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

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

John Wall, Bradley Beal and the Washington Wizards host Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and the Golden State Warriors 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. GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS

Where: Verizon Center
Tip-off: 7 p.m.
TV: CSN (coverage begins at 6:30 p.m.)
Live stream: You can watch a live stream online of Wizards vs. Warriors on the NBC Sports app
Radio: 1500 AM

Three things to watch...

Seeking a turnaround

The Wizards welcome the 49-9 Golden State Warriors to town at a time they probably wish they were playing somebody else. That's not to say they will be intimidated whatsoever by the Dubs. It's just they are in a bit of a slump right now and in order to break out soon, they will have to correct their course against the NBA's best team.

That is not ideal, but the Wizards have to play their way out of this one way or the other. After entering the All-Star break winners of 18 of 21 games, the Wizards have lost two straight. The second was understandable, against the Utah Jazz, the fourth-seed in the West. The Wizards just couldn't score against arguably the best defensive team in the game. Their first loss, however, was a big disappointment, a road loss to the Sixers who were without Joel Embiid, their best player. Defense was the problem against Philly, while offense was the issue vs. Utah. Can they put it all together against Golden State?

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Dealing with Durant and crew

Improving on defense will not be easy against Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, three All-Stars who rank among the most talented offensive players in the game. All three score at least 22 points per game and shoot at least 47 percent from the field. They are a nightmare for any opponent and as a team the Warriors rank second in basketball at 118.1 points per game.

Wizards head coach Scott Brooks discussed the challenge of stopping them, specifically on the three-point line where they not only shoot at high percentage (38.9% as a team) but with unbelievable quickness on their release:

"I don't know, I really don't. I don't know how to guard this team. They've got so many weapons, but we're going to challenge ourselves to do it. We're not going to concede because they're the best team. They've got some of the best shooters and they take a lot of tough shots that go in... It's beautiful to watch; all of these threes and the passing."

As for Durant, whom Brooks coached for seven years with the Oklahoma City Thunder, he had this to say:

"It's not going to be easy. He has the length. He has the shooting and the ball-handling. He has every part of the game that he can score at. He can go either way. We're going to make it hard on him, make his shots and his catches very difficult."

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Can Otto get going?

The Wizards could use an improved performance by forward Otto Porter to give them a chance against the Warriors. Porter charged into the break, averaging 16.3 points on 53.8 percent shooting and 7.8 rebounds per game in his last 10 outings. But in his two games since the All-Star break, Porter has scored just 13 total points, shooting 6-for-18 (33.3%) from the field. 

When asked about this mini-slump, Porter said he needs to "just keep playing." He's right, there is no need to worry. He probably just needs to shoot more. Against Utah he only took two three-pointers. That is nowhere near enough for the most accurate three-point shooter in basketball.

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Rui Hachimura, Troy Brown Jr. hope to show improvement when NBA returns

Rui Hachimura, Troy Brown Jr. hope to show improvement when NBA returns

The NBA's break in between games due to the coronavirus is long enough to equal a full NBA offseason. If any of the general rules of NBA offseasons apply, that means some players could come back looking noticeably different.

Since young players are usually the ones who improve the most over the summer, Rui Hachimura and Troy Brown Jr. are two players to watch. They are the Wizards' two most recent first round picks and both spent the break working with the resources they had, hoping to make another leap.

Hachimura, whom the Wizards took ninth overall in 2019, spent much of the time off in Los Angeles. He mostly trained at home with access to weights and a schedule lined with Zoom workouts hosted by Wizards coaches and members of the team's training staff.

Hachimura didn't have full-time access to a hoop, but did get some shots up here and there. Since returning to Washington once the Wizards' practice facility reopened in June, Hachimura has been working closely with assistant coach Corey Gaines.

The emphasis has been his outside shot, ball-handling and court vision.

"I feel like I have more confidence in my threes," Hachimura said. "I feel like that's come from how much I'm working out. The coaches have done a good job with me, the technique and stuff. I think it's more the confidence and I think it's getting better."

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The Wizards have been trying to add arc to Hachimura's shot ever since they drafted him out of Gonzaga. He has a solid midrange shot, but the percentages go down the further out he goes and the flat trajectory doesn't help.

Hachimura is shooting just 27.4 percent from three as a rookie this season. The team hopes he can step into a larger offensive role with Davis Bertans having opted out of the league's restart. If his three-point shot is indeed improved, Hachimura could make a big difference.

"I'm so excited for this opportunity," Hachimura said. "I think we have a chance to make the playoffs."

Much of Brown's focus during the break has been on the defensive end. He wants to be a more reliable and versatile defender for the defensively-challenged Wizards.

The problem there is that with social distancing in Wizards' workouts, he can't really practice defending other NBA players. So, it has required some creativity.

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"I've done lateral slides with resistance bands on. More so making your body used to those quick movements and getting those twitch muscles used to sliding fast and making quick reaction times," he said.

Brown said he adjusted his diet during quarantine and dropped his body fight down to six percent, the lowest he's been since he was drafted 15th overall by the Wizards in 2018. He also feels like the time away helped him clear his head.

"For me personally, I feel like it's been a good break to take some time off mentally and regroup. I've been able to work on my body and work on stuff I normally wouldn't be able to work on," he said.

The Wizards have a lot of young players who had the chance to improve dramatically in the past few months. But their two recent first round picks certainly stand out as ones to monitor given how important they are to the team's future. In just a few weeks, we should get a sense of whether they were actually able to improve or not.

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Ish Smith on death of 11-year-old Davon McNeal, gun violence in United States

Ish Smith on death of 11-year-old Davon McNeal, gun violence in United States

During a video conference call with reporters on Monday, Wizards point guard Ish Smith was asked about gun violence in the United States, specifically in light of the recent murder of 11-year-old Davon McNeal in Southeast Washington. Smith had heard of his passing and it hit quite close to home.

"His life is cut short at 11 years. I got a nephew right now who is 11 years old. He's 11 and I know the dreams and aspirations he wants and where he wants to get to," Smith said. 

McNeal was killed by a stray bullet on Saturday while attending a non-violence cookout organized by his mother. He was in the sixth grade at Kramer Middle School in Southeast.

McNeal's death is all too familiar for Smith, who has seen far to many cases just like this one.

"What could little man have done to avoid that? Like, we gotta do better," Smith said. "To see a child taken so young; I mean, my man won't even be able to see his 18th birthday, prom, graduation. There's just so much stuff... It shouldn't be at the hand of somebody else where they can't get to where they wanna get to because of a stray bullet or a shooting; whatever the case is. My heart hurts."

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Smith, who is deeply religious, said he is "constantly praying" for the violence to stop. He tries to do his part by speaking with troubled youth in North Carolina in the offseason.

He hopes more awareness can be raised for tragedies like McNeal's.

"[Kids] have to see a better example so they know what to do and what not to do so they can see a brighter future," Smith said.

There are no suspects in McNeal's murder at this time. D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser is asking for the public's help with any leads.

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