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

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

The Washington Wizards play at the San Antonio Spurs 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: AT&T Center
Tip-off: 8:30 p.m.
TV: CSN (coverage begins at 8 p.m.)
Live stream: CSNmidatlantic.com
Radio: 1500 AM

Three things to watch...

Season series finale

It's only Dec. 2, yet the Wizards and Spurs play for the final time this season on Friday night. The two teams squared off just three games ago, on Nov. 26 at the Verizon Center, where the Spurs won 112-100 in a game that wasn't as close as the score would suggest. San Antonio shot 53.3% and coasted to victory behind 24 points from LaMarcus Aldridge, 20 from Tony Parker and 19 from Kawhi Leonard.

The 15-4 Spurs are always a difficult matchup, but this year they have been more vulnerable at home. The Spurs are 11-0 on the road this season, but 4-4 in San Antonio. This is all after the Spurs went 40-1 at home last year. The Wizards, though, have not won in San Antonio in the John Wall and Bradley Beal era. 

[RELATED: Brooks breaks down Wizards beyond X's and O's]

Mahinmi out

The Wizards will once again be without rim protector Ian Mahinmi, as the veteran continues to deal with a sore right knee. He made his season debut in the Wizards' first game against the Spurs after missing six weeks following left knee surgery. But Mahinmi's right knee now hurts and on Friday it will cost him his third straight game.

Mahinmi has already missed 16 games this season, so the Wizards are quite used to playing without him. His absence will mean more playing time for Jason Smith. What will make things even tougher for Washington, however, is the fact Markieff Morris is banged up. He's dealt with twisted ankles and a sore foot recently and will have to run around with LaMarcus Aldridge, who can stretch the floor a bit with his shot. 

Spurs bench

The Wizards had a lot of trouble with the Spurs' bench in their first matchup this season. The game was close until the second quarter when reserve guard Patty Mills entered and started hitting threes. Mills finished with 13 points on 4-of-7 shooting, including three threes on five attempts. Mills also dished four assists in 19 minutes of work.

Jonathan Simmons was another spark off the Spurs' bench. He scored 15 points in 22 minutes to go along with four assists, two steals and a block. His energy and athleticism was tough for the Wizards to deal with. Simmons had a monster putback dunk and a slick chasedown block. With his speed and leaping ability, he's a tough guy to match up with.

[RELATED: VIDEO: Smith tries to play off failed high-five attempt]

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How drawing up a play in the interview process helped sell the Wizards on Troy Brown

How drawing up a play in the interview process helped sell the Wizards on Troy Brown

While meeting with Oregon's Troy Brown during the pre-draft interview process, evaluators from the Washington Wizards issued him an on-the-spot challenge. Head coach Scott Brooks pulled out a dry-erase clipboard and a pen. He wanted to see Brown draw up a play.

This is a test Brooks has administered before to other players. Some have failed miserably.

"It sounds easy to throw a board at somebody in front of a big group and say 'okay draw a play' and I have seen many plays drawn, and I have seen it where there are not five players on the floor," Brooks said.

That wasn't the case with Brown. He didn't just draw up one play, he drew up several. One in particular came to mind when asked by reporters on Thursday night soon after the Wizards took him 15th overall in the first round of the NBA Draft.

“I think it was a situation where we were down by two or something like that," he said. "It was like a back screen into a slip, and then the fade three and they gave you a lot of various options to cause mismatches on the court for a last minute shot to either go ahead, or even attack the basket for a layup to go into overtime.”

NBC Sports Washington analyst Cory Alexander, a veteran of seven NBA seasons, demonstrated what Brown's play looked like on a whiteboard:

The Xs and Os of basketball flow effortlessly for Brown and Wizards' brass couldn't help but be impressed.

"He really understands the game. I think for a kid that is 18 years old, that is rare but he just has a good feel," Brooks said. 

"We were impressed with his character and the type of person he is and his basketball knowledge," team president Ernie Grunfeld said. "Obviously, like any young player, he has a lot of work to do but he has a lot of the intangibles that I think you need in today's game."

Smarts are a big part of what makes Brown a good basketball player. He isn't a particularly explosive athlete, with a modest 33-inch max vertical leap, but he boasts a 6-foot-10 wingspan and solid agility. Being in the right place at the right time and knowing how to operate an offense help him make the most of his natural abilities.

Passing is where his basketball IQ comes in handy. Brown is unusually good at distributing for a 6-foot-7 small forward. He averaged 3.2 assists as a freshman at Oregon and nine times had five assists or more in a game.

He can pass like a point guard and the Wizards are excited to implement that skill into their offense.

"Passing is contagious. We’ve been pretty good the last two years and with talking about that how we even want to take another step," Brooks said. "He has the ability to make a lot of quick plays and his ball handling is pretty good for a guy his size. That is one thing I was impressed in his workout last week or when we had him. He is able to take the contact and use his strong frame to get inside the key and make plays.”


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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Breaking down the Wizards' 2018 draft class


Wizards Tipoff podcast: Breaking down the Wizards' 2018 draft class

On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman, Chase Hughes and Chris Miller analyze the Wizards' two picks the night of the draft.

They went in-depth on first round pick Troy Brown, Jr. and why the Wizards took him when some big names were still on the board. They also broke down why the Wizards chose to pick a draft-and-stash guy in the second round.

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!