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

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

John Wall, Bradley Beal and the Washington Wizards host Brook Lopez, Jeremy Lin and the Brooklyn Nets on Friday 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. BROOKLYN NETS

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...

Repeat performance?

Bradley Beal said after the Wizards' win over the Hawks on Wednesday that he and his teammates had regained their "swag." John Wall and others praised their defensive effort to break out of a funk that saw them lose four of five for the first time since November. They looked good for the most part, no doubt. They held the Hawks to 39.5 percent shooting, the fifth time this year they have held a team under 40.

But now comes the question of whether they can carry it over. They need to take care of business against the Nets, the NBA's worst team. After Brooklyn they have the Cavs the following night to start a brutal five-game road trip. They can't afford to lose to Brooklyn with what is up ahead.

[RELATED: Kelly Oubre, Ian Mahinmi may be keys to helping Wizards snap out of defensive funk]

Wizards can clinch a playoff spot

It would require some help, but the Wizards can technically clinch a playoff spot on Friday night. If they win, and he Pistons lose, the Wizards are officially in after missing the playoffs entirely last year. Chicago has the same record as the Pistons, but the Wizards hold the tiebreaker over them by way of a 3-1 head-to-head record this season.

The Pistons, who have lost two straight, play the Magic in Orlando at 7 p.m, the same time as the Wizards. If the Wizards win and get some assistance, they could have something to celebrate late Friday night as they head to Cleveland.

[RELATED: Wall on Cousins: 'He said he would come to D.C.']

Nets are actually playing okay

Despite being the NBA's worst team with just 14 wins, four of the Nets' victories have come in their last seven games. They just beat the Suns on Thursday and before that the Pistons, who are right outside the playoff picture. Amazingly, that was their first two-game winning streak of the entire season. Two games before Detroit they lost by just three points to the very good Celtics. The Nets are still fighting despite having been eliminated from the playoffs long ago.

The Nets, in fact, have the sixth-most wins in the month of March among all teams in the East. Their six wins are more than what the Cavaliers have this month, as well as the playoff-bound Pacers. Both of those teams have five.

[RELATED: NBA Power Rankings: Movement in the East]

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Why (and how) your NBA Cares Community Assist Award vote should go to Bradley Beal

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Why (and how) your NBA Cares Community Assist Award vote should go to Bradley Beal

Voting has officially begun for the season-long NBA Community Assist Award, and Wizards All-Star guard Bradley Beal is a finalist. 

Chosen by fans and an NBA executive panel, the award honors a player’s strong commitment to positively impacting his community through sustained efforts over the course of the season.

In December, Beal visited Ron Brown College Preparatory High school in D.C. to give away two pairs of shoes to every member of the JV and varsity basketball teams.

It didn't stop there. Beal took his role as a mentor to the next level by checking in with the kids multiple times a month to make sure they are on the right track in both athletics and their academic studies.

Later on in February, Beal invited 10 students from RBHS on a private tour of the National African-American History and Culture Museum.

The seven-year NBA veteran also made a point to donate game tickets to community groups and toys to the Salvation Army during the holiday season. 

Here's some key information about the voting process: 

  1. Voting begins: Wednesday, April 24th at 12:01 p.m.
  2. Voting ends: Sunday, May 5th at 11:59 p.m.
  3. How does voting work? Through the above date range, every tweet posted using both of the hashtags #BradleyBeal and #NBACommunityAssist counts as one vote.
  4. Retweets of tweets using the above hashtags also count as one vote

This all comes following another All-Star season that saw the 25-year-old finish with career-highs in points (25.6), rebounds (5.0), and assists (5.5). He played in all 82 regular-season games. 

The winning player will receive $25,000 to their charity of choice, a donation from the NBA and Kaiser Permanente.

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The next Damian Lillard will be drafted this June, Ja Morant

The next Damian Lillard will be drafted this June, Ja Morant

On Tuesday night, Portland guard Damian Lillard broke #NBATwitter with his 37-foot, series-clinching buzzer-beater against Oklahoma City. 

It's not the first time we've seen him do that, but it's by far the biggest impact his play has had on the NBA world to this point.

Fair or not, Lillard's image has always been the overlooked underdog.  Even after being named All-NBA First Team last season, it's rare you hear his name mentioned among the NBA's most popular players. 

That attitude is what fuels the Portland Trail Blazers though. It's what the entire roster uses as motivation every game. It's a mindset every team in the NBA should be emulating too, and it starts with their star. 

If you're an organization in the middle of a rebuild, you should be looking no further than Ja Morant if you want this same organizational mindset going forward.

Ja Morant is the next Dame Lillard.

Ja Morant is going to be a star. 

The Wizards are one of those teams, and with the NBA Draft Lottery coming May 14, if the ping pong balls land in their favor, Morant needs to be their pick at No. 2 in the NBA Draft.

Don't worry about any other point guards on the roster and what that means. Don't pass on Morant.

Obviously, No. 1 would mean Zion Williamson, and anything past No. 2 means both are probably off the board, so we'll stick with that No. 2 pick in this case.

Both Lillard and Morant come from small schools in Weber State and Murray State, respectively. Both were under-recruited with Lillard being just a two-star and Morant not even being ranked by recruiting services ESPN, 247Sports, or Rivals.

Lillard was the better three-point shooter coming out of college, but Morant still has range, and can jump out of the gym.

Neither has a ton of size (Lillard 6-2, 185 lbs., and Morant 6-3, 175), but both aren't scared of the spotlight, and step on the court ready to eat the other team alive.

In a star-driven league based so much around player's brands and recognizability, there's something to be said for the guys that have the talent, but haven't been given the stage to show it yet. You get that combination of "chip on their shoulder" mentality with the star potential and work ethic biggy backing it. 

One of the best movie lines ever spoken was in Remember the Titans when Julius tells Gerry "attitude reflects leadership", and it's a mantra any successful team, business, volunteer group, club, or literally any collection of people should follow. 

If you want the right attitude in your locker room, you want leaders that can create it. 

Morant and Lillard share that same leadership, and the results are there to prove it. 

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