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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.

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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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Bradley Beal receives zero All-NBA votes, which itself is a snub

Bradley Beal receives zero All-NBA votes, which itself is a snub

On Thursday the NBA revealed the All-NBA teams for the 2017-18 season.

Not surprisingly, Bradley Beal and John Wall did not make it to one of the three five-player teams. Of the two superstars, only Wall has been recognized once in his career.

What is surprising is that neither Beal nor Wall received a single vote in the whole process, especially Beal.

The 2017-18 season was without question the best in Beal’s career. He played in all 82 games, coming right off of the heals of his All-Star recognition. Beal seems to agree in his snubbing, tweeting this minutes after the teams were announced:

Looking at the list of players who made the top three teams, it shouldn’t be an issue, but these three guys got more votes than the Wizards' duo combined: Steven Adams, Trevor Ariza, and Dwight Howard. It is not surprising that Beal and Wall did not make an All-NBA team. It is odd that Beal didn’t receive a vote.

Here is a list of the full All-NBA Teams:

ALL-NBA FIRST TEAM: 

LeBron James (Cavaliers), James Harden (Rockets), Anthony Davis (Pelicans), Damian Lillard (Trail Blazers), Kevin Durant (Warriors)

ALL-NBA SECOND TEAM:

Giannis Antetokounmpo (Bucks), Russell Westbrook (Thunder), Joel Embiid (76ers), LaMarcus Aldridge (Spurs), DeMar DeRozan (Raptors)

ALL-NBA THIRD TEAM:

Stephen Curry (Warriors), Victor Oladipo (Pacers), Karl-Anthony Towns (Timberwolves), Jimmy Butler (Timberwolves), Paul George (Thunder)

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2017-18 Wizards roster review: Ty Lawson

2017-18 Wizards roster review: Ty Lawson

To wrap up the 2017-18 season, we are looking at each player on the Wizards' roster. Today, we evaluate Ty Lawson's season...

Player: Ty Lawson

Position: Point guard

Age: 30

2017-18 salary: $11.9K

2017-18 stats: 6 G, 19.2 mpg, 5.8 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 3.0 apg, 0.6 spg, 0.5 bpg, 34.6 FG%, 62.5 3P%, 1.000 FT%, 44.2 eFG%, 114 ORtg, 115 DRtg (all in playoffs)

Best game: 4/17 at Raptors (Game 2) - 14 points, 8 assists, 3 rebounds, 4-for-10 FG, 4-for-5 3PT

Season review: The Wizards made a surprise move the day after the regular season finished by signing Ty Lawson, giving them a fifth point guard for the playoffs. Not only did Lawson join the team last-minute, he actually got minutes in the postseason, immediately slotting in as their primary backup point guard.

Very quickly Lawson showed what the Wizards saw in him. He added a spark off the bench, particularly on offense. He showed no restraint in looking for his own shot and in Game 2 against the Raptors hit 4-of-5 from long range.

Lawson proved he still has the quickness that made him an above average NBA point guard in his prime. There were questions about his athleticism given he is 30 years old and spent most of the season in China, but Lawson was still noticeably faster than his contemporaries on the Wizards' bench.

Whether Lawson proved enough to stick around in the NBA is the real question. He only played six games for the Wizards and, though he impressed to a certain degree, teams had given up on him just a year before. 

The Wizards have five open roster spots entering this offseason and have only two point guards in the mix. They will be in the market for more backup help, though it is unclear at this point if they are interested in bringing Lawson back. They have two draft picks and the ability to add players via trades, as they have several times in recent years to address backup point guard.

Working in Lawson's favor to potentially stick around is that the Wizards do not have much money to spend. They are in the luxury tax and will likely need some cheap options to fill out the final spots on their roster.

Lawson certainly would not cost much.

Potential to improve: Shooting, scoring, consistency

More player season reviews:

John Wall, PG

Bradley Beal, SG

Otto Porter, SF

Markieff Morris, PF

Marcin Gortat, C

Kelly Oubre, Jr., SF

Tomas Satoransky, PG

Ian Mahinmi, C

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