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Wizards vs. Bucks: TV, live stream and radio info, things to watch

Wizards vs. Bucks: TV, live stream and radio info, things to watch

The Washington Wizards host the Milwaukee Bucks 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 vs. MILWAUKEE BUCKS

Where: Verizon 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...

Rematch from the weekend

The Wizards and Bucks continue their home-and-home, back-to-back series on Monday night with a second matchup in as many games following the Bucks' blowout win in Milwaukee on Friday night. That 123-96 loss was the most lopsided of the Wizards' season so far. They lost by 27 points and, as John Wall put it, got their a**es whooped.

Perhaps it's a good thing they get another shot at the Bucks so soon after. They can avenge that loss now, rather than wait until weeks or months for a rematch. They also beat the Bucks just a few weeks ago on Dec. 10 at the Verizon Center, where Washington is 10-6 on the season.

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Better start

The Bucks ran away with Friday's game in the first half when they exploded for 73 points on the Wizards. That set the tone for a forgettable night that saw Milwaukee shoot for 56.3% from the field and commit just 11 turnovers.

The Bucks' two best players each had big games. Giannis Antetokounmpo went off for a career-high 39 points on 12-for-19 shooting including 15-of-17 from the free throw line. He grabbed eight rebounds, dished six assists and notched two steals. Jabari Parker scored 21 points on 9-of-15 shooting with eight rebounds, two steals and two blocks. Also big for the Bucks was 17 points for rookie Malcom Brogdon. He shot 7-for-7 and also had seven assists and two steals.

Can Beal bounce back?

The Wizards lost on Friday night because of their defense. For the most part, their offense was decent until the fourth quarter when they scored just 17 points. In the first half, they scored a solid 58 points and Otto Porter was on fire.

Bradley Beal, however, will certainly hope for better results on that end of the floor on Monday. Against the Bucks on Friday, he was held to just 10 points on 3-of-10 shooting. Only once this season has he scored less and that was against the Celtics when he left the game with a hamstring injury. Beal will need to make some adjustments heading into the rematch with Milwaukee and it could be an interesting exercise to see where he is at in his development as a scorer. Can the Bucks fool him twice in as many games? The safe bet is probably not.

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Wizards release statement on the passing of John Wall's mother

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Wizards release statement on the passing of John Wall's mother

The Washington Wizards announced the passing of John Wall's mother, Frances Pulley on Friday. 

Wall's mother had been battling cancer before her passing. She was 58. 

In a statement on Twitter, the Wizards said, "Sending thoughts and love for John Wall and his family after the passing of his mother, Frances Pulley. She will forever be a part of our #DCFamily."

Zach Leonsis, the senior vice president of strategic initiatives at Monumental Sports & Entertainment, also released a statement

"Thinking of @JohnWall and his family right now. Keeping you guys in our prayers. So terribly sorry for your loss and know that she will be remembered forever. #DCFamily

Wall's Kentucky coach, John Calipari also expressed his condolences for his former star: 

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Bradley Beal sees a young John Wall in the Grizzlies rookie sensation Ja Morant

Bradley Beal sees a young John Wall in the Grizzlies rookie sensation Ja Morant

WASHINGTON -- It is not often you see a rookie find initial success in the NBA to the degree Grizzlies point guard Ja Morant has, already with borderline All-Star numbers at the age of 20. And oftentimes, opponents are careful throwing out player comparisons for guys his age, wanting to see more before they anoint anyone.

Morant, though, is a different case and questions from media members at Wizards practice this week as the team gets set to face him for the first time naturally led to parallels to great players. On Thursday, Brooks brought up unprompted how much Morant reminds him of Russell Westbrook, his former player in Oklahoma City.

And on Friday, Bradley Beal invoked a teammate of his when breaking down what makes Morant so good.

"He loves to get up and down. He's really fast with the ball. It reminds you of John [Wall] in a lot of ways. He plays with his pace," Beal said.

Through 19 games this season, Morant is averaging 18.7 points, 6.4 assists and 1.3 steals per game. He is shooting 42.2 percent from three on 2.2 attempts.

The threes have been surprising to most, as he shot a relatively modest 36.3 percent his final year in college at Murray State. But also surprising maybe just how lethal he has been at attacking the rim.

Sure, that was a big part of his game in college. But this is the NBA where athletes are much bigger and stronger. And he isn't the biggest guy either, weighing in at 175 pounds according to Basketball-Reference.

But despite lacking in size, he has shown an ability to finish through contact rarely seen from any player.

"I think he has a no-fear type of mentality. So, you have to respect his aggressiveness," Beal said. "He'll get respect from a lot of players in the league, a lot of refs in the league because of his aggressiveness and... with all the posters he has. So, he's an assassin. You gotta respect his game."

Beal likely won't draw the defensive assignment on Morant. That will probably go to Ish Smith and back-up point guard Chris Chiozza, who is with the team while Isaiah Thomas recovers from a left calf injury.

Beal knows it is going to be tough for the whole Wizards team to contain Morant. He said the trick will be trying to stay in front of him, though he knows that is easier said than done.

Really, Morant is such a unique player that the Wizards can only gameplan and prepare so much until they actually experience facing him for the first time.

"He's gonna be a handful," Beal said.

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