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John Wall to sit out Team USA showcase

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John Wall to sit out Team USA showcase

John Wall showed up for USA Basketball's two-day workout session in Las Vegas but won't play in Thursday's Showcase game.

No, he didn't get cut, again. In fact, the majority of the top NBA players won't play in the Blue-White scrimmage at UNLV, including LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry. And Chris Paul. And Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook and you get the point. However, the Washington Wizards will have representation as USA Basketball announced the nine-player teams for Thursday's scrimmage (10:30 p.m., ESPN2).

Bradley Beal will play for the Blue team along with Harrison Barnes, DeMar DeRozan, Andre Drummond, Kenneth Faried, Rudy Gay, Amir Johnson, Victor Oladipo and Elfrid Payton.

Blake Griffin, Kawhi Leonard, DeMarcus Cousins and Klay Thompson headlined the White team. Arron Afflalo, Michael Carter-Williams, Draymond Green, Terrance Jones, Mason Plumlee and C.J. Watson.

Wall did miss time during the NBA playoffs after fracturing his wrist, but there is no indication the injury relates to his absence. He participated in Tuesday's workout.

Players were invited if not summoned to Las Vegas if they wanted to remain in consideration for the 2016 Rio Olympics. Wall is among a deep group of point guards while Beal's perimeter shooting gives him a puncher's chance considering the perimeter-heavy aspect of international competition.

If you're wondering, no, C.J. Watson is not really in play for the Olympic team. Some of these players - Johnson, Payton, Afflalo Jones and Watson - were late additions to play in the scrimmage. 

Don't put any weight into game performances with regards to Rio. The main objectives are put on a good show and most of all, stay healthy.

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2018-19 NBA power rankings: John Wall has Wizards rising, same with LeBron James and the Lakers

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2018-19 NBA power rankings: John Wall has Wizards rising, same with LeBron James and the Lakers

The start to the 2018-19 NBA season did not go smoothly for a handful of teams. The Wizards started 2-9, but have since won three straight. The Lakers, with LeBron James leading the way, started 2-5 but have won six of their last seven games.

Even the Rockets, considered one of the top contenders for the 2018-19 NBA championship, started slow, losing five of their first six games. But since the calendar switched from October to November, the Rockets turned things around, having won six of eight.

Click here to view the latest 2018-19 NBA Power Rankings

What about the reigning NBA champion Golden State Warriors. Steph Curry and company lost just once in their first 11 games, but have dropped three of their last five games amid turmoil between Kevin Durant and Draymond Green. The Warriors are still clearly the favorites to win the NBA title again, but are they still perched atop our power rankings?

Here is a look at all 30 teams...

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Wizards vs. Nets: Time, TV Channel, Live Stream, How to Watch

Wizards vs. Nets: Time, TV Channel, Live Stream, How to Watch

The Wizards (5-9) look to extend their win streak to four games when they host the Brooklyn Nets (6-9) at Capital One Arena Friday night (7 p.m., NBC Sports Washington).

A brutal west coast trip to start, along with the absence of Dwight Howard, provided an early-season setback for the Wizards. But thanks to consecutive wins over the Heat, Magic and Cavaliers, a 2-9 start is now quickly trending upward.

The Nets enter the Friday night game with a 3-6 road record and have lost their three previous games. Brooklyn will also be without the services of leading scorer Caris LeVert, who suffered a gruesome leg injury in the team's 120-113 loss to the Timberwolves on Monday night.  Brooklyn's start big man, Jarrett Allen, is questionable for the game having missed the Nets' previous two games with an illness.

Tune into NBC Sports Washington for pregame, postgame and live game coverage of Wizards vs. Nets. 

WIZARDS VS. NETS HOW TO WATCH:

What: Washington Wizards vs. Brooklyn Nets, 2018 NBA Regular Season, Game 15

Where: Capital One Arena, Washington, D.C.

When: Friday, November 16 at 7:00 p.m. ET

TV Channel: Wizards-Nets will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington (Channel Finder)

Live Stream: You can stream Wizards vs. Nets live on NBC Sports Washington's live stream page and the MyTeams by NBC Sports App. After the game tonight, Wizards Postgame Live and Wizards Outsiders are streaming exclusively on the MyTeams app. Download MyTeams now for full postgame coverage and 24/7 Wizards news.

Radio: Wizards Radio Network, 1500 AM

WIZARDS vs. NETS TV SCHEDULE:

6:00 PM: Wizards Outsiders 
6:30 PM: Wizards Pregame Live
7:00 PM: Wizards vs. Nets
9:30 PM: Wizards Postgame Live (MyTeams App Exclusive)
10:00 PM: Wizards Outsiders (MyTeams App Exclusive)

WIZARDS vs. NETS INJURY REPORT:

Wizards: NONE

Nets: Caris LeVert (OUT, leg), Jarrett Allen (Questionable, Illness), Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (Questionable, ankle)

WIZARDS vs. NETS SERIES HISTORY: 

Number of all-time Meetings: 187 games (2 playoff games)

Regular Season Record: Wizards lead series 99-86

Playoff Record: Wizards lead series 2-0

Last Meeting: Wizards beat Nets 119-113 (OT) on 1/13/2018

Last 10: Wizards lead 8-2

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