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

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

The Washington Wizards host the Brooklyn Nets on Friday 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. BROOKLYN NETS

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...

Beal a gametime decision

The Wizards shared some great news on Bradley Beal's sprained right ankle at Thursday's practice, that his MRI came back clean and he is now considered day-to-day. Whether he will play on Friday night, though, is still up in the air. Beal will be a gametime decision.

If he can't go, that should mean more of Marcus Thornton and maybe Sheldon McClellan as well. Tomas Satoransky continues to see sparse playing time, but this could convince head coach Scott Brooks to use him more. The Wizards are 0-3 this season with Beal out of the lineup, so it won't be easy replacing his production especially on the offensive end.

Still streaking

The Wizards continue to find a good deal of success playing at the Verizon Center. They have won seven straight at home, a streak second only to the Warriors amond NBA teams. And at 12-6 in D.C., they have the second-most home wins of any team in the East. Couple that with the Nets' 1-15 road record, the worst mark in the NBA, and the odds appear good for the Wizards to keep it rolling.

If the Wizards were to pull out a win, they would reach the .500 mark for the first time this season. That would be a nice way to cap of the year 2016.

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Defense early

The Wizards beat the Nets in their first meeting on Dec. 5 in Brooklyn, but it wasn't easy. The Nets (8-23) are among the NBA's worst teams, yet they shot out to a 66-51 lead at halftime. The Wizards then clamped down to hold the Nets to just 15 points in the third quarter to set up a 118-113 victory.

The two players that hurt the Wizards most were Brook Lopez and Sean Kilpatrick. Lopez killed them in the first half and ended up with 25 points on 8-for-15 shooting, including 2-for-4 from three. Kilpatrick continues to enjoy a solid season and dropped 21 points on 8-for-12 shooting, and also had six rebounds and four assists.

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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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5 must-see moments from Wizards' blowout loss to Hornets, including Bradley Beal's buzzer-beater

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5 must-see moments from Wizards' blowout loss to Hornets, including Bradley Beal's buzzer-beater

Here are the five best plays or moments from the Wizards' 122-105 loss to the Charlotte Hornets on Friday night...

1. This was a tough one for the Wizards. For the third time this season, they got beaten by the Hornets and for the second straight time it was in a blowout.

They still had their moments, though, including this alley-oop from Tomas Satoransky (11 points) to Markieff Morris (13 points, eight assists, six rebounds). It was the second alley-oop connection for those two in as many games:

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2. This was a play that encapsulated the Wizards' night. Jodie Meeks drew a flagrant foul on Michael Carter-Williams, but took a hard shot to the head:

3. Kelly Oubre, Jr. had a solid game with 11 points, including this big dunk:

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4. Speaking of Oubre, he helped the Wizards close the first half with a late surge. The real highlight was Bradley Beal stealing the ball and hitting a corner three at the buzzer:

5. Beal ended up with 33 points, six assists and six rebounds. Here's an and-1 he got to go down in the second half:

All in all, it was an ugly performance for the Wizards. To cheer you up, we'll leave you with this young fan who had a great time at Capital One Arena despite the result:

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