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

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

John Wall, Bradley Beal and the Washington Wizards host Kristaps Porzingis, Carmelo Anthony, Derrick Rose and the New York Knicks on Tuesday night as they aim to continue rising the ranks of the NBA's Eastern Conference.

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...

Home streak on the line

The Wizards return home on Monday night after playing five of their last six on the road. Lately, they have played well no matter the location with eight wins in their last nine games, but at home they have been a juggernaut, boasting the third-most wins in basketball. Only the Cavaliers and Warriors have won more on their home court.

For the Wizards, that also includes a 14-game home winning streak which will once again be put to the test. Six of the Wizards' next seven games are at home and included in that bunch are some very tough opponents: the Cavs, Pacers and Thunder. They also play the Pelicans, who put up a good fight on Sunday. 

If the Wizards win on Monday, their streak will reach 15 and match the 1988-89 Bullets for the second-longest in franchise history. The franchise mark is 22, set by the 1974-75 Bullets. 

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Can they contain Kristaps again?

The Wizards have already beaten the Knicks twice this season and in both of those matchups they for the most part kept star Kristaps Porzingis in check. In the first game between the teams on Nov. 17 in Washington, Porzingis scored a modest 16 points. That was one night after he went off for a career-high of 35 against the Pistons.

In the second game between the teams on Jan. 19 in New York, Porzingis finished with 15 points and missed all three of his three-point attempts. Markieff Morris has proven this season that he is capable of guarding mobile big men who can shoot. He gave Porzingis problems, particularly in the first game, and will look to do so again on Monday night.

Possible tension between the teams

The last game these two teams played ended in controversy as Wizards assistant coach Sidney Lowe walked onto the court during the Knicks' final offensive possession. Knicks guard Courtney Lee said afterwards that Lowe's presence threw him off and convinced him to pass the ball instead of shooting when he was momentarily open. He was confused and thought Lowe was a defensive player. The league later ruled that Lowe should have been assessed a technical in their two-minute report and issued him a fine.

Given it's a controversy involving an assistant coach, it's unlikely anything will come of it on Monday night. But it is something to keep in mind, at least for Wizards fans. At this point the Knicks probably have plenty of bigger things to worry about with how dysfunctional they have become in recent weeks.

[RELATED: Confident John Wall says Wizards can make Eastern Conference Finals]

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Five observations from Wizards' loss to the Nets, including another rebounding disaster


Five observations from Wizards' loss to the Nets, including another rebounding disaster

The Washington Wizards lost to the Brooklyn Nets 125-118 on Friday night. Here are five observations from the game...

1. The Wizards have a real problem with the Nets, a team they had dominated not long ago. With a loss in Brooklyn on Friday night, the Wizards have lost four of their past six meetings with the Nets. Previously, they won nine of 10 matchups going back to 2015.

The Wizards, to be fair, aren't playing well against anyone right now. They have lost four straight games and six of their last nine. This game was supposed to be one that was manageable, but they couldn't take advantage.

2. One of the most crippling problems for the Wizards season just will not go away. Once again, the Wizards were outworked on the glass and by a significant margin. The Nets out-rebounded the Wizards 46-25 and it could have been worse if it weren't for both teams shooting 52 percent or better. 

Washington has now been edged in rebounds 22 times in 29 games this season. This time, it was a collective effort for their opponent. Seven different Nets players had four boards or more.

Meanwhile, there were plenty of Wizards players who came up short. Their entire starting lineup combined for eight rebounds. Thomas Bryant and Markieff Morris had three rebounds apiece.

3. Free throw shooting loomed large in this one, both in terms of attempts and percentage. The Nets took 31 free throws and made 26 of them, good for 83.9 percent. The Wizards attempted only 16 and made nine, for 56.3 percent.

Opponent free throw percentage is always an odd stat to evaluate. There is a certain amount of luck involved, as there's nothing teams can really do to affect it. 

Yet, the Wizards happen to be near the bottom of the league in opponents free throw percentage. Teams are shooting 79.3 percent at the line in games against them. Only the Lakers have seen teams shoot better, at 81.6 percent.

4. Otto Porter Jr. was out for the second straight game as he continues to deal with a right knee contusion. Just like Wednesday, Porter was considered a gametime decision but was ruled out after a pregame workout with trainers.

Porter only played seven minutes on Monday before leaving with the injury, so he has missed the better part of three games. The team has described it as non-serious, that it's just a deep bruise, but it has been enough for him to miss consecutive games for the first time in nearly a year, since Dec. 17 and 19 of last season. He hasn't missed three games since the 2015-16 season, by the way.

5. With Porter out, it was once again Sam Dekker who benefitted most. Jeff Green got the start in Porter's place, but it was Dekker who got the leftover minutes as a backup. Head coach Scott Brooks has opted for Dekker in consecutive games now over Troy Brown Jr. and Devin Robinson. Brown was their first-round pick in June and Robinson has been in the system for two years now.

While Dekker is above those guys on the depth chart at the moment, that doesn't necessarily say much about the big picture. The Wizards could simply be using Porter's absence as an opportunity to get an extended look at their newest acquisition. 


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Report: Wizards finalizing deal to trade Kelly Oubre Jr., Austin Rivers for Trevor Ariza

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Report: Wizards finalizing deal to trade Kelly Oubre Jr., Austin Rivers for Trevor Ariza

The current Washington Wizards, now 11-18 and losers of four in a row, need help. They may be bringing back one of their former players just for that purpose.

The Wizards are reportedly in "advanced talks" to acquire Phoenix Suns forward Trevor Ariza as part of a 3-team deal, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. The scenario would send Kelly Oubre Jr. to the Memphis Grizzlies and Austin Rivers to the Suns. 

Ariza, 33, played two seasons with Washington from 2012-2014. His two-way presence helped turn the Wizards into a playoff team in 2014. One of the league's best 3-and-D players, Ariza continued his productive over the next four seasons in Houston. After he started for a Rockets team that reached the Western Conference Finals last season, the small forward signed a one-year, $15 million contract with the Suns.

Oubre, the Wizards' 2015 first-round pick, has significant potential but remains an erratic player four years into his career. He is also a restricted free agent this summer.

Washington acquired Rivers, a wing guard threat off the bench, this offseason for center Marcin Gortat.

By league rules, Saturday marks the first day players that signed as free agents this summer can be traded.

Ariza is averaging 9.9 points and 5.6 rebounds while shooting 36 percent on 3-pointers in 26 games with the Suns this season.

Check back for more on the Ariza rumor and more on NBC Sports Washington.