John Wall, Bradley Beal and the Washington Wizards battle Isaiah Thomas, Al Horford and the Boston Celtics in Game 3 of their second round series in the 2017 NBA Playoffs on Thursday night.
Here is all you need to know: TV, live stream and radio info, tip-off time, plus three things to watch…
GAME 3: BOSTON CELTICS at WASHINGTON WIZARDS
Series: Celtics lead 2-0
Where: Verizon Center
Tip-off: 8 p.m.
TV: ESPN (pregame coverage begins at 7 p.m. on CSN)
Live stream: ESPN.com
Radio: 1500 AM
Three things to watch...
Beal has to play better
Bradley Beal had a frustrating time in Game 2 on Tuesday night, with 14 points on just 4-for-15 from the field. He went 1-for-9 from three and set a playoff career-high with six turnovers. Beal had a chance to redeem himself at the end of regulation, but badly missed a would-be buzzer-beater.
Beal has to step up on both ends of the floor. Not only could they use his usual self on offense, but defending the perimeter has been a real issue for the Wizards so far this series. Through two games, they have allowed a combined 32 threes and in both games point guard Isaiah Thomas had his way.
Limiting Thomas, who had 53 points in Game 2, will not be easy. So far this series he is averaging 43 points per game on 51.8 percent shooting. Thomas is both knocking down his threes (43.5%) and getting to the rim at will.
Stopping Thomas should ultimately fall on John Wall and Beal, but Thomas is doing a very good job of earning switches on screens. Several times down the stretch of Game 2 he got switched into an isolation with Markieff Morris. That's a mismatch under normal circumstances and particularly now that Morris is limited by a sore ankle. To ask Morris to stay in front of Thomas with a flat tire is just unfair.
Trying to stay alive
A loss would not mean the end of their season, but there is no doubt this is all but a must-win game. Lose this one and the Wizards will be 0-3 and no team has ever come back from that deficit. They essentially have to win Game 3 or else just about all hope will be lost.