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

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

The Washington Wizards play at the Brooklyn Nets 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 BROOKLYN NETS

Where: Barclays Center
Tip-off: 7:30 p.m.
TV: CSN+
Live stream: CSNmidatlantic.com
Radio: 1500 AM

Three things to watch...

Beal is on a roll

The Wizards are off to a disappointing start this season at 6-12 through 18 games, but the single most positive development for them this year so far is the emergence of Bradley Beal as a consistent and efficient scorer. The talent has always been there, and Beal has put up strong numbers bfore but what Beal has down over the last several weeks is a new level for him.

Over his last eight games, since he returned from missing three games due to a hamstring injury, Beal is scoring 27.3 points per game on 50.3 percent shooting. He's hitting 47.1 percent of his threes (4.1 out of 8.8 attempts per game) and getting to the free throw line a solid 4.9 times per contest. Those are All-Star numbers. Beal has been on fire lately and he should have a good opportunity to keep that going against the Nets, who are a very poor defensive team.

[RELATED: Wizards adjust to Brook Lopez]

Lots of offense

The Brooklyn Nets are 5-14 to begin this season largely because of their defense. They allow an NBA-worst 114.2 points per game and have second-worst defensive rating at 111.1. Their opponent's field goal percentage (47.1) is also second-worst and they allow a league-high three-pointers per game (10.7). That last part should excite Beal, who should be able to shoot at will from long range on Monday night.

After going up against teams like the San Antonio Spurs and Oklahoma City Thunder, both of which play strong defense, this should be a good chance for the Wizards to put up more points. The Nets just allowed the Bucks to drop 111 and 112 on back-to-back nights and Milwaukee is in the bottom-third of the league in points per game. Brooklyn has lost nine of their last 10 games overall and defense has been the biggest culprit.

Sean Kilpatrick emerging

Much of the Wizards' focus on Monday will be on Nets All-Star Brook Lopez, who leads Brooklyn with 19.6 points per game. Lopez is even shooting threes this year, hitting 37.3 percent of them on six attempts per game. Before this year he had attempted just 31 threes in eight NBA seasons. This year he has attemped 102 with 38 of them makes.

Lopez will be a factor, but the Nets have another young player emerging in Sean Kilpatrick. Well, he's not that young at 27 but Kilpatrick is finding success in his third NBA season with just 54 games under his belt. This season he's averaging 16.2 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.6 assists at the shooting guard position. Kilpatrick isn't scoring very efficiently with a 41.4 field goal percentage, but he has proven dangerous. Against the Clippers on Nov. 29 he scored 38 points and grabbed 14 boards. Against the Pistons on Nov. 2, he dropped 24 points to go along with 10 rebounds. He went 4-for-4 from three that night.

[RELATED: Film study: Marcin Gortat defends away from rim]

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2017-18 Wizards roster review: Markieff Morris

2017-18 Wizards roster review: Markieff Morris

To wrap up the 2017-18 season, we are looking at each player on the Wizards' roster. Today, we evaluate Markieff Morris' season...

Player: Markieff Morris

Position: Power forward

Age: 28

2017-18 salary: $8 million

2017-18 stats: 73 G, 27.0 mpg, 11.5 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 1.9 apg, 0.8 spg, 0.5 bpg, 48.0 FG%, 36.7 3P%, 82.0 FT%, 53.6 eFG%, 116 ORtg, 112 DRtg

Best game: 12/1 vs. Pistons - 23 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 blocks, zero turnovers, 10-for-16 FG, 2-for-3 3PT

Season review: It took quite a while for Markieff Morris to get healthy in the 2017-18 season. He was sidelined to begin last offseason with the ankle injury he suffered against the Celtics in the playoffs, then in September had surgery on both his abdomen and groin. The sports hernia surgery was known, while the groin procedure was revealed once the season was over.

Morris only missed nine games in the entire season, but took time to find his rhythm early. He averaged just 9.0 points and 4.4 rebounds in 14 games in the month of November. He picked it up after that, though he never quite reached the level we saw from him in 2016-17 in terms of volume production.

