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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.

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Raptors GM Masai Ujiri on staying in Toronto: 'In my mind, I'm here'

Raptors GM Masai Ujiri on staying in Toronto: 'In my mind, I'm here'

Just a few weeks ago, the Masai Ujiri-to-D.C. movement was gaining steam quickly. Just moments after Ujiri and the Toronto Raptors began celebrating their NBA Championship, reports began to swirl that the Wizards were prepared to aggressively pursue the GM.

Sources told NBC Sports Washington that there could be the possibility of a sort of mega-deal that went beyond just giving him control of the Wizards. But Wizards owner Ted  Leonsis denied earlier this month that the team had reached out, saying that "we have never planned in any way to ask for permission to speak to him during our process."

And on Tuesday, Uriji seemed to make it official that he will stay in Toronto.

"I love it here, my family loves it here. My wife loves it here, which is very important. My kids are Canadians. You want to win more, for me," Ujiri said on Tuesday during his end-of-season press conference.

"Yeah, I can continue to address teams wanting me and all those things. That's a blessing in life," Ujiri said. "For me the blessing is being wanted here and finding a place that makes you happy, and finding challenges that really make you grow as a person. This place has made me grow as a person."

"I identify with this place and I love it. So in my mind, I'm here."

On paper, Ujiri and the Wizards looked to be a good match. Washington could offer him money and control, while also allowing him to work with his "Basketball without Borders" program in D.C.

As NBC Sports' Tom Haberstroh explained recently, the Raptors late-season championship run could have messed up the timing and situation that could have lured Ujiri to a new team.

The Wizards made it through the NBA Draft without a new GM, but as July and free agency approach, the search may continue to ramp up.

The answer is still out there, it just may not be Masai Ujiri anymore.

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Bradley Beal on Wizards draftee Rui Hachimura: 'He's a monster'

Bradley Beal on Wizards draftee Rui Hachimura: 'He's a monster'

The Wizards added two pieces during the 2019 NBA Draft that franchise expects to be vital pieces of their future in Gonzaga's Rui Hachimura at No. 9 and Tennessee's Admiral Schofield at No. 42

Before Monday night's 2018-19 NBA Awards ceremony, NBC Sports Washington's Chris Miller caught up with the two faces of the franchise, Bradley Beal and John Wall, to see what they thought of the new additions to the squad.

Beal had high praise for Hachimura.

"I didn't know much," Beal said on what he knew about the Gonzaga product prior to the draft. "But from what I've seen watching the draft and things I've seen pre-draft and things like that, he's a monster."

The praise did not stop there. 

"He plays hard, extremely hard," Beal said. "Hopefully, he can have an impact right away." 

While an immediate impact would be beneficial for a Wizards team that could use Hachimura's scoring (he averaged 19.7 points per game at Gonzaga), Beal understands that Hachimura is still a very raw player. After all, he's only been playing basketball for eight years.

"But at the same time, we want him to grow," Beal said on Hachimura. "We know he hasn't been playing too long. But that's something we can build off of and mold him into the player we need him to be. He has tremendous upside, and I'm excited to get going. Hopefully, come September, October he's ready to go."

While Beal may not have known too much about Hachimura, he had followed the other Wizards draft pick, Admiral Schofield, for quite some time. 

"I love his game; I loved him in college," Beal said on Schofield. 

Beal joked about Schofield's body type, wondering whether basketball is the sport the Wizards second-round pick should be playing.

"He's got a football body. He's built like a tight end, wide receiver," Beal said. "I'm definitely happy that we have him, a fellow SEC guy. Him and [Jordan] McRae are going to hit it off. He can shoot, he's athletic, so I'm definitely excited to have him as well."

While Wall did not go into as much detail as Beal about the Wizards draft class, he was just as excited about the two new additions.

"I think it's good," Wall said. "We added some pieces [in the draft], [we'll] see what we do in free agency to add some guys to bring back or we're going to go after somebody new. I think we'll be fine."

According to head coach Scott Brooks, both Beal and Wall can identify talent very well

"The thing I love about John and Brad: they love the game," Brooks said last week. "You can call them up, there could be high school players, WNBA players, it could be college players, it could be European players, they know them."

"It's like, 'don't you guys have a life?'" Brooks joked.

Wall spent most of his time with NBC Sports Washington's Chris Miller discussing his Achilles rehab, where he revealed he is going to begin jogging soon. That's a good sign for the Wizards, even though Wall s expected to miss the majority of the 2019-2020 season.

In Hachimura and Schofield, the Wizards got two pieces that are not expected to contribute right away, but also potentially have the ability to do so. Earning high praise from the two most important players on the Wizards' roster is a good start for both of the Wizards 2019 NBA Draft selections. 

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