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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…

GUANGZHOU LONG-LIONS AT WASHINGTON WIZARDS

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.

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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.

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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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Must-see moments from Wizards' loss to Cavs, including John Wall's big block

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Must-see moments from Wizards' loss to Cavs, including John Wall's big block

Here are the five best plays or moments from the Wizards' 106-99 loss to the Cavs on Sunday night...

1. The Cavs and Wizards aren't much of a heated rivalry anymore, but early on in this one Kelly Oubre, Jr. and J.R. Smith had an interesting moment.

For some reason Smith decided to push Oubre to the ground and he earned a technical foul for doing so. Oubre then did some pushups when he hit the ground. Oubre has a tendency to do pushups midgame, but this was probably the best instance of them:

2. It was another game for the Wizards so of course Mike Scott scored a bunch of points, as he's been prone to do in recent weeks. Scott dropped 19 points with four rebounds and four assists.

This is when he started to get hot, when he hit threes on back-to-back possessions in the first half:

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3. It was John Wall's third game back since he recovered from a swollen left knee and once again he didn't put up his usual numbers. Wall was limited to 15 points and six assists, though he did have 10 rebounds.

Wall's best play was a block. He stuffed Kevin Love on a play you just don't see very often from point guards:

4. LeBron James (20 points, 15 assists, 12 rebounds) had his fourth triple-double in his last five games, but he didn't shoot very well overall. He was just 8-for-23 and for him that is considered an off-night.

This play in particular made him look out of sorts. Everyone knows LeBron sometimes travels, but twice on the same play?

5. Oubre ended up having a good game with 11 points and eight rebounds and this was his best play, a two-handed putback slam:

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Wizards' loss to Cavs displays difference in depth between the teams

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Wizards' loss to Cavs displays difference in depth between the teams

The Wizards were without Otto Porter, who sat out with a hip injury, on Sunday night against the Cavs and matters were further complicated by his replacement, Kelly Oubre, Jr., getting into early foul trouble. John Wall was in just his third game back after missing nine with a left knee injury. Markieff Morris still isn't himself and had to get an X-ray midgame after getting hit in the neck.

That's a lot of reasons one could point to for why the Wizards lost to the Cavaliers on Sunday night. The problem is that even all those things added together don't equal the plight of their opponent.

The Cavs have been without Isaiah Thomas all season and on Sunday they were missing Dwyane Wade, Iman Shumpert and Derrick Rose, leaving them dangerously thin at the guard position. They started 36-year-old Jose Calderon against Wall, one of the best point guards in the business.

The Cavs were playing the second game of a back-to-back set, having beaten the Jazz in Cleveland the night before. And the Cavs also didn't get a great shooting night from LeBron James, who managed a triple-double with 20 points but shot just 8-for-23 from the field. That's nowhere near his 57-point performance back in November in the first game between these teams.

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They were playing a back-to-back, were missing four key players and LeBron's shot was off, but the Cavs still had enough to secure a road win against a good team in the Wizards. A big reason why is because they have one of the deepest rosters in basketball. Despite missing a host of regulars, they still had enough capable options to roll a 10-man rotation and see all their players record a net rating of even or better.

Perhaps it's unfair to draw major conclusions from a matchup between these teams that excluded so many key figures, but on Sunday night the Wizards were reminded how they still have work to do in order to catch the Cavs, who have represented the Eastern Conference in three straight NBA Finals. Some would point to the obvious reason for that, how they have the best player on the planet and the Wizards do not. But it was hard not to notice the Cavs' depth as being another separator on Sunday night.

The Cavs, who have won 17 of their last 18 games, can win in a variety of ways and with a lot of different people contributing to the cause. Some of the players who came off the bench to help them win on Sunday would have much smaller roles if everyone on the roster were healthy. Jeff Green had 15 points and five rebounds in 29 minutes. Kyle Korver had 11 points and shot 4-for-6 from the field. Channing Frye and Cedi Osman, who may not see the floor if others had played, each had five points and were 4-for-6 combined from the field.

Through 30 games, more than a third of the 2017-18 season, the Wizards appear to be a deeper team after improving their bench, which was a noted weakness. Mike Scott has emerged as a consistent scorer. Ian Mahinmi is healthy and in recent weeks has started to round into form. Tomas Satoransky is developing into a nice backup point guard and Jodie Meeks has improved the backup shooting guard position from last season.

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Once Wall and Morris play to their career norms, the Wizards should be a better team than they were last season. But whether they have the depth to truly test the Cavaliers in a playoff series is a question we don't yet know the answer to.

The Wizards will have to make a decision at some point before the February 8 trade deadline, which is now 53 days away, of what they need to really give themselves a chance at a deep playoff run. And in order to go deep in the postseason, they will likely have to square off against the Cavs.

Not all of their decisions will be based on how it directly affects their matchup with Cleveland, but surely that will be kept in mind as the Wizards look ahead towards the playoffs. They know who has to be knocked off to get where they want to go.

So far through two meetings with the Cavs this season, the Wizards have lost both of those games and neither featured the two teams at full strength. In their first meeting on Nov. 3, Morris was in his first game back from sports hernia surgery and Thomas, of course, didn't play. Their next matchup will be Feb. 22, after the deadline, meaning they have all the data they will get in terms of how the teams stack up head-to-head.

Do the Wizards need to make a move in the next two months to get closer to the Cavs, or do they already have enough to measure up in the spring? That's not an easy call for the Wizards' front office to make.

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