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NBA preseason Wizards at Heat: TV, live stream and radio info, things to watch

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NBA preseason Wizards at Heat: TV, live stream and radio info, things to watch

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.
TV: None
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.

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The Wizards dominated Game 3 because everybody ate ... literally

The Wizards dominated Game 3 because everybody ate ... literally

The Wizards returned to Washington, D.C. on Friday down 0-2 to the Raptors in their best-of-seven 2018 NBA Playoffs first-round series

The team lost a close one in Game 1 and was run out of the building in Game 2. Game 3 was must-win, and the Wizards knew what needed to happen in order for them to secure the victory.

"Everybody eats." 

That's the phrase that has defined the Wizards throughout much of the season They are at their best when John Wall is making players and feeding his teammates.

On Friday night, the Wizards beat the Raptors 122-103 to force at least a Game 5. Wall finished with 28 points and 14 assists.

Bradley Beal finally broke out of his slump for 28 points and  Marcin Gortat, Mike Scott and Kelly Oubre all chipped in with at least 10 points.

But the stat sheet wasn't the only place where everybody eats.

Here's Marcin Gortat from Game 3. 

But if pantomiming isn't your thing, here is Bradley Beal actually eating popcorn during Game 3.

So what did we learn in Game 3? Well, for starters: "Everybody Eats" is not just a motto, it is a way of life.

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With Playoff Beal back, the Wizards are revitalized in playoff series vs. Raptors

With Playoff Beal back, the Wizards are revitalized in playoff series vs. Raptors

The Toronto Raptors were only going to hold Bradley Beal down for so long. After two so-so games to begin the Wizards-Raptors playoff series, the All-Star shooting guard was bound to find his way offensively and that arrival came in a Game 3 win on Friday night.

Beal was brilliant and much more in line with what he's shown in the postseason throughout his career. Game 2 was his worst playoff game as an NBA player, he scored only nine points. Game 3 was one of his best on the postseason stage, or at least one of his most timely and important.

The Wizards needed more from Beal to give themsevles a chance in this series. An 0-3 deficit would have been a death sentence. His production is so key to their success that head coach Scott Brooks and point guard John Wall met with Beal in between Games 2 and 3 to figure out how to get him going.

Whether that was the catalyst or not, the results followed. Beal poured in 28 points in 10-for-19 shooting with four rebounds, four assists and three steals. He hit four threes, more than he had in the first two games combined.

Beal wasted no time to make an impact scoring the ball. His first points came on a quick burst to the basket where he stopped on a dime, turned around and banked it in. By the end of the first quarter, he had 12 points in 11 minutes.

“I just wanted to be aggressive, get shots that I wanted which is what they were going to force me to take," Beal said.

After Game 2, Brooks and Beal described how physical the Raptors were defending him. They were holding on to him and staying close, even when he wasn't moving off the ball.

Brooks saw a difference in how Beal responded to that in Game 3.

"Brad came out and was looking to go towards the basket and not just letting them hold him and going along with it. He didn’t want to dance with his opponent, he wanted to get away from them. That was a critical part of his success," Brooks said.

Beal's 28 points were as much as he scored in Games 1 and 2 together and just about what he averaged through four games against the Raptors during the regular season (28.8). By halftime of Game 3, Beal had 21 points on 8-for-11 from the field.

Beal hit two threes in the first quarter and another two in the second quarter. Several of those threes were set up by Wall, who used the meeting with Brooks and Beal to ask how he can set him up better as the point guard.

In Game 3, they were on the same page.

"I do think this man [John Wall] next to me, he creates and facilitates for the whole team and gets everybody easy shots," Beal said. "I talk to you guys all the time and I can’t tell you the last time I actually got a regular catch and shoot three just in a regular half court set. When he came back, I got like three or four off the bat."

What Beal did in Game 3 is what the Wizards are used to seeing from him this time of the year. Despite being only 24 years old, he has a strong track record in the playoffs.

Through 37 career postseason games, Beal is averaging 22.3 points, more than his career average of 18.7 in the regular season. In each of his previous three postseason runs, he has averaged more points during the playoffs than he did in the regular seasons leading up.

That production has earned him the nickname 'Playoff Beal' and when he goes off like he did in Game 3, good things usually happen. The Wizards are 10-6 in the playoffs during his career when he scores 25 points or more.

Wall also boasts impressive career numbers in the playoffs. When the Wizards have both of their stars playing at their best, they are hard to beat. With peak Beal on board, this series looks a lot different than it did not that long ago.

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