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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

Bradley Beal, Otto Porter, Kelly Oubre, Jr. and the Washington Wizards battle Jayson Tatum, Marcus Morris, Terry Rozier and the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night.

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

WASHINGTON WIZARDS AT BOSTON CELTICS

Where: TD Garden
Tip-off: 8 p.m.
TV: ESPN (pregame coverage begins on NBC Sports Washington at 7 p.m.)
Live stream: WatchESPN.com
Radio: 1500 AM

All of the injuries

The Boston Celtics are dealing with a crazy amount of injuries at the moment. When they play the Wizards, they will be without Jaylen Brown (concussion), Al Horford (illness), Marcus Smart (right thumb sprain) and Daniel Theis (left knee meniscal tear). Kyrie Irving is considered questionable with left knee soreness and Gordon Hayward is of course out with an ankle fracture.

That's a ton of players missing. If Irving can't go, they will be without four of their top five rotation players in terms of minutes played. They will have to rely heavily on rookie Jayson Tatum, Marcus Morris and Terry Rozier. Those are talented guys, but the Celtics will be thin at a lot of positions.

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In need of a win

Just because the Celtics are down so many players does not mean the Wizards are guaranteed a victory. They have made a habit recently of losing to depleted teams. They were blown out by the Heat on Saturday night without Hassan Whiteside and fell to the Timberwolves on Tuesday without Jimmy Butler. The Celtics and Brad Stevens have surprised opponents before.

The Wizards have lost five of their last seven games overall. Though they haven't lost much ground in the playoff race, they haven't taken advantage of opportunities to move up, either. They have to stop the bleeding and soon. Playing a Celtics team missing lots of key players is a chance to get a much-needed win and they have to take advantage.

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Stop the ball

The Wizards have been plagued by defensive breakdowns in recent games that have led to an inordinate amount of paint points. They gave up 76 to the Heat and 64 to the Wolves. They have allowed 60 or more points in the paint in four straight games despite the fact their opponents average just 45.6 per game.

The Wizards aren't stopping the ball at the perimeter. They aren't defending the rim in the post. There are breakdowns in communication and help defense. It's a mess and it's costing them games. Surely Stevens will know about this weakness and the Celtics will try to exploit it.

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Celtics and Sixers may go relatively unchanged this offseason, as stars have gone elsewhere

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Celtics and Sixers may go relatively unchanged this offseason, as stars have gone elsewhere

The 2018 NBA offseason in just three weeks has become one of the wildest summers in the league's history between LeBron James signing with the Lakers, and all the characters that followed him, to DeMarcus Cousins surprising everyone to sign with the Golden State Warriors, to Kawhi Leonard getting traded to the Raptors.

As crazy as it all has been, two teams in the Eastern Conference stand out for so far doing very little, either by choice or circumstance. The Celtics and Sixers, the two teams most see as the favorites in the East, appear at least so far to be running it back with the same group of players.

This appears to be the Celtics' intention. After overhauling their roster last summer, they clearly see an opportunity to take a step forward as-is. Boston was one win away from the NBA Finals and will return Gordon Hayward and Kyrie Irving from injury. With James gone to the West, they can improve significanly just by keeping it all together.

Boston re-signed Marcus Smart and Aron Baynes. Their biggest addition this summer so far has been their first round pick, Robert Williams.

The Sixers, unlike the Celtics, didn't appear to plan on doing it this way. They wanted James and missed out. They reportedly had interest in Paul George and Kawhi Leonard, but both went elsewhere. There are no stars left to sign in free agency and the trade market may be drying up.

Philly made some minor moves like trades for Wilson Chandler and Mike Muscala. They may also have a deal for Kyle Korver in the works. They also had two first round picks in Zhaire Smith and Landry Shamet.

There's a chance the Sixers got better than people think, as many of the moves they made seem smart. But they didn't reel in a big fish and will probably come back for the 2018-19 season with a team very similar to the one that made the second round of the playoffs this spring.

The fact the Celtics and Sixers may stand pat is probably a good thing for the rest of the East. Both teams may improve naturally if they are healthier and if their young players continue to ascend. But neither made a game-changing addition, one that would solidify either as an unstoppable superteam in the conference. 

The West is overloaded with title contenders and All-NBA players. The East, meanwhile, is much more open and it may end up staying that way mainly because Boston and Philly have been quiet so far this summer.

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Wizards set introductory press conference for Dwight Howard

Wizards set introductory press conference for Dwight Howard

Wizards team president Ernie Grunfeld has stayed relatively busy this summer crafting his new-look lineup for the 2018-19 season. 

One of the team's key additions, Dwight Howard, is set to be introduced as a member of the Wizards on Monday. 

NBC Sports Washington will air the introductory press conference live at 1 p.m. while also streaming it online.  

Ernie Grunfeld and head coach Scott Brooks are both expected to be in attendance. 

The 32-year-old big man is coming off a 2017-18 season with the Charlotte Hornets in which he averaged 16.6 points and 12.5 rebounds per game. 

Since leaving the Orlando Magic after eight seasons in 2011, Howard has played for four different teams in the last six years. 

Howard is an eight-time all-star and a three-time defensive player of the year. 

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