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

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

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.

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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.

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Rookie Rui Hachimura does full practice with Wizards, return not far away

Rookie Rui Hachimura does full practice with Wizards, return not far away

WASHINGTON -- The long-awaited return of Wizards rookie Rui Hachimura is getting closer, as he participated in a full practice on Saturday for the first time since suffering a groin injury back on Dec. 16.

Hachimura, 21, had no limitations, per head coach Scott Brooks. He went through all of their drills and full-contact scrimmages.

"He did well. He went through everything. That's another good day," Brooks said.

The final hurdle for Hachimura at this point involves getting into game shape. His conditioning is not close to midseason form after missing seven weeks of games.

Brooks said Hachimura definitely will not return before the end of the team's current road trip, which ends on Tuesday in Milwaukee. After that, however, it could be a matter of days.

 

The Wizards will return to Washington after playing the Bucks for a six-game homestand. It seems likely he is back by the time it's over.

The ninth overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, Hachimura has had a strong rookie season so far, averaging 13.9 points and 5.8 rebounds per game while shooting 48.2 percent from the field. The Wizards have gone 7-12 since he's been out.

Hachimura suffered the injury when he was inadvertently kicked between the legs by teammate Isaac Bonga. He required a minor procedure and was away from the team for weeks before slowly working his way back to basketball activities and then participating in practices.

Saturday was a big step in his recovery and it now puts the finish line into focus.

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Watch: We mic'd up Thomas Bryant when he cheered on Indiana in matchup vs. Maryland

Watch: We mic'd up Thomas Bryant when he cheered on Indiana in matchup vs. Maryland

When the Maryland Terps faced Indiana for the first time in Big Ten play this season in early January, one famous former Hoosiers player sat in the stands cheering his team on. Wizards center Thomas Bryant allowed NBC Sports Washington to follow him throughout the game, where he showed his trademark enthusiasm for his former team. 

"It feels great," he said when asked by NBC Sports Washington's Chase Hughes how it feels to be watching his alma mater. "It seems like yesterday I was just playing against Maryland myself."

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Unfortunately for Bryant, the Hoosiers lost that game. But they'll get another shot at the Terps on Sunday. 

But Bryant, who will have his own game to suit up for when the Wizards take on the Hawks, won't be there to cheer. But when he did have the chance - he was vocal. After all, he told Hughes, that's just the type of fan and teammate he is.

"No matter if I'm out there or not, I'm going to be on my brother's side," he said.

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