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Turnovers and bad defense overshadow Wizards' highlight plays vs. Raptors

Turnovers and bad defense overshadow Wizards' highlight plays vs. Raptors

Two days after Bradley Beal calling out the Wizards' apparent need for a culture change, the Wizards set a new season-high for turnovers in a blowout loss to the defending champion Raptors. 

Marc Gasol went nuts from three, Norman Powell posterized Anzejc Pasecniks and killed Washington all night, and the Wizards will have to take care of business against the Pistons on Monday to avoid a four-game losing streak. 

Here are some of the top moments from the game. 

Thomas Bryant goes up strong

Say what you want about whether Thomas Bryant is a building block for this team moving forward, but the Wizards sorely missed his finishing inside.

He led the league in two-point field goal percentage last year and showed us why on a monster two-hand jam over Pascal Siakam. 

The play ignited the Wizards bench but unfortunately didn't give them enough energy to not turn the ball over almost every single trip down the floor. 

Beal's four-point play

Bradley Beal didn't have the best night shooting the ball in Toronto, but he managed to drill back-to-back threes at the start of the second half in hopes of getting his team back in the game. 

The second of the two was the most impressive. Beal faced a double team off of a screen but rose up and hit the three anyway while getting fouled in the process. 

Beal was noticeably frustrated on the offensive end most of the night. Whether that was carry-over from Chicago or a stingy Raptors defense keying in on him, Beal couldn't really get it going in any way outside of the play you see above. 

Troy Brown buzzer-beater

Troy Brown had one of his worst games of the year Wednesday night in Chicago, so after Beal called the team out, Brown appeared to have a nice bounce-back performance against the Raptors. At the end of a really bad first quarter for Washington, Brown canned a three at the buzzer to enter the second frame on a high note. 

He ended up with 22 points on 9-13 shooting and was one of the few bright spots in an otherwise sloppy showing by the Wizards in Toronto. 

When nine players have multiple turnovers in the same game, bright-spot type of performances don't cut it. 

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How to watch Wizards vs. Bulls Wire to Wire broadcast

How to watch Wizards vs. Bulls Wire to Wire broadcast

The Wizards head to the Bay Area to take on the Golden State Warriors. Before that, fans can enjoy inside NBA access in the debut of 'NBC Sports Wire to Wire'.

'NBC Sports Wire to Wire' will debut Sunday, Mar. 1, at 6:30 p.m. and feature a one-hour condensed game of the Wizards matchup with the Bulls from mid-January. The twist is players and coaches on both sides were mic'd up during the game. 

Ish Smith, Moe Wagner, and Scott Brooks are featured from the Wizards side, while you'll be able to hear Coby White, coach Jim Boylen and former Wizard Tomas Satoransky as well. The broadcast will deliver a mix of on-court audio and sit-down interviews. 

The Wizards fell to the Bulls 115-106 in the game in question. In a head-to-head matchup between two eventual All-Star snubs, Zach LaVine got the best of Bradley Beal, scoring 30 points on 12-21 shooting to get his team the win. 

If you recall, Beal questioned the Wizards' culture after his team dropped what he called a 'winnable game.' Since then, the Wizards are 7-6 and before the All-Star break, were playing some of their best basketball.

Beal has also been exceptional since Washington's last loss in Chicago, so perhaps there's a bit more insight into what went on that game that one, caused Beal to call out his team after the game, and two, sparked one of the best runs of play for the Wizards all year. 

So remember 6:30 p.m. on Sunday before the Wizards-Warriors game. And if you aren't able to catch it the first time, the special will be re-air later Sunday evening at 11:30 p.m.

Here's everything you need to know to tune into the game Sunday and how to watch the Wire to Wire broadcast afterward. 

WIZARDS vs. WARRIORS HOW TO WATCH

What: Washington Wizards vs. Golden State Warriors 

Where: Chase Center, San Francisco, CA

When: Sunday, Mar. 1, 2020, at 8:30 p.m. ET

TV Channel: Wizards vs. Warriors will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington (NBC Sports Channel Finder)

Live Stream: You can live stream Wizards vs. Warriors on NBC Sports Washington's live stream page and on the MyTeams App.

Radio: Wizards Radio Network, 1500 AM

WIZARDS vs. WARRIORS TV SCHEDULE

6:30 PM: Wire to Wire: Wizards vs Bulls

7:30 PM: Wizards Outsiders

8:00 PM: Wizards Pregame Live

8:30 PM: Washington Wizards vs. Golden State Warriors

11:00 PM: Wizards Postgame Live

11:30 PM: Wire to Wire: Wizards @ Bulls

WIZARDS vs. WARRIORS INJURY REPORT

Wizards: John Wall (OUT/Achilles), Thomas Bryant (OUT/foot)

Warriors: Marquese Chriss (Day-to-day/calf), Draymond Green (Day-to-day/hip), Steph Curry (Day-to-day/hand), Klay Thompson (OUT/knee)

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NBA Power Rankings: The playoff push begins

NBA Power Rankings: The playoff push begins

The All-Star break has come and gone, teams have their rosters pretty much figured out by now and it's time to start jostling for playoff seeding. 

Who has the edge? Who needs to make a push right now? Who's in danger of a late-season slide?

We'll answer those questions now with about a quarter of the 2019-20 season still to be played. 

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Steph Curry is on the brink of a return from a broken hand he suffered in October. But until he comes back, the Warriors remain the worst team in basketball. 

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