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NBA Playoffs 2017 Wizards vs. Hawks Game 2: TV, live stream and radio info, things to watch

NBA Playoffs 2017 Wizards vs. Hawks Game 2: TV, live stream and radio info, things to watch

John Wall, Bradley Beal and the Washington Wizards host Dwight Howard, Paul Millsap and the Atlanta Hawks in Game 2 of their first round series in the 2017 NBA Playoffs.

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

GAME 2: WASHINGTON WIZARDS vs. ATLANTA HAWKS

Series: Wizards lead 1-0
Where: Verizon Center
Tip-off: 7 p.m.
TV: CSN+ (coverage begins at 6 p.m.)
Live stream: CSNmidatlantic.com
Radio: 1500 AM

Three things to watch...

Looking to go up 2-0

Hawks center Dwight Howard spoke from experience after Monday's practice that this series is far from being over. He has been on teams that erased series deficits, including the 2015 Rockets who came back from 3-1 to beat the Clippers and advance to the Western Conference Finals. Only 11 teams have accomplished the feat. Howard said "the sky is only falling for those who aren't actually in the series" and he's probably right.

But going down 2-0 to the Wizards would mean the Hawks would have to win four of six games to beat the Wizards and that seems like a sizable deficit to overcome. The Wizards have a chance to put a serious grip on this series in Game 2 before they head to Atlanta for Saturday's Game 3.

[RELATED: Wizards get good news on Jason Smith, Kelly Oubre for Game 2 vs. Hawks]

Hawks aim to match physical play

The Hawks have talked a lot since Game 1 about trying to match the physical tone the Wizards set in Game 1. Paul Millsap famously compared the Wizards' style to MMA. Now that the tone has been set, the Hawks will aim to properly respond. Point guard Dennis Schroder said on Monday that they will have to "give them the first punch and be ready." It will be interesting to see how they come out in the first quarter with that goal in mind.

The key matchups to watch will again be down low. Can Morris recreate the problems he gave Millsap in Game 1? The same should apply to Marcin Gortat and Dwight Howard, as Gortat got the best of Howard in their first meeting.

[RELATED: Paul Millsap thinks trash talking by Markieff Morris, Wizards a trap for Hawks]

Fastbreak defense

The biggest takeaway from Game 1 for the Hawks from a strategic standpoint was their defense on the fastbreak. Coach Mike Budenholzer, Schroder, Howard and others spoke at Monday's practice about how they didn't do a good job of stopping the Wizards in transition, particularly in the second half. They felt that was the biggest reason why John Wall and Bradley Beal broke out offensively.

Budenholzer and others were pretty vague about the changes they needed to make, but Schroder - who will be tasked with stopping Wall - offered some specifics:

"We have to make adjustments. The four-man can't go to the offensive glass. He has to run back on defense as soon as it is out of our hands. The four-man has to go back and the one, two and three, as well. I think that's the biggest adjustment we've gotta do. Just keep John Wall in front of us. He did a great job. I think they played their best game of the season probably and we still only lost by seven. When we take away their transition offense, then we'll be in good shape."

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Wizards set to have Tim Frazier back against Cavs after nasal fracture surgery

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Wizards set to have Tim Frazier back against Cavs after nasal fracture surgery

The All-Star break came at a good time for Wizards point guard Tim Frazier, who missed their last game before the week off due to nasal fracture surgery.

Frazier was back at the Wizards' practice on Tuesday night at Capital One Arena and expects to play on Thursday when the team returns to action on the road at the Cleveland Cavaliers.

"I feel good. I feel like I can go out there and help them compete," he said.

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Frazier, 27, had surgery to repair his broken nose on Feb. 11 after he was knocked out of the previous night's game between the Wizards and Bulls. Frazier collided face-first with the knee of Bobby Portis and was immediately ushered to the locker room with blood streaming from his nose.

Following the procedure, Frazier had to battle through pain and breathing issues. He feels much better now and had no complications after participating in a full practice.

The challenge now is adjusting to a fitted mask he will have to wear to return to the court. Frazier has never had to wear a mask before in his basketball career.

"[Sweat] was one of the issues today, trying to keep it dry when I'm sweating underneath," he said.

"He looked good," head coach Scott Brooks said. "I thought he would be a little uncomfortable with it, but he seemed fine."

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Frazier has been given advice from the Wizards' training staff, as well as teammate Bradley Beal who has had to wear a mask twice before in his career.

"Brad said that after a while you get used to it. Nobody wants to wear it for the rest of their careers besides Rip Hamilton," Frazier said.

Getting Frazier back is significant for the Wizards, who are already down a point guard with John Wall rehabbing from left knee surgery. Without Frazier against the Knicks on Wednesday, the Wizards had to use Beal and Otto Porter to bring the ball up at times. Now, with Tomas Satoransky and Frazier, they have a starting point guard and a backup who is used to playing the position.

They could have three point guards, as the Wizards continue to weigh their options in free agency. They have to add a player within the next two days to meet the league's minimum roster requirement. Most of the free agents they have evaluated have been point guards as they aim to compensate for Wall's absence, which could last well into the month of March.

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Wizards have big questions to answer coming out of All-Star break

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Wizards have big questions to answer coming out of All-Star break

On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman, Chase Hughes and Chris Miller look ahead to the biggest questions the Wizards need to answer after the All-Star break. They also explain why Bradley Beal proved a lot in his first All-Star Game appearance.

They also unveiled a new segment involving guessing Wizards players based on their social media captions.

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!