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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…


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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Current, former NBA players to Zion Williamson after knee injury: Sit out until the NBA draft

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Current, former NBA players to Zion Williamson after knee injury: Sit out until the NBA draft

Duke's freshman forward Zion Williamson is the biggest name in college basketball. So big, that if you just say 'Zion' people automatically know who you are talking about.

When the 18-year-old phenom slipped and tore through his Nike sneaker Wednesday night against North Carolina resulting in him suffering what coach Mike Krzyzewski called a "mild right knee sprain," questions about protecting his future arose.

Expected to be the No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, seeing Williamson go down and unable to return now has current and former NBA players calling for him to sit out the remainder of the season to protect his stock.

Duke felt the loss of Williamson as the Tar Heels went on to win 88-72. How much time Williamson will miss will become clearer Thursday, but is sitting out the season something he should, and will, consider?

Earlier this month, Williamson told Sports Hub Triad‘s Josh Graham that he didn't commit to Duke just to sit on the sideline.

“I just can’t stop playing," Williamson said. "I’d be letting my teammates down. I’d be letting Coach K down. I’d be letting a lot of people down. If I wanted to sit out, I wouldn’t have went to college. I came to Duke to play.”

Heading into Wednesday's rivalry, the freshman was averaging 21.6 points-per-game, 8.8 total rebounds and a 68.3 field goal percentage. Ranked No. 1 in college basketball, a national championship appearance with him at the forefront is likely. 

Williamson does have a $8 million loss of value insurance policy that Duke paid for should he be selected 16th or later in the NBA draft, according to The Action Network's Darren Rovell. Injury or not, it's unlikely he would even drop that far. 

Former NBA star Scottie Pippen suggested Williamson shut it down for this very reason back in January.

"I think he's done enough for basketball, college basketball, that it's more about him personally now," Pippen said on ESPN's The Jump. "I think for him as a young player that I would shut it down. I would stop playing because I feel that he could risk a major injury that could really hurt his career." 

The extent and significance of his injury will become clearer over the next few weeks, but don't expect this debate to be settled any time soon.


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Barack Obama had front row seat to Zion Williamson injury: 'His show broke'

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Barack Obama had front row seat to Zion Williamson injury: 'His show broke'

Former President Barack Obama is just like us.

While attending Wednesday night's North Carolina vs. Duke game, Obama had a front-row seat to Zion Williamson's wild shoe-breaking move. He was just as shocked as the rest of us.

Just 36 seconds into one of the greatest rivalries in college basketball, Williamson was making a move towards the basket when his left foot slipped. Trying to find enough balance to counter his collapsing leg, the 6-foot-7, 285 pound player took to his right leg causing his sneaker to completely tear apart. Zion, who is a big enough superstar that he can be recognized just by his first name, then left the game and did not return with what Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski described as a "mild right knee sprain." 

Zion's rookie season has been headlined by his monster-like ability, but tearing a Nike shoe apart is something not even the 44th President of the United States has seen before.

After the game, Obama tweeted his well wishes to the 18-year-old. 

Duke felt the loss of Zion as the Tar Heels went on to win 88-72. How much time the predicted No. 1 overall pick of the 2019 NBA Draft will miss will become clearer Thursday. Duke heads up to No. 7 Syracuse Saturday.

"When you lose the leading candidate for national player of the year, you have a lot of adjusting to do," Coach K said after the game.