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

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

Bradley Beal, Otto Porter, Kelly Oubre and the Washington Wizards battle T.J. Warren, Alex Len, Josh Jackson and the Phoenix Suns on Thursday 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 PHOENIX SUNS

Where: Talking Stick Resort Arena
Tip-off: 9 p.m.
TV: NBC Sports Washington (coverage begins at 8 p.m.)
Live stream: NBCSportsWashington.com
Online with no cable TV: fuboTV (try for free)
Radio: 1500 AM

Three things to watch...

Looking for consistency

The Wizards have managed a 3-3 record since John Wall had PRP treatment on his left knee and are 4-4 without him this season. Overall, that's an excellent mark all things considered, but the ups and downs have been dramatic and the last two games provide an extreme example. On Monday, they suffered the second-worst loss in their franchise history. The next night, Bradley Beal went off for one of the best games ever seen from a Wizards or Bullets player.

On Thursday, the Wizards will attempt to do something they have yet to without Wall: win two straight games. The stage is actually set for the Wizards to pile up some wins as Wall finishes off his recovery. They play the Suns, Clippers and Nets coming up and all are missing key players.

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No Booker for Suns

The Suns will be without their best player on Thursday night as star shooting guard Devin Booker is sidelined for the next several weeks with a strained left abductor. That's a huge loss for the Suns, a young team trying to find its way. Booker averages 24.3 points, 4.5 rebounds and 4.1 assists and is one of the best young players in the NBA.

With Booker out of the picture, the Suns will likely feature 24-year-old forward T.J. Warren heavily. Warren is averaging 18.4 points, 5.7 rebounds and is shooting 49.5 percent from the field despite presenting no threat from three-point range. Warren had a career-high of 40 points against the Wizards in their first meeting on Nov. 1.  

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Looking for revenge

The last time these teams saw each other, the Suns were missing a key player in Eric Bledsoe (before he was traded to Milwaukee) yet they pulled off a stunning upset in Washington.  The Wizards led by as much as 22 points, but Phoenix came back and stole the victory. Warren was a big reason for that, but Booker also had 22 points.

It's unlikely that Warren kills them again, given the Wizards were without both Otto Porter and Markieff Morris in the first meeting. Those are their two starting forwards and Warren would have had to deal with them. Beyond Warren, watch out for Josh Jackson, the fourth overall pick. He hasn't had the best start to his career, but he has star potential and could go off if the Wizards aren't careful. Also, former Maryland standout Alex Len has started to turn a corner. He's averaging 9.1 points and 9.0 rebounds per game.

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5 must-see moments from Wizards' tough loss to Bucks including John Wall's circus shot

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5 must-see moments from Wizards' tough loss to Bucks including John Wall's circus shot

Here are the five best plays or moments from the Wizards' 104-95 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday afternoon...

1. John Wall came out swinging in the first half with 22 points, 16 of them in the first quarter alone. 

This was one of his best plays. Wall split two defenders and then flipped it in off the glass:

Wall finished with 27 points, nine assists, four rebounds, three steals and two blocks. 

2. Kelly Oubre, Jr. led the Wizards' bench with 19 points, five rebounds and a block. He missed on this play, but nearly dunked on Giannis Antetokounmpo. That would have been something:

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3. Oubre did get this one to go down. He popped a three at the buzzer to end the third quarter:

4. Wall had some nice passes including this alley-oop lob to Tomas Satoransky. Sato got way up there:

Satoransky also threw down this alley-oop pass earlier thrown by Bradley Beal:

5. This last play was by the Bucks and it was not something you see every day. Antetokounmpo fired an assist through his legs like a longsnapper:

The Wizards lost a close one. Now they head to Charlotte to begin a five-game road trip.

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On MLK Day, John Wall wonders what King would think about race relations under President Trump

On MLK Day, John Wall wonders what King would think about race relations under President Trump

John Wall spoke at length over the summer about race relations in the United States following the violence in Charlottesville in August orchestrated by white supremacists.

Following the Wizards' game against the Bucks on Martin Luther King, Jr. day on Monday, Wall was asked about the subject again.

Wall does not believe improvements have made in the last few months with President Donald Trump in office and he wonders how King would react if he were alive to see the current state of America.

"I think he still wouldn't be satisfied. We're still dealing with it. I think it got better for a little period of time, but with the new president we have I think things are going backwards. We've been dealing with it the last couple of years. There are some things we still need to figure out," Wall said.

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The Wizards play on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day every year and Wizards players cherish the tradition. It is not lost on Wall that he plays in Washington, D.C. where King made his famous 'I Have A Dream' speech and led the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in 1963.

“That’s just an honor and a blessing," Wall said.

"We are all still sticking to what he had with this dream, and we are just trying to get everything to be right with it. To be able to play in this city is an honor."

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Wall says he tries to embody King's dream in his own life. King helped lead the civil rights movement that paved the way for equal rights and Wall, an African-American, has much to thank for those who fought. Every American does.

Wall says he wants to make King proud.

“I just hope that he appreciates what I’m doing. I’m doing myself very well. I hope he’s thankful for what I’m doing. I’m striving to be a better African-American athlete, and just as a person first of all – I think that’s the most important thing," he said.

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