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

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

John Wall, Bradley Beal and the Washington Wizards battle Goran Dragic, Hassan Whiteside and the Miami Heat on Saturday night as they compete for playoff position in 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. MIAMI HEAT

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...

Morris, Porter are questionable

The Wizards are a bit banged up heading into Saturday night's matchup against the Heat, as both Markieff Morris and Otto Porter are considered questionable. Morris is dealing with a sore right ankle and Porter has back spasms, as CSN reported.

Both injuries are minor, so they both could play. But having two starters limited in any way against a good Heat team is not ideal. The Wizards are intent on getting to the 50-win mark and they need to win two out of their last three to get there. 

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Scoreboard watching

The Wizards again find themselves trying to gain ground on the Toronto Raptors, who beat the Heat on Friday night to take a half-game lead on the Wizards in third in the East. Given they also hold the tiebreaker by way of their head-to-head series, that is a decent lead with so few games to go. The Raptors only have two games remaining on their schedule and if they win both, the Wizards will be locked into fourth.

The Raptors are off on Saturday, but the Celtics do against the Hornets. Boston has lost two straight. They still have a two-game lead on the Wizards, but if they keep slipping it could get interesting. They are only 1 1/2 games ahead of the Raptors.

[RELATED: Wall explains significance of Wizards reaching 47 wins]

Stop Dragic off the dribble

A big point of emphasis for the Wizards will be stopping Goran Dragic from getting to the hoop, as he has enjoyed plenty of success doing that against them this season in the Heat's two wins over Washington. Only Isaiah Thomas and Dennis Schroeder average more drives to the hoop per game than Dragic, who is just ahead of John Wall on the list. Dragic is also second in the NBA in assists per game on drives.

Getting to the basket is a big reason why Dragic is averaging 28 points against the Wizards this season through two matchups, tied for his most against any team. He's also shooting 56.8 percent in those games. The Wizards have to find a way to limit him.

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John Wall shares fear of being pulled over by police, experiences growing up with racial discrimination

John Wall shares fear of being pulled over by police, experiences growing up with racial discrimination

As people around the country continue to protest police brutality and racial injustices against black people, athletes continue to add their powerful voices and experiences to the cause.

Wizards guard John Wall joined in the conversation, discussing the fear he continues to have about being pulled over by the police. For many black Americans, the reality of racial discrimination makes the mere thought of being pulled over more daunting than it should be. Apparently that anxiety doesn’t dissipate just because you’re a star athlete.

“If I get pulled over right now, I’m terrified,” Wall said on Thursday’s episode of The Athletic’s “Hoops, Adjacent” podcast. “To be realistic. If I’m in a dark area, or a back street, I’m not stopping. I’ll go to a high-speed chase to get to a spot where it’s a grocery store, or somewhere where there’s a lot of lights at, because that’s how terrifying it is.”

To some, it may be jarring to hear a recognizable, millionaire athlete discuss his fear of the police, but the money and acclaim don't provide a shield from racism. And for many black people, the fear is instilled at a young age, either through personal experiences or those of people with the same skin color. In the age of camera phones, more and more incidents are being recorded for the world to see.

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George Floyd was suffocated and killed by a white police officer in Minnesota who put a knee to his neck for over eight minutes. Breonna Taylor was shot at least eight times and killed in her own home by police in Louisville. Ahmaud Arbery was shot to death by a white father and son while jogging in a Georgia neighborhood.

“You’re telling me if I want to be a black kid to jog in a neighborhood, and I say, ‘Ok, I want to cut through this white neighborhood, this rich neighborhood,’ and then all of a sudden, I’m targeted to get killed?” Wall continued. “Because I don’t belong there? Those are the kind of things I grew up with, like you wouldn’t go to this side of town where you wasn’t allowed. Why? We breathe the same air.”

Wall, who grew up in Raleigh, N.C., said the constant acts of racial discrimination have been frustrating and that all people want to see is justice. 

“I feel like this has been going on for decades, been going on for so much longer than the time I’ve been on this earth,” he said. “But if we didn’t have social media or camera phones right now, we wouldn’t be able to see this act going on.”

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NBA commissioner Adam Silver confident one positive COVID-19 diagnosis won't derail NBA's return plan

NBA commissioner Adam Silver confident one positive COVID-19 diagnosis won't derail NBA's return plan

The NBA now has a concrete plan to return to action, but there are still obstacles that will need solving when play resumes. One of the most important will be the health and safety of players amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Specifically, the league will need to know how to handle the possibility of a positive COVID-19 virus diagnosis. With a large number of individuals destined to be in close proximity in Orlando, could one player testing positive derail the entire plan? Would that team then have to be eliminated due to the potential risk they carry?

According to NBA commissioner Adam Silver, that will not be the case.

“The answer is we don’t believe we would need to," Silver told Charles Barkley on TNT's Inside the NBA, referring to the idea of having to eliminate a team due to a positive coronavirus result.

Silver's confidence stems from the vast amount of research and preparation the league has done to get to this stage in the return process. Not only have NBA officials detailed plans of action, but SIlver and others are working closely with health experts in Florida to make sure things go smoothly.

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Based on what they've heard so far, one positive test won't be the end-all for the NBA. If a player were to be diagnosed with COVID-19, the league knows the exact procedure to keep others safe.

“The view is that if we are testing every day and we are able to trace, in essence, the contacts the player has had," Silver said. "We are able to, in essence, contain that player and separate that from his team.”

The commissioner explained that the NBA is continuing to test on a daily basis, and that won't change anytime soon. The threat of coronavirus impacting the league's return is strong, but Silver and the NBA are confident that they'll be able to overcome any issues and have the season play out in a safe manner.

"The belief is we would not have to shut down if a single player tested positive," Silver said. 

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