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Wizards vs. Mavericks: TV, live stream and radio info, things to watch

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Wizards vs. Mavericks: TV, live stream and radio info, things to watch

John Wall, Bradley Beal and the Washington Wizards battle the Dirk Nowitzki, Dennis Smith, Jr. and Nerlens Noel on Tuesday night.

Here is all you need to know for the Wizards vs. Mavericks game: TV, live stream and radio info, tip-off time, plus three things to watch…


Where: Capital One Arena
Tip-off: 7 p.m.
TV: NBC Sports Washington (coverage begins at 6 p.m.)
Live stream: NBCSportsWashington.com
Radio: 1500 AM

Three things to watch...

Will Wall play?

The Wizards beat the Raptors without John Wall on Sunday, as the star point guard sat out due to a sprained left shoulder. Test results showed no structural damage and he wasn't in a sling, which was a step in the right direction. Still, the injury could keep him out for Tuesday night's game or at the very least limit him.

Sunday's game showed the Wizards' recipe for winning without Wall. Bradley Beal and Otto Porter must step up and maybe even bring the ball up the floor. Tim Frazier has to play smart, run the offense and limit turnovers. Kyle Lowry getting ejected on Sunday certainly helped, but the Wizards are deep enough to withstand Wall's absence against a team like Dallas.


Beal is on a new level

Beal had 38 points on Sunday against the Raptors and has now scored 36 or more in three straight games. If he gets to 35 against the Mavs, he will be the first player in franchise history to score 35 or more in four straight outings. He would also tie the longest such streak in the NBA since Carmelo Anthony did it in six straight games back in 2013.

Beal has been scoring in a multitude of ways so far this season. He's shooting 50.3 percent from the field and is just starting to warm up from three. Last game he knocked down four of his six shots from the perimeter. He's averaging 25.7 points on the season and that is weighed down by his four-point performance against the Warriors, a game he was ejected from in the first half.


Smith is worth watching

The Mavs have the NBA's worst record at 1-10, but do have some entertainment value. At point guard they start ninth overall pick Dennis Smith, Jr. out of North Carolina State and he is a joy to watch.

Smith's numbers so far are decent, he's averaging 13.3 points on 39.8 percent shooting. But this kid can absolutely fly. He is probably going to light up the dunk contest in the near future.


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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.