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Wizards vs. Cavs: TV, live stream and radio info, things to watch

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Wizards vs. Cavs: TV, live stream and radio info, things to watch

John Wall, Bradley Beal and the Washington Wizards battle LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Kevin Love and the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday night.

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

WASHINGTON WIZARDS VS. CLEVELAND CAVALIERS

Where: Capital One Arena
Tip-off: 7 p.m.
TV: ESPN (coverage begins at 6 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington)
Live stream: WatchESPN.com
Radio: 1500 AM

Three things to watch...

Keef is back

The Wizards will get a nice boost on Friday night with the return of power forward Markieff Morris to their starting lineup. Morris missed their first seven games following the sports hernia surgery he had on Sept. 22. He was also suspended for Wednesday's game due to the Wizards' fight with the Warriors.. The Wizards held a winning record at 4-3 without him, but two of those losses were bad ones to lesser teams in the Lakers and Suns where Morris' presence would have helped.

Morris won't be at full strength when he returns. The Wizards expect him to play somewhere between 12 and 16 minutes initially and it may take him several weeks to reach midseason form. Still, getting him back in time to play the Cavs' frontcourt with LeBron James and Kevin Love is huge. Otto Porter also missed the Suns game due to an illness and he should be back for Friday.

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Neither team's playing their best

The Wizards aren't feeling great about themselves at the moment, having lost three of their last four games. But the Cavs aren't doing so hot, either. They have lost four straight games and none of them to teams that are all that good. They lost to the Nets, Pelicans, Knicks and Pacers. The Wizards are better than all four of them, at least on paper.

Defense has been a major issue for the Cavaliers. They are allowing opponents to shoot 47 percent (27th in NBA) and score 111.9 points per game (24th). The Cavs have given up 112 points or more in six straight games, including 124 to the Pacers and 123 to the Pelicans. The Wizards have no problem scoring the basketball, but their defense is another story. Expect a high-scoring game on Friday.

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New Cavs players to deal with

The Cavaliers' slow start is understandable to a degree given their roster turnover this offseason. They lost Kyrie Irving in a trade and Isaiah Thomas remains out with a hip injury. Their new players are still getting adjusted and Dwyane Wade in particular is struggling. Wade is averaged just 7.7 points per game in 21.9 minutes per night while shooting 41.4 percent. That's far from what we're used to seeing from him, even in recent years now that he is out of his prime.

Jae Crowder is shooting just 37.5 percent from the field and 28.1 percent from three. Derrick Rose (15.0 ppg, 51.1% FG) is putting up good numbers, but offense isn't the issue for Cleveland.

The Cavs are also banged up. Tristan Thompson left their last game against the Pacers with a calf strain and will reportedly be out for a few weks. Iman Shumpert will miss Friday's game due to right knee soreness.

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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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