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

NBA Playoffs 2017 Wizards vs. Hawks Game 3: 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 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.

[RELATED: Millsap on Hawks vs. Wizards: 'Our small-ball is better than theirs]

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.

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

Bench defense

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.

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Wizards rookie Rui Hachimura tops the list of jersey sales in Japan

Wizards rookie Rui Hachimura tops the list of jersey sales in Japan

Today the NBA announced that Washington Wizards forward Rui Hachimura has the most popular jersey in Japan.

Sales from NBAStore.jp, the official online NBA store in Japan, put Hachimura at the top of the list, followed by Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James and Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry. The rankings were based on online sales during the 2019-2020 NBA season through January.

Hachimura's ranking shouldn't come as a surprise, as the rookie became the first Japanese-born player selected in the first round of the NBA draft when the Wizards took him ninth overall last summer.

Not only was Hachimura the top-selling jersey, but he also accounted for 24% of all jersey sales. Additionally, the Wizards made up 13% of all team merchandise sales. 

The Lakers topped the list of most popular team merchandise, followed by the Wizards and the Warriors. The Brooklyn Nets and Dallas Mavericks rounded out the top five.

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Report: Steph Curry will return from hand surgery against Wizards

Report: Steph Curry will return from hand surgery against Wizards

Steph Curry will return to game action when the Golden State Warriors host the Wizards on Sunday night, The Athletic reported Tuesday. The game will come almost four months to the day after Curry broke his left hand during a collision with Phoenix Suns center Aron Baynes on Oct. 30.

The Warriors (12-14) enter play Tuesday with the worst record in the NBA having played most of the season without Curry or shooting guard Klay Thompson, who tore his ACL during the NBA Finals last summer.

Curry was cleared for contact Saturday and told reporters that March 1 had been his target date for a while.

"It's always been March 1," Curry said, per ESPN's Nick Friedell. "But that for me mostly is just to give you a target. You have to have something to work towards in the rehab process because that gives you a barometer for each week, what you're building towards."

The Wizards are hoping for the healthy returns of Davis Bertans (sore right knee) and Thomas Bryant (right foot) to the lineup against the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday and will presumably go into Sunday’s contest with a clean injury report outside John Wall.

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