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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…


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.


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.


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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Best moments from Wizards' loss to Hornets, including Oubre and Beal's big dunks

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Best moments from Wizards' loss to Hornets, including Oubre and Beal's big dunks

Here are the best plays or moments from the Washington Wizards' 129-124 loss to the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday night...

1. The Wizards couldn't do much to stop Dwight Howard in this one, but he did have one of his shots blocked. It was by the rim, though.

Watch Howard rise for an alley-oop, only to be rejected by the rim. 

That was about the only thing Howard did wrong. He finished with 26 points and 13 rebounds.


2. Bradley Beal didn't have a great shooting night, as he finished 7-for-22 despite dropping 22 points. He had a few nice dunks in the first half including this one:

3. John Wall had a strong game with 31 points and 11 assists on 13-of-26 shooting. This was his best assist, a thread-the-needle dish to Markieff Morris.

4. Here's another dunk from Beal, this one with two hands for good measure:

5. This was the best dunk of the night. Kelly Oubre, Jr. caught the Hornets sleeping with a nice putback slam. 

The Wizards closed their road trip a disappointing 1-2, but at least the game was entertaining.


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Wizards have letdown on defense, fall to Hornets in overtime

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Wizards have letdown on defense, fall to Hornets in overtime

The Washington Wizards lost the Charlotte Hornets 129-124 in overtime on Wednesday night at the Spectrum Center. Here's analysis of what went down...

Frustrating loss: The Wizards will not head into the Thanksgiving holiday a happy bunch. After an impressive road win at the Milwaukee Bucks, they let a winnable game slip away against the Hornets. They were up nine points with 3:32 left in the fourth, yet allowed the Hornets to force overtime and then dominate the extra period.

Defense was the problem for Washington. After holding opponents to 95 points or less in six of their last seven games, the Wizards gave up 129 points to an average offensive team. Yes, 15 of those points came in overtime, but the Wizards won't be happy with their defense after this one. They will probably regret the 53 bench points they gave up more than anything.

Beal, Wall heated up late: Neither John Wall or Bradley Beal had a rhythm in the first half, but both woke up later on for the Wizards. Wall had eight points in the first half, but on 3-for-11 shooting. Beal had seven points, but also on 3-for-11 from the field.

Stars can only be held in check for so long and Wall and Beal broke ultimately broke through. Wall had 11 points in the third quarter and Beal had seven. 

For a while it looked like Wall and Beal had taken the game over, but the Wizards couldn't take advantage despite Wall ending up with 31 points and 11 assists and Beal having 22 points, four rebounds and two steals.

Beal's night was highlighted by a series of dunks in the first half, including this one with two hands:


Howard was a beast: The Wizards did a good job limiting Dwight Howard this past spring when they faced the Hawks in the playoffs, but they had no such luck on Wednesday in their first meeting with Howard's Hornets. Howard was dominant down low with 26 points and 13 rebounds. The Hornets did a good job feeding him in the post and when he has position there are little options beyond sending him to the free throw line. 

Marcin Gortat (eight points, 11 rebounds) is a good match for Howard on most nights. They know each other well as former teammates with the Orlando Magic. Gortat had a fine game, but Howard was at his best on Wednesday. He was coming off of a 25-point, 20-rebound performance and he kept it going against the Wizards.

Howard also blocked Beal's buzzer-beater at the end of regulation. Beal got the ball with two seconds left and tried driving to his left down the baseline. Howard read the move and swatted the ball out of bounds. Howard then had a big bucket with less than a minute to go. He had a putback on an airballed three that was a backbreaker for the Wizards, who needed a stop.

Meeks and Scott were a plus: The Wizards got a nice boost from their bench from Jodie Meeks (nine points) and Mike Scott (13 points), two guys who have proven this season to be instant offense when they're at their best. Scott came in and hit a three with a pair of midrange jumpers in the first half. Meeks was getting it down in the paint with floaters and layups on nice cuts to the basket. 

Scott hit three threes and is now shooting 44.8 percent for the season. It's only on 29 attempts, but that's not bad at all.

Lamb was a problem: The Wizards had a lot of trouble with Hornets reserve Jeremy Lamb, who has been Charlotte's most improved player so far this season. He was a force off the bench with 24 points in 37 minutes. Lamb has always had a lot of potential as a freak athlete with a sweet jumper. He may be starting to truly put it all together.

The Wizards even tried Kelly Oubre, Jr., one of their best defenders, on him. But Lamb kept getting buckets and added seven rebounds and five assists. 

Up next: The Wizards are off for Thanksgiving and Friday. They pick back up on Saturday with the Portland Trail Blazers in town. Tipoff is at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington.