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NBA Playoffs 2017 Wizards vs. Hawks Game 2: TV, live stream and radio info, things to watch

NBA Playoffs 2017 Wizards vs. Hawks Game 2: TV, live stream and radio info, things to watch

John Wall, Bradley Beal and the Washington Wizards host Dwight Howard, Paul Millsap and the Atlanta Hawks in Game 2 of their first round series in the 2017 NBA Playoffs.

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

GAME 2: WASHINGTON WIZARDS vs. ATLANTA HAWKS

Series: Wizards lead 1-0
Where: Verizon Center
Tip-off: 7 p.m.
TV: CSN+ (coverage begins at 6 p.m.)
Live stream: CSNmidatlantic.com
Radio: 1500 AM

Three things to watch...

Looking to go up 2-0

Hawks center Dwight Howard spoke from experience after Monday's practice that this series is far from being over. He has been on teams that erased series deficits, including the 2015 Rockets who came back from 3-1 to beat the Clippers and advance to the Western Conference Finals. Only 11 teams have accomplished the feat. Howard said "the sky is only falling for those who aren't actually in the series" and he's probably right.

But going down 2-0 to the Wizards would mean the Hawks would have to win four of six games to beat the Wizards and that seems like a sizable deficit to overcome. The Wizards have a chance to put a serious grip on this series in Game 2 before they head to Atlanta for Saturday's Game 3.

[RELATED: Wizards get good news on Jason Smith, Kelly Oubre for Game 2 vs. Hawks]

Hawks aim to match physical play

The Hawks have talked a lot since Game 1 about trying to match the physical tone the Wizards set in Game 1. Paul Millsap famously compared the Wizards' style to MMA. Now that the tone has been set, the Hawks will aim to properly respond. Point guard Dennis Schroder said on Monday that they will have to "give them the first punch and be ready." It will be interesting to see how they come out in the first quarter with that goal in mind.

The key matchups to watch will again be down low. Can Morris recreate the problems he gave Millsap in Game 1? The same should apply to Marcin Gortat and Dwight Howard, as Gortat got the best of Howard in their first meeting.

[RELATED: Paul Millsap thinks trash talking by Markieff Morris, Wizards a trap for Hawks]

Fastbreak defense

The biggest takeaway from Game 1 for the Hawks from a strategic standpoint was their defense on the fastbreak. Coach Mike Budenholzer, Schroder, Howard and others spoke at Monday's practice about how they didn't do a good job of stopping the Wizards in transition, particularly in the second half. They felt that was the biggest reason why John Wall and Bradley Beal broke out offensively.

Budenholzer and others were pretty vague about the changes they needed to make, but Schroder - who will be tasked with stopping Wall - offered some specifics:

"We have to make adjustments. The four-man can't go to the offensive glass. He has to run back on defense as soon as it is out of our hands. The four-man has to go back and the one, two and three, as well. I think that's the biggest adjustment we've gotta do. Just keep John Wall in front of us. He did a great job. I think they played their best game of the season probably and we still only lost by seven. When we take away their transition offense, then we'll be in good shape."

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How drawing up a play in the interview process helped sell the Wizards on Troy Brown

How drawing up a play in the interview process helped sell the Wizards on Troy Brown

While meeting with Oregon's Troy Brown during the pre-draft interview process, evaluators from the Washington Wizards issued him an on-the-spot challenge. Head coach Scott Brooks pulled out a dry-erase clipboard and a pen. He wanted to see Brown draw up a play.

This is a test Brooks has administered before to other players. Some have failed miserably.

"It sounds easy to throw a board at somebody in front of a big group and say 'okay draw a play' and I have seen many plays drawn, and I have seen it where there are not five players on the floor," Brooks said.

That wasn't the case with Brown. He didn't just draw up one play, he drew up several. One in particular came to mind when asked by reporters on Thursday night soon after the Wizards took him 15th overall in the first round of the NBA Draft.

“I think it was a situation where we were down by two or something like that," he said. "It was like a back screen into a slip, and then the fade three and they gave you a lot of various options to cause mismatches on the court for a last minute shot to either go ahead, or even attack the basket for a layup to go into overtime.”

NBC Sports Washington analyst Cory Alexander, a veteran of seven NBA seasons, demonstrated what Brown's play looked like on a whiteboard:

The Xs and Os of basketball flow effortlessly for Brown and Wizards' brass couldn't help but be impressed.

"He really understands the game. I think for a kid that is 18 years old, that is rare but he just has a good feel," Brooks said. 

"We were impressed with his character and the type of person he is and his basketball knowledge," team president Ernie Grunfeld said. "Obviously, like any young player, he has a lot of work to do but he has a lot of the intangibles that I think you need in today's game."

Smarts are a big part of what makes Brown a good basketball player. He isn't a particularly explosive athlete, with a modest 33-inch max vertical leap, but he boasts a 6-foot-10 wingspan and solid agility. Being in the right place at the right time and knowing how to operate an offense help him make the most of his natural abilities.

Passing is where his basketball IQ comes in handy. Brown is unusually good at distributing for a 6-foot-7 small forward. He averaged 3.2 assists as a freshman at Oregon and nine times had five assists or more in a game.

He can pass like a point guard and the Wizards are excited to implement that skill into their offense.

"Passing is contagious. We’ve been pretty good the last two years and with talking about that how we even want to take another step," Brooks said. "He has the ability to make a lot of quick plays and his ball handling is pretty good for a guy his size. That is one thing I was impressed in his workout last week or when we had him. He is able to take the contact and use his strong frame to get inside the key and make plays.”

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Breaking down the Wizards' 2018 draft class

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Breaking down the Wizards' 2018 draft class

On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman, Chase Hughes and Chris Miller analyze the Wizards' two picks the night of the draft.

They went in-depth on first round pick Troy Brown, Jr. and why the Wizards took him when some big names were still on the board. They also broke down why the Wizards chose to pick a draft-and-stash guy in the second round.

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!