Wizards vs. Suns: Time, date, channel, how to watch

How to watch Wizards vs. Suns originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

After receiving the devastating news of center Thomas Bryant’s season-ending ACL tear, the Wizards will be trying out some new rotations when they host the Suns on Monday night.

Washington has struggled to turn around a poor start to the season, and their woes continued on Saturday as they fell short 128-124 against the Miami Heat to make it eight losses in their 10-game season start.

On Saturday, the Wizards were without Russell Westbrook who sat with a left quad strain and also missed Bradley Beal who is undergoing the NBA’s coronavirus protocols after being deemed a close contact to Celtics forward Jayson Tatum after he tested positive for the coronavirus.

Scott Brooks and the Wizards have a tough hill to climb if they want to turn this season around, but putting together their first comprehensive defensive performance of the season is likely the focus heading into this one.

Here's how to watch.

WIZARDS vs SUNS HOW TO WATCH

What: NBA regular-season game No. 11

Who: Washington Wizards vs Miami Heat

Where: Capital One Arena, Washington, D.C.

When: Monday, January 11, 2021, at 7:00 p.m.

TV Channel: Wizards vs. Suns will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington (NBC Sports Channel Finder)

Live Stream: You can live stream Wizards vs. Suns on NBC Sports Washington's live stream page and on the NBC Sports App.

Radio: Wizards Radio Network, 1500 AM

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WIZARDS vs SUNS TV SCHEDULE

5:00 pm: Go Off, Washington!

5:30 pm: Washington Football Today

6:00 pm: Wizards Pregame Live

7:00 pm: NBA: Wizards vs Suns (LIVE)

9:30 pm: Wizards Postgame Live

WIZARDS vs HEAT WHAT TO WATCH

The Wizards will have to quickly adjust to the loss of Thomas Bryant, who was averaging 14.3 points, 6.1 rebounds and 1.5 assists on the season. 

All eyes will be on Robin Lopez who is expected to slide into the starting lineup at center, and another strong performance from the Wizards bench is a must. Last time out, Garrison Mathews lit a spark for the Wizards, scoring 22 points in 22 minutes in a performance reminiscent his breakout night against the Heat last season.

The Suns are currently tied for first in the West, and while it’s still early in the season, they come into Capital One Arena having won more games on the road than the 2-7 Wizards have won all season.

Another lackluster defensive performance in the absence of Thomas Bryant won't cut it against a Suns offense that ranks third in the league.

WIZARDS vs HEAT PLAYERS TO WATCH: 

Robin Lopez, C, Wizards (6 ppg, 3.5 rbg, 0.6 bpg): Robin Lopez will have big shoes to fill as he slides into the starting lineup to replace the injured Thomas Bryant. The Wizards’ production in the paint has been decent this year but of more note, the Suns are rank last in the league for points in the paint per game. Lopez can give the Wizards a real chance if he can dominate paint on both ends in his first start of the season.

Devin Booker, SG, Suns (22 ppg, 4.7 apg, 3.3. rpg): Devin Booker has scored at least 20 points in five straight games, but by his standards, he has not yet hit his stride this season. When he gets going, he is one of the toughest league's toughest players to guard and his ability to hit tough shots was on full display in the Suns 125-117 victory over the Pacers. He'll be rearing to go against the Wizards' struggling defense.

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