before we break down Wall's proclomation. The power forward who felt his wrath was Tobias Harris. Wall is 6-foot-4 and Harris is 6-foot-8:

The second block was as timely as it gets. If Wall doesn't swat this one away, who knows how the game turns out:

Wall understandably got some serious praise for those plays.

"Those are blocks that point guards are not supposed to make, but he has a special ability to make those plays throughout the game," head coach Scott Brooks said.

"It's the will to win, man," Bradley Beal said. "It's a timing thing. A lot of his transition ones, I will cut the guy off just so he can go block it. It's all about timing. He has great timing and great athleticism."

Now, for Wall's claim itself. There certainly aren't many guards who come to mind for shot-blocking. Dwyane Wade is known as being one of the best, but he's a shooting guard.

Wade, in fact, has the most career blocks ever for a guard with 802. Wall, though, has the second-most among active players at the guard position with 326. He's already 10th in NBA history for guards. Here is the top 10:

1. Dwyane Wade - 802*
2. Clyde Drexler - 719
3. Dennis Johnson - 675
4. Jason Kidd - 450
5. Kendall Gill - 432
6. Latrell Sprewell - 399
7. Jason Richardson - 367
8. Baron Davis - 360
9. Doc Rivers - 351
10. John Wall - 326*

(via Basketball Reference)

That's an excellent list of NBA names to be a part of. Only Johnson, Kidd, Davis and Wall are point guards, meaning Wall is already fourth all-time in career blocks at his position and the active leader. To set the all-time record, he will need 350 more to pass Johnson. That won't be easy, but it's feasible based on his career numbers.

Wall averaged 46 blocks per year in his first seven seasons. He would have to keep going at that rate for more than 7 1/2 seasons to pass Johnson. Given Wall is 27, he would have to still be blocking shots in his mid-30s.

It is certainly possible. Wall has averaged 0.6 blocks per game in his career and Wade is still at that pace now at Age 35. Wade, however, was averaging over a block per game in his prime, when he was Wall's age.

Wall may need to pick up his pace a bit to back up the claim he made on Friday night, but there's no denying that he's on track to at least make it interesting.