John Wall, Bradley Beal and the Washington Wizards battle Dwight Howard, Paul Millsap and the Atlanta Hawks in Game 3 of their first round series in the 2017 NBA Playoffs on Saturday night.
Here is all you need to know: TV, live stream and radio info, tip-off time, plus three things to watch…
GAME 3: WASHINGTON WIZARDS vs. ATLANTA HAWKS
Series: Wizards lead 2-0
Where: Philips Arena
Tip-off: 5:30 p.m.
TV: CSN (coverage begins at 4:30 p.m.)
Live stream: CSNmidatlantic.com
Radio: 1500 AM
Three things to watch...
Hawks in desperation mode
The Wizards have had little trouble with the Hawks so far in this series, now holding a commanding 2-0 lead as they shift to Atlanta for Game 3. Though the Hawks made it interesting with second-half runs in both games, the Wizards looked like a far superior team down the stretch of each of them. Now the Hawks are fighting for their playoff lives, whether Paul Millsap wants to admit it or not. One more loss and they will go down 0-3 and be effectively done.
The Wizards will now try to make sure there is no letup and keep the momentum going on the road. John Wall and Bradley Beal are 10-1 in their careers in first round playoff games, so they have been here before and know how to close out a series. They should expect the Hawks' best effort knowing it is do-or-die at this point.
Gortat remains key
One of the stars of the series so far has been Marcin Gortat, as the Wizards center has made a big impact on both ends of the floor. He's had 14 points and 10 rebounds in each game so far, including five blocks in Game 2. With Ian Mahinmi out, Gortat has stepped up and been a force down low.
Gortat's biggest accomplishment so far has been limiting Dwight Howard, his former teammate with the Magic. Howard has just 13 points in the two games and played just 20 minutes in part due to foul trouble in Game 2. Gortat had several blocks on Howard in Game 2 and has been giving him fits. If the Wizards can continue to limit Howard, the Hawks have no chance.
The Wizards won Game 2, but they did have some scares mainly because of their second unit's porous defense. Game 2 saw several breakdowns, particularly with Hawks point guard Dennis Schroder being able to get to the rim at will. Schroder had 23 points and six assists. Stopping him will come down mainly to Wall, but also Brandon Jennings. Jennings has to find a way to stop Schroder from getting around him.
Staying out of foul trouble will also be an important factor for the Wizards. Game 2 was greatly affected by Markieff Morris, Otto Porter, Jr., Jason Smith and Kelly Oubre, Jr. picking up early fouls. Coach Scott Brooks did a masterful job of working around that, but it was not ideal.