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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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A timeline of Tommy Sheppard's moves as interim Wizards GM

A timeline of Tommy Sheppard's moves as interim Wizards GM

The Wizards are naming Tommy Sheppard their permanent GM after he served in the role on an interim basis since April 2. 

Let's take a look back at the moves which earned Sheppard the long-term GM job:

April 2: The Wizards fire GM Ernie Grunfeld. Tommy Sheppard takes over the role on an interim basis. 

June 20: The Wizards select Gonzaga forward Rui Hachimura with the No. 9 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. Later in the evening, Washington acquires Jonathan Simmons and the draft rights to Tennessee forward Admiral Schofield from the Philadelphia 76ers. Simmons was placed on waivers on July 7.

July 5: The Wizards acquire Moritz Wagner, Isaac Bonga, and Jemerrio Jones, and a 2022 second-round draft pick as part of the deal which sent Anthony Davis to the Lakers. 

July 6: The Wizards trade Dwight Howard to the Grizzlies in exchange for C.J. Miles and acquire Davis Bertans from the Spurs in a three-team deal with Brooklyn and San Antonio, sending the draft rights of Aaron White to the Nets. 

July 7: The Wizards re-sign center Thomas Bryant on a three-year deal and trade guard Tomas Satoransky to the Bulls for a 2020 second-round pick.

July 9: The Wizards sign guard Ish Smith to a two-year deal.

July 10: The Wizards sign guard Isaiah Thomas to a one-year deal. 

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Wizards to remove interim tag from Tommy Sheppard, making him permanent GM

Wizards to remove interim tag from Tommy Sheppard, making him permanent GM

The Wizards are naming Tommy Sheppard their permanent GM, NBC Sports Washington's Chase Hughes has confirmed. 

Sheppard had been serving as Washington's interim GM since the firing of Ernie Grunfeld on April 2. He oversaw the Wizards' 2019 NBA Draft selections of Rui Hachimura and Admiral Schofield, as well as their offseason transactions this summer. 

According to Hughes, the Wizards will announce the decision next week, with more changes to follow. 

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