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

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

John Wall, Bradley Beal and the Washington Wizards battle Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, Serge Ibaka and the Toronto Raptors 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 TORONTO RAPTORS

Where: Air Canada Centre
Tip-off: 6 p.m.
TV: NBC Sports Washington (coverage begins at 5 p.m.)
Live stream: NBCSportsWashington.com
Radio: 1500 AM

Three things to watch...

Wall is questionable

The Wizards could be without John Wall for the first time this season. The star point guard sprained his left shoulder against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday night, and though X-rays were negative, he left the arena with his arm in a sling. He also admitted that he should not have played after suffering the injury in the third quarter.

If Wall can't go, expect to see more of Tim Frazier. Tomas Satoransky could also get a shot at point guard. But it wouldn't be surprising if the Wizards turned to Bradley Beal to take on more floor general responsibilities. Head coach Scott Brooks likes how Beal has developed as a ball-handler and passer. And with Kyle Lowry on the other side, Beal is the best option to counter him on defense. Otto Porter or Kelly Oubre, Jr. can be used to guard DeMar DeRozan.

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Wizards need a win

Wall's injury comes at a tough time for the Wizards. They have lost four of their last five and now head to Toronto to play one of the best teams in the Eastern Confernce. The Raptors also happen to be very strong at the guard position.

If the Wizards lose to the Raptors, they will fall below the .500 mark for the first time since Jan. 6. It's early in the season, but they need to stop losing ground in the East. It's very early still, but the Celtics are 7-2. The Wizards are digging themselves an early hole.

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Raptors off to good start

The Raptors sit 5-3 entering Sunday's matchup, an excellent start considering their super difficult early schedule. Their three losses have come against the Spurs, Warriors and the Nuggets, all on the road. Sunday will be the Raptors' first game back in Toronto after a six-game road trip.

DeRozan has played very well through eight games. He's averaging 23.6 points, 3.9 assists and 3.6 rebounds per game. Serge Ibaka is doing his thing with 13.7 points and 4.7 rebounds per game. Lowry is the one who hasn't played up to his capablities quite yet. He's averaging just 13.1 points on 39.2 percent shooting. Lowry missed 22 games late last year due to injuries and hasn't been able to find his rhythm quite yet this season. 

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Wizards vs. Sixers: TV, live stream and radio info, things to watch

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Wizards vs. Sixers: TV, live stream and radio info, things to watch

Bradley Beal, Otto Porter, Kelly Oubre, Jr. and the Washington Wizards battle Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, J.J. Redick and the Philadelphia 76ers 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 VS. PHILADELPHIA 76ERS

Where: Capital One Arena
Tip-off: 8 p.m.
TV: NBC Sports Washington (coverage begins at 7 p.m.)
Live stream: NBCSportsWashington.com
Radio: 1500 AM

Another test

The Wizards continue their difficult stretch coming out of the All-Star break against a very dangerous Sixers team. Philly has proven to be very streaky this season, but right now they are rolling. They come to Washington having won their last seven games dating back to Feb. 6 when they beat the Wizards at the Wells Fargo Center. The Wizards are also playing well, having won eight of their last 11, despite their loss to the Hornets on Friday.

The Sixers are currently seventh in the East and appear on track to make the playoffs. If they keep rising the standings, they could meet the Wizards, who are currently fourth, in the first round. 

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Season series

Speaking of the playoffs, this game could end up looming large for postseason seeding. The Sixers have won two of the three matchups between these teams this year. If they win on Sunday, they will take the season series and own the tiebreaker over Washington.

If the two teams tie head-to-head and end up with the same record at the end of the season, it will then come down to conference record. The Sixers currently have a better record against East teams than the Wizards. But if they can beat Philly this time, the Wizards will have a chance to secure the conference tiebreaker down the stretch of this season.

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Sixers are tough to guard

The Wizards have found out the hard way this season just how difficult it can be to match up with the Sixers, who are led by two emerging stars in Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons. Embiid is 7-foot-1 with rare abilities to stretch the floor and beat opponents off the dribble. Simmons is 6-foot-10, yet can lead the fastbreak with rare speed and vision to find his teammates with crisp passes.

The mobility for their size is almost unmatched and it has not been easy for the Wizards to answer. In their last meeting earlier this month, Simmons had 15 points, eight assists, six rebounds and three steals. Embiid had 27 points, 13 rebounds and three blocks. The Wizards have to try to limit those guys while also dealing with other challenges like Robert Covington, Dario Saric and J.J. Reddick.

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Warriors will visit D.C. kids instead of White House when they play Wizards

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Warriors will visit D.C. kids instead of White House when they play Wizards

Instead of visiting the White House when they come to Washington this week to play the Wizards, the defending-champion Golden State Warriors plan to hold an event with D.C.-area kids.

Their invitation was rescinded by president Donald Trump following a back-and-forth between the two sides last year. After the Warriors won the title, they openly questioned whether they should follow the tradition given many of the players and coaches disagree with his policies. Trump took the opportunity away before they came to a final decision.

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The Warriors' event will be closed off to the media and held at an undisclosed location. It is set for Tuesday, the day before they play the Wizards at Capital One Arena. The Warriors had the option of holding a ceremony with other politicians in the Democratic party, but decided that would send the wrong message. 

"It's their championship. They got disinvited to the White House, so it's up to them what they wanted to do. So they made their plans," coach Steve Kerr said. "I want the players to have a good day and to do something positive and to enjoy what they're doing."

The Warriors are the first NBA team to make this choice since Trump was elected president. Last season, the Cleveland Cavaliers held their celebration with president Barack Obama in November. They did so just days after Trump was elected and LeBron James questioned at the time whether he would visit the White House with Trump in office.

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Sports teams visiting the White House goes back to the mid-1800s. The first World Series title team to visit was the 1924 Washington Senators. By the 1960s, NBA teams were going and by the 1980s NFL and NHL teams made it a tradition.

Entire teams snubbing the White House is unusual, but many players have turned down the opportunity. In the NBA, some famous cases include Larry Bird in 1984 and Michael Jordan in 1991, according to Rolling Stone.

Perhaps the Warriors start a trend, or maybe it will be a one-off thing. Regardless, the alternative they chose is a respectable one. 

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