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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…

WASHINGTON WIZARDS at MIAMI HEAT

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.

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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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Beal makes his case in win over Cavs

Beal makes his case in win over Cavs

The Washington Wizards beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 124-112 on Thursday night. Here are five takeaways from what went down...

1. Just before tip-off, the NBA announced it's 2019-20 All-Star starters and not included in the Eastern Conference backcourt was Bradley Beal. Boston's Kemba Walker and Atlanta's Trae Young instead got the honors.

Whether Beal knew that fact when he took the floor or not, he put in a performance against the Cavs that should add to his case for being a reserve. The two-time All-Star followed up a 38-point gem against the Heat with 36 points against Cleveland just one night later. He also had eight assists and shot 15-for-22 (68.2%) from the field and 4-for-8 from three.

Beal now has the fourth-most 30-point games in the NBA since the start of last season with 40 of them. Only James Harden (86) Gianiis (54) and Damian Lillard (45) have more.

This 30-point game helped the Wizards bounce back from a loss the night before in Miami. Washington is now 15-29 on the season and 5-5 in their last 10 games.

2. In his previous six games since returning from a quad injury, Davis Bertans had put up some solid numbers and shown flashes. Against the Cavs, though, he did what we saw him to much more often a few months ago when he was healthy.

Bertans not only lit a spark off the bench, but he did so in microwave fashion. He had 14 of his 17 points in the first half, including three consecutive threes in the second quarter to force a timeout as the Wizards' lead grew to 14. That marked a big turnaround after Washington trailed by as many as 12 in the first quarter.

Bertans helped lead a monster effort from the Wizards' bench as a whole. They outscored the Cavs' second unit, 59-34. The Wizards are second in the NBA in bench scoring and that is despite all of the injuries they have dealt with in recent months. Now that they are nearly whole, the bench is becoming even stronger.

 

3. The Thomas Bryant situation is getting more interesting as each game passes. He has now been back six games and has been kept between roughly between 12 and 21 minutes a night. He played 17 minutes against the Cavs and contributed nine points and three rebounds.

Bryant is a big man coming off a foot injury, so the Wizards have incentive to play it safe and maintain a minutes restriction. But it has now been nearly two weeks since he came back.

Is it as simple as a minutes limit or is Ian Mahinmi's improved play having a domino effect on Bryant? The more Bryant plays limited minutes, the more that could become evident, if this is indeed performance based. 

Mahinmi, by the way, had seven points, seven rebounds and played strong defense, helping the Wizards to hold Tristan Thompson to six points and three rebounds.

4. Much like last week when the Wizards saw the Pistons and Andre Drummond, watching this game was reminder that Kevin Love is reportedly available in trades. That begs the natural question of where he would fit, if he gets dealt soon, like before the Feb. 6 deadline.

Some might argue the Wizards as an option, given their best players are guards and Love would technically complement them well. Given his age and contract, however, it would probably be too much of a risk for the Wizards.

The Blazers seem like they could use him and the Raptors could also be interesting. He would also fit well with the Rockets, though they probably don't have enough trade assets to get him.

What about the Timberwolves? They have disappointed this year and need to find Karl-Anthony Towns some help. Love wouldn't be joining a contender, as he probably hopes to, but it could be an interesting story if he goes back to the team he started with. And him and Towns would be a tough duo to stop given how well they rebound and stretch the floor.

Speaking of Love, he had the viral moment of the night when he pretended to resuscitate Beal. 

5. Backup center Anzejs Pasecniks was back in the mix after missing two games due to a left ankle injury. And not only was he available, he actually got some burn.

Pasecniks played 15 minutes and scored four points to go along with three rebounds. So, even with Bryant and Bertans back from injury, and Johnathan Williams III still getting minutes, Pasecniks maintains a role in the rotation.

That could change once other players come back. Moe Wagner, in particular, will probably take minutes away from him at the backup center spot. But Pasecniks still hanging around in the rotation is a testament to him and the way he has played. No one predicted he would play this much of a factor this season.

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Bradley Beal among elite company with 40th 30-point game over last two seasons

Bradley Beal among elite company with 40th 30-point game over last two seasons

Bradley Beal secured his 40th three-point outing since the start of last season Thursday night with an efficient 36 points on 15-of-22 shooting. He surpassed Paul George for the fourth-most 30-point games over the last two seasons and now trails only Damian Lillard, Giannis Antetokounmpo and James Harden. 

The Wizards have not been a good team over the last two seasons, but for Beal to be in the company of two MVP's shows just how much he's grown as the leader of this team. 

The updated leaderboard for this elite scoring class now goes as follows:

Harden: 86
Antetokounmpo: 54
Lillard: 45
Beal: 40

Beal has tallied 15 30-point games this season while no other Wizard has more than one. He's well on pace to get more than 25, which was last season's total, and he's doing it on inferior shooting numbers.

 

Beal's shooting percentage (45.2 percent) is his worst mark since 2015-16, and he's never shot below 35 percent from three, let alone the 31.6 percent clip he has now. 

He's certainly had more opportunity to play with the ball in his hands given all the time John Wall has missed over the last two seasons, but it takes a special type of offensive player to score 30 points as many times as the likes of Lillard, Harden and Antetokounmpo. 

It'll be difficult to catch Harden and Antetokounmpo since they're on a different level as scorers. If Beal can stay hot through a light schedule right before the All-Star break, there's no reason to think he can't pass Lillard on this list. 

That's assuming Lillard doesn't score 30 over the next two weeks, which most likely won't happen. 

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