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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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Five observations from Wizards' 115-104 loss to the Brooklyn Nets despite Dwight Howard's huge night

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Five observations from Wizards' 115-104 loss to the Brooklyn Nets despite Dwight Howard's huge night

The Washington Wizards lost to the Brooklyn Nets 115-104 on Friday night. Here are five observations from the game...

Step back: The Wizards just can't crack the code of consistency or the pesky Brooklyn Nets.

After winning three straight and looking like they had made some corrections, the Wizards stumbled out of the locker room at halftime and couldn't match Brooklyn's energy. The Nets pulled away to lead by as many as 19 and handed the Wizards yet another blowout loss in a season of which are quickly piling up.

The Nets have the formula to give the Wizards fits. They are scrappy and play defense. They are cohesive and well-coached. The Wizards are susceptible against try-hards who play with a chip on their shoulder. They too often let others set the tone and that's just what the Nets did in this one. 

The Wizards are now 5-10 on the season. That matches their 15-game start from two years ago, when they rallied to win 49 games, but that only means so much, of course.

Threes were off: While their attempts are up, the Wizards have been shooting uncharacteristically bad from three this season. They entered the game 27th in the NBA, shooting just 32.8 percent.

In this game, they didn't just struggle to make threes, they had trouble shooting them at all. Brooklyn sold out to take away the perimeter and was successful doing it. 

The Wizards went 3-for-17 from three and shot just 17.6 percent. They were 2-for-13 entering the fourth quarter.

Surely, head coach Scott Brooks won't be happy about that. Three-point shooting continues to be a major point of emphasis for him.

Howard was dominant early: Perhaps we should have expected this from Dwight Howard. After all, it was the Nets, the team Howard was bought out by over the summer, right before he signed with the Wizards. 

Was three days with a franchise enough for a revenge game? Sure, we'll go with it.

Or, perhaps he's just a bad matchup for Brooklyn because they were the team he smacked around for 32 points and 30 rebounds against last season.

He didn't quite go 30-30, but Howard was unstoppable in the first half. He ate Jarrett Allen, who is a very talented young player, for lunch. Allen and the rest of the Nets' frontline were no match for Howard's strength.

Howard popped off for six of the Wizards' first eight points. By halftime, he had 17 points, nine rebounds, a steal and a block.

This game was a reminder of the fact he can do things his predecessor, Marcin Gortat, cannot. Howard, really, can produce in a way no Wizards' fourth option has been able to in years.

Markieff Morris has often served as the fourth scoring option behind John Wall, Bradley Beal, and Otto Porter Jr. But Morris doesn't often go off for nearly a double-double in a half. 

But, the second half:  What was strange about Howard, though, is that he barely played in the second half until the game was out of hand. Howard picked up his fourth foul in the third quarter, but that didn't explain it all.

Howard played only five minutes from the start of the second half until there were less than nine minutes to go in the fourth quarter. During that stretch, Allen found success against the Wizards' small-ball lineups and helped the Nets pull away.

By the time Howard returned, the Wizards were down 19 points. Brooks had something that was working really well and, in part because of the fouls, he went away from it a little too long. It proved costly.

Morris struggled: As good as Howard was, Morris had one of his worst games of the season. The Wizards power forward had one of those nights we see far too often where he wasn't active enough on defense or on the boards. He couldn't get anything going offensively, either.

Morris, who ended the game with four points and two rebounds in 20 minutes, had zero points and zero rebounds in nine minutes in the first quarter. 

While the Nets' big men were overmatched by Howard's strength, Morris couldn't keep up with their quickness. He was a step behind and had trouble matching their bounce around the rim.

Morris predictably didn't play at all in the fourth quarter. That's the way it goes with Brooks now.

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2018-19 NBA power rankings: Wizards rising, are Warriors falling?

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2018-19 NBA power rankings: Wizards rising, are Warriors falling?

The start to the 2018-19 NBA season did not go smoothly for a handful of teams. The Wizards started 2-9, but have since won three straight. The Lakers, with LeBron James leading the way, started 2-5 but have won six of their last seven games.

Even the Rockets, considered one of the top contenders for the 2018-19 NBA championship, started slow, losing five of their first six games. But since the calendar switched from October to November, the Rockets turned things around, having won six of eight.

Click here to view the latest 2018-19 NBA Power Rankings

What about the reigning NBA champion Golden State Warriors. Steph Curry and company lost just once in their first 11 games, but have dropped three of their last five games amid turmoil between Kevin Durant and Draymond Green. The Warriors are still clearly the favorites to win the NBA title again, but are they still perched atop our power rankings?

Here is a look at all 30 teams...

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