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

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

John Wall, Bradley Beal and the Washington Wizards play Andre Drummond, Tobias Harris and the Detroit Pistons on Saturday night as they aim to continue rising the ranks of the NBA's Eastern Conference.

Here is all you need to know: TV, live stream and radio info, tip-off time, plus three things to watch…

WASHINGTON WIZARDS at DETROIT PISTONS

Where: The Palace of Auburn Hills
Tip-off: 6 p.m.
TV: CSN
Live stream: CSNmidatlantic.com
Radio: 1500 AM

Three things to watch...

Wizards are red-hot

The Wizards head to Detroit on Saturday in the middle of their best stretch of the season. They have won a season-high four straight games and six of their last seven overall. On Thursday, they even won a road game and the second of a back-to-back, two problem areas for them this season. It was the first time in four tries they swept a back-to-back set.

Now they face a Pistons team that has disappointed so far this season at 20-24, but has won two straight games. The Wizards beat them handily on Dec. in 16 in D.C. by the score of 122-108. Only two teams - the Warriors and Blazers - have scored more against Detroit this season than the Wizards.

[RELATED: Wizards take stock at midpoint of season]

Can Otto keep it up?

The Wizards have been on a roll in recent weeks and lately no one has been hotter than Otto Porter. The 23-year-old set a career-high with six three-pointers on Wednesday at home against the Grizzlies, then did the same on Thursday night at the Knicks. He dropped 25 points vs. Memphis and 23 vs. New York, respectively.

If Porter can reach the 20-mark again on Saturday, it will the first time he has done so this season. He has accomplished that feat once before in his career, from Dec. 28 of 2015 through Jan. 1 of 2016.

KCP may not play

The Wizards could see yet another team missing a top player on Saturday, as Pistons shooting guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope continues to deal with a Grade-2 rotator cuff strain in his left shoulder. 

Pope, 23, is third on the Pistons in scoring at 14.5 points per game and led Detroit in scoring with 24 points in the first meeting between the teams. He's missed three straight games and without him the Pistons could have a tough time scoring, already being one of the NBA's worst offensive squads.

[RELATED: Wall gives his Eastern Conference All-Star starters]

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Wizards vs. Heat: TV channel, Time, Live stream, how to watch

Wizards vs. Heat: TV channel, Time, Live stream, how to watch

The Wizards snapped a three-game losing streak with a nice win over the Pistons on Martin Luther King Day. 

They won't be able to celebrate for long though as they hit the road to play an extremely good Miami Heat team just a couple of weeks after the Wizards beat them without Bradley Beal. 

Can Washington shock everyone once again and continue to play their best against great teams? Here's what you need to know to watch and find out. 

WIZARDS vs. HEAT HOW TO WATCH

What: Washington Wizards vs. Miami, Game 43

Where: American Airlines Arena, Miami FL

When: 7:30 p.m. ET

TV Channel: Wizards vs. Heat will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington (NBC Sports Channel Finder)

Live Stream: You can live stream Wizards vs. Heat on NBC Sports Washington's live stream page and on the NBC Sports App.

Radio: Wizards Radio Network, 1500 AM

WIZARDS vs. HEAT TV SCHEDULE

6:30 PM: Wizards Outsiders

7:00 PM: Wizards Pregame Live 

7:30 PM: Wizards vs. Heat

10:00 PM: Wizards Postgame Live 

10:30 PM: D.C. Sports Live 

11:00 PM: Wizards Talk 

WIZARDS vs. HEAT INJURY REPORT:

Wizards: Rui Hachimura (OUT, groin), Garrison Mathews (OUT, ankle), Moe Wagner (OUT, ankle),  John Wall (OUT, Achilles)

Heat: Jimmy Butler (Day-to-day, hip), Justise Winslow (OUT, back)

 

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Why Wizards point guard Ish Smith purposefully never dunks in games

Why Wizards point guard Ish Smith purposefully never dunks in games

WASHINGTON -- Go to a Washington Wizards game these days and you may see point guard Ish Smith do many things. He has a mean crossover, is shooting threes like never before in his career and he's a blur up and down the court.

What you will basically never see Smith do is dunk. He hasn't thrown one down in a game since the 2017-18 season. He dunked twice that year, down from four times the season before and down from his career-high of eight the year before that.

Smith has basically eliminated dunking from his game. It's not that he can't, he just chooses not to. And it's for a good reason.

Now in his 10th NBA season, Smith believes the wear-and-tear that comes with dunking isn't worth it at this point.

"I'm saving my legs," he told NBC Sports Washington. "I was watching something and Steve Nash was talking about how he played when he got older - on the ground, pretty much on land. He was preserving his energy because he moved a lot, cut a lot [with] ball-handling and different things like that. I try to preserve all that."

Smith, 31, has achieved a rare level of longevity in the NBA. He went undrafted in 2010, yet has lasted a decade in the NBA as a 6-foot tall point guard. The Wizards are his 11th team, one off the NBA record.

There is an old adage in the NBA that each dunk takes a game off your career. Many things can happen when players are high up in the air and risking contact, but also the simple act of jumping and landing can take its toll on joints and ligaments.

Smith has carved out the career he has by making sacrifices, and that includes dunking. Even when he is alone on a fastbreak, he will just lay it in.

"Yeah, you get breakout layups and stuff like that," he said. "I guess because I have done it, but it's not as tempting as used to be. It's just like get these two points and get back."

When he was younger, Smith would dunk when he had the opportunity. Now he says he's kind of over it.

"I had some dunk-ons [back in the day]. But as I got older, I realized it ain't all that," he said.

Smith now prides himself on a wide array of release angles on layups around the rim. He can finish with his right and left hand, in traffic and off-balance. He can double-clutch and use the glass.

Smith has a way of sneaking under bigger defensive players and timing layups to avoid blocked shots. It's a big part of his game.

But maybe someday soon we will see Smith dunk again in a game. Perhaps he will do so, just to show everyone he's still got it.

"[I dunked] the other day when we were in Toronto, after practice," he said. "After that, I was like 'oh no, I don't know why I did that.'"

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