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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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.
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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