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2020 NBA Rising Stars game: Schedule, Time, TV Channel, Live Stream, How to Watch

2020 NBA Rising Stars game: Schedule, Time, TV Channel, Live Stream, How to Watch

Tonight two Wizards players will be taking part in the 2020 NBA Rising Stars game, rookie Rui Hachimura and sophomore forward Moe Wagner. While the event is not considered to be the main attraction of the weekend, it should not be overlooked. The Rising Stars game is a display of the young talent throughout the league. 

While the event was once a strict rookies vs. sophomores game, it has now changed in format. The game now pits rookies and sophomores in the league in a U.S. vs. international format. The change demonstrates the NBA’s acknowledgment of the international talent prevalent in the league. 

Hachimura was out for 23 games due to an injury, but it seems that he didn’t miss a beat. During Tuesday’s game against the Bulls, Hachimura had 20 points, four rebounds, two blocks, three assists and two steals. Wagner had also been out due to an injury, missing 25 games, but on Tuesday he jumped right back into things. Wagner had 12 points, three boards, a block and a steal. 

To have both Hachimura and Wagner chosen to participate in the game is an amazing achievement in itself. The Wizards have only had two players appear in the Rising Stars game from 2004 through 2019. These two players were John Wall and Bradley Beal. To have two Wizards players selected to play is confirmation that the young talent on the Wizards team is there and is being recognized.

Rising Stars Participants

U.S. Roster: 

Miles Bridges (Charlotte Hornets)

Wendell Carter Jr. (Chicago Bulls)

Devonte’ Graham (Charlotte Hornets)

Tyler Herro (Miami Heat) (injured, will not play)

Jaren Jackson Jr. (Memphis Grizzlies)

Ja Morant (Memphis Grizzlies)

Kendrick Nunn (Miami Heat)

Eric Paschall (Golden State Warriors)

Collin Sexton (Cleveland Cavaliers) (injury replacement)

PJ Washington (Charlotte Hornets)

Zion Williamson (New Orleans Pelicans)

Trae Young (Atlanta Hawks)

World Roster:

Nickeil Alexander-Walker (New Orleans Pelicans)

Deandre Ayton (Phoenix Suns)

RJ Barrett (New York Knicks)

Brandon Clarke (Memphis Grizzlies)

Luka Doncic (Dallas Mavericks)

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (Oklahoma City Thunder)

Rui Hachimura (Washington Wizards)

Svi Mykhailiuk (Detroit Pistons)

Josh Okogie (Minnesota Timberwolves)

Moritz Wagner (Washington Wizards)


How to Watch the Rising Stars Challenge

Channel: TNT

When: Friday, Feb. 14, 9 p.m, ET

Where: United Center, Chicago, Illinois

Live Stream: https://www.tntdrama.com/watchtnt  


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How to Watch Wizards vs. Pacers NBA 2K20 simulation and Bradley Beal's 55-point game vs. Bucks

How to Watch Wizards vs. Pacers NBA 2K20 simulation and Bradley Beal's 55-point game vs. Bucks

Sunday night was supposed to feature another exciting Wizard’s game against the Indiana Pacers. However, because the NBA season remains suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic, games are not being played as planned. 

Although fans can’t tune into Wizards games in a traditional sense, just like everything else in the world right now, there is a virtual alternative. The Wizards vs. Pacers game will still go on as planned but will be an NBA 2K20 video game simulation. 

This format allows fans to watch a broadcast of the video game where the computer has control. Additionally, the game will feature commentary from NBC Sports Washington’s Wizards experts.

The Wizards fun continues after the game ends, as there is a replay of a game against the Bucks from earlier this season when Bradley Beal hit 55 points in his second of back-to-back 50-points games.

Here's everything you need to join the Wizards action on Sunday night. 


Sunday, April 5 at 7 PM ET


  • NBC Sports Washington (channel finder
  • Any of our 24/7 authenticated streaming platforms
  • Monumental Sports Network via its website www.monumentalsportsnetwork.com or via any of its available apps on iOS, Android, Roku, Apple TV, Fire TV, and Xbox.

