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

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

John Wall, Bradley Beal and the Washington Wizards host LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love and the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday 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. CLEVELAND CAVALIERS

Where: Verizon Center
Tip-off: 7 p.m.
TV: TNT (pregame coverage at 6:30 p.m. on CSN)
Live stream: NBA.com
Radio: 1500 AM

Three things to watch...

Big test for the Wizards

The Wizards have put together a nice little run for themselves. After going 28-12 in their last 40 games, they now sit third in the East at 30-20, 10 games over .500 for the first time since the end of the 2014-15 season. They have won seven in a row and 17 straight at home. Right now, it's good to be the Wizards.

But throughout this recent stretch, they haven't faced a team the caliber of the Cleveland Cavaliers, whom they meet on Monday night at the Verizon Center. They the defending champions and represented the East in each of the last two Finals. They have LeBron James, the best player on the planet, and they run the conference. Any sort of deep playoff run this spring will go through Cleveland. For the Wizards, this game offers an excellent test of where they are. Can they stack up with one of the league's best, or will they be knocked down a peg and be handed some humble pie? We shall see.

[RELATED: Is Monday the biggest regular-season game of Wall's career?]

Lot on the line for Wiz

James may not know the exact number, as he mistakenly told ESPN's Lisa Salters on Saturday night that the Wizards have won 13 straight at home. It's actually 17 and it's the second-longest home streak in franchise history only to the 1974-75 Bullets. Either way, it's a big deal and the Wizards will put that streak on the line Monday against one of the NBA's best teams. The Cavs, though, aren't all that great on the road. Despite boasting the second-best overall record in basketball at 34-15, their 12 road wins are tied for 10th-most among NBA teams.

The Wizards, as mentioned above, have also won seven straight games overall. That's their longest win streak in 12 years, since January of 2005. If they win on Monday they will have their longest win streak in 16 years, since 2001 when 38-year-old Michael Jordan's Wizards won a franchise-record nine straight.

Here is a look at the longest winning streaks in franchise history via Basketball Reference:

[RELATED: VIDEO: 'Meet the Press' ends with shoutout to Wizards]

Kyrie is hurting

Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving has already said that he's playing against the Wizards on Monday, but that doesn't mean he will be 100 percent. Irving suffered a right thigh contusion on Wednesday in a game against the Timberwolves and didn't play Saturday as the Cavs beat the Knicks in New York.

Since Irving didn't play on Saturday, he will face the Wizards having rested for four days. That should help what sounds like a minor injury, but it still bears watching. Right now it's not an easy task to play against John Wall and Bradley Beal.

[RELATED: Confident John Wall says Wizards can make Eastern Conference Finals]

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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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