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

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

John Wall, Bradley Beal and the Washington Wizards battle Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and the Golden State Warriors 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 AT GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS

Where: Oracle Arena
Tip-off: 10:30 p.m.
TV: NBC Sports Washington (coverage begins at 9:30 p.m. with Wizards HangTime)
Live stream: NBCSportsWashington.com
Radio: 1500 AM

Three things to watch...

Measuring stick

It may sound cliché, and some Wizards may not publicly admit it, but any time a team faces the Golden State Warriors these days it represents a good test of where they are at. That is true every year for every defending champions, but the Warriors are an even more extreme case. With Kevin Durant in stow, they are one of the most talented teams in NBA history and are favored in essentially every matchup.

Some may say the Wizards are catching the Warriors at a good time, if there is such a thing. They are 3-2 with losses to the Rockets (at home) and the Grizzlies. They just beat the Raptors, but by only five points. Clearly, the Warriors haven't hit their stride yet and the Wizards could capitalize. That said, the Wizards haven't played their best basketball, either. None of their three wins left them completely satisfied and they just lost to the lowly Lakers. Now they have to bounce back against the NBA's best team.

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Wall's chance to shine

All summer John Wall talked about improving on the defensive end. He even set the goal to make first-team All-Defense this season after Kobe Bryant chimed in. Now Wall gets a shot at a two-time MVP and one of the best guards in the NBA in Stephen Curry. 

Last year Curry averaged 33.5 points per game against the Wizards, so the recent history hasn't been great for Wall in the defense department. But what better way to set a tone for his new defensive self than to shut down Curry? If Wall is to truly push for All-Defense, these are the matchups he needs to look forward to and rise to the occasion for.

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Frontcourt is banged up

The injuries are really piling up for the Wizards' frontcourt. Markieff Morris remains out following sports hernia surgery, though he should be back relatively soon. Jason Smith returned last game but had his sprained right shoulder taped up. He is a right-handed shooter and makes his money setting screens, two things that his shoulder will affect. And now Ian Mahinmi is dealing with a sprained left ankle. We don't know yet if Mahinmi will play.

The Warriors aren't a frontcourt-heavy team, but those are the guys that help protect the rim for the Wizards. Durant and Green will be tough to cover with those guys out and/or limited, putting extra pressure on the Wizards' wing defenders to stop the ball.

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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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Carmelo Anthony traded to Hawks in three-team deal, but not likely to stay

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Carmelo Anthony traded to Hawks in three-team deal, but not likely to stay

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 Philly 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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