Morris played less minutes, took less shots, scored fewer points and grabbed less rebounds than the season before. On the other hand, he was more efficient than ever. Morris shot 48 percent from the field, his best since 2013-14, and posted career-highs in three-point percentage (36.7) and effective field-goal percentage (53.6). 

The Wizards could use more scoring from Morris moving forward, especially at times when one of their primary options is injured, as was the case in 2017-18 when John Wall missed 41 games. An active and engaged Morris changes everything for the Wizards. 

When Morris scored 15 points or more this season, the Wizards went 15-8. The season before, they went 22-9 when he got to the 15-point mark. 

It's a bit difficult to project Morris' role for the 2018-19 season at this point, given the fact he's entering a contract year and the most logical area for the Wizards to make significant changes (if they choose to) is in their frontcourt. Also, as Morris discussed in his exit interview, he knows more time at center in small-ball sets could be in his future.

Regardless of what happens with the team, it's a huge summer for Morris individually. If he sets himself up well for a big year in 2018-19, he could earn a nice payday in what might be his last long-term contract given his age.

Potential to improve: Rebounding, screens, scoring

More player season reviews:

John Wall, PG

Bradley Beal, SG

Otto Porter, SF

Kelly Oubre, Jr., SF

Marcin Gortat, C

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2017-18 Wizards roster review: Marcin Gortat

2017-18 Wizards roster review: Marcin Gortat

To wrap up the 2017-18 season, we are looking at each player on the Wizards' roster. Today, we evaluate Marcin Gortat's season...

Player: Marcin Gortat

Position: Center

Age: 34

2017-18 salary: $12.8 million

2017-18 stats: 82 G, 25.3 mpg, 8.4 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 1.8 apg, 0.5 spg, 0.7 bpg, 51.8 FG%, 67.5 FT%, 51.8 eFG%, 112 ORtg, 107 DRtg

Best game: 10/18 vs. Sixers - 16 points, 17 rebounds, 3 blocks, assist, 7-for-12 FG

Season review: Marcin Gortat is self-aware enough to know that what happened to him in 2017-18 was inevitable in many ways. He even publicly called it before the season.

He was one year older, with Ian Mahinmi healthy and in the rotation, and with the NBA continuing to move towards small-ball and big men who can play on the perimeter. As a result, Gortat saw his role in the Wizards rotation pared down noticeably.

Though he still started all 82 games, his minutes went down from 31.2 per game the year before the 25.3. Kelly Oubre, Jr., who played the majority of the season coming off the bench, logged more minutes than Gortat, though he was a starter.

Gortat's minutes were his fewest since the 2009-10 season, when he was a 25-year-old bench player for the Orlando Magic. His numbers this season followed suit. Gortat's points and rebounds per game were both the lowest since that 2009-10 campaign.

Gortat averaged a career-best 10.4 rebounds per game in 2016-17, but the minutes had a direct effect on his volume of boards. He pulled in 2.4 less per game this season despite his rebound percentage (17.0) being close to his career average (17.5). That career average, by the way, is 30th-best all-time an eighth among active players.

Not getting the same opportunities he had in years past, plus public misunderstandings with teammates, combined to make for a frustrating year for Gortat. He said on the Wizards Tipoff podcast midseason it was the worst year of his career. Gortat, though, did continue to make an impact setting screens for the Wizards and he rallied to finish relatively strong.

He had several solid outings in the playoffs, including his 16 points in Game 3 and his 12 rebounds in Game 5. The question is whether that is the last time we will see Gortat in a Wizards uniform.

Washington has played with the idea of trading Gortat for a while now. He popped up in rumors around the trade deadline in February, but remained on the roster. Now he has an expiring contract working in his favor, making it a bit more likely he gets dealt.

Gortat knows his future in Washington is uncertain, though he said following the season he would like to stay. It would not be surprising to him or anyone if he were traded this summer. If not, he's got one year left with the Wizards and could very well have his role decreased even more.

Potential to improve: Rim protection, midrange shooting, free throw percentage

More player season reviews:

John Wall, PG

Bradley Beal, SG

Otto Porter, SF

Kelly Oubre, Jr., SF

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