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

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

The Washington Wizards (3-8) look for their second straight win on Saturday night against the Miami Heat. Here is all you need to know: TV, live stream and radio info, tip-off time, plus three things to watch…


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...

Points may be hard to come by

The Wizards are going to see a Heat team that so far this season has held opponents to an NBA-best 95.3 points per game. Their opponents shoot a league-low 41.5 percent from the field and they give up the fewest three-pointers, just 6.9 per game. Their defensive rating is third-best in the NBA.

But there's a reason why the Heat are just 3-8 on the season and that is because their offense is among the worst in basketball. Their offensive rating is 27th out of 30 NBA teams and they score just 94.5 points per contest, second-fewest in the league. The Heat like to keep their games in 90s. If the Wizards can go of for 100 or more, it's their game to lose.

[RELATED: Jennings says Wizards, other teams try harder against Knicks]

Limit Whiteside as much as possible

The Heat were able to retain big man Hassan Whiteside this summer and so far this season it looks like he's taken another leap in his development. He leads Miami with 17.6 points per game and tops all of basketball with 16 rebounds per contest. His 2.73 blocks per game rank second in the NBA.

Whiteside is a force to be reckoned with and it won't be easy down low for Marcin Gortat, in particular. Gortat, though, is no slouch himself on the boards. The Wizards center is fifth in the NBA with 12.2 rebounds per game.

Winslow is out

The Heat are a little banged up with swingman Justise Winslow out for Saturday night's game with a sprained left wrist. The former 10th overall pick is averaging 11.6 points, 4.7 rebounds and 3.9 assists per game this season in a team-high 35.9 minutes. With Winslow out, the Heat will likely give more playing time to James Johnson and Josh Richardson.

[RELATED: Bradley Beal's return helps key Wizards win over Knicks]

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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!