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Wizards at Warriors: TV, live stream and radio info, things to watch

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Wizards at Warriors: TV, live stream and radio info, things to watch

John Wall, Bradley Beal and the Washington Wizards battle Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and the Golden State Warriors 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 AT GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS

Where: Oracle Arena
Tip-off: 10:30 p.m.
TV: NBC Sports Washington (coverage begins at 9:30 p.m. with Wizards HangTime)
Live stream: NBCSportsWashington.com
Radio: 1500 AM

Three things to watch...

Measuring stick

It may sound cliché, and some Wizards may not publicly admit it, but any time a team faces the Golden State Warriors these days it represents a good test of where they are at. That is true every year for every defending champions, but the Warriors are an even more extreme case. With Kevin Durant in stow, they are one of the most talented teams in NBA history and are favored in essentially every matchup.

Some may say the Wizards are catching the Warriors at a good time, if there is such a thing. They are 3-2 with losses to the Rockets (at home) and the Grizzlies. They just beat the Raptors, but by only five points. Clearly, the Warriors haven't hit their stride yet and the Wizards could capitalize. That said, the Wizards haven't played their best basketball, either. None of their three wins left them completely satisfied and they just lost to the lowly Lakers. Now they have to bounce back against the NBA's best team.

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Wall's chance to shine

All summer John Wall talked about improving on the defensive end. He even set the goal to make first-team All-Defense this season after Kobe Bryant chimed in. Now Wall gets a shot at a two-time MVP and one of the best guards in the NBA in Stephen Curry. 

Last year Curry averaged 33.5 points per game against the Wizards, so the recent history hasn't been great for Wall in the defense department. But what better way to set a tone for his new defensive self than to shut down Curry? If Wall is to truly push for All-Defense, these are the matchups he needs to look forward to and rise to the occasion for.

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Frontcourt is banged up

The injuries are really piling up for the Wizards' frontcourt. Markieff Morris remains out following sports hernia surgery, though he should be back relatively soon. Jason Smith returned last game but had his sprained right shoulder taped up. He is a right-handed shooter and makes his money setting screens, two things that his shoulder will affect. And now Ian Mahinmi is dealing with a sprained left ankle. We don't know yet if Mahinmi will play.

The Warriors aren't a frontcourt-heavy team, but those are the guys that help protect the rim for the Wizards. Durant and Green will be tough to cover with those guys out and/or limited, putting extra pressure on the Wizards' wing defenders to stop the ball.

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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.

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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."

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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!