John Wall, Bradley Beal and the Washington Wizards host Aaron Gordon, Elfrid Payton and the Orlando Magic on Sunday evening 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. ORLANDO MAGIC
Where: Verizon Center
Tip-off: 5 p.m.
TV: CSN (coverage begins at 4:30 p.m.)
Live stream: CSNmidatlantic.com
Radio: 1500 AM
Three things to watch...
Jennings's second showing
Brandon Jennings' Wizards debut didn't go quite as planned as he looked rusty in a loss to the Toronto Raptors on Friday night. He was held scorless on three shots in just under 10 minutes and never looked himself.
Jennings remarked after the game that he had taken a week off after getting waived, and he was playing with a whole new team, but the Wizards will want to get him up to speed as quickly as possible. Like Jennings, Bojan Bogdanovic struggled in his Wizards debut on Feb. 24 against the Sixers. Bogdanovic had just two points and shot 1-for-5 from the field. But then he dropped 15, 16 and 27 in his next three games, respectively. Perhaps Jennings can follow the same track.
The Orlando Magic have been a disappointment this season at 23-39, the second-worst record in the Eastern Conference. But for some reason they have enjoyed considerable success against the Wizards. Orlando is 2-1 against Washington this season and beat them at the Verizon Center back on Dec. 6.
There hasn't really been a rhyme or reason to why they have handled the Wizards well. In their win on Dec. 6 they won a 124-116 shootout. In their Nov. 5 win in Orlando, they won 88-86 in a defensive battle that John Wall sat out due to his recovery from two knee surgeries.
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Morris banged up
Only one Wizards player didn't practice on Saturday, as Markieff Morris sat out due to a left thigh contusion. That's a fancy way of saying he has a bruise, but clearly it was bad enough for him to miss a day.
The Wizards believe Morris will be fine for Sunday's game against the Magic, though it will bear watching how he can move around on the court. Between Bismack Biyombo and Aaron Gordon, the Magic have some mobile and atheltic forwards that Morris may have to run the floor with.