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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…

WASHINGTON WIZARDS vs. NEW YORK KNICKS

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.

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Jeff Green hopes recent playoff success can rub off on Wizards

Jeff Green hopes recent playoff success can rub off on Wizards

Jeff Green's basketball résumé got a significant boost this spring and summer as his Cleveland Cavaliers marched all the way to the NBA Finals before they were swept by the Golden State Warriors. It was Green's first time going past the second round of the playoffs and the experience, he says, was invaluable.

Green has come about as close to winning a championship without actually winning one and he certainly hopes to get back in that position. Green believes his new team, the Washington Wizards, have the tools to make a deep playoff run and it's one of the reasons why he signed a free agent deal to join them.

"Being there last year myself with Cleveland, I know it takes a lot. It takes a lot of pieces. I feel like this team has them," he said. "We can get back to that point. When I got the call, I felt like it was the best opportunity for myself to get there."

The Wizards' franchise has not been past the second round of the playoffs since 1979, when they were known as the Bullets. That was before anyone on their roster was born.

But Green pointed to the open Eastern Conference and the talent on the roster as reasons to believe they can accomplish some things that they haven't in decades. They may be capable, but putting it all together is easier said than done.

Green hopes to be one of the glue guys necessary for the Wizards to reach their potential, in part by sharing the lessons he learned.

"Never take it for granted. There are a lot of greats that have never been there," he said. "Getting to the Finals and being part of that was beyond amazing. With the experience and seeing what it took, I can bring that here and get everybody on the same page of knowing what it takes and the sacrifices that you have to do to get to that point."

Green over and over mentioned how it takes a collective effort to go to the conference finals and beyond, but he did show some self-awareness and a sense of humor about his own experience in Cleveland. All teams are different and the one he just left was a unique situation.

"You can’t get there individually. I mean, you can, we did last year. I mean, LeBron [James] carried us all the way there," he joked. "But there’s only one LeBron, but to get there you have to have team unity. You all have to be on the same page and sacrifice to make sure you’re doing what it takes to get the team there. I think that’s the biggest key. It’s not an individual thing… unless you’re LeBron."

If the Wizards are to reach their goals and go to the conference finals or the NBA Finals, they will have to do it differently than the Cavaliers did. They do not have a player on the level of James who can do much of it by himself. But Green said the process of imparting his wisdom has already started.

"I talked to John [Wall]," Green said. "Knowing that he wants to get to the Finals, I was just picking his brain and what he thinks is needed to get there. And me sharing my experience of getting to the Finals and what it takes."

The Wizards have reached a point as an organization where they have urgency to reach new heights. Green believes he can help them get there.

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: John Wall goes 1-on-1 to talk Bryce Harper's future, celebrity softball and the Summer League

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: John Wall goes 1-on-1 to talk Bryce Harper's future, celebrity softball and the Summer League

On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman, John Wall went 1-on-1 to talk Bryce Harper's future, the celebrity softball game and the Summer League.

Chase Hughes and Chris Miller broke down the parallels between Wall and Harper and why Wall has chosen to stay loyal to Washington in his own contract decisions. Plus, can the Wizards really tone down the talking this season?

You can listen to the episode right here:

You can download the podcast on Apple Podcasts right here and on Google Play. If you like the show please tell your friends!