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

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

John Wall, Bradley Beal and the Washington Wizards play Andre Drummond, Tobias Harris and the Detroit Pistons on Saturday night as they aim to continue rising the ranks of the NBA's Eastern Conference.

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

WASHINGTON WIZARDS at DETROIT PISTONS

Where: The Palace of Auburn Hills
Tip-off: 6 p.m.
TV: CSN
Live stream: CSNmidatlantic.com
Radio: 1500 AM

Three things to watch...

Wizards are red-hot

The Wizards head to Detroit on Saturday in the middle of their best stretch of the season. They have won a season-high four straight games and six of their last seven overall. On Thursday, they even won a road game and the second of a back-to-back, two problem areas for them this season. It was the first time in four tries they swept a back-to-back set.

Now they face a Pistons team that has disappointed so far this season at 20-24, but has won two straight games. The Wizards beat them handily on Dec. in 16 in D.C. by the score of 122-108. Only two teams - the Warriors and Blazers - have scored more against Detroit this season than the Wizards.

[RELATED: Wizards take stock at midpoint of season]

Can Otto keep it up?

The Wizards have been on a roll in recent weeks and lately no one has been hotter than Otto Porter. The 23-year-old set a career-high with six three-pointers on Wednesday at home against the Grizzlies, then did the same on Thursday night at the Knicks. He dropped 25 points vs. Memphis and 23 vs. New York, respectively.

If Porter can reach the 20-mark again on Saturday, it will the first time he has done so this season. He has accomplished that feat once before in his career, from Dec. 28 of 2015 through Jan. 1 of 2016.

KCP may not play

The Wizards could see yet another team missing a top player on Saturday, as Pistons shooting guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope continues to deal with a Grade-2 rotator cuff strain in his left shoulder. 

Pope, 23, is third on the Pistons in scoring at 14.5 points per game and led Detroit in scoring with 24 points in the first meeting between the teams. He's missed three straight games and without him the Pistons could have a tough time scoring, already being one of the NBA's worst offensive squads.

[RELATED: Wall gives his Eastern Conference All-Star starters]

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State of the Wizards: Players thriving under Brooks

State of the Wizards: Players thriving under Brooks

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Brooks overseeing improvement on offense - In watching the Wizards this season, it's hard not to notice that many are having the best seasons of their career. John Wall is posting career-highs in points (23.1 ppg), steals (2.3 spg) and field goal percentage (46.4). Bradley Beal is also scoring more than ever (21.8 ppg) at a career-high field goal percentage (45.6). The same can also be said about Otto Porter, who is scoring 14.5 points on 54 percent shooting, both career-highs.

Marcin Gortat is shooting a career-high 57.5 percent from the field to go along with a career-best 11.6 rebounds per game. Even Kelly Oubre, Jr. can be included in that mix, as he is having a breakout year of sorts.

The Wizards as a team currently have their best offensive rating (109) since the 2007-08 season. Their 47.2 field goal percentage is their highest since 1996-97. 

So, is it a coincidence that all of these guys are taking their games to new levels? Surely there are multiple factors that play into each and every player's improvement. But I asked some of Brooks' players this week what he deserves credit for as a new coach and the consensus was that they like the changes he has made to their offensive system:

Wall: "He challenged me personally and challenged everybody else... He gets credit for it. He gives me the opportunity to excel by giving me the ball and letting me to be the point guard out there and run a lot of sets. I can be aggressive. I give a lot of credit for myself for doing what I had to do to get back from the surgeries over the summer, [too]."

Beal: "I think he grants everybody freedom. I think that’s great for us. I’m able to dribble and handle the ball. John is able to handle the ball. Otto is even able to handle the ball in pick-and-rolls. Even with bringing it up the floor. I think our freedom and our ability to just have a little bit of control. I think his plays are great. We do a better job of screening. Our flow is awesome. I think ultimately it’s just everybody improving their game. Us being able to spread the floor out just makes it difficult for the other team."

Porter: "The ball just moves. With John creating and doing the things that he does, it helps everybody else. The confidence that we have going forward is key for us. Everybody is getting touches. We’re playing good defense and getting steals. We’re running the break and just feeding off each other."

Gortat: "[For me] it’s just more minutes. It’s more minutes and at the same time, coach has really giving me a chance to play and giving me a lot of confidnece. He’s kind of just leaving me out there and leaving me alone consistently. Obviously, I’m just trying to do my job, but he is just letting me play and do my stuff. I’m going to come up with some crazy stuff. Sometimes I’m going to come up with some crazy stuff and some unnecessary stuff, but he knows that ratio of good stuff to crazy stuff is like three-to-one, so. He doesn’t have to worry about anything."

The Wizards are currently one game out of fourth place in the Eastern Conference after beginning the season 2-8 and battling numerous injuries, most notably to their biggest free agent acquisition, Ian Mahinmi. Brooks has done an impressive job helping his team stay afloat and along the way has overseen several players take their game to new heights.

[RELATED: Wall wears long wig in TV acting debut]

Eastern Conference standings

Stat line of the week: John Wall 1/10 vs. Bulls - 26 points, 14 assists, 6 rebounds, steal, block, 11-of-21 FG

[RELATED: Wizards players take stock at midpoint of season]

Quote of the Week

"You just woke a monster."

- Wall to Denzel Valentine in the Wizards' win over the Bulls after his three-point dance

Tweet (or Instagram) of the Week

Road ahead

Mon. - 120-101 win vs. Portland Trail Blazers
Tue. - OFF
Wed. - 104-101 win vs. Memphis Grizzlies
Thu. - 113-110 win vs. New York Knicks
Fri. - OFF
Sat. - 6 p.m. at Detroit Pistons (CSN)
Sun. - OFF

[RELATED: Wall and Beal not named All-Star starters]

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5 must-see moments from Wizards' win over Knicks

5 must-see moments from Wizards' win over Knicks

Here are five plays or moments from the Washington Wizards' 113-110 win over the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on Thursday night that are worth revisiting...

1. This first highlight was no precursor whatsoever to the game Carmelo Anthony was about to have, because he went off for a game-high 34 points, including a Knicks-record 23 points in the third quarter. 

But this one was a play he would like to forget. Melo had a wide open chipshot in the first quarter and completely airballed it:

2. John Wall led the Wizards with 29 points, 13 assists and three steals. Two of his points came on this nice left-handed slam in the first half:

3. Wall was just getting warmed up there. In this highlight he blows past Ron Baker and finishes for two:

4. Kristaps Porzingis returned for the Knicks after missing four straight games with a sore left Achilles'. It wasn't enough to lead New York to a win, but he did have this ridiculous putback dunk:

5. That dunk was nice, but this one sealed the victory for the Wizards. Here is Wall getting the rebound and taking it all the way for two with just :13 seconds left. Did he double-dribble? Who cares? The refs didn't catch it:

[RELATED: Wall and Beal not named All-Star starters, but there is a silver lining]