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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.

[RELATED: Jae Crowder: Looking ahead to showdown with Wizards contributes to Celtics' loss to Sixers]

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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Ted Leonsis maintains optimism amid harsh reality of John Wall injury

Ted Leonsis maintains optimism amid harsh reality of John Wall injury

CAPITAL ONE ARENA -- It might be quite a while before we see John Wall on the court playing for the Wizards again.

It was already well-known Wall will miss extended time as he recovers from a ruptured Achilles tendon, a rehab that usually takes at least 11 months. But it is starting to sound more and more like he won't play in the 2019-20 season at all.

Wizards managing partner Ted Leonsis shared that harsh reality on Monday during a press conference at Capital One Arena.

"Our highest-paid player, our five-time All-Star, may not play at all next year. He probably won't play at all next year," Leonsis said.

If Wall follows the general timeline for the surgery, he could come back sometime early in 2020. A 12-month recovery would have him return in early February.

If Wall missed all of next season, he would return to start the 2020-21 campaign after a 20-month recovery. That would be nearly double the rehab time many players have taken for the same injury over the years. He would be 30 years old by then.

But Wall and the Wizards have reason to be extra patient. He is entering the first season of a four-year, $170 million supermax contract. Punting the first year, even if he is making $38 million, could be worth it in the long run if it means he returns to his All-Star form.

The Wizards are also likely to have a gap year of sorts anyways. They retooled their roster with young, inexperienced players. The odds they make the playoffs this season are lower than they have been in years. The Wizards are taking the long view and they know getting Wall's rehab right is paramount.

Leonsis and team officials currently get daily reports on Wall's progress. After making the supermax investment, they are taking extra measures to ensure he is holding up his end of the bargain. The Wizards closely monitor his weight and have a rotation of physical therapists working with him every day.

If it were up to Wall, he would be more likely to return next season. The team is the side taking extra caution.

"Trust me, nobody wants to get back to the court more than John Wall," GM Tommy Sheppard told NBC Sports Washington. 

"But I've tried to manage this with him and say there is no calendar or clock that is going to tell you to come back. You're going to come back when you're 100 percent healthy. Anybody who has watched him in the playoffs play with broken hands and all of the aches and pains he's had over the years and he still showed up and played at a high, high level. You know you need to monitor him a little more than most. That's the kind of player that is going to try to sneak back on the court any time he can."

What Leonsis said publicly has been the belief behind the scenes in the Wizards organization for quite some time. They are preparing for next season as if he won't play, 

"We have to see if John Wall comes back and how he looks and how he plays," Leonsis told NBC Sports Washington. "If John Wall can come back at 80 percent the year after [in 2020-21], I would be really happy because then we would have a great, great backcourt."

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SPOILER ALERT! Wizards make appearance in New York Times crossword on Sunday

SPOILER ALERT! Wizards make appearance in New York Times crossword on Sunday

Fans of both crossword puzzles and the Washington Wizards had a leg-up when completing the New York Times crossword puzzle on Sunday. 

The clue: "Wizards, but not witches."

The answer: 7 letters, "NBATEAM." 

This isn't the first time famous crosswords have included sports-related clues. The Washington Post and LA Times have used Bobby Orr as an answer many of times (trust me, we always have a half-finished crossword puzzle hiding somewhere in our living room). 

But athletes aren't the only answers to clues. Remember when the Post's Isabelle Khurshudyan revealed the Washington Capitals' "cult of crossword men" back in 2016?

The New York Times even published a list of the top-10 sports names to know for crossword fanatics everywhere. 

Just further proof that sports continue to permeate every aspect of life. 

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