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

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

The Washington Wizards host DeMarcus Cousins and the Sacramento Kings 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 vs. SACRAMENTO KINGS

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...

Minutes for starters

Playing the Sacramento Kings means going up against DeMarcus Cousins, one of the NBA's best big men. He's a 280-pound banger than can score inside with the best of them. This year he's off to a strong start, averaging 28.3 points, 9.9 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game.

Cousins, 26, has added a new element to his repertoire recently. This year he's hitting 40.8 percent of his threes on 4.2 attempts per game. He started shooting threes last season, but this year is finding much more success. 

"Boogie shoots like six threes a game, that's almost more than I shoot," Wizards guard Bradley Beal said. "I gotta start shooting it more."

"He's shooting the three better," John Wall, his college teammate, said. "He's been more efficient at it... it stretches you out and makes you do more coverages that you might not want to do."

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Mahinmi's minutes

The Wizards got Ian Mahinmi back from his injury at a good time with a matchup against Cousins coming up. Mahinmi should see at least some time on the court against him, though, Mahinmi remains on a minutes restriction. He was limited to just 14 minutes in his season debut and likely won't be playing much more on Monday night.

Marcin Gortat will get the majority of minutes up against Cousins and he does have some success against Sacramento in his past. Last December Gortat put up 27 points, 16 rebounds and four blocks at home vs. the Kings.

Temple's return

The Wizards have already hosted Jared Dudley and the Suns and Nene and the Rockets, and on Monday another member of last season's team will make his return to the Verizon Center. Garrett Temple, who spent four seasons with Washington, comes back with the Kings where he signed as a free agent in the offseason.

Temple is averaging 20.8 minutes per game in Sacramento with 5.8 points on 43.4 percent shooting. He'll probably get some time guarding Beal, whom he poked some fun at in this CSN Bay Area video:

Beal is looking forward to the matchup:

"It's going to be fun. He's a competitor. We'll be competing on the floor, but we're brothers at the end of the day. I'm happy for him and the situation he's in. Of course, I always wish he was in red, white and blue but he has a better career now and a better future ahead of him. You wish him nothing but the best, except for tonight."

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Wizards set to have Tim Frazier back against Cavs after nasal fracture surgery

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Wizards set to have Tim Frazier back against Cavs after nasal fracture surgery

The All-Star break came at a good time for Wizards point guard Tim Frazier, who missed their last game before the week off due to nasal fracture surgery.

Frazier was back at the Wizards' practice on Tuesday night at Capital One Arena and expects to play on Thursday when the team returns to action on the road at the Cleveland Cavaliers.

"I feel good. I feel like I can go out there and help them compete," he said.

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Frazier, 27, had surgery to repair his broken nose on Feb. 11 after he was knocked out of the previous night's game between the Wizards and Bulls. Frazier collided face-first with the knee of Bobby Portis and was immediately ushered to the locker room with blood streaming from his nose.

Following the procedure, Frazier had to battle through pain and breathing issues. He feels much better now and had no complications after participating in a full practice.

The challenge now is adjusting to a fitted mask he will have to wear to return to the court. Frazier has never had to wear a mask before in his basketball career.

"[Sweat] was one of the issues today, trying to keep it dry when I'm sweating underneath," he said.

"He looked good," head coach Scott Brooks said. "I thought he would be a little uncomfortable with it, but he seemed fine."

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Frazier has been given advice from the Wizards' training staff, as well as teammate Bradley Beal who has had to wear a mask twice before in his career.

"Brad said that after a while you get used to it. Nobody wants to wear it for the rest of their careers besides Rip Hamilton," Frazier said.

Getting Frazier back is significant for the Wizards, who are already down a point guard with John Wall rehabbing from left knee surgery. Without Frazier against the Knicks on Wednesday, the Wizards had to use Beal and Otto Porter to bring the ball up at times. Now, with Tomas Satoransky and Frazier, they have a starting point guard and a backup who is used to playing the position.

They could have three point guards, as the Wizards continue to weigh their options in free agency. They have to add a player within the next two days to meet the league's minimum roster requirement. Most of the free agents they have evaluated have been point guards as they aim to compensate for Wall's absence, which could last well into the month of March.

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Wizards have big questions to answer coming out of All-Star break

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Wizards have big questions to answer coming out of All-Star break

On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman, Chase Hughes and Chris Miller look ahead to the biggest questions the Wizards need to answer after the All-Star break. They also explain why Bradley Beal proved a lot in his first All-Star Game appearance.

They also unveiled a new segment involving guessing Wizards players based on their social media captions.

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!