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Wizards at Celtics: TV, live stream and radio info, things to watch

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Wizards at Celtics: TV, live stream and radio info, things to watch

John Wall, Bradley Beal, Otto Porter and the Washington Wizards battle Kyrie Irving, Jayson Tatum, Al Horford and the Boston Celtics on Christmas Day.

Here is all you need to know: TV, live stream and radio info, tip-off time, plus three things to watch…


Where: TD Garden
Tip-off: 5:30 p.m.
TV: NBC Sports Washington (coverage begins at 5:00 p.m.)
Online with no cable TV: fuboTV (try for free)
Radio: 1500 AM

Three things to watch...


First meeting of the season

The NBA knew what they were doing with the schedule this year. The Wizards and Celtics have a strong rivalry and will meet each other for the first time since their epic playoff matchup in the spring on Christmas Day. They even have a marquee 5:30 p.m. tipoff.

The Celtics' roster underwent a significant overhaul over the offseason and so far it's working quite well. They have the best record in the Eastern Conference at 27-9. The Wizards decided to run it back with mostly the same roster as last season and for various reasons have battled inconsistency through 33 games. They are 18-15, seventh in the East. Despite the Wizards' record, this game will be a battle between two of the most talented teams in the conference.

Wall vs. Kyrie

The Wizards and Celtics now offer one of the best point guard duels in basketball. In one corner is John Wall and the other is Kyrie Irving. Both are four-time All-Stars and top overall picks. Wall went first in 2010 and Irving in 2011.

Wall and Irving have very different playing styles and are good friends off the court. But it will be fascinating to watch them go back and forth as part of this rivalry. They will both be up for the matchup, knowing comparisons will inevitably be made.


Tatum is a problem

The Celtics feature one of the NBA's best rookies in Jayson Tatum, the third overall pick out of Duke University. His production and consistency is rarely seen from a guy his age, just 19 years old. Through 36 games, Tatum is averaging 13.8 points, 5.7 rebounds 1.5 assists and nearly a block and steal per game.

The most impressive thing is his efficiency. Tatum is shooting 50.8 percent from the field and an absurd 49.1 percent from three. He combines deadly shooting with quick ballhandling and a vertical leap capable of putting opponents on posters. Just look at this dunk he threw down. It was vicious:

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Carmelo Anthony traded to Hawks, who will buy him out, in three-team deal involving Dennis Schroder

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Carmelo Anthony traded to Hawks, who will buy him out, in three-team deal involving Dennis Schroder

The stage has been set for Carmelo Anthony to hit free agency, as the 10-time All-Star was traded to the Atlanta Hawks on Thursday in a three-team deal, one that will lead to a subsequent buyout of his contract. ESPN first reported the news and noted that the Rockets are the favorites to sign him.

The full deal sends Dennis Schroder from the Hawks to the Thunder in exchange for Anthony and a protected first round pick, and sends Mike Muscala from Atlanta to Philly. Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot will go to the Thunder from Phily and Justin Anderson will go from the Sixers to the Hawks.

That's a complicated deal, but it ultimately frees Anthony up to choose a new team. He was set to make $27.9 million from the Thunder next season, but the Hawks are footing the bill to let him walk.

Anthony's skills have declined now that he's 34 years old. Last season, he averaged 16.2 points on 40.4 percent shooting, way down from the 22.4 points he averaged the season before with the Knicks.

Still, Anthony could help a team looking for a scoring punch and the Rockets would like some more help in their quest to take down the Warriors. If he signs there, he will join friend Chris Paul and the 2017-18 MVP, James Harden. 

Houston has been the logical landing spot for Anthony ever since news broke that the Thunder were looking for a way out of his contract. If he doesn't go there, perhaps the Lakers would make sense. LeBron James is going to need a lot more help than the roster he currently has around him to make some noise in the crowded Western Conference.

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Fallout from the Kawhi/DeRozan trade; Kevin Love questions

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Fallout from the Kawhi/DeRozan trade; Kevin Love questions

On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman, Chase Hugheswas joined by Nick Ashooh to break down the fallout from the trade involving Kawhi Leonard and DeMar DeRozan.

They looked at what it means for the Wizards and the East, as well as the Lakers and LeBron. Plus, they took fan questions, many of which centered on Kevin Love and the possibility of a trade to Washington.

You can listen to the episode right here: