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

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

The Washington Wizards host DeMarcus Cousins and the Sacramento Kings on Monday 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. SACRAMENTO KINGS

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...

Minutes for starters

Playing the Sacramento Kings means going up against DeMarcus Cousins, one of the NBA's best big men. He's a 280-pound banger than can score inside with the best of them. This year he's off to a strong start, averaging 28.3 points, 9.9 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game.

Cousins, 26, has added a new element to his repertoire recently. This year he's hitting 40.8 percent of his threes on 4.2 attempts per game. He started shooting threes last season, but this year is finding much more success. 

"Boogie shoots like six threes a game, that's almost more than I shoot," Wizards guard Bradley Beal said. "I gotta start shooting it more."

"He's shooting the three better," John Wall, his college teammate, said. "He's been more efficient at it... it stretches you out and makes you do more coverages that you might not want to do."

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Mahinmi's minutes

The Wizards got Ian Mahinmi back from his injury at a good time with a matchup against Cousins coming up. Mahinmi should see at least some time on the court against him, though, Mahinmi remains on a minutes restriction. He was limited to just 14 minutes in his season debut and likely won't be playing much more on Monday night.

Marcin Gortat will get the majority of minutes up against Cousins and he does have some success against Sacramento in his past. Last December Gortat put up 27 points, 16 rebounds and four blocks at home vs. the Kings.

Temple's return

The Wizards have already hosted Jared Dudley and the Suns and Nene and the Rockets, and on Monday another member of last season's team will make his return to the Verizon Center. Garrett Temple, who spent four seasons with Washington, comes back with the Kings where he signed as a free agent in the offseason.

Temple is averaging 20.8 minutes per game in Sacramento with 5.8 points on 43.4 percent shooting. He'll probably get some time guarding Beal, whom he poked some fun at in this CSN Bay Area video:

Beal is looking forward to the matchup:

"It's going to be fun. He's a competitor. We'll be competing on the floor, but we're brothers at the end of the day. I'm happy for him and the situation he's in. Of course, I always wish he was in red, white and blue but he has a better career now and a better future ahead of him. You wish him nothing but the best, except for tonight."

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This video of early Thomas Bryant-Isaiah Thomas chemistry should make Wizards fans smile

This video of early Thomas Bryant-Isaiah Thomas chemistry should make Wizards fans smile

One of the best parts of the NBA offseason, behind free-agency and the draft, has to be the open run's that go on all summer long. These sessions give an opportunity for NBA players to team up with each other, while also playing alongside high school, college, and overseas talent. 

Some new Wizards teammates, Isaiah Thomas and Thomas Bryant, made their way to the Rico Hines private run in Los Angeles, California to establish some chemistry before training camp opens in late September.  

As seen above, IT is no stranger to sharing the sugar as he finished top 20 in the league in assists per game (5.9) in 2016, the last season he was fully healthy. While TB is one of the most efficient rim-runners in the league, leading the NBA in two-point field goal percentage (68.5) last season. 

Could this be a preview of what to expect come season's tip? Wizards fans sure hope so. 

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Washington Wizards hire assistant coach Michael Longabardi to Scott Brooks coaching staff

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Washington Wizards hire assistant coach Michael Longabardi to Scott Brooks coaching staff

The Wizards sought to add an assistant coach with a strong defensive track record this offseason and they did just that Saturday evening by hiring Michael Longabardi, according to NBC Sports Washington’s Chase Hughes. 

Longardi, 46, has spent the last three seasons as a defensive coach on the Cleveland Cavaliers' staff. He was initially hired by former Cavs' head coach Tyronn Lue in 2016 when the team claimed their first championship in franchise history. 

Before joining the Cavaliers, Longabardi held assistant coaching roles with the Phoenix Suns, Houston Rockets, and most notably the Boston Celtics, in which he and Lue served under head coach Doc Rivers and Tom Thibodeau from 2007 to 2013.

Longabardi was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, and attended Xaverian High School, a private Catholic school. He then went on to play basketball at Newberry College where he earned the nickname "Mr. Defense."

Just a day after reports broke that Tommy Sheppard would be promoted to a permanent general manager position, the organization is making yet another move in hopes of improving overall culture and team defense.

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