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

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

The Washington Wizards play at the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday 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 OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER

Where: Chesapeake Energy Arena
Tip-off: 8 p.m.
TV: CSN (coverage begins at 7:30 p.m.)
Live stream: CSNmidatlantic.com
Radio: 1500 AM

Three things to watch...

Brooks' return

Wednesday night may be an emotional one for Wizards head coach Scott Brooks, as he returns to Oklahoma City for the first time since he was fired following the 2014-15 season. Brooks spent seven years as the head coach of the Thunder and was with the organization for two years before that as an assistant, dating back to their days as the Seattle Supersonics. 

Brooks will coach against superstar Russell Westbrook for the first time on Wednesday, but most of the stars he guided in OKC are gone. Kevin Durant moved on to the Golden State Warriors this past summer. Serge Ibaka was traded to the Orlando Magic. And James Harden was already long gone, having been traded to the Houston Rockets. Brooks looked back on coaching those guys, plus Nick Collison who remains in OKC, on Tuesday:

"I had a chance to coach some really great players. I mean, Nick Collison is a great player. Most of the world don't look at him as a great player, but he was great. He did a lot of things that were so important to us winning a lot of games. Harden, KD and Westbrook. They might be one, two and three in the MVP this year. And you could argue that all three are deserving."

[RELATED: Scott Brooks embraces his return to Oklahoma City]

Will Mahinmi play?

The Wizards had surprising news to share about Ian Mahinmi before each of the previous two games. On Saturday night against the Spurs, he made his season debut unexpectedly after rehabbing six weeks from left knee surgery. Then, on Monday he did not play against the Kings due to soreness in his right knee, possibly from overcompensating for his left knee during his recovery.

Getting Mahinmi back to 100 percent is important for the Wizards, who have struggled defensively this season, particularly with their second unit. He was their biggest offseason acquisition and they want him back for the long haul. He could also come in handy Wednesday with Steven Adams down low and Westbrook attacking the basket with regularity.

Can they limit Westbrook?

With all the aforementioned stars having moved on, all eyes are on Westbrook when it comes to the Thunder. The 28-year-old guard is off to a ridiculous start this season, currently averaging a triple-double. He's putting up 30.9 points, 11.3 assists and 10.3 rebounds per game. Those are insane numbers. Westbrook has recorded a triple-double his last three games and the night before that fell just one assist short.  

John Wall will be tasked with guarding Westbrook and it won't be easy. There are few players at the point guard position who are as big and fast as Wall and Russ is one of them. Last season Westbrook averaged a triple-double (19.5 ppg, 11 apg, 12 rpg) and shot 50 percent in two games against Washington.

[RELATED: Wizards' players want to beat Thunder for Scott Brooks]

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Wizards take down another contender with win over Raptors in NBA 2K simulation

Wizards take down another contender with win over Raptors in NBA 2K simulation

Not only are the Washington Wizards dominating the NBA 2K simulation, but they are also doing it against some tough competition. 

With a 70-61 win over the Toronto Raptors, Washington has now won seven of nine simulations. Other victories have come against the likes of the Bucks, Lakers and 76ers. In the 2K world, the Wizards are consistently beating the best.

In the latest win, the formula remained the same as past simulations. Behind another big night from Rui Hachimura (21 points) and some added scoring from Bradley Beal (12 points), the Wizards offense was able to put up enough to get past Toronto. Timely runs in the second half and some stingy defense left the Raptors with no chance to mount a comeback as the final seconds ticked off the clock.

Here are some key takeaways from the Wizards win.

Rui keeps on rolling 

There has been no stopping the Wizards rookie in 2K as of late. With 21 points, he now has back-to-back 20-point performances. The first-round pick of Washington in 2019 has been doing it on both ends of the floor, sparking big plays with blocks and finishing at the rim.

Hachimura also stepped behind the line and showed some range on Tuesday, hitting a smooth-looking three-pointer.

It's been a great 2K run for Hachimura overall as of late, as he also took down Donovan Mitchell in the first round of the 2K Player Tournament.

Strong finish

Though the Wizards played well throughout, it was a dominant stretch toward the end of the third quarter and beginning of the fourth that sealed the win.

A 16-6 run to close the third coupled with a 16-3 run early in the fourth gave Washington a comfortable lead. After taking a 42-41 lead in the third, the Raptors would never lead again.


Dominant inside, efficient outside

Similar to other simulations, the Wizards once again did a lot of their scoring inside the paint. Washington outscored the Raptors 46-32 in the paint, finishing at the rim in multiple ways consistently. 

Thomas Bryant was once again a beast down low, throwing down dunks and recording a team-high 16 rebounds in addition to 10 points to complete a double-double.

Though the real NBA has become a three-point heavy game, it hasn't quite translated to 2K. The Wizards only attempted eight shots from behind the arc on the night, a number that could sometimes come from just a few possessions in a real game. Even more peculiar, Davis Bertans didn't register a single three-point attempt. 

Yet, the Wizards made the most of the attempts, going 4-from-8 from three. Of course, Bradley Beal was in the mix.

Run for the (simulation) playoffs?

In the 2K universe, the Wizards entered Tuesday just two games behind the Brooklyn Nets for the eighth spot in the East. With a win, the virtual team may have inched even closer to the playoffs. 

Simulation-wise, Washington could not have asked for a better stretch of play.

The 2K Wizards will be back in action Friday at 7 p.m. ET against the Rockets. 

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Wizards' Troy Brown Jr. says it was scary hearing Rudy Gobert contracted coronavirus

Wizards' Troy Brown Jr. says it was scary hearing Rudy Gobert contracted coronavirus

By the time Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for coronavirus and the NBA subsequently suspended the 2019-20 season, a number of teams who'd played Utah leading up to the suspension had to self-quarantine as a precaution. 

One of them was the Washington Wizards.

They suffered a 10-point loss to the Jazz 12 days before Gobert tested positive, so they urged their players to self-quarantine for several days. Fortunately for the Wizards, no player ended up tested positive for the virus.

Washington's second-year wing joined Chris Miller on the Wizards Talk Podcast and gave a window into what his reaction was to the fact he had played the Jazz leading up to Gobert's positive test. 

"I wasn't touching [Gobert]," Brown said with a laugh. "I didn't go in for no layups or anything like that. But all jokes aside though, it was one of those things that was scary because I didn't know really what to expect coming out of it."

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Heading into the league's suspension, Brown was enjoying a strong season where he showed a lot of improvement from his rookie year. He was averaging 9.7 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists on much better shooting splits (45.3% FG, 34.5% 3P in 19-20 vs. 41.5% FG, 31.9% 3P in 18-19). 

Brown seemed to have much more success coming off the bench with a unit in which he had more ball-handling opportunities. We'll see if he can continue to grow when basketball returns, though the 20-year-old is forced to focus on the challenges that come with isolation. 

"It definitely is a lot easier being with my family and being in my own space and being able to make decisions for myself," Brown said. "Being in D.C. was kind of hard because I didn't have anybody else there besides my dog, living by myself in quarantine. I feel like it's those people that are struggling with the quarantine stuff being isolated by themselves because you don't really know what to do."

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