The Washington Wizards host the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday night. Here is all you need to know: TV, live stream and radio info, tip-off time, plus three things to watch…
WASHINGTON WIZARDS vs. CHARLOTTE HORNETS
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...
Can Otto get back on track?
From Nov. 25 through Dec. 5, Otto Porter looked like had found his way as a consistent threat on the offensive end of the floor. Through six games during that stretch he averaged 15.3 points on 63.3% shooting, including 52.2% from three, and brought in 7.8 rebounds and 2.7 steals per game. There was even talk about a max contract next summer when he hits free agency.
But in the four games since, Porter has fallen off. He's still shooting at a high clip - 51.7% from the field and 38.5% from three - but he's averaged just 8.8 points and 3.3 rebounds per game in 33.2 minutes per night.
The Wizards need to find a way to get Porter more involved on offense. For example, he took just four shots on Dec. 6 vs. Orlando. And Porter needs to get himself more involved on the boards. In those minutes, and at his position, he wants more than 3.3 rebounds per night.
Beal and Wall continue to thrive
John Wall and Bradley Beal are the Wizards' best players and lately they have been in peak form. In the 13 games since he returned from hamstring tightness, Beal is averaging 25.4 points on 48.5% percent shooting, 3.5 assists and 3.2 rebounds per game. He's shooting 44.7 percent from three on 7.9 attempts per night. The Wizards are 7-6 during that stretch.
Wall has caught fire lately, too. With his 30 points on Monday night against the Heat, Wall is averaging 29.2 points on 48.2 percent shooting, nine assists and 2.4 steals over his last four games. He's getting to the free throw line 7.6 times a game and hitting 84.2 percent of them. The Wizards right now have their two most important players performing at a superstar level.
Zeller starting to emerge
Cody Zeller has a long way to go to justify his selection as the fourth overall pick in the 2013 draft, just one slot behind Porter. But the Hornets big man is starting to make a significant impact on one of the Eastern Conference's best teams. Zeller, 24, is averaging 10.6 points, 6.1 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game in 25.2 minutes a night. He's shooting an even 60 percent from the field.
Along with Zeller, the Hornets also play 23-year-old Frank Kaminsky (7'), Roy Hibbert (7' 2") and Spencer Hawes (7' 1") in their rotation. That's a lot of big men to matchup against for a Wizards team that remains without Ian Mahinmi.
Kemba's on a roll
Kemba Walker is off to a terrific start through 25 games this season. The six-year pro is averaging a career-high 22.8 points per game to go along with 4.9 assists and 1.5 steals. He's shooting a career-best 46.6 percent from the field and 41.4 percent from three. The Wizards did, however, beat the Hornets both times they played at the Verizon Center last year and Walker was held to just 10-of-29 (.345) shooting in those games.