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

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

The Washington Wizards host the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday night. Here is all you need to know: TV, live stream and radio info, tip-off time, plus three things to watch…


Where: Verizon Center
Tip-off: 7 p.m.
TV: CSN (coverage begins at 6:30 p.m.)
Live stream: CSNmidatlantic.com
Radio: 1500 AM

Three things to watch...

No Butler or Wade

The Wizards (18-18) have an opportunity on Tuesday night to go above .500 for the first time this season and for the first time since Nov. 24 of 2015. With a win, they will also secure a 10th straight home victory. That would match their longest home winning streak since Jan. 20 of 2007. The longest home streak in franchise history is 22 games, set all the way back on March 5, 1975.

The odds seem good for the Wizards to extend their current streak and eclipse .500, as both of the Bulls' best players will be out. Two-time All-Star Jimmy Butler did not travel with the team due to an illness. He managed just one point in Chicago's loss to the Thunder on Monday night. Dwyane Wade, a 12-time All-Star, will not play so he can rest in the second game of a back-to-back. Those two account for 43 percent of the Bulls' scoring on average, so they will certainly be depleted when they face the Wizards.

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Beal's ankle

The Bulls won't be feeling sorry for anybody when they're missing those guys, but the Wizards do have an injury to watch themselves. Bradley Beal twisted his previously sprained right ankle in Sunday's win over the Bucks and is said to be fine. But it's still something to watch, given it was the re-aggravation of an injury. 

Banged up or not, Beal appears to have broken out of what was a mini shooting slump. From Dec. 19 through Jan. 3, Beal shot just 40.7 percent from the field and 30.9 percent from three in seven games. In his last two he's 17-for-31 (55%) from the field and 7-for-17 (42%) from long range.

Though that includes a 2-for-10 three-point performance on Sunday, Beal plans to keep shooting it from downtown.

“I've gotta make more threes… Once those threes start falling everything will be good.”

Brooks' bench

Whether it be simply because of matchups in recent games or not, there has been a major shift in head coach Scott Brooks' bench rotation in the last two games. Marcus Thornton has not played with two straight DNP-CD's. Brooks had held Thornton out of the lineup just once in the Wizards' previous 34 games.

In Thornton's place has been rookie Sheldon McClellan. McClellan logged just one minute in a stretch of 17 games from Nov. 17 to Dec. 19. But since he has appeared in seven of the last nine games with at least 11 minutes in five of those outings. He had one of his best games of the season so far on Sunday in Milwaukee with eight points on 3-of-5 shooting, with two steals and three rebounds. 

Brooks discussed McClellan's recent emergence at practice on Monday:

“I like what Sheldon has been able to do. He plays hard. When you play hard it gives you a chance to stay on the court and make good things happen for your team. I think he does that. He has that play hard gene that I like. It helps him. Last game I thought he had some big moments. He hit a couple big shots. He just didn’t rely on the jump shot. He went to the basket. He’s a talented player. I think he’s getting better as the season goes on.”

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Kevin Durant says he won't visit the White House with NBA-champion Warriors because of Donald Trump

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Kevin Durant says he won't visit the White House with NBA-champion Warriors because of Donald Trump

The Golden State Warriors have still yet to receive a formal invite from President Donald Trump to visit the White House as 2017 NBA champions, but if they do make the trip, D.C.'s own Kevin Durant will not be with them.

The Warriors All-Star told ESPN on Thursday he will not accept an invitation from Trump due to his policies and reaction to the recent events in Charlottesville.

"Nah, I won't do that," Durant told ESPN. "I don't respect who's in office right now."

"I don't agree with what he agrees with, so my voice is going to be heard by not doing that... And what's going on in Charlottesville, that was unfathomable."

Durant and the Warriors travel to Washington to play the Wizards on Feb. 28 at Capital One Arena. That could be the time they choose to visit the White House. It will be interesting to see which of his teammates show up.

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Wizards' Markieff Morris to be a father soon with training camp right around the corner

Wizards' Markieff Morris to be a father soon with training camp right around the corner

Wizards forward Markieff Morris has a lot to look forward to next month besides the start of 2017-18 training camp in Richmond. Morris and his girlfriend are expecting a baby daughter, their first child, with a due date of Sept. 6. Morris has some time, but it will certainly require an adjustment.

Morris feels ready for the challenge.

"It’s just real chill right now. I try to keep her off her feet as much as possible and try to stay by her side," he said. "I'm getting ready for the kid and staying up all night... I'm a laid back-type of guy. I know she’s going to be chill and laid back like me. It can’t be too much."

Morris has been spending much of his offseason back home in Philadelphia along with his twin brother Marcus. They have been training for the new season, a regiment that has included boxing at a local gym. In Philly he recently held his second annual basketball camp and sixth annual backback giveaway.

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Morris was in D.C. over the weekend for another backpack drive, his second annual giveaway in Southeast Washington. Morris arrived at the Ridge Road Community Center and exited a black Range Rover with fellow NBA player Thomas Robinson to a long line of kids and their parents. Inside were tables and tables of backpacks for all ages and both boys and girls. Morris, Robinson and Morris' family members each wore shirts and hats that read F.O.E. (Family Over Everything).

That's a fitting motto for what Morris was trying to accomplish with his charity venture.

"This is like a home to me. My mom is from here. My entire family is from the D.C. area. So, once I got here I knew right away that I had to get in the community," he said. "I just want to give back to the kids. They’re the future. I’m making sure they know that anything is possible. The city needs stuff like this, guys giving back and coming to the city.

"What we try to do is to try to do everything from the inside. We don’t look for sponsors, we aren’t looking for people to broadcast it. We do it on our own. My mom and my uncle actually run the whole thing. Everyone here running the camp is from the community here at the rec center or my family. We just try to keep it that way. We really don’t even want cameras here. We just do it for the kids and the community."

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Morris, 27, recalls going to Rasheed Wallace's basketball camp when he was a kid. He knows firsthand how meeting an NBA player can inspire a child with basketball dreams.

"I always remember it. I was at Rasheed Wallace’s camp. I think I was about 10 or 11 and I got to interact with him. That’s something that will stick with kids forever. They will never forget that when they get older," he said.

Morris has a lot on his mind these days, but he is heavily focused on getting back to work with the Wizards. He said their Game 7 loss to the Celtics still bothers him and that "I still feel like we're the better team." He thinks "every game is going to be like Game 7" against the Celtics, who now have his brother Marcus on their roster, this upcoming season.

As for what Morris hopes to improve on himself, he's got a few areas in mind.

"Just keep improving on the 3-point shot, scoring more and staying more consistent. I was a little up-and-down this year, but it’s a long season. You have to forget about the 20 games before and just be more consistent. Rebound the ball more and get a little bit more edge on my bones and muscles. I’m a pretty stiff-type guy, so I’ve gotta figure out how to get loose," he said.

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