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Wizards guard Sheldon Mac impressed with help Houston is receiving after Hurricane Harvey

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Wizards guard Sheldon Mac impressed with help Houston is receiving after Hurricane Harvey

In the aftermath of a devastating hurricane in his hometown of Houston, Wizards shooting guard Sheldon Mac can draw one re-affirming positive, that his city is not alone in the recovery. People from all over have either donated money or supplies, or shown up to help begin what will surely be a long road back to normalcy. Mac's Wizards teammates have even pitched in to donate money. 

Mac joined the Wizards Tipoff podcast recently to discuss how the hurricane affected him and his family. Mac returned to Houston just days before the hurricane hit after participating in the team's mini-camp in Los Angeles. After the storm came, he was stuck in his house for five days.

"We’re doing pretty fine right now. We were blessed enough that the water didn’t come in the house, but it was two feet away from coming in. We’re doing good right now. We’re just kind of scared watching it and having to watch it all day, every day and seeing how close it was to coming inside. But I’m okay, my family’s okay and my house is okay, so we’re very lucky to not have water come in," he explained.

Mac said the house behind his suffered flood damage and many others in his Pearland, TX neighborhood did as well. His family was fortunate, all things considered. Now he is doing his part to help others with an online fundraiser through YouCaring.com. 

"That’s the only real positive thing you can take from this hurricane is to give back as much as you can. A lot of my friends and a lot of my teammates, they are giving back with donations, money, clothes, shoes, school items; which I’m doing myself with the Houston Food Bank and stuff like that. It’s great to see that people around me have great hearts and want to help out other people. It’s been great," he said.

For more on Mac's fundraiser, click here.

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Wizards vs. Pistons: TV, live stream and radio info, things to watch

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Wizards vs. Pistons: TV, live stream and radio info, things to watch

John Wall, Bradley Beal and the Washington Wizards battle Andre Drummond, Avery Bradley and the Detroit Pistons on Friday night.

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

WASHINGTON WIZARDS VS. DETROIT PISTONS

Where: Capital One Arena
Tip-off: 7:00 p.m.
TV: NBC Sports Washington (coverage begins at 6 p.m. with Wizards HangTime)
Live stream: NBCSportsWashington.com
Radio: 1500 AM

Three things to watch...

Smith may not play

The Wizards may be down not one but two power forwards, as Jason Smith sprained his right shoulder in Wednesday night's opener while filling in for Markieff Morris, who is already out rehabbing from sports hernia surgery. Losing Smith will put extra stress on head coach Scott Brooks, who is already trying to form rotations with a bench full of new faces.

If Smith can't go, which seems likely, the Wizards will start Kelly Oubre, Jr. at the three and push Otto Porter to the four. That lineup itself should have no serious drop-off from the one with Smith. But the domino effect will be interesting. Who plays the three in the second unit? Brooks will probably have to go small with three guards, stagger the minutes of his starters to compensate or turn to someone like Tomas Satoransky, Carrick Felix or Chris McCullough for some playing time after all three were DNPs in the opener.

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A familiar foe

Wizards fans rejoiced when the Celtics shipped Avery Bradley to the Pistons, knowing he would not be able to guard John Wall and Bradley Beal if the Wizards see Boston again in the playoffs this season. But he's still in the Eastern Conference and because of that will see the Wizards plenty. Bradley is flat-out one of the best defenders in the NBA and one of the only players who can give Wall fits. He's got the size to guard both Wall and Beal and is as tough as they come.

Bradley will provide a strong test for both Wall and Beal, who each appear to have improved this offseason based on the limited action we've seen so far. Wall is in better shape than he was last year and Beal's confidence handling the ball and running sets continues to grow. They are up for any challenge and Bradley certainly presents one.

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Harris and Drummond

The Wizards' frontcourt injuries won't make it any easier to stop what is one of the better big men combos in the Eastern Conference. Tobias Harris is a well-rounded power forward who can stretch the floor with a solid three-point shot. He puts up similar numbers to Morris, but blew up in the Pistons' first game on Wednesday against the Bobcats. Harris dropped 27 points on 11-of-18 shooting, including 4-of-7 from three, to go along with 10 rebounds and three assists. Last year he averaged 18.0 points and 6.7 rebounds in three games against Washington.

Drummond remains one of the best rebounders in basketball. He's a walking double-double, but did have a tough time against the Wizards last season. Washington held him to 8.7 points and 9.7 rebounds, modest for him, and he shot just 40 percent in three matchups. 

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Wizards Tipoff podcast, Ep. 46 - Wizards get good injury news; Chris McCullough joins the show

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Wizards Tipoff podcast, Ep. 46 - Wizards get good injury news; Chris McCullough joins the show

On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman personal injury lawyers, Chase Hughes and Chris Miller broke down the season opener, plus some positive news on the injury front with both Jason Smith and Markieff Morris.

Wizards forward Chris McCullough joined the show to discuss fighting for minutes, who he models his game after and why he goes by the nickname 'Briskuno.'

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!

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