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NBA Playoffs 2017 Wizards vs. Hawks Game 4: TV, live stream and radio info, things to watch

NBA Playoffs 2017 Wizards vs. Hawks Game 4: 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 4 of their first round series in the 2017 NBA Playoffs on Monday night.

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

GAME 4: WASHINGTON WIZARDS vs. ATLANTA HAWKS

Series: Wizards lead 2-1
Where: Philips Arena
Tip-off: 8 p.m.
TV: CSN (coverage begins at 7 p.m.)
Live stream: CSNmidatlantic.com
Radio: 1500 AM

Three things to watch...

Wall needs some help

The Wizards were blown out in Game 3 on Saturday night, but it was not the fault of John Wall. He had another strong performance with 29 points (10-12 FG), seven assists and four rebounds in 32 minutes. It was the rest of the Wizards' roster that didn't show up, outside of a few bench players who put up some numbers after the game was out of hand.

Wall has been sensational all series, averaging 31 points on 55.4 percent shooting through three games. But outside of him and Jennings, who is a surprising 8-for-13, the rest of the Wizards are shooting 39 percent collectively. Marcin Gortat has been solid this series overall, but had just two points in Game 3. Bradley Beal (39.7%), Markieff Morris (36.1%), Otto Porter, Jr. (40%), Bojan Bogdanovic (25%) and Kelly Oubre, Jr. (35%) have really struggled.

[RELATED: Millsap reacts to Morris' crybaby comment on live TV]

Porter is banged up

Porter sounded optimistic after Sunday's practice in Atlanta that he will be good to go for Game 4 after suffering a neck strain in Saturday's loss. Porter tweaked his neck on contact in a hard screen. He was blindsided and for a short while lost feeling in his arm. 

Porter said he has regained most of the feeling in his arm and head coach Scott Brooks said his small forward is feeling great. But this is a neck injury and those can be scary. As of now he's probable, but it's something to watch leading up to the game and how it may affect him if he does indeed play.

[RELATED: Hawks' player got away with a blatant travel against Wizards in Game 3]

Has series been closer than first thought?

To say that Game 4 is a pivotal one would be an understatement. If the Wizards win, they will take a 3-1 series lead, a deficit only 11 teams in NBA history have recovered from. Two of those teams, of course, were in last year's playoffs as the Warriors did it against the Thunder in the Western Conference Finals and the Cavaliers then did the same to the Warriors in the NBA Finals. Still, it's very hard to do. 

A Hawks win would lock the series at 2-2 and entirely alter what after two games looked like a very quick series. Could it be possible that we analyzed that 2-0 Wizards' lead all wrong? The two games were decided by a combined 15 points and so far through three games the Wizards and Hawks have been evenly matched in several categories like field-goal percentage where Washington has shot 44 percent compared to Atlanta's 44.7.

[RELATED: How does trash talking in the NBA compare to other sports?]

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Scott Brooks: Bradley Beal is one of the NBA's best overall players

Scott Brooks: Bradley Beal is one of the NBA's best overall players

Wizards head coach Scott Brooks always has nice things to say about Bradley Beal, his star shooting guard. But on Thursday night's 'Wizards Greatest Hits' broadcast on NBC Sports Washington, he took it up a notch with his praise.

While speaking with host Chris Miller as they watched back the Wizards' Jan. 2019 win over the Knicks in London, Brooks shared some very high compliments of Beal.

"He is really one of the best players in the league," Brooks said. "All-around, not only at guard, he is one of the best players in the league. His game has improved so much over the past three years. He's getting better every year."

As they watched the fourth quarter of that Wizards-Knicks game, Brooks went on about how Beal can flip a switch during crunch time and how sometimes all it takes is a quick conversation between them.

"There are times where I need him to take over a game. I just say 'Brad, it's time,'" Brooks said.

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The best line from Brooks may have been when Beal not making the 2019-20 All-Star team came up. Brooks' coaching peers vote on the reserves and they famously left Beal out, which made for some history combined with his scoring average at the time.

Brooks wants to know from other NBA coaches: "If you don't think he's an All-Star, then why are you double-teaming every single time we play?"

If you get an answer to that question, Scott, be sure to let us know.

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The next 'The Last Dance'? Five sports stories we want to see

The next 'The Last Dance'? Five sports stories we want to see

It’s been just under a fortnight since sports fans joined together to relive the Michael Jordan Chicago Bulls era of the 90s through ESPN's 'The Last Dance' documentary.

Through unprecedented access viewers were treated to an exclusive look at the Chicago Bulls' final NBA championship during the 1997-98 season.

So many memories were brought to the surface while many other unknown revelations left us all in awe. And like you, I couldn’t help but imagine some of the other sports stories I would love to receive the same treatment.

With that thought in mind, I present to you five of the best candidates for your consideration for their own #LastDance:

5. “The Dub” - The Birth of the WNBA

There was something major missing from professional sports 24 years ago: omen. As a remedy, then-NBA Commissioner David Stern took the most significant step for women’s professional basketball by founding the WNBA and providing a counterpart to the NBA platform to showcase the best basketball talent women’s sports has to offer. Led by players like Lisa Leslie, Rebecca Lobo, and Sheryl Swoopes, the WNBA declared “We Got Next”, and has since gone on to deliver on that promise.

4. “Carolina Blues” - Duke vs North Carolina (Men's Basketball)

It’s impossible to tell the story of basketball, college basketball in particular, without mentioning the entire state of North Carolina; the Duke Blue Devils and UNC Tar Heels most notably. Only 10 miles separate the two programs that have combined for 11 national championships and produced countless NBA players. It’s not enough to ask why so many players attend these institutions. That’s easy. What really needs to be explored is how deep the rivalry between these two schools goes and how can they coexist while remaining in such close proximity. With so much competitive fire in a state with a population of 10.5 million, it’s inevitable that from time to time someone has to sing the blues while their rival hoists another trophy.

3. “Game. Set. Goat.” - The Legend of Serena Williams

Name another athlete as dominant as Serena Williams; especially within the game of tennis. Williams' accolades include 73 Singles Titles, seven Wimbledon Titles, Olympic Gold Medalist several times over, and that’s not even scratching the surface. From the courts of Compton, CA, all the way to the clay of the Australia Open, Serena has provided greatness at a level few have experienced, many have attempted, and all have witnessed. She’s in a class all to herself and yet has always maintained a never-ending fervor for athletic excellence; even against intermittently insurmountable odds. Regardless of the obstacles, she has persevered to this day to still be considered the GOAT. Period.

2. “The Patriot Way” - One Franchise; Six Rings

Winning and controversy go hand-in-hand. That’s to be expected; especially in sports. However, both of them have been at a fever pitch for the New England Patriots for almost two decades since their first Super Bowl Championship in 2001. When fate combines one of the greatest coaching minds ever with one of the most competitive athletes ever, it’s no mystery that their greatness yields some rather bewildering results, even if it means bending the rules from time to time. There’s no mistaking the fruits of their labor, but there’s also nothing wrong with peeking behind the curtain to get an intimate understanding of how things got done the Patriot Way!

1. “Diesel & The Mamba” - The End of the Shaq & Kobe Lakers 

On the road to three consecutive NBA titles in the early 2000s, Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal entertained us with the most dominant basketball performance since MJ’s Bulls of the 90s. We knew they were great. We knew they had the great Phil Jackson as their coach. We knew they were having fun being young, rich and successful in Los Angeles. What we didn’t know is why these two all-time great players couldn’t keep their relationship intact long enough to possibly challenge, if not supplant, the aforementioned Chicago Bulls as the greatest dynasty in NBA history. If only…

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