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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…


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.


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.


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 NBA wants to end the one-and-done rule and the timing is right

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The NBA wants to end the one-and-done rule and the timing is right

The NBA is building momentum towards a significant change in their draft entry rules. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has been outspoken about his preference to change the so-called one-and-done rule and on Thursday he met with the newly created Commission on College Basketball in Washington, D.C. to discuss the subject.

The meeting was first reported by ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, who says the league could once again let high school players be drafted. The compromise could be a rule requiring those who go to college to stay for at least two years. That would be similar to Major League Baseball, which stipulates three years of college.

Would a similar rule be a good idea for the NBA? While the players' union would like the option to go straight from high school, there was a reason the one-and-done rule was implemented in the 2006 collective bargaining agreement. The perception back then was that players left for the NBA too early and many flamed out because of it. The thought was that some players would have had better careers if they were older and more experienced when they became professionals.


Darius Miles, Kwame Brown, Eddy Curry and Sebastian Telfair are notorious cases of draft busts who came out of high school. Many wondered if those guys would have been better off with a year in college to adjust to life on their own and with an intermediary step up in competition.

But there are important differences in the NBA's structure nowadays. Now there is a robust minor league system with G-League affiliates all over the country. There are also two-way contracts, allowing teams to pay more money to a prospect and have more flexibility in bringing them up to the NBA. Players don't have to adjust as quickly as they used to.

The G-League is going to continue to expand and the perception keeps changing. Now, it is more common to see players have a stint in the G-League either for development purposes or injury rehabilitation. Player development of baseball players is different, but the MLB's well-established minor league system is the reason why their rule allowing high school players to go pro really works.

The one year in college under the one-and-done rule, however, does have some positives. Most notably, it allows NBA teams to get a better read on draft prospects. Instead of evaluating guys exclusively in high school and AAU, they get to see them play in the ACC, SEC and other big college conferences.

NBA front offices may be hurt by it, but the time is right to go back to high school players entering the pros. Things are much different than they were in 2006 and the league can handle it. Ending the one-and-done rule would be better for the players and it should also make a lot of college basketball fans happy.

That is the good of what the NBA is considering, however, the rule requiring two years of college should not be part of the equation. If the NBA wants to grant some freedom, then actually do it. Some players may need just one year of college and nothing more. Don't punish them for it.

The two-year requirement seems like a very bad idea, but it could be part of the deal. Either way, it seems like the one-and-done rule could come to an end sooner than later and it's for the best.


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5 must-see moments from Wizards' win over Miami Heat

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5 must-see moments from Wizards' win over Miami Heat

Here are the five best plays or moments from the Wizards' 91-88 loss to the Miami Heat on Friday night at Capital One Arena...

1. The first half didn't feature many highlights for the Wizards, as they managed just 29 points in what was their worst half of the season so far. This play, though, was nice.

Mike Scott hit a buzzer-beater at the end of the first quarter:

Scott had only four points in nine minutes.


2. The Wizards had a special guest in attendance. Nationals ace Max Scherzer showed up and was nice enough to join Chris Miller on the NBC Sports Washington broadcast.

This particular part of the interview was funny. Scherzer was asked who would be the best basketball player on the Nats and who would play the dirtiest. Scherzer was honest:

3. The Wizards were down by as many as 25 points, but they made it a game in large part due to Bradley Beal catching fire in the second half. He hit three threes in the third quarter, including this one:

Beal finished with a game-high 26 points.

4. John Wall (eight points) didn't hit his first shot until there was just 5:25 left in the fourth quarter. But his first shot was a big one, a timely three that helped key the WIzards' comeback charge:

5. Wall would hit another three soon after that:

The Wizards had a final shot attempt, but Beal's stepback jumper rimmed out. They are 9-6 on the season with the Raptors up next.