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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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Will John Wall miss any games with his latest injury?

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Will John Wall miss any games with his latest injury?

With how poorly John Wall played on Friday night against the Miami Heat, it makes sense that there is a specific explanation why.

Wall, who went scoreless until 5:25 remaining in the fourth quarter, says he had little mobility in his left knee due to fluid buildup. It all stems from last weekend when he was administered two IVs by the Wizards' training staff so he could play against the Atlanta Hawks.

Wall was given the fluids to combat a bad cold that was compounded by a migraine headache. They didn't settle correctly and now the fluid has collected in his left knee.

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Now a week later, Wall is still feeling the effects.

"I could barely move out there," he said. "I was feeling like some s***."

Wall has been dealing with this for several days - he first mentioned it in an interview with NBC Sports Washington last weekend -  but said Friday was particularly bad due to it being chilly in Capital One Arena. The Wizards share a stadium with the NHL's Washington Capitals.

Wall was held to just eight points in the Wizards' 91-88 loss to Miami. He shot 3-for-12 from the field in 35 minutes.

Wall's eight points matched his lowest scoring output in a game since Dec. 12, 2014 when he had six. He has never been held scoreless in a game, but had zero points in the first 41:25 on Friday night.

With Wall admittedly not feeling well, the question now becomes whether he will miss any time. Fluid buildup isn't a serious injury, but the Wizards happen to have their first back-to-back games coming up on Sunday and Monday. They will play the Raptors and Bucks, two of the best teams in the Eastern Conference.

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Wall said he has full confidence in the Wizards' training staff and the team's doctors to decide whether he will be good to go on Sunday for a 3:30 p.m. tipoff. It will depend on how he feels on Saturday after getting a night's rest.

But given the fact it's a back-to-back set and given that it's so early in the season, it would not be surprising if Wall missed one of those games. The Wizards have already beaten Toronto, ironically without Wall. With one win under their belt, they would at worst be tied in the season series with a loss.

Against Milwaukee, Wall may have more incentive to play given the season series. Head-to-head records determine tiebreakers for playoff seeding.

Whether Wall misses a game or not, this is another obstacle in a season full of minor injuries for Wall. He missed the game against the Raptors because he sprained his left shoulder in the game before. He has had migraines, has been sick, sprained his ankle on Monday vs. the Kings and now he can't shake this fluid buildup in his left knee. After a full offseason of being healthy, all of a sudden Wall is having some tough luck.

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John Wall said he could 'barely move' vs. Heat due to residual fluid buildup in his left knee

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John Wall said he could 'barely move' vs. Heat due to residual fluid buildup in his left knee

John Wall didn't score until there were five minutes left in the Wizards' narrow loss to the Heat. His lack of offensive production stood out as Washington struggled to catch up to Miami at Capital One Arena Friday. 

After the game, Wall blamed fluid buildup in his left knee for his inability to contribute. 

He told the assembled media that he could "barely move" at the beginning of the game. 

The knee ailment dates back to IVs he received this past weekend, Wall said. This isn't the first time he's mentioned the issue, either. 

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It first came up in a walkoff interview he did with NBC Sports Washington's Chris Miller after the Wizards' win over the Kings. 

With road games in Toronto, Milwaukee and Charlotte next on the schedule, it's possible the Wizards training staff could consider resting Wall as a precaution.