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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

John Wall, Bradley Beal and the Washington Wizards battle Isaiah Thomas, Al Horford and the Boston Celtics on Monday night as they aim to continue rising the ranks of the NBA's Eastern Conference.

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: 7:30 p.m.
TV: CSN (coverage begins at 7 p.m.)
Live stream: CSNmidatlantic.com
Radio: 1500 AM

Three things to watch...

Tiebreaker on the line

Monday night's matchup between the Wizards and Celtics will get plenty of attention for a variety of reasons. Of course much of the talk will deal with the animosity between the two teams that already this season saw John Wall and Jae Crowder fined for a postgame altercation and the famous all-black, funeral game effort by the Wizards on Jan. 24. This is the first game since the Wizards pulled off a major attention-grabbing stunt and then followed through with a double-digit beatdown of a very good Celtics team.

This matchup, however, has way more on the line then just pride and bragging rights. It's the last game between the teams in the regular season and the Wizards have a 2-1 advantage head-to-head. If Washington can win on Monday, they will hold the tiebreaker over Boston in the standings. That would be huge considering the Wizards are currently third in East and just 1 1/2 games behind the Celtics, who are second.

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Morris' and Thomas' status

The Wizards have played each of their last two games without starting power forward Markieff Morris in their lineup, as the big man has been sidelined with an illness. He was a late scratch against the Bulls on Friday night, then missed Saturday night's game in Charlotte.

The Wizards were able to get by without Morris against Chicago with help from Jason Smith and Ian Mahinmi, who each had season-highs in points. Against the Hornets, they weren't as lucky and managed just 93 points as a team, their lowest output since Feb. 26. Only four times this season have they scored less. 

Boston is also dealing with a notable ailment with Isaiah Thomas' bruised right knee. Thomas didn't travel with the team over the weekend and as a result they lost to the Sixers on Sunday. Thomas is the Celtics' best player and things will be much different without him.

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Bradley in, Brown improving

Thomas may not play, but the Celtics will still have All-Defense guard Avery Bradley for a change. He did not appear in the last two meetings between the teams. Bradley did play in the first matchup on Nov. 9 at the Verizon Center. 

Bradley is a tough matchup. He's averaging 16.9 points on 47.1 perecent shooting and 6.2 rebounds per game. He's also among the best defensive guards in the NBA. Even if Thomas can't go, the Wizards' backcourt will have their work cut out for them.

Also worth watching is last year's third overall pick, Jaylen Brown. The rookie is starting to realize his potential with 10 points on 52.3 percent shooting and 4.2 rebounds per game since the All-Star break. He's super athletic and lately has been making it work within Brad Stevens' system.

[RELATED: Wall on Cousins: 'He said he would come to D.C.']

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Celtics and Sixers may go relatively unchanged this offseason, as stars have gone elsewhere

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Celtics and Sixers may go relatively unchanged this offseason, as stars have gone elsewhere

The 2018 NBA offseason in just three weeks has become one of the wildest summers in the league's history between LeBron James signing with the Lakers, and all the characters that followed him, to DeMarcus Cousins surprising everyone to sign with the Golden State Warriors, to Kawhi Leonard getting traded to the Raptors.

As crazy as it all has been, two teams in the Eastern Conference stand out for so far doing very little, either by choice or circumstance. The Celtics and Sixers, the two teams most see as the favorites in the East, appear at least so far to be running it back with the same group of players.

This appears to be the Celtics' intention. After overhauling their roster last summer, they clearly see an opportunity to take a step forward as-is. Boston was one win away from the NBA Finals and will return Gordon Hayward and Kyrie Irving from injury. With James gone to the West, they can improve significanly just by keeping it all together.

Boston re-signed Marcus Smart and Aron Baynes. Their biggest addition this summer so far has been their first round pick, Robert Williams.

The Sixers, unlike the Celtics, didn't appear to plan on doing it this way. They wanted James and missed out. They reportedly had interest in Paul George and Kawhi Leonard, but both went elsewhere. There are no stars left to sign in free agency and the trade market may be drying up.

Philly made some minor moves like trades for Wilson Chandler and Mike Muscala. They may also have a deal for Kyle Korver in the works. They also had two first round picks in Zhaire Smith and Landry Shamet.

There's a chance the Sixers got better than people think, as many of the moves they made seem smart. But they didn't reel in a big fish and will probably come back for the 2018-19 season with a team very similar to the one that made the second round of the playoffs this spring.

The fact the Celtics and Sixers may stand pat is probably a good thing for the rest of the East. Both teams may improve naturally if they are healthier and if their young players continue to ascend. But neither made a game-changing addition, one that would solidify either as an unstoppable superteam in the conference. 

The West is overloaded with title contenders and All-NBA players. The East, meanwhile, is much more open and it may end up staying that way mainly because Boston and Philly have been quiet so far this summer.

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Wizards set introductory press conference for Dwight Howard

Wizards set introductory press conference for Dwight Howard

Wizards team president Ernie Grunfeld has stayed relatively busy this summer crafting his new-look lineup for the 2018-19 season. 

One of the team's key additions, Dwight Howard, is set to be introduced as a member of the Wizards on Monday. 

NBC Sports Washington will air the introductory press conference live at 1 p.m. while also streaming it online.  

Ernie Grunfeld and head coach Scott Brooks are both expected to be in attendance. 

The 32-year-old big man is coming off a 2017-18 season with the Charlotte Hornets in which he averaged 16.6 points and 12.5 rebounds per game. 

Since leaving the Orlando Magic after eight seasons in 2011, Howard has played for four different teams in the last six years. 

Howard is an eight-time all-star and a three-time defensive player of the year. 

 

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