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NBA Playoffs 2017 Wizards at Hawks Game 6: TV, live stream and radio info, things to watch

NBA Playoffs 2017 Wizards at Hawks Game 6: 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 6 of their first round series in the 2017 NBA Playoffs on Friday 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 3-2
Where: Philips Arena
Tip-off: 7:30 p.m.
TV: CSN (coverage begins at 6:30 p.m.)
Live stream: CSNmidatlantic.com
Radio: 1500 AM

Three things to watch...

Chance to clinch

Game 5 was a close one, decided by just four points, and now the Wizards hold a chance to clinch a spot in the second round. They have two opportunities, technically, but would obviously prefer to get this over quickly and move on.

The Wizards haven't been able to win in Atlanta so far this series, as each team has held serve at home. Washington was much better in Game 4 than in Game 3 at Philips Arena, but now they face a team playing to keep their season alive. It won't be easy knocking them out. Atlanta played well when desperate once they went down 0-2 and will hope to catch the Wizards complacent now after taking a series lead.

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Can Porter keep it going?

Otto Porter emerged as a much-needed third scorer to help out John Wall and Bradley Beal in Wednesday's Game 5 win for the Wizards. Porter added 17 points and got them the hard way, needing career-highs in both free throw attempts (10) and makes (9). Porter took just four official shots on the night, as Porter made the Hawks pay for their physical approach to guarding him.

The question now is whether Porter can continue making an impact on the offensive end. Consistency has eluded him for months now, but he's hit double figures in two straight games. This is just the second time he's done that since March 18. If the Wizards can get Porter into a rhythm, particularly from three-point range, it will change their outlook dramatically.

[RELATED: Foul trouble continues to haunt Morris vs. Hawks]

Frontcourt depth

Both of the Wizards' backup centers are now banged up with left calf strains. Ian Mahinmi has yet to play in the postseason and is likely to miss Game 6, as well. Head coach Scott Brooks said on Tuesday he doubts Mahinmi will be ready to go Friday night despite Mahinmi saying he plans to return by the end of the series. Mahinmi seems close, he just isn't quite ready yet.

Jason Smith is the other injured big man and as of Thursday morning he was considered a gametime decision. If the Wizards have to go without Smith, they will be in major trouble at the center position with both of their backups out of commission. That would leave Marcin Gortat to play a lot of minutes and hope to stay out of foul trouble. The same applies to Markieff Morris, who would have to play some at center in smallball lineups. It would not be ideal whatsoever and it could force Scott Brooks to turn to undrafted rookie Daniel Ochefu in an emergency scenario.

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Bradley Beal's frustrations boil over in Chicago following OT loss

Bradley Beal's frustrations boil over in Chicago following OT loss

At some point during an inconsistent, up-and-down season, frustration almost always boils over. 

That may have been the case for Bradley Beal following Wednesday night's overtime loss to the Bulls in Chicago. 

We just didn't want to win.

To say Washington has had a lot of moving parts through 72 games would be the understatement of the year. We're talking about a team that has lost John Wall and Dwight Howard (not officially) to season-ending injuries and traded away Otto Porter Jr., Markieff Morris, and Austin Rivers. 

Wednesday night's starting lineup featured Bobby Portis, Trevor Ariza, Jeff Green, Bradley Beal, and Tomas Satoransky. That's certainly not what Scott Brooks envisioned in November. 

Being that there are so many new pieces, each of which finds himself in a different situation contract-wise, Beal was asked whether he feels like he needs to remind his teammates about the importance of a sense of urgency. 

"I shouldn't have to but I need to. We have 10 games left"

The two-time NBA All-Star ended his media availability, as he's so often done this season, by holding himself accountable while still making his point clear.  

"We got to be better. That’s all I can say. It starts with me. We got to be better. Myself included.”

Beal finished with 27 points, seven rebounds, seven assists, three steals all while logging 44 minutes. 



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Trevor Ariza exited Wizards OT loss to Bulls with groin strain, but not as serious as anticipated

Trevor Ariza exited Wizards OT loss to Bulls with groin strain, but not as serious as anticipated

Trevor Ariza was unable to take the court late in the Wizards overtime loss to Chicago after leaving the game mid-way through with a groin strain.

His availability for Thursday's matchup at home against the Nuggets will be at the discretion of the team of whether that quick of a turnaround could put more pressure on the injury.

Ariza finished with six points in just 14 minutes of action. NBC Sports Insider Tom Haberstroh documented Ariza's health as the season winds down prior to Wednesday's injury. The veteran swingman is on a one-year, $15 million deal.

Ariza said he couldn't pinpoint which play caused the discomfort. His status for the bout with Denver will surely be a topic of interest.