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

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

John Wall, Bradley Beal and the Washington Wizards battle Kristaps Porzingis, Tim Hardaway, Jr. and the New York Knicks 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 AT NEW YORK KNICKS

Where: Madison Square Garden
Tip-off: 7:30 p.m.
TV: NBC Sports Washington+
Live stream: NBA.com
Radio: None

Three things to watch...

Final roster spot

The Wizards surprisingly did not play either Carrick Felix or Donald Sloan on Wednesday night in their fourth and penultimate game of the preseason. They are deciding between the two on their final roster spot, yet didn't see the need to play either of them with time running out. One has to think that will be different for the finale. In fact, it would not be surprising if they played Felix and Sloan heavy minutes to get a good final read.

It would also make sense if rookie Mike Young got more playing time than he has in the first four games. Young may stay with the team to begin the season with Markieff Morris out, given Young is allowed 45 days at the NBA level under his two-way contract. 

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Power forwards

Friday night will also be Brooks' last chance to experiment with his power forward rotation in a game before the regular season begins. With Morris out, he will need to pick someone else to start. We have seen Jason Smith start there, same with Otto Porter and Mike Scott. Smith had his best game of the preseason on Wednesday in Miami with 20 points in 22 minutes on 7-of-8 shooting. He was 4-for-5 from three.

Porter playing the four allows Brooks to insert Kelly Oubre, Jr. into the lineup and in most cases get good returns defensively. The question then becomes who plays the small forward/wing position in the second unit. Starting Smith or Scott gives the two units more balance, though Oubre in there may be their best lineup in a vacuum. 

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Will the Wizards rest anyone?

The Wizards have played three NBA teams in their four preseason games and each time their opponent rested their best players. The Wizards did rest John Wall in their first game against China's Guangzhou Long-Lions, but is it time for them to empty the bench? Wall and Bradley Beal, in particular, have had very good preseasons and probably don't need any more work before the regular season begins. They know what they are getting in Marcin Gortat and Porter and really don't need to see any more.

Unless Brooks really needs to see his power forward options alongside the starters, it seems like New York is a good place to let Tomas Satoransky, Jodie Meeks, Tim Frazier and others run the show. Get through this one without injury and look ahead to Oct. 18 at home against Philly.

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5 must-see moments from Wizards' tough loss to Bucks including John Wall's circus shot

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5 must-see moments from Wizards' tough loss to Bucks including John Wall's circus shot

Here are the five best plays or moments from the Wizards' 104-95 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday afternoon...

1. John Wall came out swinging in the first half with 22 points, 16 of them in the first quarter alone. 

This was one of his best plays. Wall split two defenders and then flipped it in off the glass:

Wall finished with 27 points, nine assists, four rebounds, three steals and two blocks. 

2. Kelly Oubre, Jr. led the Wizards' bench with 19 points, five rebounds and a block. He missed on this play, but nearly dunked on Giannis Antetokounmpo. That would have been something:

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3. Oubre did get this one to go down. He popped a three at the buzzer to end the third quarter:

4. Wall had some nice passes including this alley-oop lob to Tomas Satoransky. Sato got way up there:

Satoransky also threw down this alley-oop pass earlier thrown by Bradley Beal:

5. This last play was by the Bucks and it was not something you see every day. Antetokounmpo fired an assist through his legs like a longsnapper:

The Wizards lost a close one. Now they head to Charlotte to begin a five-game road trip.

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On MLK Day, John Wall wonders what King would think about race relations under President Trump

On MLK Day, John Wall wonders what King would think about race relations under President Trump

John Wall spoke at length over the summer about race relations in the United States following the violence in Charlottesville in August orchestrated by white supremacists.

Following the Wizards' game against the Bucks on Martin Luther King, Jr. day on Monday, Wall was asked about the subject again.

Wall does not believe improvements have made in the last few months with President Donald Trump in office and he wonders how King would react if he were alive to see the current state of America.

"I think he still wouldn't be satisfied. We're still dealing with it. I think it got better for a little period of time, but with the new president we have I think things are going backwards. We've been dealing with it the last couple of years. There are some things we still need to figure out," Wall said.

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The Wizards play on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day every year and Wizards players cherish the tradition. It is not lost on Wall that he plays in Washington, D.C. where King made his famous 'I Have A Dream' speech and led the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in 1963.

“That’s just an honor and a blessing," Wall said.

"We are all still sticking to what he had with this dream, and we are just trying to get everything to be right with it. To be able to play in this city is an honor."

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Wall says he tries to embody King's dream in his own life. King helped lead the civil rights movement that paved the way for equal rights and Wall, an African-American, has much to thank for those who fought. Every American does.

Wall says he wants to make King proud.

“I just hope that he appreciates what I’m doing. I’m doing myself very well. I hope he’s thankful for what I’m doing. I’m striving to be a better African-American athlete, and just as a person first of all – I think that’s the most important thing," he said.

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