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

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

The Washington Wizards (2-8) look to get back on track Thursday night against the New York Knicks. 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...

Can Wall play more minutes?

The Wizards lost to the Sixers on Wednesday night, but the defeat can't be pinned on John Wall, who scored 27 points in 24 minutes and got to the foul line 12 times. Wall was on a minutes restriction and was basically conserved for the second half. He helped them charge back in the fourth quarter, but it was too little too late.

If Bradley Beal (hamstring) is out yet again, Wall's availablity will become even more important. Until the Wizards' bench can turn things around collectively, the Wizards are heavily dependent on their two best players.

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Don't let Porzingis go off

The Wizards will see one of the more unique matchup problems in basketball on Thursday night in Knicks star Kristaps Porzingis, a 7-foot-3 gargantuan who can do just about everything on both ends of the floor. He's a three-point shooting, shot-blocking nightmare and he happens to be coming off the best game of his career. Porzingis went off for 35 points on 13-for-22 shooting, including 3-for-7 from three against the Pistons on Wednesday night.

Like most NBA teams, there is no obvious option for the Wizards in terms of guarding Porzingis. Otto Porter is long and could keep up with him, but Porzingis has a height advantage of seven inches. Markieff Morris is a bit taller than Porter, but is less mobile. There is simply no easy answer.

Otto on offense

Porter scored 15 points, grabbed 13 boards and had four steals against the Sixers on Wednesday, but shot just 29.4% (5-for-17). His shot was off and those issues were magnified by the absence of Beal, who can usually be counted on for scoring.

Without Wall and Beal at their full capacity, and with the Wizards' bench playing like they have, Porter's offensive output is extra important. A more efficient night for him shooting-wise could be just what Washington needs to get back on track with a win. In theory, this should be a good opportunity for offense with the Knicks holding the league's worst defensive rating.

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


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

Bradley Beal, Otto Porter, Kelly Oubre, Jr. and the Washington Wizards battle Kemba Walker, Dwight Howard, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and the Charlotte Hornets on Friday night.

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


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

On a roll

The Wizards have some serious momentum going right now. With an impressive win over the Cavs on Thursday, they have now won three straight games and eight of 10 since John Wall went down with a left knee injury. They had a week off due to the All-Star break, but didn't show any rust at all in their first game back.

The Wizards are now 34-24, 10 games above the .500 mark. They are fourth in the East and could move into third on Friday if they win and the Cavaliers lose. Even with Wall out, things continue to look up for Washington.


Hornets have had their number

The Wizards haven't done so well against the Hornets so far this season. Charlotte has taken both meetings and that includes a 24-point win on Jan. 17. That game featured Dwight Howard taunting the Wizards late in the fourth quarter.

Howard has killed the Wizards through two games with averages of 22.0 points and 14.0 rebounds. Jeremy Lamb (20.0 ppg vs. Wizards) has been a big factor as well as All-Star Kemba Walker (21.5 ppg vs. Wizards).

The last time these teams played about a month ago frustrations boiled over in an incident that got Tim Frazier ejected. Michael Carter-Williams picked a fight with Jason Smith and Frazier went off:


Hornets coming in hot

The Hornets are outside the playoff picture at the moment at eight games below .500, but they have won two straight games and Walker and Howard are coming off huge games. In a win over the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday, Walker dropped 31 points and Howard grabbed 24 rebounds.

Those guys will be riding a high coming into Washington on Friday. But it should be noted that Howard complained after the game how tired he is at this point in the season. That exhausion could affect him more in the second game of a back-to-back.



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5 must-see moments from Wizards' huge road win over Cavaliers, including Markieff Morris' alley-oop

5 must-see moments from Wizards' huge road win over Cavaliers, including Markieff Morris' alley-oop

Here are the five best plays or moments from the Washington Wizards' 110-103 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday night...

1. The Wizards didn't start out well, as they trailed by nine points at the end of the first quarter. Kelly Oubre, Jr. stumbled early by missing four of his first six shots and it looked like a carryover of his slump before the All-Star break.

But Oubre got hot in the second quarter and helped the Wizards turn the game around. This was one of his best plays, a two-handed slam that he celebrated with an emphatic scream to the crowd:


2. Tomas Satoransky was one of the stars of the game. He had 17 points to go along with eight assists, four rebounds and two steals. 

Here's one of his dimes, a perfect alley-oop lob to Markieff Morris, who finished with nine points and eight rebounds:

3. Satoransky has reached double-figures in six of the 10 games since John Wall went out with an injury. This was a very impressive move, a stepback fadeaway that was super smooth:


4. Ian Mahinmi made some key contributions including four offensive rebounds and a steal. This was his best basket, a powerful slam that came at a key time:

5. This play helped seal the victory. It was a smart after-timeout set drawn up by head coach Scott Brooks and it worked to perfection: