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Wizards at Celtics: TV, live stream and radio info, things to watch

Wizards at Celtics: TV, live stream and radio info, things to watch

The Washington Wizards play at the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night. Here is all you need to know: TV, live stream and radio info, tip-off time, plus three things to watch…


Where: TD Garden
Tip-off: 8 p.m.
TV: CSN (coverage begins at 7:30 p.m.)
Live stream: CSNmidatlantic.com
Radio: 1500 AM

Three things to watch...

Back-to-back, road issues

The Wizards eclipsed the .500 mark for the first time this season with their win over the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday night, but they won't be able to enjoy that very long. They have a quick turnaround with a game at the Boston Celtics on Wednesday in the second leg of a back-to-back set. The Celtics currently hold the third-best record in the Eastern Conference at 23-15 and are a solid 11-6 at home.

There are several other factors at play that are worth watching. For one, the Wizards have been awful in the second games of back-to-backs. They are just 1-6 in those scenarios, having lost four straight going back to Nov. 17. And on the road, the Wizards have had some trouble. Though they won their last road game on Sunday in Milwaukee, the Wizards are just 4-12 away from D.C. Only the 8-29 Brooklyn Nets have fewer road wins among NBA teams.

[RELATED: Wizards hope for better start against Celtics]

Horford faces Wizards

The Wizards beat the Celtics at home in their first matchup on Nov. 9 and they did so despite seeing Bradley Beal leave the game in the first half with a hamstring injury. But Boston was also down a key player with Al Horford sidelined at the time with a concussion.

On Wednesday, the Wizards will get their first look at Horford on the Celtics since he joined them in free agency. The Wizards met with Horford and were reported by some as a finalist, but the veteran big man chose Boston instead. Whether that means anything to the Wizards players themselves is unknown, but it will surely be noted by fans. Horford, by the way, is scoring 15.3 points and dishing out a career-high 4.9 assists, but his 6.8 rebounds per game and 45.2 field goal percentage are both career-lows.

Wall vs. Smart

Wednesday will also offer a rematch between John Wall and Marcus Smart. Wall was ejected in that Nov. 9 game for a hard foul on Smart with 5:24 left in the fourth quarter. Wall ran up to Smart and took him to the ground while Smart was bringing the ball up the floor. It earned Wall his second ejection in as many games.

That play was the culmination of a frustrating and physical night for Wall and the Wizards. He thought he was stepped on purposefully by a Celtics player and targeted in the head on a layup by another. Avery Bradley was included in Wall's ire, but he may not play Wednesday due to an Achilles strain. Whether he does play or not, watch for Wall to have a little extra motivation in this game.

[RELATED: Wall would be 'disappointed' not to make All-NBA team]

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Death Row D.C. and the Wizards are back

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Death Row D.C. and the Wizards are back

On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman, Chase Hughes and Chris Miller were joined by Julie Donaldson to break down the Wizards' wins in Games 3 and 4.

Bradley Beal, Otto Porter and Marcin Gortat are back and the Wizards are a different team because of it. Plus, how regaining their Death Row D.C. mentality has changed this series.

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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Another 40-point third quarter evens another playoff series for the Wizards

Another 40-point third quarter evens another playoff series for the Wizards

Last night's Washington Wizards comeback would not have happened had it not been for the team's blowout third quarter. 

Of course, you can say that literally about any quarter, but if you take away the third, the Toronto Raptors outscored Washington easily, 78-66.

The Wizards won by eight and this wasn’t the first time we’ve seen a performance of this magnitude from this bunch.

In that frame alone in Game 4, the Wizards broke out to 40 points, the same amount they had in the first two quarters combined. As a team, they shot 65 percent and 83 percent from deep (5-for-6).

By far that was their best offensive quarter of this series.

Of course, Bradley Beal got his due, 12 points including three three-pointers, but for the first time this series, Otto Porter Jr. became a threat on the offensive end of the court.

The 6-8 forward scored 10 of his 12 points, all of which came in a 26-14 run. First, he started with back-to-back three-pointers, both in the tail end of a transition, both a feed from John Wall. One came from the corner and the other came off of a screen that ended up being a close contest from OG Anunoby.

That run resulted in the Wizards’ first lead of the game from a corner three courtesy of Beal.

Speaking of Anunoby, he was silent in that quarter for the Raptors. Granted in the first half he was taken off the court after getting pinned under Marcin Gortat, but the Raptors’ guard played for nine minutes and the only thing he recorded on the stat sheet was a foul.

Serge Ibaka, who has also been a pain in the Wizards’ side also disappeared. One rebound, two points from the free throw line, and one block was all that the 6-10 forward managed. With Porter on the court and producing, it pushed Ibaka to set up outside the paint, clearing the lane for Wall to generate movement on the offense.

All this being said, Toronto actually didn’t have a bad quarter. They shot 50 percent from the field and DeMar DeRozan had 14 points.

But the Wizards were simply better. They out-shot one of the best all-around offensive teams in the league.

Rolling with the punches in transition, not passing up open looks, Wall dealing out six assists; that is the Wizards’ team that knocked off some of the top teams in the NBA this year. No one shot more than five times in the quarter and the team combined for 10 assists on the 15 made baskets.

They erased a 14-point deficit and were tied at 80 heading into the fourth.

If you look back to the last 40-point playoff quarter for Washington, there are many parallels. It was another series where the Wizards were down 0-2 to the Celtics. They were dealing with an offensive driven team and the physicality became a prevalent story in the series.

Had it not been for those 12 minutes of basketball, the Wizards would be down 3-1 and face an insurmountable climb to get back into their First Round series. Now they are at a fresh slate in a best-of-3 series. With all the momentum, Washington is just two wins away from getting back to the Second Round of the NBA Playoffs.

Hopefully, this time is a little different than the last.