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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…

WASHINGTON WIZARDS vs. CHICAGO BULLS

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.”

[RELATED: McClellan earns trust of Wizards' coaching staff]

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NBA concludes Wizards assistant should've been given tech but Knicks benefit from no-calls, too

NBA concludes Wizards assistant should've been given tech but Knicks benefit from no-calls, too

The 113-110 win over the New York Knicks might've ended differently for the Wizards if game officials had assessed a technical foul for assistant coach Sidney Lowe with 7.6 seconds left, according to the last-two minute report released Friday.

The Knicks inbounded the ball to Carmelo Anthony wtih 13.7 seconds left and were attempting to send the game into overtime. As Anthony drove on Markieff Morris, he kicked to Courtney Lee for a three-pointer in the corner. Kelly Oubre was closing him out strong and the play broke down.

They didn't end up getting off a shot as Brandon Jennings turned over the ball and Bradley Beal ran out the clock. John Wall did not foul Jennings on the strip of the ball.

According to the L2M report, it was an incorrect no-call by the officiating crew of Brent Barnaky, Bill Kennedy and Gary Zielinski. Lowe was standing to the left of Barnaky as the play unfoled in front of Washington's bench. 

The league also concluded that Lee picked up his pivot foot on his move and it should've been ruled a traveling violation and that at 1:44 Anthony camped out in the lane more than three seconds when defended by Oubre. Instead, Anthony was able to get an offensive rebound on the play amd draw a foul. He made 1 of 2 foul shots because of the oversight to trim the Wizards' lead to 109-108.

When Wall grabbed a rebound of Anthony's miss with the Wizards up 111-110, he took the rebound and went end-to-end for a dunk that shouldn't have counted. The reason? Wall, who has been dealing with a right pinkie injury and a bad left wrist, touched the ball with both hands on the final dribble before he elevated to dunk. In real time and depending on the camera angle, it's difficult to pick up in real time. 

UPDATE:

Fines are immiment.

The NBA has handed out fines following the incidents.

MORE WIZARDS: Wizards clicking on all cylinders under Scott Brooks

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NBA All-Star Game 2017: Lots of NBA players didn't vote for LeBron or Durant for All-Star Game

NBA All-Star Game 2017: Lots of NBA players didn't vote for LeBron or Durant for All-Star Game

For the first time in NBA history, current players were allowed to cast their votes for the all-star game, and their votes accounted for 25 percent of the total vote.

You would think that just about every player in the league would mark LeBron James or Kevin Durant's name on their 2017 NBA All-Star Game ballot, as both are former MVPs still in their prime. But incredibly out of the 324 players who voted, 128 players didn't vote for James, and 154 players didn't vote for Durant. 

They both ended up making it, but Thunder star Russell Westbrook was beaten out for a spot in the Western Conference starting lineup by guards Steph Curry from the Golden State Warriors and James Harden of the Houston Rockets. The West starting lineup is rounded out by Warriors forward Durant, Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard and Pelicans forward Anthony Davis. 

Westbrook being left out of the starting lineup caused plenty of reaction from fellow athletes: 

Here's to hoping that Westbrook goes off for a triple-double in the all-star game off the bench to stick it to those who didn't think he should be a starter. 

[RELATED: Wall hopeful about being all-star for fourth time]