The Washington Wizards host the Denver Nuggets on Thursday 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. DENVER NUGGETS
Where: Verizon Center
Tip-off: 7:00 p.m.
TV: CSN (Coverage begins at 6:30 p.m.)
Live stream: CSNmidatlantic.com
Radio: 1500 AM
Three things to watch...
Can they rebound defensively?
The Wizards put in an ugly defensive performance on Tuesday night in their loss to the Orlando Magic, one that saw the worst scoring team in the East blow up for a season-high 124 points. The Magic shot 51.8 percent and got 73 points from their bench alone. It was a night that the Wizards will want to put behind them as quickly as possible.
They get their first chance for a rebound on Thursday night against the Nuggets, a team happens to be very good on offense. They are eighth in points per game (106.5) and boast five players averaging double-figures, and nine players averaging at least 8.9 points per game. They are deep with scorers and play a fast-paced style, getting up the fifth-most shots per game of any team. Last year the Wizards lost both matchups against the Nuggets and allowed 116 and 117 points in those games.
Can Wall keep it going?
John Wall is coming off the game of his life, a 52-point explosion on Tuesday night against the Magic that was unfortunately soured by a disappointing loss. On Thursday night he has the chance for an encore against a team not known for their defense. The Nuggets give up 109.3 points per game which ranks 26th among 30 NBA teams.
Wall has actually been shooting very well going back three games. In his last three outings, Wall is averaging 31.3 points on 54.5 percent shooting, including 50 percent from three on 4.7 attempts per night. That's to go along with 12 assists and three steals per game during this stretch. Not bad.
Thursday night will present a stark contrast between two teams on the opposite end of the NBA rebounding spectrum. The Nuggets are the best team in basketball at cleaning the glass, averaging a league-high 49.8 boards per game. The Wizards, on the other hand, are among the league's worst teams at rebounding, averaging 42.9 boards per game which is the second-fewest of anyone.
For the Wizards, that is despite having Marcin Gortat, who is fifth in the NBA with 12.1 rebounds per game. The Nuggets, meanwhile, get it done by committee. They have seven players pulling in four boards or more per game. Their leaders are Kenneth Faried (8.5/g), Wilson Chandler (7.6), Jusuf Nurkic (7.3) and Nikola Jokic (6.9).
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In a small gesture that no doubt means a lot, Wizards guard John Wall marked the two-year anniversary of Miyah Telemaque-Nelson's death.
Fans will remember the 6-year-old fan became close with Wall as she underwent treatment for pediatric cancer.
She passed away on December 8, 2014, the morning before the Wizards were set to face the Celtics. Washington won the game in overtime thanks to a herculean effort by Wall, who broke down sobbing for his "buddy" in his postgame interview.
Since her death, Wall has sponsored and participated in the Light the Night Walk benefiting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. He's also stayed in touch with Miyah's family.
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