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

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

John Wall, Bradley Beal, Otto Porter and the Washington Wizards battle Marc Gasol, Tyreke Evans, Chandler Parsons and the Memphis Grizzlies 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 VS. MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES

Where: Capital One Arena
Tip-off: 7 p.m.
TV: NBC Sports Washington (coverage begins at 6 p.m.)
Live stream: NBCSportsWashington.com
Online with no cable TV: fuboTV (try for free)
Radio: 1500 AM

Three things to watch...

Will Wall or Mahinmi play?

The Wizards may be getting their best player back on on Wednesday, as John Wall inches closer to his return from a left knee injury. Wall had platelet-rich plasma (PRP) treatment and viscosupplementation injections on Nov. 25 and has been working his way back in the weeks since. If Wall can  come back, it will be at a good time. The Wizards have lost two straight games to sub-.500 teams and are 4-5 since he went down with the injury.

Ian Mahinmi has a right knee strain and missed his first game of the season on Tuesday against Brooklyn. It's unclear how serious his injury is, but Jason Smith did play well in his absence.

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Can the Wizards beat a bad team?

The Grizzlies are certifiably bad, but so are the Nets and the Wizards lost to them. The same could be said about Saturday's game when they lost to the Clippers. Losing to lesser teams has been a trend for the Wizards this season, as they are 5-7 against sub-.500 opponents.

Memphis has lost 15 of their last 16 games and are 8-19 overall on the season. However, they have beaten the Warriors, the Timberwolves, the Blazers and the Rockets twice. The Wizards should beat them, but we've said that about other teams. 

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No Conley for the Grizzlies

The Wizards may be getting their star point guard back, but the Grizzlies will definitely be without theirs. Mike Conley, Jr. is sidelined with a left Achilles and heel injury and the Grizzlies aren't much without him. Conley went down 14 games ago and Memphis is 1-13 during that stretch.

With Conley out, the Grizzlies have relied heavily on Tyreke Evans (18.2 points, 47.4% FG) and of course Marc Gasol (19.0 ppg, 8.6 rpg). 

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Wizards are nearing important decision involving Jordan McRae's two-way contract

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Wizards are nearing important decision involving Jordan McRae's two-way contract

The Washington Wizards return to action after the All-Star break with their next game on Friday against the Hornets. Not long after that, they could have an important roster decision to make.

Guard Jordan McRae is nearing the end of his 45-day two-way clock. Players signed to two-way contracts are allowed a maximum of 45 days at the NBA level and McRae has only nine remaining, according to a person familiar with the situation. 

Once those nine days are up, he will not be allowed to play for the Wizards until the regular season ends for the Capital City Go-Go, their G-League affiliate. The Go-Go play their final game on March 23.

After those 45 days, the Wizards would also have the option to convert McRae's two-way deal to a standard NBA contract. But it appears unlikely they will do that based on the fact they have just $153,433 separating them from the luxury tax threshold (estimate via Spotrac). They just made a pair of trades to get out of the luxury tax and have no plans of going back in.

The 45-day clock has some specific rules that could help the Wizards' cause. Travel days do not count against the 45-day limit and neither do off-days on the road. Five of the Wizards' first eight games out of the break are away from Washington.

The 45 days are also not counted until G-League training camp, which generally begins about a month after NBA camps open. So, the 45-day maximum can technically be stretched to around 70 over the course of a full NBA season.

McRae, 27, has appeared in 19 games for the Wizards after joining them as a free agent last summer. He is averaging 4.3 points in 9.1 minutes at the NBA level.

He has been a star for the Go-Go, averaging 29.9 points (most in the G-League), 5.3 rebounds and 3.9 assists. He was named a G-League mid-season All-Star.

Surely, McRae would like an NBA contract, but it's worth noting he gets paid more money the more time he spends with the Wizards. Two-way players can earn roughly $300,000 more by playing out their 45 allotted days in the NBA.

Also, the Wizards would like to keep him beyond this season, according to someone with knowledge of their plans. They see him as part of a growing group of players they would like to retain that is headlined by Tomas Satoransky and Thomas Bryant. To keep McRae, they can make him a restricted free agent.

If the Wizards don't convert his contract, however, McRae will not be eligible for the playoffs this spring, if Washington is to qualify.

At this point, it appears likely the Wizards avoid McRae's 45-day clock from expiring. In order to do that, they may have to keep him down with the Go-Go for much longer than they would prefer to.

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Former Wizards center Brendan Haywood reflects on his time spent with Michael Jordan in D.C.

Former Wizards center Brendan Haywood reflects on his time spent with Michael Jordan in D.C.

Former longtime Washington Wizard Brendan Haywood sat down with Chris Miller in Charlotte for one all-encompassing Wizards Talk podcast interview you'll want to hear. 

After a four-year career in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Haywood declared for the NBA Draft and was selected by the Cavaliers with the 20th overall pick before being traded to the Orlando Magic, who then sent him to Washington. 

His rookie year (2001-02) just so happened to be the first of two seasons in Washington for one Michael Jordan. Jordan, well past his prime during this time, still left quite an impression on the rookie, even after all these years later. 

You really got to see the myth behind all the greatness. He wasn't good by accident. You got to see a guy that's 40 years old still get to the gym at 8 o'clock working on his game. 

The big man's best statistical season in Washington came during the 2007-08 campaign, where he averaged 10.6 points, 7.2 rebounds, 1.7 blocks while shooting it over 50 percent from the floor. 

To listen to Haywood's full interview, click the podcast below.

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