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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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VIDEO: Wizards' win over Nuggets includes Nikola Jokic bumping coach Scott Brooks

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VIDEO: Wizards' win over Nuggets includes Nikola Jokic bumping coach Scott Brooks

So, this is a weird way to end a basketball game.

The Wizards were up just two points on the Denver Nuggets with :32 seconds left on Monday night when talented third-year center Nikola Jokic made a mistake that may have cost Denver a win. During a timeout, Jokic bumped shoulders with Wizards head coach Scott Brooks. Brooks was immediately incensed and Jokic was awarded a technical.

It was a bizarre moment. Watch it here:

Bradley Beal hit the technical free throw, then sank a layup on the next possession. Jokic made dumb mistake, whether it was intentional or not, and the Wizards capitalized in a 109-104 win.


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Wizards stay unbeaten, take out Nuggets to begin road trip

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Wizards stay unbeaten, take out Nuggets to begin road trip

The Washington Wizards beat the Denver Nuggets 109-104 on Monday night at the Pepsi Center. Here's analysis of what went down.

Jokic bumped Brooks: A strange moment happened in the final minute that helped change the course of this game. Nuggets center Nikola Jokic bumped Wizards head coach Scott Brooks during a timeout, earning a technical with :32 seconds left. The Wizards were up just two points, but Bradley Beal hit a free throw and then a layup on the ensuing possession to give the Wizards a five-point lead and essentially seal the win.

Here is the play. It's not something you see very often:

Porter may be taking another leap: Otto Porter (17 points, 10 rebounds, four steals) was a standout in the first two games because of his hot starts and that continued on Monday. Porter came out rolling with 12 points in his first 15 minutes. He made it look easy with his midrange game, consistently knocking down 15 to 20 foot jumpers. 

Porter clearly looks more assertive and confident, showing no hesitation particularly early in games. The Wizards saw John Wall and Bradley Beal quickly get much better after signing their max deals and Porter looks intent on following their lead.

Backup point guard a positive: Yeah, you read that right. For as much trouble as the Wizards have had solving the backup point guard position, all was right on Monday night. Tim Frazier had easily his best game since joining the Wizards after going scoreless in his first two outings. His first made shot as a member of the Wizards was a buzzer-beater at the end of the first quarter from about 35 feet out.

Frazier lit a spark with 10 points, so did Tomas Satoransky. After not playing in the Wizards' first two games, he checked in late in the second quarter and immediately hit a hook shot and a three. Satoransky is on the outside of the rotation looking in, but he made the most of a brief opportunity on this particular night.

Those two guys helped buoy Wall (19 points, 12 assists) and Beal (20 points, five rebounds). Any time pressure can be taken off of them is a good thing.

Jokic is legitimate: We don't see much of Nuggets center Jokic on the East Coast and he didn't score a single point in his last game before playing the Wizards, but on Monday Jokic showed that he is the real deal. The guy came out swinging with 12 points on 5-for-5 from the field in his first eight minutes. By halftime he had 16 points, five rebounds and three assists. There are so many good, young big men these days that Jokic gets overlooked, but he does just about everything well. Jokic finished with 29 points in 35 minutes.

Up next: The Wizards move on to Los Angeles to play the Lakers at the Staples Center. That means Wall vs. Lonzo Ball. The game tips at 10:30 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington.