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Wizards at Magic: TV Channel, Live stream, how to watch

Wizards at Magic: TV Channel, Live stream, how to watch

With the Wizards struggling to stop any opposing offense to start the season, a trip to Orlando to play the Magic may just be what this team needs. 

Washington currently holds the second-worst defense in the league statistically and a top-six offense, while the Magic have the second-worst offense and the third-ranked defense entering Saturday night, so Orlando certainly poses an interesting matchup for Bradley Beal and company.

The Magic came into the season with hopes of securing a top-four seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs but have struggled to start thanks most in part to their anemic offense. It won't be the easiest matchup, but this is a game Washington will have to win if they hope to get out of the East's cellar. 

WIZARDS @ MAGIC HOW TO WATCH

What: Washington Wizards @ Orlando Magic, Game 11

Where: Amway Center, Orlando, Fla. 

When: Sunday, November 17 at 6 p.m. ET

TV Channel: Wizards @ Magic will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington Plus (NBC Sports Channel Finder)

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

Radio: Wizards Radio Network, 1500 AM

WIZARDS @ MAGIC TV SCHEDULE

5:00 PM: Wizards Outsiders (LIVE) [NBC Sports Washington Plus]

5:30 PM: Wizards Pregame Live (LIVE) [NBC Sports Washington Plus]

6:00: Wizards @ Timberwolves (LIVE) [NBC Sports Washington Plus]

8:30 PM: Wizards Postgame Live (LIVE) [NBC Sports Washington Plus]

9:00 PM: Wizards Talk (LIVE) [NBC Sports Washington Plus]

WIZARDS @ MAGIC INJURY REPORT:

Wizards: John Wall (OUT, Left Achilles rehab), Ian Mahinmi (OUT, Right Achilles strain)

Magic: None

WIZARDS @ MAGIC PLAYERS TO WATCH

Bradley Beal, G, Wizards (28.1 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 6.4 apg): The Magic's defense will most likely work to take Beal away and force the Wizards' supporting cast to beat them. If Beal can get going anyway, the team will be in good shape. 

Rui Hachimura, PF, Wizards (14.4 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 1.3 apg): Washington's rookie standout will probably match up against Orlando's two best wings in either Jonathan Isaac or Aaron Gordon. A stiff test for Hachimura early in his pro career. 

Jonathan Isaac, PF, Magic (12.1 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 2.8 bpg): Isaac is starting to tap into his potential as a two-way star and has become one of the best defenders in the NBA. He can guard almost every position on the floor and will be a player the Wizards mindful of on that end of the floor. 

Nikola Vucevic (17.8 ppg, 11.5 rpg, 3.1 apg): This first-time All-Star is Orlando's main source of offense down in the post. If Thomas Bryant can contain his post moves and keep him off the glass, the Magic are going to have a difficult time scoring Sunday.

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5 things we've learned about the Wizards around the quarter-mark of the season

5 things we've learned about the Wizards around the quarter-mark of the season

In an 82-game NBA season, there is no natural quarter-mark. Technically, that would be at halftime of a team's 21st game.

But now that the Wizards have played 23 games this season, they have a nice three-day break, which provides an opportunity to step back and take stock of what we've seen so far. And for these Wizards, that evaluation process is extra interesting because they had so much roster turnover in the offseason.

Really, these past two months have been an introductory period where we got our first glimpse at a team almost entirely comprised of new players. According to Basketball Reference's continuity table, only the Warriors have seen fewer minutes played this season by players who were on their team last year.

With all that in mind, here are five things we have learned about the 2019-20 Wizards after basically a quarter of the season has passed...

Bertans was a steal

The highlight of the Wizards' season so far is definitely the emergence of Davis Bertans, whom the Wizards acquired over the summer in the NBA trade equivalent of a casino heist. Somehow, after only giving up the Euro-stashed Aaron White, they brought in what has so far been the best three-point shooter in the league this season. General manager Tommy Sheppard hadn't even had the interim tag taken away when he made the move in July, which should be a very good sign of things to come.

Bertans is their second-leading scorer with 15.7 points per game and is shooting an absurd 46.5 percent from three. He has doubled his attempts from last season with the Spurs, from 4.4 to 8.6 per game, and somehow his percentage has gone up. That's unheard of.

