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.