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

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NBA preseason Wizards vs. 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…


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...

Roster battles

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.


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.


New-look Knicks

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.


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2018 NBA Playoffs Wizards-Raptors Game 4: TV, live stream and radio info, things to watch

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2018 NBA Playoffs Wizards-Raptors Game 4: TV, live stream and radio info, things to watch

John Wall, Bradley Beal, Otto Porter and the Washington Wizards battle Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, Serge Ibaka and the Toronto Raptors on Sunday night in Game 4 of the 2018 NBA Playoffs.

Here is all you need to know: TV, live stream and radio info, tip-off time, plus three things to watch:


Series: Raptors lead 2-1
Where: Capital One Arena
Tip-off: 6 p.m.
TV: NBC Sports Washington (pregame coverage begins at 5 p.m.)
Live stream: NBCSportsWashington.com
Radio: 1500 AM

Time to get even

After a momentous Game 3 win, the Wizards have breathed some life back into their season. On Sunday, they can make this a brand new series.

With a win in Game 4 for the Wizards, they would tie the series and send it back to Toronto ensuring another home game in Washington. A loss would put them down 3-1, a deficit that has historically been hard to overcome.

Only 11 teams have accomplished the feat, most notably the Cavaliers in the 2016 NBA Finals. The Warriors did the same that year in the conference finals. It has only been done three times since 2006. 

How will Raptors respond?

Game 3 took on a much different tone and style than the previous two and it played into the Wizards' hands. It was much more physical and Washington did a good job of instigating contact and using it to their advanage. After the game, several players highlighted Markieff Morris shoving OG Anunoby and Serge Ibaka as a turning point.

Just because it worked in Game 3 doesn't mean it will carry over successfully in Game 4. Not only could the Raptors respond with their own dose of brutality, but the referees may try to nip anything of the sort in the bud early on.

It would not be surprising if Game 4 was officiated very tightly and if a message was sent in the first quarter to the players. After seeing how well it worked in Game 3, the Wizards will likely try to test the limits.

Playoff Beal

The Raptors will also try to adjust their defense following Bradley Beal's 28-point outburst in Game 3. He wasn't much of a factor in the first two games of the series, but broke out in Game 3 to lead the Wizards to a win.

The Wizards did a good job of getting Beal involved early. He was found for open looks from three in the first half and had two three-pointers in each of the first two quarters. Beal also took it upon himself to attack the rim and force the issue.

The Raptors held Beal back in the first two games by being rough with him and in Game 2 they got him in foul trouble. Surely he will be a big emphasis of their gameplan on Sunday.

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The Wizards dominated Game 3 because everybody ate ... literally

The Wizards dominated Game 3 because everybody ate ... literally

The Wizards returned to Washington, D.C. on Friday down 0-2 to the Raptors in their best-of-seven 2018 NBA Playoffs first-round series

The team lost a close one in Game 1 and was run out of the building in Game 2. Game 3 was must-win, and the Wizards knew what needed to happen in order for them to secure the victory.

"Everybody eats." 

That's the phrase that has defined the Wizards throughout much of the season They are at their best when John Wall is making plays and feeding his teammates.

On Friday night, the Wizards beat the Raptors 122-103 to force at least a Game 5. Wall finished with 28 points and 14 assists.

Bradley Beal finally broke out of his slump for 28 points and  Marcin Gortat, Mike Scott and Kelly Oubre all chipped in with at least 10 points.

But the stat sheet wasn't the only place where everybody eats.

Here's Marcin Gortat from Game 3. 

But if pantomiming isn't your thing, here is Bradley Beal actually eating popcorn during Game 3.

So what did we learn in Game 3? Well, for starters: "Everybody Eats" is not just a motto, it is a way of life.