The Washington Wizards look to make it three wins in a row as they host the San Antonio Spurs. Here is all you need to know: TV, live stream and radio info, tip-off time, plus three things to watch…
WASHINGTON WIZARDS vs. SAN ANTONIO SPURS
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...
Minutes for starters
The Wizards don't have to worry about resting John Wall in the second game of back-to-backs anymore, but it will be interesting to see how he and several others deal with the heavy minutes they may log within a 48-hour period. Wall played 38 minutes in their Friday night win over the Magic and will likely carry a large load against the Spurs. Bradley Beal, who recently missed three games with a hamstring injury, played 37 minutes.
Markieff Morris, who has been dealing with a sore foot and twisted ankle, played 32 minutes. And Otto Porter, who left last Monday's game with right hip inflammation, played 33 minutes. Head coach Scott Brooks would probably like to play each guy less than they did against the Magic, but he's got a tough matchup with the Spurs ahead of him and they will need all hands on deck to win.
Defending the three
The Wizards are among the worst teams in basketball at defending three-pointers with opponents shooting 39.1 percent from downtown. On Saturday, they will see the Spurs who are one of the best teams at firing from long range. The Spurs have the best three-point percentage (40.1) in the league and they make nearly nine per contest.
The Wizards will have plenty of sharpshooters to watch out for. Kawhi Leonard shoots 40.2 percent and Danny Green makes them at 45.7 percent. They are two of six Spurs players who shoot over 40 percent from three on at least one attempt per game.
Limit Leonard and Aldridge
The Spurs are impressive in their depth, but offensively they have two players who carry a majority of the load. That would be All-Stars LaMarcus Aldridge and Lenoard. Leonard is off to the best start of his career, averaging 25.1 points, 6.6 rebounds and 2.1 steals per game. Leonard takes 17.8 shots per game and hits at a 46.7 percent rate.
Aldridge has been excellent in his second season in San Antonio. He's averaging 18 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game.