A loss to the Pelicans on Friday officially eliminated the Wizards from playoff contention and moved Washington to 0-5 in the NBA bubble. As bleak as that sentence sounds, Sunday's matchup against the Oklahoma City Thunder is still important.
Though it won't impact this year's outcome, the final few games in Orlando offer the Wizards an opportunity to evaluate their young talent and start building toward the future. Role players and emerging talents will get a chance to work on their game against NBA competition and show their worth to the franchise.
Here's everything you need to know about the Wizards-Thunder matchup.
WIZARDS at THUNDER HOW TO WATCH
What: Washington Wizards at Oklahoma City Thunder
Where: ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, Orlando, Florida
When: Sunday, August 9, 12:30 p.m. ET
TV Channel: Wizards at Thunder will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington (NBC Sports Channel Finder)
Live Stream: You can live stream Wizards at Thunder on NBC Sports Washington's live stream page and on the MyTeams app.
Radio: Wizards Radio Network, 1500 AM
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WIZARDS at THUNDER TV SCHEDULE
11:30 PM: Wizards Pregame Live (LIVE)
12:30 PM: Washington Wizards at Oklahoma City Thunder (LIVE)
3:00 PM: Wizards Postgame Live (LIVE
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WIZARDS at THUNDER: WHAT TO WATCH
Working toward the future is the biggest goal for Washington right now. With no ground to gain in 2020, the Wizards sole concern should be giving their young roster an opportunity to grow each time out.
Rui Hachimura had a slow start to the resumption of play but broke out of his slump on Friday. The rookie's continued emergence is an essential part of Washington's plans for the future, and the final three games offer him an opportunity to end the season on a high note and get more comfortable in his role.
Orlando was an opportunity for Wizards players to take advantage of extra playing time, Thomas Bryant and Troy Brown Jr. have done just that. Bryant has produced in all facets of the game while Brown has shown he can score and handle the ball. Sunday is another opportunity to show their value.
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WIZARDS at THUNDER PLAYERS TO WATCH
Thomas Bryant, C, Wizards (13.0 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 1.9 apg): Bryant has been a monster in Orlando. He had three straight games with a double-double followed by a 22-point, eight-rebound performance on Friday. In the pain and out on the perimeter, he's made shots. His defense has also looked better as of late.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, G, Thunder (19.1 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 3.3 apg): The second-year guard has come into his own with the Thunder and become a big part as to why the team is still competing in the Western Conference. His size and skill will be a lot for the Wizards defense to handle.
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