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Wizards at Kings: TV, live stream and radio info, things to watch

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Wizards at Kings: TV, live stream and radio info, things to watch

John Wall, Bradley Beal and the Washington Wizards battle De'Aaron Fox, Willie Cauley-Stein, Vince Carter and the Sacramento Kings on Sunday 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 SACRAMENTO KINGS

Where: Golden 1 Center
Tip-off: 6 p.m.
TV: NBC Sports Washington (coverage begins at 5 p.m. with Wizards HangTime)
Live stream: NBCSportsWashington.com
Radio: 1500 AM

Three things to watch...

Need a win

The Wizards are coming off two tough losses in games they probably feel they should have won. The first was a late-game collapse of sorts against a lowly Lakers team. The second was a close loss to the Warriors where the Wizards were a few plays away from taking out the defending champions without Markieff Morris or Bradley Beal. 

Now the Wizards head to Sacramento at 3-2 in desperate need of a win. A loss would give them three straight defeats. It would drop them to .500 on the year through six games and end their road trip with a 1-3 mark. Any long West Coast trip is going to be tough, but a 1-3 showing would make for a long plane ride home Sunday night.

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Wall vs. Fox

John Wall has said it several times that Kings rookie De'Aaron Fox reminds him of himself. Fox was picked fifth overall by the Kings out of the University of Kentucky, Wall's alma mater. He's a 6-foot-4 point guard known for his lightning speed.

Fox is also off to a strong start, averaging 14.8 points, 5.0 assists and 4.8 rebounds through his first five games. Wall has already faced off with Markelle Fultz, the No. 1 overall pick, plus Lonzo Ball, the No. 2 pick. Fox is the latest star rookie point guard to see the Wall Star.

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Three-point shooting

The Wizards finally broke out from long range against the Warriors on Friday after a slow start in perimeter shooting. They made just 27 threes through their first four games, an average of 6.75 per contest. Against Golden State, they hit 15 of them. Kelly Oubre, Jr. had four and Otto Porter nailed seven of them, each setting career-highs.

Porter is now shooting 50 percent for the season from downtown but Beal has yet to come around. Beal is hitting just 23.8 percent of his threes, a number that is by no means likely to continue. It wouldn't be surprising if he had a breakout performance from three, if he plays of course. Beal could be facing a suspension after the fight between him and Draymond Green.

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John Wall has MRI on left knee as early-season injury saga continues

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John Wall has MRI on left knee as early-season injury saga continues

Point guard John Wall was a notable absence at Friday afternoon's Wizards practice, as he sat out after having an MRI done on his left knee earlier in the day. 

Despite playing well against the Hornets in the team's last game, Wall is still feeling discomfort and now the Wizards wait to hear the test results. Wall may not play against the Blazers on Saturday night.

"John is definitely going to be questionable tomorrow," head coach Scott Brooks said. "We'll see how he feels [Saturday morning] and then make a decision from there."

Wall's knee issue dates back to two weeks ago. He first complained about swelling in his knee after a game against the Sacramento Kings.

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Wall has since had his knee drained, but the problems have persisted. Wall says his mobility is affected most.

Wall, 27, has missed two games for the Wizards this season, one due to a sprained left shoulder and another because of his knee. He is averaging 20.3 points and 9.2 assists per game.

Wall had one of his best games against the season in Charlotte on Wednesday. Despite playing through pain, he managed 31 points and 11 assists. He played 41 minutes because the game went to overtime.

If Wall can't go against the Blazers, the Wizards will rely heavily on backup point guard Tim Frazier. Either way, they have a tough assignment at that position with Damian Lillard of Portland.

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Markieff Morris sees a lot of himself in Wizards teammate Mike Scott

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Markieff Morris sees a lot of himself in Wizards teammate Mike Scott

The early returns on backup forward Mike Scott have been quite good for the Wizards. Signed to a one-year deal in free agency, Scott is off to a strong start.

He's averaging 8.6 points and 3.4 rebounds while shooting 53.4 percent from the field and 44.8 percent from three. His 59.7 effective field goal percentage is second on the team behind Otto Porter.

At his best, Scott has proven to be instant offense and an efficient scorer. He's reached double figures in seven out of his last 12 appearances while shooting 59 percent.

Scott is the backup to Markieff Morris and Morris likes what he sees so far.

"He fits perfect. We should have been gotten him," Morris said on the Wizards Tipoff podcast. "I feel like me and him are going to have a couple great years together, if you ask me."

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There are some similarities in the games of Morris and Scott. They are close in size and can score both inside and out. They offer a respectable three-point shot with a strong midrange and post game to complement.

Others have pointed it out and Morris sees it, too.

"I think he's trying to steal my game," he joked. "We kind of resemble each other a lot more than what I thought before he got here."

Morris of course has a twin in real life, Marcus who plays for the Celtics. But Scott is like his twin on the Wizards' bench, figuratively speaking.

"It's kind of hard to distinguish between the two sometimes when they're making shots because they play the same way," guard Bradley Beal said. "They can knock down threes, they can give you the post up game, they can handle the ball. They are definitely one in the same, in a sense."

"There's a lot of similarities. They have a lot of the same mannerisms," head coach Scott Brooks said. "They have this real, tough, calming influence on the group. I like guys that have that edge to them."

Morris also discussed his relationship with John Wall and Bradley Beal, how his season has gone so far and who Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons remind him of on the podcast.

Listen to the full interview right here:

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