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NBA Playoffs 2017 Wizards vs. Celtics Game 3: TV, live stream and radio info, things to watch

NBA Playoffs 2017 Wizards vs. Celtics Game 3: TV, live stream and radio info, things to watch

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.

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Stopping IT4

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.

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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.

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Elena Delle Donne has successful surgery, should be ready for 2020 season

Elena Delle Donne has successful surgery, should be ready for 2020 season

Elena Delle Donne had successful surgery to repair three herniated discs in her back, the team announced on Wednesday.

The "minor surgery" took place on Friday, Jan. 24 and was performed by Dr. Andrew Dossett in Dallas, Texas. Delle Donne's timetable is unknown but will be reevaluated around the Mystics training camp in May. She is anticipated to be available for the season opener on May 16.

The Mystics forward suffered the injury during the WNBA Finals. After only playing in the opening minutes of Game 2, she missed the rest of the game. An MRI revealed that she had a herniated disc in her back. It was her third injury in all of her three WNBA Finals appearances.

Still, through the pain, the 2019 WNBA MVP helped her team win their first title. 

Once the Mystics won the WNBA Championship, Natasha Cloud proudly announced that Delle Donne actually had three herniated discs

This surgery will likely limit her availability for playing with the U.S. Women's National Team as they begin their pre-Olympic training, exhibitions and qualifying events. She has yet to appear in any of the 2019-20 events due to her injury.

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Quinn Cook changes his jersey number to honor Kobe, Gigi Bryant

Quinn Cook changes his jersey number to honor Kobe, Gigi Bryant

Los Angeles Lakers guard, and former DeMatha Catholic star, Quinn Cook is changing his jersey number from No. 2 to No. 28 to honor the late Kobe and Gigi Bryant. 

For Cook, the No. 28 symbolizes the combination of Gigi's No. 2 and Kobe's No. 8.

"No. 2 is Gianna's number, I feel it should be retired. It's hers," Cook told Shams Charania of the Athletic. 

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💔💔my hero man. I’m completely crushed. I haven’t cried this much or been in this much pain since I lost my dad in 2008. Yesterday I lost my hero, my idol, & the main reason my love for this game is where it is today. Can’t really process this but we all are devastated and heartbroken about what happened to my hero Kobe & his beautiful daughter Gianna. You taught us all so much on and off the court. Anyone who knows me knows what Kobe means to me and to the entire world. We need to give all of our energy and prayers to the Bryant family and all the families involved in the tragic event yesterday. I will never get over this, I don’t know what’s going to happen going forward but one thing I know is that Kobe and Gianna are up there in heaven TOGETHER smiling down on us all. You were the greatest I’ve ever seen on the court but you were an even better Father to all four of your daughters man. Wow Bean I’m really writing this right now 💔💔. I will cherish our relationship and everything you told me forever. We are already missing you Kobe and Gigi🙏🏽🙏🏽! RiP DAD!

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Kobe and Gianna were two of the nine passengers that passed Sunday morning in a tragic helicopter crash. Since the incident, players, coaches, and organizations league-wide have honored the passings in their own manner. 

Dallas Mavericks owner, Mark Cuban, decided to retire the No. 24 within the organization.

“Kobe’s legacy transcends basketball," Cuban said in a statement Sunday. "Our organization has decided that the number 24 will never again be worn by a Dallas Maverick."

After that move, players began to informally retire their own jersey numbers -- Detroit Pistons forward Markieff Morris will change his jersey from No. 8 to 88. Spencer Dinwiddie of the Brooklyn Nets will change his jersey from No. 8 to No. 26 and Terrence Ross of the Orlando Magic will change his jersey number from No. 8 to No. 31.

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