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Wizards at Bulls: TV, live stream and radio info, things to watch

Wizards at Bulls: TV, live stream and radio info, things to watch

The Washington Wizards aim to bounce back on Saturday night at the Chicago Bulls. Here is all you need to know: TV, live stream and radio info, tip-off time, plus three things to watch…


Where: United Center
Tip-off: 8 p.m.
TV: CSN (coverage begins at 7:30 p.m.)
Live stream: CSNmidatlantic.com
Radio: 1500 AM

Three things to watch...

Life without Wall

The Wizards will once again be without John Wall, who is sitting out the second game of a back-to-back set to rest his surgically repaired knees. The last time this happened, the Wizards fell in a close game at the Orlando Magic, a game they probably should have won but let slip away in the fourth quarter. But that was against a young Magic team that is 3-6 this season and had lost to the Wizards 12 straight times. On Saturday, they play at the 5-4 Chicago Bulls, who look rejuvenated with Dwyane Wade on board.

Without Wall, the Wizards will rely heavily on Tomas Satoransky and Trey Burke, both of whom have played well lately. Satoransky had eight points on 3-for-7 shooting with two rebounds and two assists against Cleveland on Friday night. Burke scored nine points in 22 minutes and dropped 18 in 17 minutes the game before against the Boston Celtics.

It should be noted that the Bulls are also down a key guard. Point guard Michael Carter-Williams is out for another month or so with a sprained left wrist.

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Beal may also not play

Playing without Wall is one thing, but the Wizards may also be missing Bradley Beal, who left Wednesday's game against the Celtics with right hamstring tightness and sat out vs. Cleveland. Beal is one of the Wizards' primary scoring options. If he can't face the Bulls, the Wizards will have to rely entirely on backups in their backcourt.

If Beal is out, the Wizards will have to turn to Marcus Thornton and find combinations between him, Satoransky and Burke. It could also mean more playing time for rookie Sheldon McClellan, who got his first extended look against the Cavs and scored two points in 12 minutes.

Contain Wade and Butler

The Bulls have one of the deepest rosters in the Eastern Conference between Wade, Jimmy Butler, Rajon Rondo and a host of role players both young and experienced. But when it comes to their offense, Wade and Butler carry the majority of the load.

Butler is off to a strong start this season at 22.9 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.9 steals per game. Wade is scoring 17.3 points and grabbing 4.3 rebounds in 29.3 minutes per game. The Bulls are getting lots of production out of him, while also keeping his minutes in check. If the Wizards can slow either Wade or Butler, the Bulls will have to turn to others like Doug McDermott (11.3 ppg) and Nikola Mirotic (9.8 ppg).

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Scott Brooks, Ramon Sessions hoping for best with Tyronn Lue's health issues

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Scott Brooks, Ramon Sessions hoping for best with Tyronn Lue's health issues

As a fellow NBA head coach, Scott Brooks understands what Tyronn Lue of the Cleveland Cavaliers is going through. As his former teammate, Ramon Sessions knows how tough Lue is.

Both members of the Wizards shared their reactions after Monday's practice to the news Lue is stepping away from the Cavs to deal with a health issue. Both expressed hope Lue will not be out long as the NBA continues its trek towards the playoffs.

"All of our thoughts are with him," Brooks said. "You hope that it's nothing serious. Health is the most important [thing]. The game is secondary."


"Prayers out to T-Lue," said Sessions, who played with Lue in Milwaukee. "It's one of those things where you've gotta take care of yourself at the end of the day. Him stepping away is the best thing."

Lue's illness has been a mystery to doctors, according to a statement he released on the Cavaliers' website. He has dealt with chest pains and other symptoms while also struggling to sleep. The hope is that having time off will allow him to get the rest he needs.


Brooks knows firsthand how difficult it is to get sleep during the regular season as a coach.

"You just have to figure out ways to get your rest. Some days are better than others. Sometimes you think after a good win you can have a good night's rest or sometimes it's the opposite. It's just hard to get rest. You're traveling in different timezones. You are emotional after games. You eat late. There are a lot of factors that go into it. We don't have a set schedule every night. I have a good staff and I rely on them," he said.

Lue, 40, will be replaced by associate head coach Larry Drew in the interim. The Cavs happen to be in a tight playoff race with the Wizards and other teams in the Eastern Conference battling for position.

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Phil Chenier tells stories ahead of his jersey retirement

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Phil Chenier tells stories ahead of his jersey retirement

On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman, host Chase Hughes was joined by Bullets/Wizards legend Phil Chenier ahead of his jersey retirement set for this upcoming weekend on March 23.

Chenier looked back on his playing and broadcasting career and told great stories. He also shared some memories of the 1978 championship as the franchise gets ready to honor its 40th anniversary.

You can listen to the episode right here:

You can download the podcast on Apple Podcasts right here and on Google Play. If you like the show please tell your friends!