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

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

John Wall, Bradley Beal, Otto Porter and the Washington Wizards battle Kyrie Irving, Jayson Tatum, Al Horford and the Boston Celtics on Christmas Day.

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

WASHINGTON WIZARDS AT BOSTON CELTICS

Where: TD Garden
Tip-off: 5:30 p.m.
TV: NBC Sports Washington (coverage begins at 5:00 p.m.)
Online with no cable TV: fuboTV (try for free)
Radio: 1500 AM

Three things to watch...

PODCAST: MORRIS ON WHY THE WIZARDS ARE A TOUGH TEAM

First meeting of the season

The NBA knew what they were doing with the schedule this year. The Wizards and Celtics have a strong rivalry and will meet each other for the first time since their epic playoff matchup in the spring on Christmas Day. They even have a marquee 5:30 p.m. tipoff.

The Celtics' roster underwent a significant overhaul over the offseason and so far it's working quite well. They have the best record in the Eastern Conference at 27-9. The Wizards decided to run it back with mostly the same roster as last season and for various reasons have battled inconsistency through 33 games. They are 18-15, seventh in the East. Despite the Wizards' record, this game will be a battle between two of the most talented teams in the conference.

Wall vs. Kyrie

The Wizards and Celtics now offer one of the best point guard duels in basketball. In one corner is John Wall and the other is Kyrie Irving. Both are four-time All-Stars and top overall picks. Wall went first in 2010 and Irving in 2011.

Wall and Irving have very different playing styles and are good friends off the court. But it will be fascinating to watch them go back and forth as part of this rivalry. They will both be up for the matchup, knowing comparisons will inevitably be made.

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Tatum is a problem

The Celtics feature one of the NBA's best rookies in Jayson Tatum, the third overall pick out of Duke University. His production and consistency is rarely seen from a guy his age, just 19 years old. Through 36 games, Tatum is averaging 13.8 points, 5.7 rebounds 1.5 assists and nearly a block and steal per game.

The most impressive thing is his efficiency. Tatum is shooting 50.8 percent from the field and an absurd 49.1 percent from three. He combines deadly shooting with quick ballhandling and a vertical leap capable of putting opponents on posters. Just look at this dunk he threw down. It was vicious:

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2018 NBA Playoffs Wizards-Raptors Game 4: TV, live stream and radio info, things to watch

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2018 NBA Playoffs Wizards-Raptors Game 4: TV, live stream and radio info, things to watch

John Wall, Bradley Beal, Otto Porter and the Washington Wizards battle Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, Serge Ibaka and the Toronto Raptors on Sunday night in Game 4 of the 2018 NBA Playoffs.

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

GAME 4: TORONTO RAPTORS AT WASHINGTON WIZARDS

Series: Raptors lead 2-1
Where: Capital One Arena
Tip-off: 6 p.m.
TV: NBC Sports Washington (pregame coverage begins at 5 p.m.)
Live stream: NBCSportsWashington.com
Radio: 1500 AM

Time to get even

After a momentous Game 3 win, the Wizards have breathed some life back into their season. On Sunday, they can make this a brand new series.

With a win in Game 4 for the Wizards, they would tie the series and send it back to Toronto ensuring another home game in Washington. A loss would put them down 3-1, a deficit that has historically been hard to overcome.

Only 11 teams have accomplished the feat, most notably the Cavaliers in the 2016 NBA Finals. The Warriors did the same that year in the conference finals. It has only been done three times since 2006. 

How will Raptors respond?

Game 3 took on a much different tone and style than the previous two and it played into the Wizards' hands. It was much more physical and Washington did a good job of instigating contact and using it to their advanage. After the game, several players highlighted Markieff Morris shoving OG Anunoby and Serge Ibaka as a turning point.

Just because it worked in Game 3 doesn't mean it will carry over successfully in Game 4. Not only could the Raptors respond with their own dose of brutality, but the referees may try to nip anything of the sort in the bud early on.

It would not be surprising if Game 4 was officiated very tightly and if a message was sent in the first quarter to the players. After seeing how well it worked in Game 3, the Wizards will likely try to test the limits.

Playoff Beal

The Raptors will also try to adjust their defense following Bradley Beal's 28-point outburst in Game 3. He wasn't much of a factor in the first two games of the series, but broke out in Game 3 to lead the Wizards to a win.

The Wizards did a good job of getting Beal involved early. He was found for open looks from three in the first half and had two three-pointers in each of the first two quarters. Beal also took it upon himself to attack the rim and force the issue.

The Raptors held Beal back in the first two games by being rough with him and in Game 2 they got him in foul trouble. Surely he will be a big emphasis of their gameplan on Sunday.

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The Wizards dominated Game 3 because everybody ate ... literally

The Wizards dominated Game 3 because everybody ate ... literally

The Wizards returned to Washington, D.C. on Friday down 0-2 to the Raptors in their best-of-seven 2018 NBA Playoffs first-round series

The team lost a close one in Game 1 and was run out of the building in Game 2. Game 3 was must-win, and the Wizards knew what needed to happen in order for them to secure the victory.

"Everybody eats." 

That's the phrase that has defined the Wizards throughout much of the season They are at their best when John Wall is making plays and feeding his teammates.

On Friday night, the Wizards beat the Raptors 122-103 to force at least a Game 5. Wall finished with 28 points and 14 assists.

Bradley Beal finally broke out of his slump for 28 points and  Marcin Gortat, Mike Scott and Kelly Oubre all chipped in with at least 10 points.

But the stat sheet wasn't the only place where everybody eats.

Here's Marcin Gortat from Game 3. 

But if pantomiming isn't your thing, here is Bradley Beal actually eating popcorn during Game 3.

So what did we learn in Game 3? Well, for starters: "Everybody Eats" is not just a motto, it is a way of life.

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GORTAT DITCHES MOHAWK, TEAMMATES APPROVE

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