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…
NEW YORK KNICKS AT WASHINGTON WIZARDS
Where: Capital One Arena
Tip-off: 7:00 p.m.
TV: NBC Sports Washington (coverage begins at 6:30 p.m.)
Live stream: NBCSportsWashington.com
Radio: 1500 AM
Three things to watch...
The Wizards' first preseason game on Monday night offered a glimpse at their new-look roster, including the additions they made to their bench and those on the backend fighting for spots. That included camp invites Donald Sloan and Carrick Felix, both of which had solid debuts, especially Felix. Sheldon Mac, who could be challenged by those two for his roster spot, had as good a game as anyone. But he also jammed his thumb and has been limited in practice since.
On Wednesday, head coach Scott Brooks made it seem like Mac's injury is minor, but added that the cut he will have to make could be among the toughest of his career. All three guards seem to belong at the NBA level and Friday will give another opportunity for them to make their case as the Wizards sort it all out.
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Power forward minutes
The biggest rotation battle for the Wizards is at power forward where they are exploring their options to replace Markieff Morris while he rehabs from sports hernia surgery. On Monday, it was Jason Smith who started with Mike Scott and Chris McCullough playing most of their minutes in the second half. All three of them had good games, albeit against sub-NBA competition.
It will be interesting to see which direction Brooks goes in the second preseason game. Does he start Smith again? Does he play Scott or McCullough more in the first half? Now that they are facing an NBA team, will Otto Porter get more time at the four position? The Wizards have some good options when you add it all up, Brooks just needs to find what he's most comfortable with.
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New York finally got rid of Carmelo Anthony this offseason, effectively making it Kristaps Porzingis' team. Surrounding Porzingis are mostly journeyman veterans, per usual for the Knicks, but they do have some intriguing new pieces. They got Enes Kanter from the Thunder in the Anthony deal and drafted point guard Frank Ntilikina in June.
Ntilikina is 19 years old and was picked eighth overall in the 2017 NBA Draft. He's 6-foot-5 with a 7-foot wingspan. This year's class was loaded with point guards and Ntilikina is among the most promising. Assuming John Wall plays (he didn't against the Long-Lions), it could be a fun matchup between one of the NBA's star point guards and one of its most talented rookies.