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NBA Playoffs 2017 Wizards vs. Celtics Game 3: TV, live stream and radio info, things to watch

NBA Playoffs 2017 Wizards vs. Celtics Game 3: TV, live stream and radio info, things to watch

John Wall, Bradley Beal and the Washington Wizards battle Isaiah Thomas, Al Horford and the Boston Celtics in Game 3 of their second round series in the 2017 NBA Playoffs on Thursday night.

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


Series: Celtics lead 2-0
Where: Verizon Center
Tip-off: 8 p.m.
TV: ESPN (pregame coverage begins at 7 p.m. on CSN)
Live stream: ESPN.com
Radio: 1500 AM

Three things to watch...

Beal has to play better

Bradley Beal had a frustrating time in Game 2 on Tuesday night, with 14 points on just 4-for-15 from the field. He went 1-for-9 from three and set a playoff career-high with six turnovers. Beal had a chance to redeem himself at the end of regulation, but badly missed a would-be buzzer-beater.

Beal has to step up on both ends of the floor. Not only could they use his usual self on offense, but defending the perimeter has been a real issue for the Wizards so far this series. Through two games, they have allowed a combined 32 threes and in both games point guard Isaiah Thomas had his way.

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Stopping IT4

Limiting Thomas, who had 53 points in Game 2, will not be easy. So far this series he is averaging 43 points per game on 51.8 percent shooting. Thomas is both knocking down his threes (43.5%) and getting to the rim at will.

Stopping Thomas should ultimately fall on John Wall and Beal, but Thomas is doing a very good job of earning switches on screens. Several times down the stretch of Game 2 he got switched into an isolation with Markieff Morris. That's a mismatch under normal circumstances and particularly now that Morris is limited by a sore ankle. To ask Morris to stay in front of Thomas with a flat tire is just unfair.

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Trying to stay alive

A loss would not mean the end of their season, but there is no doubt this is all but a must-win game. Lose this one and the Wizards will be 0-3 and no team has ever come back from that deficit. They essentially have to win Game 3 or else just about all hope will be lost.

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Phil Chenier tells stories ahead of his jersey retirement

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Phil Chenier tells stories ahead of his jersey retirement

On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman, host Chase Hughes was joined by Bullets/Wizards legend Phil Chenier ahead of his jersey retirement set for this upcoming weekend on March 23.

Chenier looked back on his playing and broadcasting career and told great stories. He also shared some memories of the 1978 championship as the franchise gets ready to honor its 40th anniversary.

You can listen to the episode right here:

You can download the podcast on Apple Podcasts right here and on Google Play. If you like the show please tell your friends!

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Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue stepping away from team to deal with health issues

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Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue stepping away from team to deal with health issues

An undiagnosed illness has convinced Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue to step away from the team indefinitely, the team announced on Monday. Assistant coach Larry Drew will take over in the interim.

Lue, 40, is hoping to address his health issues in time to return before the year is out. According to a statement on the team's website, he has been under the weather for quite some time.


Here is what Lue said on the matter in a press release:

I have had chest pains and other troubling symptoms, compounded by a loss of sleep, throughout the year. Despite a battery of tests, there have been no conclusions as to what the exact issue is.

While I have tried to work through it, the last thing I want is for it to affect the team. I am going to use this time to focus on a prescribed routine and medication, which has previously been difficult to start in the midst of a season. My goal is to come out of it a stronger and healthier version of myself so I can continue to lead this team to the Championship we are all working towards.

That is scary stuff and certainly much bigger than basketball. But the surprising news happens to come at a crucial time in the Cavs' season. They are currently third in the Eastern Conference with only 13 games remaining before the playoffs.


The Cavs are just a half-game ahead of both the Wizards and Pacers in the standings. They will also have to reincorporate All-Star Kevin Love, likely sometime this week. 

That is a lot for Drew to deal with while Lue recovers and it adds another wrinkle to a Cavs' season that has been characterized by change.


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