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

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

The Washington Wizards play at the Indiana Pacers 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 INDIANA PACERS

Where: Bankers Life Fieldhouse
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...

Oubre, Smith injuries

The Wizards are playing well right now, having won five of their last six, and they've done it despite dealing with a host of injuries. Kelly Oubre, Jr. (mild concussion) missed Sunday's game and is questionable for Monday. He will be re-evaluated in Indianapolis. Jason Smith (right hamstring) also missed Sunday and is considered day-to-day. Ian Mahinimi (right knee) has already been ruled out in his return to Indiana, the team he left to join the Wizards in free agency this past summer.

The Pacers, though, have some notable injuries themselves. Monta Ellis remains out with groin injury and Rodney Stuckey is sidelined with a sore left hamstring. Missing those two cuts into the Pacers' guard depth which is not ideal when you're facing John Wall and Bradley Beal.

[RELATED: John Wall's energy contagious in Wizards' win]

Another measuring stick

The Wizards enjoyed their most convincing win of the season on Sunday at the Verizon Center, a 117-100 victory over the 20-8 Los Angeles Clippers. But on Monday night they have another tough opponent in the Indiana Pacers, a 14-14 team that currently holds the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference. The Pacers are especially good at home with the second-best record in the East at 10-4. The Wizards went 1-2 against the Pacers last season with their only win coming at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse. 

Indiana is among nine teams in the East that currently fall within the range of 12 to 15 losses. The Wizards (12-14) are included in that mix and because those teams are so close together, the Wizards could jump into the playoff picture with a win on Monday despite currently placing 11th in the conference.

Myles Turner an emerging star

The Wizards will see one of the NBA's best young big men on Monday night in Myles Turner, the 11th overall pick of the 2015 draft, a 6-foot-11 stretch-five from Texas. Turner, just 20 years old, is averaging 15.1 points per game on 53.7 percent shooting this season to go along with 7.2 rebounds and 2.3 blocks. 

Turner is a versatile and active young big man who likes to spread the floor with his outside shot. He hits threes at 36.6 percent on 1.5 attempts per game, but has to be watched from 15-20 feet. On defense, he's a legitimate shot blocker and has taken the place of Mahinmi as the Pacers' rim protector.

[RELATED: Oubre travels with Wizards, but status uncertain]

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Wizards owner Ted Leonsis talks Dwyane Wade, still undecided on offseason moves

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Wizards owner Ted Leonsis talks Dwyane Wade, still undecided on offseason moves

WASHINGTON -- Ted Leonsis had a front row seat to two converging storylines.

The Wizards owner was among throngs inside Capital One Arena appreciating Miami Heat legend Dwyane Wade’s final game in Washington.

Leonsis also recognized the likely last gasp for his team’s playoff hopes came up short.

“They’ll make the playoffs. It doesn’t look like we’ll make the playoffs now,” Leonsis said to NBC Sports Washington following the Wizards’ loss Saturday night.

 “Hope [Dwyane] plays well,” Leonsis continued. “We’ll have to figure out what to do in the off-season.”

The loss dropped the Wizards (30-44) 6 ½ games back of the Heat for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Washington only has eight regular-season games remaining.

Earlier this season Leonsis said organizational changes are in play should the Wizards fail to reach their goals, which included reaching the postseason for the fifth time in six seasons.

Asked for his current thoughts on any off-season changes, Leonsis told NBC Sports Washington, “Don’t know yet. Let’s see how they do out West. It was disappointing. We were trying to catch [Miami].”

The Wizards embark on a four-game Western Conference road trip starting Tuesday against the Los Angeles Lakers.

Despite any frustration with the game’s conclusion and the season at-large, Leonsis appreciated Wade’s gusto on his way out. 

The 16-year veteran and 13-time All-Star announced his retirement before the season. Wade, 37, looked anything but over-the-hill late against the Wizards.

Having turned into Miami’s closer after the All-Star break, Wade scored 11 of his team-high 20 points in the fourth quarter as the Heat (36-37) fended off several Wizards rallies.

“Kind of historic, right? (Wild) that Dwyane Wade beat us tonight,” Leonsis said. “What a career, what a game. Just everything about the way he plays is beautiful. He’s really great.”

Leonsis remarked the referees overlooked an apparent traveling violation from Wade in the third quarter.

“We wanted to beat them. They played better. The no-call on Dwyane on the travel was apropos. I thought he took five steps. You say, ‘Well, that’s when you’re a Hall of Famer you get that respect,” Leonsis said respectfully. “But, good for him.”

Miami moved one game ahead of idle ninth-place Orlando in the Eastern Conference standings.

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Scott Brooks jokes that the Heat should be fined for letting Wade call it a career

Scott Brooks jokes that the Heat should be fined for letting Wade call it a career

On most occasions, elite athletes decide to finish their careers way after their skills have declined. It is uncommon for most icons to go out on their own terms. When you train your entire life to play professional basketball, it's a tough task to realize that your time has passed, and its time to move on to another venture. 

Dwyane Wade is not grouped into that category. Tonight's performance against the Wizards justified that. 

After announcing publicly last September that the 2018-19 NBA season would be his last, the news left the sports world nostalgic. Once a bright young star out of Marquette, "Flash" was must-see television.

After announcing last September that this would be his last ride in South Beach, Wade, albeit the face of the franchise, knew that this team wasn't the one he had joined when he was drafted fifth overall in June of 2003. It wasn't the squad he won his first title with in '06, or the bunch that started the "Super Team" movement. This was a collection of young prospects, journeymen, and he was a veteran presence, and no longer the marquee option. He welcomed the move to the bench and to be the veteran presence in the locker room that the team needed and has had quite the resurgence of sorts that has the sports world questioning whether retirement is really the best option, and whether he should come back another year. 

Scott Brooks is one of many who thinks Wade should reconsider.

In his final appearance at Capital One Arena Saturday evening, the veteran star lead his group to victory, showing flashes of the player he once was, and carrying his squad to a crucial road win. 

Brooks joked that "the NBA needs to fine the Miami Heat for letting him retire".

It appears that Wade's contemporaries are of the mindset of Brooks. Wizards forward Jeff Green, who exploded for 25 points off the bench in the tough loss, discussed postgame that despite his efforts to get Wade to change his mind, the latter knows that it's time to move on.

"He's playing amazing," Green said. "I've tried my convincing, I've been trying for the last six months, it didn't work."

Green expressed that he's glad his friend is choosing to leave the game before it leaves him.

"I'm happy for the guy." Green said. "He's going out the way he wants to."

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