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

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

The Washington Wizards play at the Houston Rockets on Monday night. Here is all you need to know: TV, live stream and radio info, tip-off time, plus three things to watch…

WASHINGTON WIZARDS at HOUSTON ROCKETS

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

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Wizards aim for four straight, winning record

The Wizards can accomplish two things for the first time this season on Monday night against the Rockets. With a win they would earn their first four-game winning streak and their first record above the .500 mark. They reached .500 for the first time on Friday night with their win over the Nets.

The Wizards play at the Rockets on Monday to begin a stretch of four road games out of their next six overall. If the Wizards are to continue their recent winning ways, they will need to overcome their troubles on the road. Only one NBA team, the Nets, has less road wins this season. The Wizards are an ugly 3-10 away from the Verizon Center, the same road record as the Philadelphia 76ers.

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Harden's encore

In the Rockets' most recent game, on New Year's Eve against the Knicks, James Harden put in one of the more impressive box score lines you will ever see. He dropped 53 points as part of a triple-double that also included 17 assists and 16 rebounds. He got those points on 14-of-26 (53.8%) shooting, as Houston closed the month of December with an enviable 15-2 record. 

For Harden, that was his second triple-double in a row and his fourth in his last nine games. He's playing the best basketball of his career as the Rockets return home to host the Wizards, a team he has enjoyed plenty of success against recently. Earlier this season, on Nov. 7, Harden scored 32 points to go along with 15 assists in a Rockets win. And last year he scored at least 40 points in both meetings between the teams. 

Can the bench do it again?

The Wizards won without Bradley Beal on Friday against the Nets in large part due to a huge night from their bench. Trey Burke stepped up to score 27 points in 30 minutes on 10-of-12 shooting. He was 5-for-5 from three-point range. Jason Smith had 10 points in 18 minutes on 5-of-7 shooting. It was his second time reaching double-figures this season. Matt Thornton chipped in with eight points, as the Wizards' bench collectively scored 50 of their 118 points as a team.

The Wizards could be without Beal again on Monday night as he continues to rest his sprained right ankle. Even if he does play, he may be held back to an extent by the injury. The Wizards will definitely need their bench to come through again if they are to take out the Rockets, one of the NBA's best and hottest teams.

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

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

Bradley Beal, Otto Porter, Kelly Oubre, Jr. and the Washington Wizards battle Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, J.J. Redick and the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday 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. PHILADELPHIA 76ERS

Where: Capital One Arena
Tip-off: 8 p.m.
TV: NBC Sports Washington (coverage begins at 7 p.m.)
Live stream: NBCSportsWashington.com
Radio: 1500 AM

Another test

The Wizards continue their difficult stretch coming out of the All-Star break against a very dangerous Sixers team. Philly has proven to be very streaky this season, but right now they are rolling. They come to Washington having won their last seven games dating back to Feb. 6 when they beat the Wizards at the Wells Fargo Center. The Wizards are also playing well, having won eight of their last 11, despite their loss to the Hornets on Friday.

The Sixers are currently seventh in the East and appear on track to make the playoffs. If they keep rising the standings, they could meet the Wizards, who are currently fourth, in the first round. 

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Season series

Speaking of the playoffs, this game could end up looming large for postseason seeding. The Sixers have won two of the three matchups between these teams this year. If they win on Sunday, they will take the season series and own the tiebreaker over Washington.

If the two teams tie head-to-head and end up with the same record at the end of the season, it will then come down to conference record. The Sixers currently have a better record against East teams than the Wizards. But if they can beat Philly this time, the Wizards will have a chance to secure the conference tiebreaker down the stretch of this season.

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Sixers are tough to guard

The Wizards have found out the hard way this season just how difficult it can be to match up with the Sixers, who are led by two emerging stars in Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons. Embiid is 7-foot-1 with rare abilities to stretch the floor and beat opponents off the dribble. Simmons is 6-foot-10, yet can lead the fastbreak with rare speed and vision to find his teammates with crisp passes.

The mobility for their size is almost unmatched and it has not been easy for the Wizards to answer. In their last meeting earlier this month, Simmons had 15 points, eight assists, six rebounds and three steals. Embiid had 27 points, 13 rebounds and three blocks. The Wizards have to try to limit those guys while also dealing with other challenges like Robert Covington, Dario Saric and J.J. Reddick.

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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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