Bertans has been so good that it is inevitable the Wizards will field calls leading up to the Feb. trade deadline from contenders looking to add a shooter. But should they part ways with a guy who can shoot this well at 6-foot-10? Maybe if they were undergoing a long-term rebuild it would make sense, but team chairman Ted Leonsis doesn't want it to take long and neither does Bradley Beal. Bertans is the type of guy you keep if you plan to compete for the playoffs sooner than later.

Beal may have a shot at All-NBA

Though his shooting percentages have suffered from a recent slump, Beal is putting up monster numbers now in his first season as the face of the Wizards' franchise. He's averaging career-highs in points (27.4/g) and assists (7.0) while also adding 4.5 rebounds per game.

You know what those look like? All-NBA numbers. Consider the fact only three players in the last decade have averaged at least 27 and seven in a full season: James Harden, Russell Westbrook and LeBron James. All three guys did it multiple times during that span and only one of their seasons, 2015-16 for Harden, didn't end with an All-NBA nod. Somehow Harden was snubbed despite averaging 29 points and 7.5 assists that year.

So, it could happen where Beal keeps this up and still falls short. But helping his cause are injuries at the guard position with Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson each out long-term.

It's really hard to make All-NBA on a team that wins fewer than 30 games, but it has happened before and Beal might be the next to do it. If he does, the Wizards signing him to a contract extension before the season will look even smarter because if he hadn't signed that deal, All-NBA would qualify him for a supermax.

Rui is already good, could be very good

It didn't take long for rookie Rui Hachimura to show he belongs at the NBA level. Most rookies take years before they can impact games the way he has, with averages of 14.4 points and six rebounds per game. That is especially impressive for a guy who was taken ninth overall.

We still don't have a great read on what Hachimura's ceiling is, whether he will ever develop into an All-Star. But he's already shown enough to say he will be a productive NBA player for many years to come. The Wizards have found another franchise building block.

They may have another one in Moe Wagner. He came over as a Lakers castoff in the summer and has done nothing but exceed expectations. He's averaging a solid line of 11.6 points and six rebounds per game while ranking seventh in the league in true shooting percentage (68.2).

Thomas is back, at least partly

Isaiah Thomas is currently sidelined with a left calf injury and there is an argument their best point guard is Ish Smith, but Thomas has already proven plenty of people wrong with the way he has played this season. There was so much mystery surrounding him entering the year because he only played 12 games for the Nuggets last year and hadn't shown he could be healthy in the past two seasons.

So far this year, though, he has been a solid offensive player with averages of 12.6 points and 5.1 assists while shooting 41 percent from three. He may never be the All-NBA player he once was, but Thomas clearly still has plenty of days left in his career.

They're probably going to get a high draft pick

Sure, most of us didn't think the Wizards would be very good this year. But given they have so many new players, they deserved some time to show us what they could do before we drew conclusions about their likely fate this season.

So far, they have actually been surprisingly good on offense. They are currently fourth in both points per game and offensive rating. Few would have predicted that coming in.

But their defense may be even worse than we thought. They are dead-last in points allowed and in defensive rating. And, because of that, they appear safely headed towards the draft lottery in the offseason.

Maybe they can turn things around and fight for a playoff spot, but at 7-16 on the year it looks like the Wizards will be picking high in the June 2020 draft. Though it would have been fun if they were a surprise team this year, that is probably for the best in the big picture. 

They can get another blue chip prospect and add him to a core that includes Beal, John Wall, Hachimura, Thomas Bryant and maybe Bertans, if they can find a way to keep him. Add someone like Cole Anthony, James Wiseman or Anthony Edwards to that mix and the 2020-21 Wizards could make some noise. For now, there are going to be a lot of high-scoring games with the Wizards coming out on the wrong end of them more often than not.

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Former NBA Commissioner David Stern has emergency brain surgery

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Former NBA Commissioner David Stern has emergency brain surgery

The NBA says former Commissioner David Stern suffered a sudden brain hemorrhage Thursday and had emergency surgery.

The league says in a statement its thoughts and prayers are with the 77-year-old Stern's family.

Stern served exactly 30 years as the NBA's longest-tenured commissioner before Adam Silver replaced him on Feb. 1, 2014. Stern has remained affiliated with the league with the title of commissioner emeritus and has remained active in his other interests, such as sports technology.

Zach Brook contributed to this report.

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