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

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

John Wall, Bradley Beal and the Washington Wizards battle Dwight Howard, Paul Millsap and the Atlanta Hawks in Game 3 of their first round series in the 2017 NBA Playoffs on Saturday night.

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


Series: Wizards lead 2-0
Where: Philips Arena
Tip-off: 5:30 p.m.
TV: CSN (coverage begins at 4:30 p.m.)
Live stream: CSNmidatlantic.com
Radio: 1500 AM

Three things to watch...

Hawks in desperation mode

The Wizards have had little trouble with the Hawks so far in this series, now holding a commanding 2-0 lead as they shift to Atlanta for Game 3. Though the Hawks made it interesting with second-half runs in both games, the Wizards looked like a far superior team down the stretch of each of them. Now the Hawks are fighting for their playoff lives, whether Paul Millsap wants to admit it or not. One more loss and they will go down 0-3 and be effectively done.

The Wizards will now try to make sure there is no letup and keep the momentum going on the road. John Wall and Bradley Beal are 10-1 in their careers in first round playoff games, so they have been here before and know how to close out a series. They should expect the Hawks' best effort knowing it is do-or-die at this point.

[RELATED: Millsap on Hawks vs. Wizards: 'Our small-ball is better than theirs]

Gortat remains key

One of the stars of the series so far has been Marcin Gortat, as the Wizards center has made a big impact on both ends of the floor. He's had 14 points and 10 rebounds in each game so far, including five blocks in Game 2. With Ian Mahinmi out, Gortat has stepped up and been a force down low.

Gortat's biggest accomplishment so far has been limiting Dwight Howard, his former teammate with the Magic. Howard has just 13 points in the two games and played just 20 minutes in part due to foul trouble in Game 2. Gortat had several blocks on Howard in Game 2 and has been giving him fits. If the Wizards can continue to limit Howard, the Hawks have no chance.

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

Bench defense

The Wizards won Game 2, but they did have some scares mainly because of their second unit's porous defense. Game 2 saw several breakdowns, particularly with Hawks point guard Dennis Schroder being able to get to the rim at will. Schroder had 23 points and six assists. Stopping him will come down mainly to Wall, but also Brandon Jennings. Jennings has to find a way to stop Schroder from getting around him.

Staying out of foul trouble will also be an important factor for the Wizards. Game 2 was greatly affected by Markieff Morris, Otto Porter, Jr., Jason Smith and Kelly Oubre, Jr. picking up early fouls. Coach Scott Brooks did a masterful job of working around that, but it was not ideal.

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Don't expect a big role for Ramon Sessions with Wizards after signing as free agent

Don't expect a big role for Ramon Sessions with Wizards after signing as free agent

When Ramon Sessions was last with the Wizards, he was the primary backup point guard behind starter John Wall. Now back with the team on a 10-day contract, he is expected to play a much more muted role.

Wizards head coach Scott Brooks spoke of Sessions as the fourth-string point guard, not only behind Wall who remains out to recover from left knee surgery, but also behind Tomas Satoransky and Tim Frazier. The presence of Sessions should not affect Satoransky's minutes as the replacement starter and it doesn't sound like Frazier is in jeopardy of moving down the depth chart, either.

"I don't know how many minutes or opportunities he will get, but with the way he holds himself I feel comfortable if we need him in a pinch," Brooks said. "We have some coverage now if one of our guards goes down or gets in foul trouble."


Brooks mentioned Sessions' ability to play some at shooting guard if needed. He also praised Sessions' penchant for getting to the free throw line. Sessions has averaged 3.9 free throw attempts in just 23.5 minutes per game. That's highest among active players who have averaged 24 minutes or less in their career.

Sessions played well for the Wizards down the stretch of the 2014-15 season and in the 2015-16 campaign. As a member of the Wizards, he averaged 9.2 points and 3.0 assists per game.


He has played for eight different teams, but has always felt a connection to Washington.

"It just always felt like a place I could end up back one day," he said. "People always ask me, being on so many teams, 'what's the home team to you?' I always come back to the Wizards. It was a place I was only here a year-and-a-half, but it feels like much longer than that with the run we had and the fans and the support I get when I come here."

Exactly how long Sessions will be here is unclear. He couldn't crack the Knicks' rotation earlier this season and has a lot to prove. Still, he's excited for the opportunity.


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Kevin Durant commits $10 million to Prince George's County public schools


Kevin Durant commits $10 million to Prince George's County public schools

Kevin Durant continues to give back to the community that raised him. 

Durant, who calls Prince George's County, MD., home, recently announced a partnership with Prince George's County public schools. 

The partnership, which comes with a $10 million dollar commitment from Durant, will help fund a program called College Track. Essentially, it's a 10-year program that provides basic infrastructure — test prep, tutoring, college selection and how to get financial aid — that kids from less-advantaged families often times don’t have.

Durant's money will go towards building College Track's Maryland center. There are nine other College Tracks across California, Colorado, and Louisiana, and the program has helped over 3,000 students get to college and beyond. This Maryland center will be the first of three that are planned to go up in the DC area. 

You can read the entire article about Durant and College Track right here.