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

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

The Washington Wizards look to make it two wins in a row for the first time this season as they play at the Orlando Magic. Here is all you need to know: TV, live stream and radio info, tip-off time, plus three things to watch…


Where: Amway Center
Tip-off: 7 p.m.
TV: CSN+ (coverage begins at 6:30 p.m.)
Live stream: CSNmidatlantic.com
Radio: 1500 AM

Three things to watch...

Can Beal keep it up?

Monday marked the first time in Bradley Beal's four-year NBA career that he's scored 30 points in consecutive games. Can he go for three straight?

Something has certainly been different lately about Beal, who on Monday set a career-high with 42 points on 14-of-22 shooting. He is attacking the basket more often, with 11 free throw attempts against the Heat, and 5.1 per game this season which is up from his 2.9 career average. That is part of why he's averaging a career-best 20.2 points per game so far.

Beal will hope to play better against the Magic than he did the first time around on Nov. 5. The Wizards guard scored just 15 points in 33 minutes and shot 6-for-17 from the field. He had five fouls and attempted just two free throws. In a game John Wall sat, Beal was not able to do enough to lift the Wizards to victory over a less-accomplished team.

[RELATED: Beal doing more than just shooting threes]

Another low-scoring game possible

The Magic have become an above average defensive team this year in part due to their additions of shotblockers Serge Ibaka and Bismack Biyombo this offseason. They also lack offensive starpower which has led to a lot of low-scoring games for them this season. They rank 29th in points per game and have allowed opponents to score 98.9 per contest, eighth best in the NBA.

Last time the Wizards and Magic squared off, Orlando snuck out with an 88-86 victory, which featured the Wizards' lowest scoring output of the season. That was, however, in a game that Wall did not play as part of his plan to sit the second games of back-to-backs. With Wall in store, there should be a better chance for offense. That said, the Wizards recently played the Heat, who offer a similar style, and that game ended with a 114-111 final score.

Morris and Porter are banged up

Two members of the Wizards' starting lineup may be limited due to minor injuries. Otto Porter left the Wizards' most recent game - a win over the Suns on Monday - with right hip inflammation. He did not practice on Tuesday. Markieff Morris left the Wizards' loss to the Heat on Saturday, did play on Monday, but sat out practices on both Sunday and Tuesday. He twisted his ankle against Miami, but is now listed with a sore foot.

If Porter is out, or even if he's hampered at all, that should mean more of Kelly Oubre, Jr., who did draw rave reviews from coach Scott Brooks after filling in for the final stretch on Monday. Morris is expected to play, but if he is not 100 percent, that could open the door for Jason Smith and Andrew Nicholson to get more run. Nicholson has not played in four of the Wizards' last eight games.

[RELATED: Oubre impresses with defense on Suns' Booker]

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Current, former NBA players to Zion Williamson after knee injury: Sit out until the NBA draft

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Current, former NBA players to Zion Williamson after knee injury: Sit out until the NBA draft

Duke's freshman forward Zion Williamson is the biggest name in college basketball. So big, that if you just say 'Zion' people automatically know who you are talking about.

When the 18-year-old phenom slipped and tore through his Nike sneaker Wednesday night against North Carolina resulting in him suffering what coach Mike Krzyzewski called a "mild right knee sprain," questions about protecting his future arose.

Expected to be the No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, seeing Williamson go down and unable to return now has current and former NBA players calling for him to sit out the remainder of the season to protect his stock.

Duke felt the loss of Williamson as the Tar Heels went on to win 88-72. How much time Williamson will miss will become clearer Thursday, but is sitting out the season something he should, and will, consider?

Earlier this month, Williamson told Sports Hub Triad‘s Josh Graham that he didn't commit to Duke just to sit on the sideline.

“I just can’t stop playing," Williamson said. "I’d be letting my teammates down. I’d be letting Coach K down. I’d be letting a lot of people down. If I wanted to sit out, I wouldn’t have went to college. I came to Duke to play.”

Heading into Wednesday's rivalry, the freshman was averaging 21.6 points-per-game, 8.8 total rebounds and a 68.3 field goal percentage. Ranked No. 1 in college basketball, a national championship appearance with him at the forefront is likely. 

Williamson does have a $8 million loss of value insurance policy that Duke paid for should he be selected 16th or later in the NBA draft, according to The Action Network's Darren Rovell. Injury or not, it's unlikely he would even drop that far. 

Former NBA star Scottie Pippen suggested Williamson shut it down for this very reason back in January.

"I think he's done enough for basketball, college basketball, that it's more about him personally now," Pippen said on ESPN's The Jump. "I think for him as a young player that I would shut it down. I would stop playing because I feel that he could risk a major injury that could really hurt his career." 

The extent and significance of his injury will become clearer over the next few weeks, but don't expect this debate to be settled any time soon.


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Barack Obama had front row seat to Zion Williamson injury: 'His show broke'

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Barack Obama had front row seat to Zion Williamson injury: 'His show broke'

Former President Barack Obama is just like us.

While attending Wednesday night's North Carolina vs. Duke game, Obama had a front-row seat to Zion Williamson's wild shoe-breaking move. He was just as shocked as the rest of us.

Just 36 seconds into one of the greatest rivalries in college basketball, Williamson was making a move towards the basket when his left foot slipped. Trying to find enough balance to counter his collapsing leg, the 6-foot-7, 285 pound player took to his right leg causing his sneaker to completely tear apart. Zion, who is a big enough superstar that he can be recognized just by his first name, then left the game and did not return with what Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski described as a "mild right knee sprain." 

Zion's rookie season has been headlined by his monster-like ability, but tearing a Nike shoe apart is something not even the 44th President of the United States has seen before.

After the game, Obama tweeted his well wishes to the 18-year-old. 

Duke felt the loss of Zion as the Tar Heels went on to win 88-72. How much time the predicted No. 1 overall pick of the 2019 NBA Draft will miss will become clearer Thursday. Duke heads up to No. 7 Syracuse Saturday.

"When you lose the leading candidate for national player of the year, you have a lot of adjusting to do," Coach K said after the game.