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

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

The Washington Wizards play at the Miami Heat on Monday night. Here is all you need to know: TV, live stream and radio info, tip-off time, plus three things to watch…


Where: American Airlines Arena
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...

Improvement on defense

The Miami Heat are one of the worst scoring teams in basketball, ranking 27th in the NBA in points per game (96.8), 27th in field goal percentage (42.9), 23rd in assists per game (20.1) and 24th in offensive rating (102.9). But for one night at the Verizon Center, on Nov. 19, the Heat did not look the part. They scored a season-high 114 points against the Wizards, including 33 in the first quarter alone.

The Wizards had a lot of trouble with big man Hassan Whiteside, who had 18 points, 18 rebounds and three blocks in the game. Goran Dragic was able to attack the basket at will and finished with 22 points and six assists. This should be a good test for the Wizards to see if they are better off defensively now than they were a month ago. This game does come on the heels of two impressive performances on defense for the Wizards in wins against the Nuggets and the Bucks. If they beat the Heat, the Wizards will have won three straight games for the first time this season.

[RELATED: Antetokounmpo studies Wall, thinks they're similar players]

Can Oubre keep it up?

Second-year forward Kelly Oubre, Jr. is in the middle of the best and most consistent stretch of his NBA career. Over his last seven games, Oubre has scored 9.4 points to go along with 5.9 rebounds and 1.3 steals in 22.5 minutes per night. He's shot 51.1 percent from the field and 40 percent from three on 2.9 attempts per game.

The 2015 first round pick appears to be blossoming before our eyes and his emergence has allowed head coach Scott Brooks more flexibility with his lineups. Now he feels comfortable playing both Oubre and Otto Porter at the same time, along with John Wall and Bradley Beal, in a small-ball set. It puts four players on the court who can wreak havoc with their length and quickness, all the while freely switching on screens. On Monday, though, that lineup will be put to the test with Whiteside down low. If Brooks chooses to rely heavily on the Otto-Oubre combination, it could leave Marcin Gortat alone on an island with Whiteside.

Heat are banged up

Miami continues to deal with injuries to key players and on Monday night will be without Justise Winslow (wrist) and Dion Waiters (groin). Those are three important guys on a team that is already struggling at 7-17 after 24 games.

Winslow, who also missed the first matchup between the Wizards and Heat, leads Miami with 35.9 minutes per game this season. Waiters is fifth on the team with 31.8 minutes per game and Johnson isn't too far behind with 24.4 minutes per game, ninth on the team. Waiters scored 16 in the first game between the Wizards and Heat this season.

Eric Spoelstra's rotation has been stretched quite thin at shooting guard and small forward, and lately is has really hurt them, as the Heat have lost five straight games.

[RELATED: How Wall's pace can neutralize Heat's defense]

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The 2018 NBA Doomsday Mock Draft: A comical look at every team's worst-case scenario


The 2018 NBA Doomsday Mock Draft: A comical look at every team's worst-case scenario

The 2018 NBA Draft takes place on Thursday, June 21 and once again provides a glimmer of hope for even the most downtrodden franchises.

The NBA Draft is where teams can prepare for the future; where teams can rebuild and reload.

But the NBA Draft is often a crapshoot. Teams waffle on taking the best fit versus the best available player. Teams often panic and rest on laurels of draft years past. Fans like to build draft stereotypes for individual franchises, and while a lot of that is stupid Internet conjecture, it's fun to talk about and is often some actual truth to it.

So what follows is a look at the Doomsday Mock Draft. What your favorite team is likely to do if all else fails, which it often does.

1. Phoenix Suns: A franchise center who spends his first contract working with the Suns' medical staff more than his teammates.