Broadcast schedule

07:00 PM: NBA 2K20 Simulation: Wizards @ Indiana Pacers (P)

08:00 PM: NBA Classics: Milwaukee Bucks @ Wizards (R)

10:30 PM: NBA 2K20 Simulation: Wizards @ Indiana Pacers (R)

11:30 PM: NBA Classics: Brooklyn Nets @ Wizards (R)

Starting lineups

Wizards: TBD
Pacers: TBD

If you miss the NBA basketball season like all do, tune into NBC Sports Washington on Sunday night to experience the best alternative to a live game. 


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Wizards use strong finish against 76ers to pull out another 2K simulation win

Wizards use strong finish against 76ers to pull out another 2K simulation win

In yet another close finish, the Wizards won their fifth game in seven tries in Friday night's NBA 2K simulation. They managed to take down the visiting Philadelphia 76ers 74-69, who were no doubt hindered by the absence of young star Ben Simmons. 

Bradley Beal starred with 28 points in the game, including 10 in the first quarter, but it was Shabazz Napier who sealed the deal with eight points in the decisive fourth quarter. With 30 seconds left in the game, Napier rebounded his own miss and found Thomas Bryant for a short jumper to seal the victory.

Napier finished with 14 points and 6 assists, and he and Beal combined to go a perfect 8-8 at the free throw line in the game.

The young guard also dished it out, including one of the game's biggest highlights when he found a flying Rui Hachimura above the rim.

Here are some key takeaways from the Wizards' latest win.

Strong runs bookend the game

The Wizards struggled in the middle of the game, but they both started and finished strong.

Buoyed by their strong defense, the Wizards took advantage of Ben Simmons' injury to completely stifle the 76ers early. After the first quarter, Washington led 19-10 and looked like they might run away with the game. 

After allowing the 76ers to chip away in the second and third quarters, the Wizards found themselves trailing midway through the fourth quarter. Then, Napier and Beal took over once more, combining for 14 points in the quarter during a key 18-4 Wizards run.

Strong paint performance

The Wizards allowed Philadelphia to record seven blocks in the game, but otherwise dominated in the paint. Even without Ben Simmons on the floor, 76ers center Joel Embiid couldn't get going, finishing the first half with zero points.

On the other side of the court, the Wizards saw great production from their frontcourt. Thomas Bryant has been consistently pulling in rebounds in recent games, and that remained true with nine more boards Friday night.

Moe Wagner was all over the place for the Wizards as well, just missing a double-double. He finished with 9 points and 11 rebounds, to go along with 3 blocks.

Overall, the Wizards outscored the 76ers 46-32 in the paint in the game. 

Wizards overcome lack of 3-point shooting

In the era of pace-and-space, it's rare to see a team win without shooting the ball well. But that's exactly what happened Friday night. While the Wizards enjoyed a big advantage in the paint, they struggled to find their shots from beyond the arc.

Washington made just two 3-point shots in the game, attempting only six. Bradley Beal missed his only attempt from long range, and notorious marksman Davis Bertans finished the game with zero total shot attempts.

The 76ers' shooting night wasn't much better. Philadelphia finished 6-of-18 on three-point shots, with Tobias Harris making half of those thanks to a 3-for-5 night.

Other parting thoughts

Beal may not have had the game's biggest highlights, but even in the virtual world he cannot be stopped from scoring.

Scoring 28 points in 26 minutes is the definition of a video game statline. His 12 points in the third quarter were crucial in keeping the Wizards in the lead.

Rui Hachimura may not have had his best statistical performance, but one of the top rookies in the league managed to impress with his court vision.

There are few things more beautiful in (virtual) basketball than great defense turning into easy transition offense.

Having won five of their last seven games, the 2K Wizards will head to Indiana Sunday to take on a quality virtual Pacers team. 

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