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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…


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.

[RELATED: State of the Wizards: McClellan has breakout game in D-League]

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Jeff Green 'would love to come back' to Wizards, add stability to journeyman career


Jeff Green 'would love to come back' to Wizards, add stability to journeyman career

With six different teams in the past five years, Jeff Green has become one of the NBA's most itinerant journeymen.

Including his early-career move from Seattle to Oklahoma City, when the franchise transitioned from the Sonics to the Thunder, Green has played in eight different cities. Among active players, only Ish Smith (10), Marco Bellinelli (nine), Shaun Livingston (nine) and Anthony Tolliver (nine) have played for more teams.

Being in Washington this past season, though, was different. That's because Green is from the area, having grown up nearby in Maryland. He starred at Northwestern High School in Hyattsville, then at Georgetown University in Northwest D.C.

At 32 years old (he turns 33 in August), Green does not prefer being a basketball nomad. He would like to stay with the Wizards this summer as he aims for a new contract in free agency.

"I would love to come back," Green said. "Great set of guys on this team. I loved playing with Brad [Beal], John [Wall]."

Green also mentioned playing for head coach Scott Brooks, for whom he played in Seattle and Oklahoma City. Brooks was an assistant on the Sonics staff when Green was a rookie, then took over as head coach in the middle of Green's sophomore season. Green left the Thunder after his third season and, 10 years later, was reunited with Brooks in Washington.

The biggest draw for Green to the Wizards, though, is the fact it is his hometown team. Though playing at home is a drawback for some players, Green found major benefits in being around family and in the town where he played college ball.

"Being in front of family every night was great for me. It allowed me to see my daughters more than a couple of times a year, which was great," he said. 

"Being in a familiar setting from my Georgetown days was great. Being able to go up to Georgetown and watch the guys get better, it was great. [Those are] things I haven’t been able to do since being in the league."

On the court, Green found individual success with the Wizards amid a disappointing season overall. He averaged 12.3 points and 4.0 rebounds while setting a career-high in effective field goal percentage (55.5). 

He did all of that while making the league minimum of $2.4 million. On a Wizards team that was in some ways defined by bloated salaries, Green proved a bargain. 

Hoping to come back to the Wizards was a familiar refrain from impending free agents during the Wizards' media exit interviews. Bobby Portis, Jabari Parker, Thomas Bryant and others all suggested they would like to return. 

But with a new front office leadership structure set to be installed, certainty isn't offered for anyone. For Green, the Wizards' new general manager will need to evaluate whether he was part of their problems. 

While Green probably exceeded expectations this season, he was on the floor when the team struggled to rebound the ball and defend just like his teammates were. The Wizards were 27th in the NBA in defensive rating this season at 112.8, according to NBA.com. Green's defensive rating was 112.6.

The Wizards and Green may ultimately not prove a fit in the eyes of the new GM. If that is the case, Green could move on to play in a new city, the ninth of his career. 


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Former Wizards Mike Scott, Jared Dudley deliver the drama in Sixers-Nets Game 4


Former Wizards Mike Scott, Jared Dudley deliver the drama in Sixers-Nets Game 4

The 76ers-Nets playoff series has been wild from the start, but the trash talk and physical play reached the next level in the Sixers' Game 4 victory Sunday. 

The contest featured two ejections as well as a game-deciding shot with 19.7 seconds left in the fourth quarter. In the middle of it all? None other than Jared Dudley and Mike Scott, who played for the Wizards in 2015-16 and 2017-18, respectively. 

Tensions between Dudley and the Sixers had been simmering since he slammed Ben Simmons in the media after Game 1.

With 7:42 left in the third quarter Saturday, Joel Embiid committed a flagrant foul on Jarrett Allen under the basket. An incensed Dudley shoved Embiid, prompting Jimmy Butler to push Dudley away.

When Simmons to try to separate the two, he and Dudley got tangled up and tumbled into the front-row seats. Both Dudley and Butler were ejected on the spot. 

The Nets held a 67-61 advantage when Dudley and Butler were tossed, but that lead dwindled to one point with under a minute left to go. 

Brooklyn made the mistake of leaving Scott open in the corner, where Embiid set him up for a go-ahead three-pointer with 19.7 seconds remaining.

A pair of Tobias Harris free throws sealed the Sixers' 112-108 win, putting them up 3-1 in the series. Scott and company can finish off Dudley's squad in Game 5 on Tuesday. 

In the meantime, listen as Scott goes 1-on-1 with Chris Miller in the latest Wizards Talk Podcast.