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

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

John Wall, Bradley Beal and the Washington Wizards battle Paul George, Myles Turner and the Indiana Pacers on Thursday 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: Bankers Life Fieldhouse
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...

Season series comes to a close

After the Wizards beat the Pacers on Saturday night at the Verizon Center, center Marcin Gortat looked ahead to Thursday's matchup and described it as a "very tough situation." He went on to explain how not only were they seeing the Pacers twice in a short period of time, just six days, but that the second meeting would be the series finale between the teams. He knew that the Pacers would come back even more motivated than usual to tie up the season series and not let the Wizards take a 3-1 advantage.

That record is important because if the Wizards win on Thursday and move to 3-1 vs. Indiana, they will hold a tiebreaker for playoff seeding. Right now the Wizards are third in the East, while the Pacers are sixth and just 4 1/2 games behind them. Seeding could be very important for this basic reason: finishing in the top three would likely mean avoiding the Cavaliers until the Eastern Conference Fnals.

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100-point streak

The Wizards continue to light up the scoreboard, having put up 100 points or more in 21 straight games after their dismantling of the Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday night. That 21-game streak is the longest in franchise history since 1989 and only 10 other teams have accomplished the feat this century, since the year 2000.

If they can score 100 on Thursday against Indiana, the Wizards will match the longest such streak in Scott Brooks' coaching career. The longest for him is 22 games, set back in 2015 with the Oklahoma City Thunder. Brooks coached some very good teams in OKC that featured superstars Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and James Harden, all current MVP candidates who are in the top nine of NBA scoring right now. Yet Brooks' current Wizards team is averaging more points (108) per game than any of his teams in Oklahoma City ever did.

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Going out on a high note

Regardless of what happens on Thursday night in Indiana, their final game before All-Star weekend, the Wizards will feel good about themselves heading into the break. They have turned their season all the way around, sit 33-21 overall and third in their conference. With Kevin Love's injury keeping him out of the Cavs' lineup for six weeks, the idea of the Wizards going on a run at the top seed in March does not seem far-fetched. 

If the Wizards win on Thursday, they will be 13 games above .500 for the first time since Feb. 9 of 2015. They have won 17 of their last 20. A win against the Pacers would be a nice end to an impressive first part of the season for Washington.

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2017-18 Wizards roster review: Tim Frazier

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2017-18 Wizards roster review: Tim Frazier

To wrap up the 2017-18 season, we are looking at each player on the Wizards' roster. Today, we evaluate Tim Frazier's season...

Player: Tim Frazier

Position: Point guard

Age: 27

2017-18 salary: $2 million

2017-18 stats: 59 G, 14.2 mpg, 3.0 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 3.3 apg, 0.8 spg, 0.1 bpg, 39.5 FG%, 30.4 3P%, 76.7 FT%, 44.5 eFG%, 105 ORtg, 107 DRtg

Best game: 1/27 at Hawks - 4 points, 14 assists, 3 rebounds, 2 steals, 2 blocks, 2-for-5 FG

Season review: The Wizards tabbed Tim Frazier to be their backup point guard nearly a year ago when they sent a second round pick to the New Orleans Pelicans on the eve of draft night. They viewed Frazier as the solution to their years-long search for a capable backup behind John Wall. Frazier had thrived as a replacement starter in New Orleans and the Wizards saw him as worth a draft pick, even though he had just one year left on his contract.

Frazier began the season as the primary backup point guard, but ultimately lost the job to Tomas Satoransky once Wall went out with a left knee injury. Frazier became the starter and Satoransky the backup, but through two weeks Satoransky outplayed him and became No. 2 on the depth chart once Wall returned. Then, when Wall went down for months late in the season, Satoransky started and Frazier backed him up.

Frazier never found consistency as he moved back and forth between roles. His minutes, points and assists averages were all career-lows.

The Wizards added competition to their roster for Frazier and Satoransky midseason, first by signing Ramon Sessions in March and then adding Ty Lawson just before the playoffs began. That led to Frazier being inactive for four of the Wizards' six postseason games.

All in all, it was a frustrating year for Frazier. He even had to deal with a broken nose and surgery to repair it after getting inadvertently kneed in the face by Bobby Portis in a game against the Bulls in February.

Frazier has been part of small group of Wizards players continuing to work out at the team facility this summer. He has been there along with Wall, Ian Mahinmi and Jason Smith. That said, it does seem likely Frazier returns given how the Wizards used him this season. He was completely out of the rotation for extended periods of time.

Helping his cause in that regard is that the Wizards have his Bird rights, meaning they can re-sign him while going above the salary cap. They currently have five open roster spots and not much money to spend. Frazier could represent a cheap option and help them fill out their roster.

Potential to improve: Shooting, on-ball defense, consistency

More player season reviews:

John Wall, PG

Bradley Beal, SG

Otto Porter, SF

Markieff Morris, PF

Marcin Gortat, C

Kelly Oubre, Jr., SF

Tomas Satoransky, PG

Ian Mahinmi, C

Ty Lawson, PG

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Markieff Morris goes 1-on-1; no All-NBA votes for Beal?

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Markieff Morris goes 1-on-1; no All-NBA votes for Beal?

On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman, Chris Miller caught up with Wizards power forward Markieff Morris. Morris looked back on the 2017-18 season and gave his side on what needs to be fixed.

Chris and Chase Hughes also had a heated debate about Bradley Beal not receiving any All-NBA votes. Chase is an awards voter and defended his ballot. Chris wasn't having any of it.

They also went into the conference finals and what it would mean if the Rockets beat the Warriors.

You can listen to the episode right here:

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