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

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

The Washington Wizards play at the Boston Celtics on Wednesday 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 BOSTON CELTICS

Where: TD Garden
Tip-off: 8 p.m.
TV: CSN (coverage begins at 7:30 p.m.)
Live stream: CSNmidatlantic.com
Radio: 1500 AM

Three things to watch...

Back-to-back, road issues

The Wizards eclipsed the .500 mark for the first time this season with their win over the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday night, but they won't be able to enjoy that very long. They have a quick turnaround with a game at the Boston Celtics on Wednesday in the second leg of a back-to-back set. The Celtics currently hold the third-best record in the Eastern Conference at 23-15 and are a solid 11-6 at home.

There are several other factors at play that are worth watching. For one, the Wizards have been awful in the second games of back-to-backs. They are just 1-6 in those scenarios, having lost four straight going back to Nov. 17. And on the road, the Wizards have had some trouble. Though they won their last road game on Sunday in Milwaukee, the Wizards are just 4-12 away from D.C. Only the 8-29 Brooklyn Nets have fewer road wins among NBA teams.

[RELATED: Wizards hope for better start against Celtics]

Horford faces Wizards

The Wizards beat the Celtics at home in their first matchup on Nov. 9 and they did so despite seeing Bradley Beal leave the game in the first half with a hamstring injury. But Boston was also down a key player with Al Horford sidelined at the time with a concussion.

On Wednesday, the Wizards will get their first look at Horford on the Celtics since he joined them in free agency. The Wizards met with Horford and were reported by some as a finalist, but the veteran big man chose Boston instead. Whether that means anything to the Wizards players themselves is unknown, but it will surely be noted by fans. Horford, by the way, is scoring 15.3 points and dishing out a career-high 4.9 assists, but his 6.8 rebounds per game and 45.2 field goal percentage are both career-lows.

Wall vs. Smart

Wednesday will also offer a rematch between John Wall and Marcus Smart. Wall was ejected in that Nov. 9 game for a hard foul on Smart with 5:24 left in the fourth quarter. Wall ran up to Smart and took him to the ground while Smart was bringing the ball up the floor. It earned Wall his second ejection in as many games.

That play was the culmination of a frustrating and physical night for Wall and the Wizards. He thought he was stepped on purposefully by a Celtics player and targeted in the head on a layup by another. Avery Bradley was included in Wall's ire, but he may not play Wednesday due to an Achilles strain. Whether he does play or not, watch for Wall to have a little extra motivation in this game.

[RELATED: Wall would be 'disappointed' not to make All-NBA team]

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‘Grateful for the opportunity’ A tale of the second Capital City Go-Go open tryouts

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‘Grateful for the opportunity’ A tale of the second Capital City Go-Go open tryouts

The Washington Wizards G League affiliate, the Capital City Go-Go, held their second open local player tryouts at the Entertainment and Sports Arena Saturday morning in Southeast D.C.

Over 100 hopefuls filed into the arena with plans to impress Go-Go General Manager, Pop Mensah-Bonsu, head coach Ryan Richman, and his staff. 

Although each player in attendance has a unique path that’s led them here, they all shared one simple, yet intricate goal:

One shot in the G League. 

Adam Stanford, a prospect from California, traveled on a red eye to make the tryout on a less-than-ideal amount of sleep.

“My plane left at midnight from LAX, I had a two-hour layover in Denver, made it to Reagan National at five, checked into my hotel at six, took an hour nap and then Ubered here for tryouts,”  he said. 

“If I made this team it’d be big. Not just for me but for everyone who knows what I’ve been through from college to now.” 

Stanford is a 6-foot-4 wing from Campbellsville University, where he averaged 7 points, 5 rebounds, and was an academic All-American. 

Even with his positive outlook on the process, and an impressive showing Saturday morning, Stanford’s name wasn’t called for a follow-up workout later in the afternoon. 

The harsh reality that your chances are extremely slim to make a G League roster from an open tryout can be a tough pill to swallow, but as a guy who’s been on the opposite end of the chopping block, Mensah-Bonsu had an immense amount of respect for those who showed up to compete Saturday.

“Personally it’s tough because I never wanted to be that guy to read out the numbers of those who did make the team, and skip over those who didn’t,” Mensah-Bonsu said, “it’s heartbreaking. We always anticipate what the DMV has to offer in terms of the wealth of talent in this area.

"I was pleasantly surprised because we ended up selecting 15 guys to stick around for the afternoon portion, but going into this we were only planning to pick five.” 

Those who made the cut won’t be announced until a later date, which leaves the larger point of how those who were passed on respond?

The all-time leading scorer in Peach Sun Belt Conference history, Detrek Browning, was in attendance Saturday and put on a show. His combination of quickness, deep range shooting ability, and a knack for loose balls/putbacks captured the attention of every media member in attendance. 

However, his name wasn’t called for the next round of tryouts. 

Still, in a state of shock, he delivered words of encouragement not just for his self, but others to turn to after a similar letdown. 

“I for sure thought I was going to get a place here, but you just gotta focus and move on,” Browning said. “I quit my job in June to focus on basketball and it’s been paying off. I’ve seen my game increase exponentially.

“I did my best and that’s what matters,” he added. “I appreciate them not picking me up, it’s just going to make me work even harder.”

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Elena Delle Donne thanks makers of face mask, knee brace after 2nd MVP honors

Elena Delle Donne thanks makers of face mask, knee brace after 2nd MVP honors

Most MVP award winners thank coaches, parents and anyone who helped them become great. Elena Delle Donne is not most people.

The Washington Mystic's superstar forward had a lot to be thankful for after receiving the second MVP honors of her career, creating a long list on Twitter. Some injury-preventing accessory manufacturers made their way high up on her list.

Delle Donne became the first woman player to shoot 50/40/90 splits over the course of an entire WNBA season this year, but she was perhaps more grateful for the apparrel that allowed her to stay on the court: her knee brace and face mask. 

The Delaware native often deflects praise onto her teammates and coaches when receiving accolades, but when EDD's knee is being held together by her bulky brace and her nose is feeling protected after a fracture earlier in the season, they definitely deserve the thanks. 

She had a gruesome knee scare in a Game 2 loss to the Atlanta Dream in the playoffs last season, and even missed some early season games this year in recovery. Still, Delle Donne wouldn't let her knee keep her out of action, as her 31 regular season starts were the most games she's played since 2015. It's been evident she's had an edge all season to help her Washington Mystics get back to the Finals, and this time finish the job. 

Delle Donne's face mask has also been somewhat of a fashion trend in recent weeks with star athletes around the District. Wizards all-star guards John Wall and Bradley Beal along with Redskins runing back Derrius Guice, all wore the face masks in solidarity when they came to support the Mystics at the Entertainment and Sports Arena. 

Despite Delle Donne's nose having been fully recovered, she's kept the face mask on during games for style and reassurance. Considering these ailments, it's impressive Delle Donne's shooting touch not only hasn't been affected, but instead has improved. 

After a Game 2 win over the Las Vegas Aces, Delle Donne and Co. have the opportunity to make their season mantra come true and #RunItBack to a second straight WNBA Finals appearance. 

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