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

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

John Wall, Bradley Beal and the Washington Wizards battle LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Kevin Love and the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday 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. CLEVELAND CAVALIERS

Where: Capital One Arena
Tip-off: 7 p.m.
TV: ESPN (coverage begins at 6 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington)
Live stream: WatchESPN.com
Radio: 1500 AM

Three things to watch...

Keef is back

The Wizards will get a nice boost on Friday night with the return of power forward Markieff Morris to their starting lineup. Morris missed their first seven games following the sports hernia surgery he had on Sept. 22. He was also suspended for Wednesday's game due to the Wizards' fight with the Warriors.. The Wizards held a winning record at 4-3 without him, but two of those losses were bad ones to lesser teams in the Lakers and Suns where Morris' presence would have helped.

Morris won't be at full strength when he returns. The Wizards expect him to play somewhere between 12 and 16 minutes initially and it may take him several weeks to reach midseason form. Still, getting him back in time to play the Cavs' frontcourt with LeBron James and Kevin Love is huge. Otto Porter also missed the Suns game due to an illness and he should be back for Friday.

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Neither team's playing their best

The Wizards aren't feeling great about themselves at the moment, having lost three of their last four games. But the Cavs aren't doing so hot, either. They have lost four straight games and none of them to teams that are all that good. They lost to the Nets, Pelicans, Knicks and Pacers. The Wizards are better than all four of them, at least on paper.

Defense has been a major issue for the Cavaliers. They are allowing opponents to shoot 47 percent (27th in NBA) and score 111.9 points per game (24th). The Cavs have given up 112 points or more in six straight games, including 124 to the Pacers and 123 to the Pelicans. The Wizards have no problem scoring the basketball, but their defense is another story. Expect a high-scoring game on Friday.

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New Cavs players to deal with

The Cavaliers' slow start is understandable to a degree given their roster turnover this offseason. They lost Kyrie Irving in a trade and Isaiah Thomas remains out with a hip injury. Their new players are still getting adjusted and Dwyane Wade in particular is struggling. Wade is averaged just 7.7 points per game in 21.9 minutes per night while shooting 41.4 percent. That's far from what we're used to seeing from him, even in recent years now that he is out of his prime.

Jae Crowder is shooting just 37.5 percent from the field and 28.1 percent from three. Derrick Rose (15.0 ppg, 51.1% FG) is putting up good numbers, but offense isn't the issue for Cleveland.

The Cavs are also banged up. Tristan Thompson left their last game against the Pacers with a calf strain and will reportedly be out for a few weks. Iman Shumpert will miss Friday's game due to right knee soreness.

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Don't expect a big role for Ramon Sessions with Wizards after signing as free agent

Don't expect a big role for Ramon Sessions with Wizards after signing as free agent

When Ramon Sessions was last with the Wizards, he was the primary backup point guard behind starter John Wall. Now back with the team on a 10-day contract, he is expected to play a much more muted role.

Wizards head coach Scott Brooks spoke of Sessions as the fourth-string point guard, not only behind Wall who remains out to recover from left knee surgery, but also behind Tomas Satoransky and Tim Frazier. The presence of Sessions should not affect Satoransky's minutes as the replacement starter and it doesn't sound like Frazier is in jeopardy of moving down the depth chart, either.

"I don't know how many minutes or opportunities he will get, but with the way he holds himself I feel comfortable if we need him in a pinch," Brooks said. "We have some coverage now if one of our guards goes down or gets in foul trouble."

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Brooks mentioned Sessions' ability to play some at shooting guard if needed. He also praised Sessions' penchant for getting to the free throw line. Sessions has averaged 3.9 free throw attempts in just 23.5 minutes per game. That's highest among active players who have averaged 24 minutes or less in their career.

Sessions played well for the Wizards down the stretch of the 2014-15 season and in the 2015-16 campaign. As a member of the Wizards, he averaged 9.2 points and 3.0 assists per game.

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He has played for eight different teams, but has always felt a connection to Washington.

"It just always felt like a place I could end up back one day," he said. "People always ask me, being on so many teams, 'what's the home team to you?' I always come back to the Wizards. It was a place I was only here a year-and-a-half, but it feels like much longer than that with the run we had and the fans and the support I get when I come here."

Exactly how long Sessions will be here is unclear. He couldn't crack the Knicks' rotation earlier this season and has a lot to prove. Still, he's excited for the opportunity.

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Kevin Durant commits $10 million to Prince George's County public schools

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Kevin Durant commits $10 million to Prince George's County public schools

Kevin Durant continues to give back to the community that raised him. 

Durant, who calls Prince George's County, MD., home, recently announced a partnership with Prince George's County public schools. 

The partnership, which comes with a $10 million dollar commitment from Durant, will help fund a program called College Track. Essentially, it's a 10-year program that provides basic infrastructure — test prep, tutoring, college selection and how to get financial aid — that kids from less-advantaged families often times don’t have.

Durant's money will go towards building College Track's Maryland center. There are nine other College Tracks across California, Colorado, and Louisiana, and the program has helped over 3,000 students get to college and beyond. This Maryland center will be the first of three that are planned to go up in the DC area. 

You can read the entire article about Durant and College Track right here. 

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