John Wall, Bradley Beal and the Washington Wizards battle Goran Dragic, Hassan Whiteside and the Miami Heat on Wednesday night.
Here is all you need to know: TV, live stream and radio info, tip-off time, plus three things to watch…
WASHINGTON WIZARDS AT MIAMI HEAT
Where: American Airlines Arena
Tip-off: 7:30 p.m.
Live stream: MonumentalSportsNetwork.com
Radio: 1500 AM
Three things to watch...
Frazier to debut
The Wizards will get their first look at arguably their most important offseason addition on Wednesday, as point guard Tim Frazier is expected to play after missing their first three games with a groin strain. Frazier was acquired on the night before the draft in June when the Wizards sent a second round pick to New Orleans, hoping Frazier would help solve their longstanding problems at backup point guard.
Frazier won't play much, as he's only practiced a handful of times following the injury. Head coach Scott Brooks said he expects Frazier to play about 15 minutes. Still, it's a positive sign for a team that has high hopes for him. We should get to see Frazier run the offense with the second unit, including with shooting guard Jodie Meeks. Those two will be key in what the Wizards hope is a much-improved bench.
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Felix vs. Sloan
Now that Daniel Ochefu was waived and the Wizards officially have an open roster spot, the focus will be even more on Carrick Felix and Donald Sloan than it was before. Brooks even confirmed it at Tuesday's practice: the final spot will come down to those two.
Brooks will base the decision on many things, not just how they perform in the preseason games. But there are only two games left, two chances for them to not only prove themselves to the Wizards in game action, but especially in terms of game tape for other teams. Whoever is the odd-man out, they will hope to catch on elsewhere. These last two games will be extra important for those guys.
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Will the Heat play anyone?
This will be the fourth preseason game for the Wizards and technically they have already faced two NBA teams, but both of those teams - the Knicks and Cavs - sat their best players. Now the Wizards face the Heat who very well could do the same.
Miami has been good about playing their best players through four preseason games with the exception of Goran Dragic. He has appeared in just two of them in part because he played in the EuroBasket tournament this summer. Regardless, there is one player that Wizards fans will be interested to see: Kelly Olynyk. The former Celtics player and friend (or enemy) of Kelly Oubre, Jr. signed with the Heat as a free agent this summer.