John Wall, Bradley Beal and the Washington Wizards battle LeBron James, Kevin Love, Dwyane Wade and the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday afternoon.
Here is all you need to know: TV, live stream and radio info, tip-off time, plus three things to watch…
CLEVELAND CAVALIERS AT WASHINGTON WIZARDS
Where: Capital One Arena
Tip-off: 3:00 p.m.
TV: NBC Sports Washington (coverage begins at 2:30 p.m.)
Live stream: NBCSportsWashington.com
Radio: 1500 AM
Three things to watch...
Will we see Frazier?
Tim Frazier, one of the Wizards' biggest offseason acquisitions and arguably their most important, has yet to play for the Wizards in either of their two preseason games. He remains sidelined with a Grade 1 groin strain, though he did take steps forward this week by running defensive drills in practice with Wizards assistant coaches.
With Frazier out, the Wizards have been able to get a good look at Tomas Satoransky at point guard. But they have big plans for Frazier and want to get him acclimated with their second unit as soon as possible. Sunday could be the day he debuts. If not, there are only two more preseason games for him to shoot for.
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Who will play for Cleveland?
The Cavaliers are an interesting matchup for the Wizards in the preseason, given the two teams are expected to be among the very best in the East this season. But Cleveland has so many big name veterans it would not be surprising if a host of them didn't play. They are a team that does everything with June in mind, so the preseason is not a big priority. LeBron James, for instance, hasn't played in either of the Cavs' first two preseason games.
Between LeBron, Dwyane Wade, Kevin Love and Derrick Rose, will any of them sit just to rest? Kristaps Porzingis sat out Friday night's game at Capital One Arena, much to the dismay of fans. LeBron has to play at some point, right? Perhaps Sunday is the day.
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Interesting test for rotation
Regardless of who plays for Cleveland, the Cavaliers will provide an interesting matchup for head coach Scott Brooks to experiment with his front court options. Between LeBron, Love, Jae Crowder and Tristan Thompson, the Cavs have as good of a frontcourt as anyone. As long as a few of those guys play, Brooks will get to see Jason Smith and Mike Scott go up against some tough competition.
The Cavs have been playing around with the idea of a very small-ball starting lineup featuring Love at the center position. That could give Brooks a good test for his own small-ball group with Kelly Oubre, Jr. and Otto Porter, Jr. on the court at the same time.