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

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

John Wall, Bradley Beal and the Washington Wizards battle Jimmy Butler, Rajon Rondo and the Chicago Bulls on Friday 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 vs. CHICAGO BULLS

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...

Wall is banged up

The status of John Wall will likely be determined at shootaround on Friday morning, as the Wizards star continues to deal with a sore left foot after Wednesday's loss to the Mavericks. Despite missing practice on Thursday, it would be a surprise of Wall didn't face Chicago, given he returned to play in the second half after suffering the injury vs. Dallas.

All that said, the Wizards and Wall want to play it safe. If he does indeed play, it will be interesting to see if he's held back minutes-wise or if he is limited in any fashion. It is an interesting time of year for the Wizards. They pretty much know they will be in the playoffs and still have plenty to play for in terms of seeding. But they also want to do everything possible to make sure they enter the postseason in full health. Wall's latest injury will test that notion.

[RELATED: Wall hits circus shot from the ground vs. Wolves]

Bulls will be without Wade

The Bulls won't have any sympathy for the Wizards after the piece of news they received on Thursday, that 12-time All-Star Dwyane Wade will miss at least the rest of the regular season. Wade, 35, suffered a fracture in his right forearm during Wednesday night's game against the Grizzlies.

With Wade out, the Bulls could turn to rookie Denzel Valentine to start at shooting guard in his place, according to CSN Chicago. Valentine, if you remember, was the one who woke up "a monster" in Wall the last time these two teams played.

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Better defense needed

We know what head coach Scott Brooks will be looking for on Friday night and that is an improved effort on defense from his team, which has lost two straight games to teams with sub-.500 records. The Wizards have allowed 100 points or more in eight straight games, their longest streak of the season. Their previous season-long streak was six games, done twice: once in November and once in December. Or, in other words, when the Wizards were off to a disappointing start to the year because of their poor defense night in and night out.

The Wizards are 18th in defensive rating (106.1) this season overall, but since the All-Star break are 27th at 110.8. During that span guys like Wall, Markieff Morris, Marcin Gortat, Bojan Bogdanovic and Otto Porter have all registered 112 defensive ratings or worse. The Bulls are 26th in points per game (101.8) and just lost their second-leading scorer in Wade (18.6 ppg), so Friday offers a good opportunity to bounce back.

[RELATED: Wall on Cousins: 'He said he would come to D.C.']

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Bradley Beal's back-to-back 50-point games have him in same sentence as Kobe Bryant, Wilt Chamberlain

Bradley Beal's back-to-back 50-point games have him in same sentence as Kobe Bryant, Wilt Chamberlain

WASHINGTON -- One night after scoring a career-high 53 points against the Chicago Bulls, Bradley Beal topped that with 55 points against the Milwaukee Bucks, and somehow the Wizards lost both games.

That produced a few statistical anomalies, as you can imagine. Dropping 108 points in two games also put Beal in some very exclusive company.

Here are some stats to put Beal's last two days into perspective... 

**Beal is just the third player in NBA history to have 53 points or more in consecutive games. The other two players to accomplish the feat are Wilt Chamberlain and James Harden, two of the greatest scorers ever. Chamberlain did it 16 times, while Harden has done it three times.

**Beal is the first player to score 53-plus in two straight and lose both games since Chamberlain in 1962. It has been 58 years since it happened.

**Beal is now tied with Gilbert Arenas for the most 50-point games in Wizards/Bullets franchise history with three, but he is the first player in franchise history to have 50 or more in consecutive games.

**Beal became the first player with 50-plus points on back-to-back nights since Kobe Bryant in March of 2007. He is just the sixth player ever to accomplish the feat, joining Bryant, Michael Jordan, Bernard King, Elgin Baylor and Chamberlain.

**Beal's 108 points in two games are also the most combined on consecutive nights since Bryant in March of 2007. Bryant had 110, scoring 60 in the first game and 50 in the second. Bryant's funeral happened to be on Monday, the second day of Beal's scoring barrage.

**Beal's 55 points against the Bucks included eight threes. It was just the 14th time in NBA history a player has done that. The others to accomplish the feat: Bryant, Harden, LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, Damian Lillard and Klay Thompson.

**Beal raised his season scoring average a full point, from 29.1 to 30.1 with his two 50-point games. That leads the Eastern Conference and is second only to Harden's 35.3 in the NBA this season. It is a legal requirement to now note that he was not an All-Star.

Basketball Reference, NBA.com and Elias were used as part of this research

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Bradley Beal becomes first player to score 50 points on back-to-back nights since Kobe Bryant

Bradley Beal becomes first player to score 50 points on back-to-back nights since Kobe Bryant

Monday was a difficult day for the NBA.

Kobe Bryant's memorial service was held in Los Angeles nearly a month after the tragic passing of him and his daughter Gianna. A number of NBA players were in attendance, but Bradley Beal and the Wizards couldn't because they were hosting the Bucks that night. 

So on a day the basketball world celebrated Bryant's life, Bradley Beal achieved a milestone no player has since the Black Mamba. 

Beal poured in 55 points in an overtime loss to the Bucks, setting his career-high for points in a game for the second straight night after a 53-point outburst against the Bulls on Sunday.

Bryant was the last player to score 50 points on back-to-back nights. He did it with a 60-spot on the Grizzlies on March 22, 2007, and then put up 50 the next night against the Rockets. 

Similar to Beal, both games ended in losses in a year where Bryant had to shoulder most of the offensive load for his team. It was Bryant's second full season without Shaquille O'Neal by his side. 

The only thing left for Beal to do to mirror Bryant's '06-07 season would be making the playoffs. While unlikely at this junction, I wouldn't put anything past this Wizards team. 

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