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

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

John Wall, Bradley Beal, Otto Porter and the Washington Wizards battle Jahlil Okafor, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Spencer Dinwiddie and the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday 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. BROOKLYN NETS

Where: Capital One Arena
Tip-off: 7 p.m.
TV: NBC Sports Washington (coverage begins at 6 p.m.)
Live stream: NBCSportsWashington.com
Online with no cable TV: fuboTV (try for free)
Radio: 1500 AM

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WIZARDS VS. NETS THREE THINGS TO WATCH:

Wall and Beal on Fire:

The Wizards' two best players have been playing like superstars lately as they continue their push for the All-Star Game.

John Wall in his last six games is averaging 25.3 points, 10.5 assists, 4.2 rebounds, 1.8 steals, and 1.8 blocks while shooting 45.5 percent from the field and 44 percent from three. Bradley Beal in his last six games has put up 28.8 points, 5.8 assists, 5.2 rebounds and 1.3 steals while shooting 55.2 percent from the field and 39 percent from three.

Wall and Beal both had 30 points in the Wizards' win over the Magic on Friday night. They are both in rhythm at the same time and it has been fun to watch.

Nets Have Wizards' Number:

The Wizards used to dominate the Nets. Before this season, they had won seven straight and 12 of their last 14 going back to 2013.

But this year it has been a much different story, as the Nets have not only won both of their matchups, they handed the Wizards an embarrassing 35-point loss on Dec. 22. 

That game was one of the worst losses the Wizards have had in years.

They had every reason to be motivated, having lost to the Nets just 10 days before, yet they couldn't compete with Brooklyn despite having Wall back and their lineup at full health. The Nets can't possibly get them for a third time, can they?

Back-to-Backs:

The Wizard can do something on Saturday night that they haven't done all season, sweep a back-to-back set of games.

So far this year they have often been very good in one of the back-to-back games and very bad in the other. They began the year 1-4 in the first games and 4-1 in the second. But they have now won their last two games in the first leg of a back-to-back.

The last time was before this was last week against the Grizzlies before they lost to the Bucks the next night. 

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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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5 must-see moments from Wizards' blowout loss to Hornets, including Bradley Beal's buzzer-beater

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5 must-see moments from Wizards' blowout loss to Hornets, including Bradley Beal's buzzer-beater

Here are the five best plays or moments from the Wizards' 122-105 loss to the Charlotte Hornets on Friday night...

1. This was a tough one for the Wizards. For the third time this season, they got beaten by the Hornets and for the second straight time it was in a blowout.

They still had their moments, though, including this alley-oop from Tomas Satoransky (11 points) to Markieff Morris (13 points, eight assists, six rebounds). It was the second alley-oop connection for those two in as many games:

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2. This was a play that encapsulated the Wizards' night. Jodie Meeks drew a flagrant foul on Michael Carter-Williams, but took a hard shot to the head:

3. Kelly Oubre, Jr. had a solid game with 11 points, including this big dunk:

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4. Speaking of Oubre, he helped the Wizards close the first half with a late surge. The real highlight was Bradley Beal stealing the ball and hitting a corner three at the buzzer:

5. Beal ended up with 33 points, six assists and six rebounds. Here's an and-1 he got to go down in the second half:

All in all, it was an ugly performance for the Wizards. To cheer you up, we'll leave you with this young fan who had a great time at Capital One Arena despite the result:

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