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

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

John Wall, Bradley Beal and the Washington Wizards battle Devin Booker, Josh Jackson and the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday 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. with Wizards HangTime)
Live stream: NBCSportsWashington.com
Radio: 1500 AM

Three things to watch...

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The Wizards may be playing their last game without the services of Markieff Morris, who is on track to return Friday against the Cleveland Cavaliers. If they can get through this game with a win, a 5-2 record when Morris comes back sounds pretty good. That's more than they could ask for heading into the season.

One more win would also tie the Wizards for their best record through seven games since 1974-75 when they started the year 7-0. They have been 5-2 after seven games four times during that span. This would be just the third time since 1990.


Another top rookie

The Wizards have already faced the No. 1 pick (Markelle Fultz), the No. 2 pick (Lonzo Ball) and the No. 5 pick (De'Aaron Fox) from this past June's NBA Draft. Now they will see the No. 4 pick in Josh Jackson, a high-flying small forward from the University of Kansas. Though the Suns have stumbled out of the gate at 2-4, Jackson offers them promise for the future with loads of potential on both ends of the floor.

Through six games, Jackson is averaging 10.7 points to go along with 3.3 rebounds and 1.8 steals per game. Those are decent numbers, however, he has shot just 38.6 percent from the field despite connecting on 36.8 percent of his shots from three. He is definitely worth watching on the defensive end, though, with three multi-steal games in his last four outings. 


No Bledsoe, but lots of young talent

The Suns remain without point guard Eric Bledsoe, their highest-paid player and second leading scorer last season. Bledsoe is embroiled in an epic mess with the Suns' front office and is likely to be traded at some point. His absence leaves a big hole, but the Suns do have a nice young team.

Devin Booker is the main attraction. He's just 21 years old but has already established himself as a rising star in the NBA. Through seven games he's averaged 22.1 points, 6.0 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game. T.J. Warren is another recent first round pick. He's putting up 14.9 points and 6.0 rebounds per game at the age of 24. Then, of course, there is Jackson who has star potential.


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Wizards set to have Tim Frazier back against Cavs after nasal fracture surgery

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Wizards set to have Tim Frazier back against Cavs after nasal fracture surgery

The All-Star break came at a good time for Wizards point guard Tim Frazier, who missed their last game before the week off due to nasal fracture surgery.

Frazier was back at the Wizards' practice on Tuesday night at Capital One Arena and expects to play on Thursday when the team returns to action on the road at the Cleveland Cavaliers.

"I feel good. I feel like I can go out there and help them compete," he said.


Frazier, 27, had surgery to repair his broken nose on Feb. 11 after he was knocked out of the previous night's game between the Wizards and Bulls. Frazier collided face-first with the knee of Bobby Portis and was immediately ushered to the locker room with blood streaming from his nose.

Following the procedure, Frazier had to battle through pain and breathing issues. He feels much better now and had no complications after participating in a full practice.

The challenge now is adjusting to a fitted mask he will have to wear to return to the court. Frazier has never had to wear a mask before in his basketball career.

"[Sweat] was one of the issues today, trying to keep it dry when I'm sweating underneath," he said.

"He looked good," head coach Scott Brooks said. "I thought he would be a little uncomfortable with it, but he seemed fine."


Frazier has been given advice from the Wizards' training staff, as well as teammate Bradley Beal who has had to wear a mask twice before in his career.

"Brad said that after a while you get used to it. Nobody wants to wear it for the rest of their careers besides Rip Hamilton," Frazier said.

Getting Frazier back is significant for the Wizards, who are already down a point guard with John Wall rehabbing from left knee surgery. Without Frazier against the Knicks on Wednesday, the Wizards had to use Beal and Otto Porter to bring the ball up at times. Now, with Tomas Satoransky and Frazier, they have a starting point guard and a backup who is used to playing the position.

They could have three point guards, as the Wizards continue to weigh their options in free agency. They have to add a player within the next two days to meet the league's minimum roster requirement. Most of the free agents they have evaluated have been point guards as they aim to compensate for Wall's absence, which could last well into the month of March.


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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Wizards have big questions to answer coming out of All-Star break

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Wizards have big questions to answer coming out of All-Star break

On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman, Chase Hughes and Chris Miller look ahead to the biggest questions the Wizards need to answer after the All-Star break. They also explain why Bradley Beal proved a lot in his first All-Star Game appearance.

They also unveiled a new segment involving guessing Wizards players based on their social media captions.

You can listen to the episode right here:

You can download the podcast on Apple Podcasts right here and on Google Play. If you like the show please tell your friends!