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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 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:

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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.

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Markieff Morris stands up for rapper Meek Mill, was happy to see support in Philly

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Markieff Morris stands up for rapper Meek Mill, was happy to see support in Philly

Rap star Meek Mill going back to prison has affected many of his fans, Markieff Morris among them. The Washington Wizards forward is from Philadelphia, like Meek Mill, and loves his music.

Morris posted information for a rally to support Meek Mill earlier this month on his Instagram. Hundreds of fans showed up, including Sixers legend Julius Erving, Eagles players and Rick Ross.

The whole tri-state pull up and support!!

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Morris joined the Wizards Tipoff podcast this week to discuss a series of topics, including Meek Mill. Morris is upset about the situation, but was happy to see the support.

"The city was big. We needed that, man," he said. "For them people to come out, it was a great thing for us, man, to see the support that the city is really behind him 100 percent."

Morris defended Meek Mill's character and pointed to his charitable efforts.

"Meek does a lot of stuff that goes unseen in Philly. He's kind of like us when it comes to showing support for the city and doing stuff while not looking for cameras to be broadcast it that he's doing something nice. He just does it because he's a good person," Morris said.

Meek Mill is going back to prison for violating his probation numerous times over the past several years. He was sentenced to two to four years.

Morris also talked about his relationship with John Wall and Bradley Beal, why he loves playing with Mike Scott, why the Wizards are a tough team and many other subjects.

Listen to the full interview 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!

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