2. Sacramento Kings: Someone who won't be a member of the Kings by the time 2022 rolls around.

3. Atlanta Hawks: Someone that will make Dennis Schroder unhappy.

4. Memphis Grizzlies: A Mike Conley Jr. repair kit.

5. Dallas Mavericks: Not the heir apparent to Dirk Nowitzki.

6. Orlando Magic: A reach that won't pan out.

7. Chicago Bulls: Someone from Iowa State, probably.


9. New York Knicks: /inserts .GIF of Spike Lee looking disappointed/

10. Philadelphia 76ers: Another big man because HINKIE 4 LYFE.

11. Charlotte Hornets: A North Carolina Tar Heel.

12. Los Angeles Clippers: A playmate for the head coach's son.

13. Los Angeles Clippers: DeAndre Jordan 2.0.

14. Denver Nuggets: Yet another athletic guard.

15. Washington Wizards: Nope. Not touching this one.

16. Phoenix Suns: Someone to pass Devon Booker the ball.

17. Milwaukee Bucks: Wingspan. Nothing but wingspan.

18. San Antonio Spurs: One of the Space Jam villains who conveniently falls to the Spurs (See: Leonard, Kawhi. Anderson, Kyle. Murray, Dejounte)

19. Atlanta Hawks: Someone to replace Dennis Schroder.

20. Minnesota Timberwolves: Someone who Tom Thibideau can play 60 minutes of a 48-minute game.

21. Utah Jazz: A real glue guy. A gym rat. A high-motor guy. Intangibles. Grit. Moxie. 

22. Chicago Bulls: A two-way player who will ultimately get punched in the face by Bobby Portis.



25. Los Angeles Lakers: The subject of Lonzo Ball's next diss track.

26. Philadelphia 76ers: A pallet of knockoff burner phones.

27. Boston Celtics: A draft night trade for more draft picks they probably won't use.

28. Golden State Warriors: An unfairly good player.

29. Brooklyn Nets: An unfairly bad player.

30. Atlanta Hawks: We ran out of Dennis Schroder jokes.


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NBA Draft 2018: Jerome Robinson likes potential fit with the Wizards

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NBA Draft 2018: Jerome Robinson likes potential fit with the Wizards

With the No. 15 pick in the first round of the 2018 NBA Draft, the Washington Wizards could go any number of different ways Thursday night.

They could bolster their frontcourt and select a big man. They could draft an uber-athletic wing and move more toward positionless basketball. Or the Wizards could take a guard to help build depth in the backcourt behind John Wall and Bradley Beal.

Enter Jerome Robinson, a three-year player at Boston College who led the ACC in three-point percentage and was second in scoring last season. He had a private workout with the Wizards on Wednesday morning, and got the chance to showcase the skill that earned him First Team All-ACC honors during his junior season.

In Washington, Robinson has the opportunity to come in without needing to be a difference-maker right away. He'd primarily be the backup shooting guard behind Beal and could push to see some minutes at the three when the Wizards go small. Though he was the go-to guy in college, he sounded ready to play alongside two stars in Washington.

"They’ve got two All-Star caliber players at the one and the two and I can also be a contributor with those guys as well," Robinson said after his workout. "[They have] a great offense and great defense as well. Also a great coach and front office."

Robinson was the only player to work out for the Wizards on Wednesday, so showing the team what he can do on the court was easy, but it wasn't the only area that drew his focus. He didn't meet with the Wizards at the NBA Combine in Chicago, so the visit also served as an introductory meeting between Robinson and team personnel, he said.

"I’m just coming in and showing them the kind of person that I am. Talking to these guys is important," Robinson said.

Over his three years at Boston College, Robinson turned himself into an excellent three-point shooter and improved in almost every major statistical category. A 40.9 percent three-point shooter as a junior, Robinson brought his average up almost seven percentage points from his sophomore season, when he shot 33.3 percent from deep. He also boosted his field goal percentage from 42.9 to 48.5 percent and his free throw percentage from 64.3 to 83 percent.

The numbers are a testament to his dedication to his craft, but also are evidence of his grasp of the game and how he fits into it. It's one thing in particular he wanted to show the Wizards.

"Just my understanding of the game. I think that’s what’s big and I think that’s something that fits into the NBA seamlessly for me," Robinson said. "Playing the right way and showing them what kind of player I am is what I go in and try to do."

There's no telling exactly which way the Wizards will go Thursday night, but if they end up picking Robinson, there may be an early level of comfort as both he and Wall are from Raleigh, North Carolina.

"It would be awesome to play with another guy from Raleigh," Robinson said. "We’ve got that same kind of grit. You’ve seen what he’s done so far and I think it would be exciting to play with him."

From Capital One Arena, he'll travel to New York to be there for draft night. Maybe by the end of the night, he'll be walking around with a Wizards hat on his head.