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

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

John Wall, Bradley Beal and the Washington Wizards battle Jimmy Butler, Rajon Rondo and the Chicago Bulls on Friday night as they aim to continue rising the ranks of the NBA's Eastern Conference.

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

WASHINGTON WIZARDS vs. CHICAGO BULLS

Where: Verizon Center
Tip-off: 7 p.m.
TV: CSN (coverage begins at 6:30 p.m.)
Live stream: CSNmidatlantic.com
Radio: 1500 AM

Three things to watch...

Wall is banged up

The status of John Wall will likely be determined at shootaround on Friday morning, as the Wizards star continues to deal with a sore left foot after Wednesday's loss to the Mavericks. Despite missing practice on Thursday, it would be a surprise of Wall didn't face Chicago, given he returned to play in the second half after suffering the injury vs. Dallas.

All that said, the Wizards and Wall want to play it safe. If he does indeed play, it will be interesting to see if he's held back minutes-wise or if he is limited in any fashion. It is an interesting time of year for the Wizards. They pretty much know they will be in the playoffs and still have plenty to play for in terms of seeding. But they also want to do everything possible to make sure they enter the postseason in full health. Wall's latest injury will test that notion.

[RELATED: Wall hits circus shot from the ground vs. Wolves]

Bulls will be without Wade

The Bulls won't have any sympathy for the Wizards after the piece of news they received on Thursday, that 12-time All-Star Dwyane Wade will miss at least the rest of the regular season. Wade, 35, suffered a fracture in his right forearm during Wednesday night's game against the Grizzlies.

With Wade out, the Bulls could turn to rookie Denzel Valentine to start at shooting guard in his place, according to CSN Chicago. Valentine, if you remember, was the one who woke up "a monster" in Wall the last time these two teams played.

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Better defense needed

We know what head coach Scott Brooks will be looking for on Friday night and that is an improved effort on defense from his team, which has lost two straight games to teams with sub-.500 records. The Wizards have allowed 100 points or more in eight straight games, their longest streak of the season. Their previous season-long streak was six games, done twice: once in November and once in December. Or, in other words, when the Wizards were off to a disappointing start to the year because of their poor defense night in and night out.

The Wizards are 18th in defensive rating (106.1) this season overall, but since the All-Star break are 27th at 110.8. During that span guys like Wall, Markieff Morris, Marcin Gortat, Bojan Bogdanovic and Otto Porter have all registered 112 defensive ratings or worse. The Bulls are 26th in points per game (101.8) and just lost their second-leading scorer in Wade (18.6 ppg), so Friday offers a good opportunity to bounce back.

[RELATED: Wall on Cousins: 'He said he would come to D.C.']

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Bradley Beal makes most of his opportunity in first All-Star Game

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Bradley Beal makes most of his opportunity in first All-Star Game

Bradley Beal may have had a slow start in the three-point contest on Saturday night, but in Sunday's All-Star Game he worked quickly to make the most of his relatively small window of playing time.

Beal checked in for the first time with 5:45 left in the first quarter and less than 25 seconds later had his first points on a two-handed dunk assisted by LeBron James.

In his All-Star debut, Beal helped lead Team LeBron to a 148-145 victory over Team Stephen as the league utilizied a new format for the annual showcase.

RELATED: BEAL BOUNCED EARLY IN THREE-POINT CONTEST

Beal finished with 14 points and a steal in a productive night. He shot 5-for-10 from the field and an impressive 4-for-8 from long range. 

Beal also tried to get a travelling call from the refs on Karl-Anthony Towns. Yeah, that's not likely to happen in an All-Star Game:

Beal more than held his own and only played 16 minutes, which was good considering he has logged the fifth-most minutes of any player so far this season. A realistic best-case scenario was a strong showing and a short night and that's exactly what he got.

Not only does Beal play a lot of minutes, the Wizards need him now more than ever with John Wall's injury. He needs whatever rest he can get during this All-Star break.

Speaking of Wall, he was in the house despite being in the middle of his rehab from left knee surgery. Per usual, Wall was shining bright:

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The All-Star Game wasn't all about Beal, of course. Here are some other things that stood out...

*The new format and increased financial incentive were intended to make the game more competitive and that's what happened late in the fourth quarter. Usually, that's how these things go where the players will start trying at the end. But this time it seemed to be up a few levels and it was fun to watch. 

Both teams scored in the 140s, so it wasn't exactly a defensive battle. No matter what the league does, the players will only try so hard for so long. The main goal of everyone's is to not get injured in a game that ultimately doesn't count for anything. Still, this was different and appears to have been a success.

*While everyone was focusing on the reunion of LeBron and Kyrie Irving the best beef was Joel Embiid vs. Russell Westbrook. Those two have traded waves to taunt each other at the end of wins in head-to-head matchups and it was clear on Sunday they still don't like each other. Westbrook tried to dunk all over Embiid in the first half, only to get blocked at the rim.

Westbrook's determination to dunk on Embiid was out of the ordinary for an All-Star Game. It was obvious what was on his mind:

*Irving's handles are simply ridiculous. Check out this fake behind-the-back move he pulled with Giannis Antetkounmpo guarding him. Yes, it didn't fool the defender but it was impressive nonetheless:

*LeBron is 33 years old, yet he was still running up and down the court faster than anyone and leaping above the rim to thrown down alley-oop after alley-oop. It is truly amazing and everyone should enjoy watching him while they can, regardless of whether they like the guy or not.

This was one of his dunks:

LeBron took home MVP with a game-high 29 points, 10 rebounds, eight assists and a steal.

*The pregame show was quite bad. It was anchored by comedians Kevin Hart and Rob Riggle and, though they had some funny jokes, it lasted nearly 30 minutes. The whole thing was pretty much universally panned on social media. Fergie's national anthem was also roasted by the masses.

*The halftime show was much better. It began with N.E.R.D taking it back to their older days with 'Lapdance,' went to Migos performing 'Stir Fry' and swung back to N.E.R.D. who did their latest hit 'Lemon.' 

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The NBA All-Star pregame introductions were, uh, something

The NBA All-Star pregame introductions were, uh, something

Whoever put together the NBA All-Star Game player introductions has some 'splainin to do. 

The NBA introduced a kinda-full Staples Center to their 2018 All-Stars about an hour ago, and boy was it weird. There were a lot of dancers in different themed costumes. Kevin Hart was screaming. Rob Riggle was screaming. Ludacris showed up? Hey! Did you know that the Barenaked Ladies are still a band? The NBA would like you to know they're still around.  The whole thing was like when you're at an art museum and you're told that abstract piece in the corner is actually really meaningful but you gotta be honest, you don't get it. 

Anyways, the internet hated it. Here are some highlights from the internet hating it:

The lesson here is that you never need Kevin Hart and Rob Riggle. One will do.