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

Bradley Beal, Otto Porter, Kelly Oubre and the Washington Wizards battle Andre Drummond, Avery Bradley, Tobias Harris and the Detroit Pistons 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: 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

Three things to watch...

Wizards are struggling

Life without John Wall has not been too kind to the Wizards so far. In three games since he had PRP treatment, the Wizards are 1-2 and the offense in particular is stumbling. Teams are keying in on Bradley Beal, who had only eight points on Tuesday night in Minnesota, and Otto Porter, who shot 3-for-14 on Wednesday night. Markieff Morris has averaged six points in his last three games and both he and Marcin Gortat have sat on the bench in the fourth quarter several times lately.

The good news is that the bench has been playing very well. Now it's time for Beal, Porter and the starters to step up and lead the way. It will be tough competing against a good Detroit team if they don't.


Pistons look legitimate

No team has been more surprising so far this season than the Detroit Pistons. They are 14-6 after 20 games and sit second in the Eastern Conference. They have won three straight entering this matchup and already boast wins over the Warriors, Celtics, Bucks and Timberwolves.

Several Pistons players are having their best seasons. Forward Tobias Harris is averaging 19.1 points and 5.5 rebounds per game while shooting 47.4 percent from the field and 46.7 percent from three. Avery Bradley is playing good defense and scoring 16.8 points per game. Reggie Jackson is putting up 15.8 points and 5.9 assists per game. Andre Drummond is dominating the middle with 14.3 points, 15.2 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 1.2 blocks a night. Add it all up and they have the eighth-best offensive rating and the 11th-best defensive rating in the NBA.


Last meeting

The Wizards already have a win over the Pistons on their resume this season. They beat them 115-111 back on Oct. 20 in the second game of the season. Having Wall that night certainly helped, but a big reason for the win was because the Wizards kept Drummond in check. They held him to nine points and 12 rebounds because he fouled out after 26 minutes.

They can't count on him fouling out that early again, but he did have trouble against them last year as well. In the 2016-17 season, Drummond was held to 8.7 points and 9.7 rebounds on 40 percent shooting in three games against the Wizards.


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Wizards host students from Stoneman Douglas High School ahead of 'March For Our Lives'

Wizards host students from Stoneman Douglas High School ahead of 'March For Our Lives'

With a march on Washington planned for this weekend following the mass shooting in Parkland, FL, students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School were invited by the Wizards to attend their Friday morning practice at Capital One Arena.

About 20 of the kids showed up to watch the Wizards practice, took pictures with players, got a tour of the facilities and walked away with Wizards hats and gear. It was a small break away from what has been a tumultous time ever since the massacre at their school on Feb. 14.

Wizards majority owner Ted Leonsis was on hand to speak with the students, who are set to lead the 'March For Our Lives' through downtown Washington on Saturday.


Wizards guard Bradley Beal met with the media after taking photos with the students.

"For us to be able to take their mind off of it for just a few minutes is always a great feeling," Beal said. "At the end of the day, we're all human beings regardless of our careers are and what our jobs are. A lot of us have families, kids, brothers and sisters. The last thing that you want to happen is what happened to several of those families. You can never imagine."

Beal went to college in Florida and has participated in his own forms of activism. He has found inspiration in the efforts by Stoneman Douglas students. They have taken what happened to their school as a catalyst for what they hope produces change in the ability to protect similar attacks from happening again.


Beal, 24, finds that admirable.

"It's amazing sometimes to learn from the youth on how to do things," Beal said. "It's a testament to where our world needs to lead to, to where we need to get to and to come together as a society. It starts with us as the younger generation. We've gotta come together with love and do things like this. I think what they're doing is awesome. It's spreading positive vibes and it's true humanitarian work that they're doing."

The Stoneman Douglas students are expected to attend Friday night's Wizards-Nuggets game as well.

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Bradley Beal sees Phil Chenier's jersey retirement as something to strive for

Bradley Beal sees Phil Chenier's jersey retirement as something to strive for

The relationship between Wizards All-Star Bradley Beal and Bullets legend Phil Chenier goes beyond your average friendship between a current and former player, or a current player and team broadcaster.

Beal and Chenier are close to the point Chenier often offers advice as a fellow shooting guard who helped lead the organization to some of their most important accomplishments.

Beal is always open ears when Chenier is talking and took great honor in being the one to tell Chenier personally that his jersey would be retired by the Wizards.

The day has come for Chenier's No. 45 to be raised to the rafters and Beal feels a unique sense of pride in seeing a man he reveres to the highest degree finally have his day in the sun.

"It's unbelievable. It's more than deserving," Beal said. "I was happy to be the one who told him about it. It's a special night for him. He's been a mentor to a lot of us for many years."


Chenier was a three-time All-Star for the Washington Bullets back in the 1970s. Following his playing career, he became a legendary broadcaster calling Bullets and then Wizards games for over 30 years.

Beal is now an NBA All-Star himself, having earned the honor for the first time this season. He is a shooting guard, just like Chenier.

Chenier was the color analyst for Wizards games for the first five years of Beal's career and Beal has always seen Chenier as a model to follow both on and off the court.

"It's always motivation for me to get better and I feel like this is the final touch of it, having your jersey retired by the franchise that you played a part in their success," Beal said.


The honor Chenier is about to receive is another goal to strive for. Beal wants to achieve a lot of what Chenier has accomplished in his life from winning a championship to making All-NBA to now having his jersey hang in the rafters at Capital One Arena.

"It definitely motivates me for that to be a goal of mine. Especially with the fact we both play the same position," Beal said.


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For more on Chenier's jersey retirement, check out our in-depth interview with him on the Wizards Tipoff podcast: