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Wizards at Grizzlies: TV and radio info, things to watch

Wizards at Grizzlies: TV and radio info, things to watch

The Washington Wizards play their second game of the 2016-17 regular season on Sunday night in Memphis with a matchup against the Grizzlies. Here is all you need to know: TV and radio info, tip-off time, plus three things to watch…

WASHINGTON WIZARDS at MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES

Where: FedEx Forum in Memphis, TN
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...

How will Wall bounce back?

The season opener last Thursday saw Wizards star John Wall make an impact in several areas of the game with 10 assists and four steals. But he had a rough outing from the field, hitting just three of his 15 shots. Wall, in fact, went 0-for-8 to begin his night against the Hawks. 

Wall got to the line plenty with six makes on seven attempts, but looked rusty in other areas on offense. That was perhaps to be expected after he missed some time in training camp and preseason following his knee surgeries in May. Wall has a chance to bounce back on Sunday night in Memphis, but will have to do so against Mike Conley, one of the better defenders at the point guard position in basketball.

Rebounding

One of the big takeaways from the Wizards' loss to the Hawks was the rebounding margin where Washington was beat 52-40 in the category. Dwight Howard, who had 19, certainly tipped the scale himself. But bottom-line, the Wizards can't get beat on the boards by double-digits. They need others besides Marcin Gortat, who pulled in 11 vs. Atlanta, to carry their weight.

In Memphis, they encounter a team that has also struggled rebounding the ball as of late. The Wizards and Grizzlies both ranked in the bottom-five in rebounds per game and in the bottom-third of the league in rebound differential last season. Memphis has been outrebounded by a slight margin this year through two games and should give the Wizards a chance for an improved performance.

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Conley and Gasol limited, Allen and Parsons hurt

Three of the Grizzlies best players are currently hampered by injuries to different degrees. Star center Marc Gasol has been playing with a minutes restriction due to a stretch of four games in five nights for Memphis and the broken foot he suffered in February. Conley played just six minutes in the first half of the Grizzlies' loss to the Knicks on Saturday night in New York, in part due to ankle and Achilles soreness. Tony Allen, their five-time All NBA Defense guard, is out with a sore right knee. And Chandler Parsons, their biggest free agent signing, is also out with a right knee injury.

Gasol and Conley will still play a factor against the Wizards, but the Grizzlies are clearly not at full strength. That should help Washington, which is already 3-1 against Memphis in the last two seasons. Wall and Bradley Beal, in particular, could take advantage of the Grizzlies' banged up backcourt.

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Warriors will visit D.C. kids instead of White House when they play Wizards

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Warriors will visit D.C. kids instead of White House when they play Wizards

Instead of visiting the White House when they come to Washington this week to play the Wizards, the defending-champion Golden State Warriors plan to hold an event with D.C.-area kids.

Their invitation was rescinded by president Donald Trump following a back-and-forth between the two sides last year. After the Warriors won the title, they openly questioned whether they should follow the tradition given many of the players and coaches disagree with his policies. Trump took the opportunity away before they came to a final decision.

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The Warriors' event will be closed off to the media and held at an undisclosed location. It is set for Tuesday, the day before they play the Wizards at Capital One Arena. The Warriors had the option of holding a ceremony with other politicians in the Democratic party, but decided that would send the wrong message. 

"It's their championship. They got disinvited to the White House, so it's up to them what they wanted to do. So they made their plans," coach Steve Kerr said. "I want the players to have a good day and to do something positive and to enjoy what they're doing."

The Warriors are the first NBA team to make this choice since Trump was elected president. Last season, the Cleveland Cavaliers held their celebration with president Barack Obama in November. They did so just days after Trump was elected and LeBron James questioned at the time whether he would visit the White House with Trump in office.

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Sports teams visiting the White House goes back to the mid-1800s. The first World Series title team to visit was the 1924 Washington Senators. By the 1960s, NBA teams were going and by the 1980s NFL and NHL teams made it a tradition.

Entire teams snubbing the White House is unusual, but many players have turned down the opportunity. In the NBA, some famous cases include Larry Bird in 1984 and Michael Jordan in 1991, according to Rolling Stone.

Perhaps the Warriors start a trend, or maybe it will be a one-off thing. Regardless, the alternative they chose is a respectable one. 

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5 must-see moments from Wizards' blowout loss to Hornets, including Bradley Beal's buzzer-beater

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5 must-see moments from Wizards' blowout loss to Hornets, including Bradley Beal's buzzer-beater

Here are the five best plays or moments from the Wizards' 122-105 loss to the Charlotte Hornets on Friday night...

1. This was a tough one for the Wizards. For the third time this season, they got beaten by the Hornets and for the second straight time it was in a blowout.

They still had their moments, though, including this alley-oop from Tomas Satoransky (11 points) to Markieff Morris (13 points, eight assists, six rebounds). It was the second alley-oop connection for those two in as many games:

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2. This was a play that encapsulated the Wizards' night. Jodie Meeks drew a flagrant foul on Michael Carter-Williams, but took a hard shot to the head:

3. Kelly Oubre, Jr. had a solid game with 11 points, including this big dunk:

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4. Speaking of Oubre, he helped the Wizards close the first half with a late surge. The real highlight was Bradley Beal stealing the ball and hitting a corner three at the buzzer:

5. Beal ended up with 33 points, six assists and six rebounds. Here's an and-1 he got to go down in the second half:

All in all, it was an ugly performance for the Wizards. To cheer you up, we'll leave you with this young fan who had a great time at Capital One Arena despite the result:

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