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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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SPOILER ALERT! Wizards make appearance in New York Times crossword on Sunday

SPOILER ALERT! Wizards make appearance in New York Times crossword on Sunday

Fans of both crossword puzzles and the Washington Wizards had a leg-up when completing the New York Times crossword puzzle on Sunday. 

The clue: "Wizards, but not witches."

The answer: 7 letters, "NBATEAM." 

This isn't the first time famous crosswords have included sports-related clues. The Washington Post and LA Times have used Bobby Orr as an answer many of times (trust me, we always have a half-finished crossword puzzle hiding somewhere in our living room). 

But athletes aren't the only answers to clues. Remember when the Post's Isabelle Khurshudyan revealed the Washington Capitals' "cult of crossword men" back in 2016?

The New York Times even published a list of the top-10 sports names to know for crossword fanatics everywhere. 

Just further proof that sports continue to permeate every aspect of life. 

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Wizards' new senior VP Sashi Brown's 3 best and worst moves with the Cleveland Browns

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Wizards' new senior VP Sashi Brown's 3 best and worst moves with the Cleveland Browns

The Washington Wizards have mixed things up with their front office, and that includes hiring Sashi Brown as a Senior Vice President

Brown is a graduate of Harvard Law School, and he was previously the Jacksonville Jaguars' lead counsel. But he was also an executive with the Cleveland Browns. 

He was both the Browns' Executive Vice President and General Counsel from 2013 to 2016 before being promoted to Executive Vice President of Football Operations. And then the Browns fired him in December 2017 on their way to an 0-16 record, and they were 1-27 with him as the head of personnel.

For the Wizards, Brown will work with and support new General Manager Tommy Sheppard, advising in decision-making. Brown will also contribute to recruiting free agents and promoting and selling the Wizards organization overall.

It wasn't all bad for Brown in Cleveland. But it obviously wasn't a standout run either. So here's a look at some of his best and worst moves for the Browns. 

Sashi Brown's 3 worst moves with the Cleveland Browns

1. Passing on 2 franchise QBs
While it set up some positive things for the Browns down the road (read more on that below), the team passed on key quarterbacks like Philadelphia Eagles' Carson Wentz and Houston Texans' Deshaun Watson in back-to-back NFL Drafts. 

Until ultimately drafting Baker Mayfield in 2018 (again, more on that later), the Browns had a consistent quarterback carousel with the team starting 19 different passers between 2008 and 2017. Cleveland needed a QB, and not only did it pass on Wentz and Watson under Brown, but it also overlooked Patrick Mahomes, Mitchell Trubisky and Dak Prescott -- although so did most teams.

2. Trading for Brock Osweiler
Although it was described as one of the most creative trades in NFL history, the Houston Texans got the better end of the deal here, getting Osweiler's guaranteed $16 million salary off their books. That was in March of 2017, and then Cleveland ended up releasing him that September after he fell from a projected starter to not playing in the team's last two preseason games. 

It was an unexpected move by the Browns at the time, and then they ended up paying him to not play in the majority of the Denver Broncos' games that season.

3. Acquiring too many NFL Draft picks
Much of Brown's strategy in Cleveland was trading for future NFL Draft picks, but he may have been too all-in on this one. In his two drafts, he had a total of 24 picks, and he accumulated 13 more for the 2018 draft. The problem with this strategy is while looking ahead is good, future draft picks don't win games. And Cleveland won once across Brown's two seasons in charge of personnel. That's not great.

Sashi Brown's 3 best moves with the Cleveland Browns

1. All those 2018 draft picks
OK, so while we just said Brown stockpiled a few too many draft picks during his time in Cleveland, he laid the foundation for the team's successful 2018 NFL Draft, which included four picks in the first two rounds. The Browns got quarterback Baker Mayfield at No. 1 overall, cornerback Denzel Ward at No. 4 and running back Nick Chubb at No. 35. 

Last season, Mayfield threw for 3,725 yards, 27 touchdowns and 14 interceptions and had a 63.8 completion percentage. Chubb was 10th in the league with 996 rushing yards, adding eight touchdowns, and Ward led Cleveland with 11 passes defended and had three picks for 26 yards.

2. Drafting Myles Garrett
The flip side of passing on Deshaun Watson, Patrick Mahomes and co. was drafting defensive end Myles Garrett at No. 1 overall in the 2017 NFL Draft. After having a strong rookie season despite injuring his ankle, Garrett was a Pro Bowler by the end of his second year. He led the Browns with 13.5 sacks for 82 yards and posted 44 total tackles. 

3. Getting Terrelle Pryor
Although Pryor turned out to be a bust with the Washington Redskins, he was one of the Cleveland Brown's best offensive players in 2016. After he switched from quarterback to wide receiver in the 2015 season, he led the team with 1,007 receiving yards off 77 catches with four touchdowns.

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