John Wall, Bradley Beal and the Washington Wizards battle Dwight Howard, Paul Millsap and the Atlanta Hawks in Game 5 of their first round series in the 2017 NBA Playoffs on Wednesday night.
Here is all you need to know: TV, live stream and radio info, tip-off time, plus three things to watch…
GAME 5: WASHINGTON WIZARDS vs. ATLANTA HAWKS
Series: Tied at 2-2
Where: Verizon Center
Tip-off: 6 p.m.
TV: CSN (coverage begins at 5 p.m.)
Live stream: CSNmidatlantic.com
Radio: 1500 AM
Three things to watch...
Paul Millsap sounded a bit delusional when he said it was a "0-0 series to us" after Game 2 when the Wizards had taken a 2-0 series lead and appeared on their way to the second round. Since, the Hawks have won two straight games in convincing fashion. In Game 3, they absolutely obliterated the Wizards. In Game 4, they held off Washington late and continued to make timely plays to secure the win. For two whole games now, the Hawks have looked thoroughly like the better team.
Now the series shifts back to Washington for Game 5 with the Wizards feeling a sense of desperation. Brandon Jennings called Game 5 a "must-win" and there is some merit to that. With how much trouble the Wizards had in Atlanta, how good would they feel going back there down 2-3? The Wizards need to take care of business on Wednesday night or else they could be putting themselves in some deep, deep trouble.
Morris is struggling
No one on the Wizards has made more headlines this series than Markieff Morris, though it mostly been about what he has said off the court rather than his performance on it. Morris was terrific in Game 1 with 21 points and seven rebounds. But since he has not been able to back up his trash talking of Millsap.
In Game 4, Morris had just nine points and four rebounds in 24 minutes on 3-of-10 shooting. In three games since Game 1, Morris averaged just 7.0 points, 4.3 rebounds and 5.0 fouls. He shot just 29.6 percent from the field and 16.7 percent from three. He has had trouble staying on the court due to foul trouble and when he has been able to play, he hasn't made much of an impact at all.
Has Howard waken up?
Marcin Gortat and the Wizards had done a good job of limiting Dwight Howard through three games, as the Hawks big man had a combined 18 points on 15 shot attempts. But in Game 4, Howard was a force. He dropped 16 points, albeit on an inefficient 14 shots, but had a double-double at halftime.
Howard also hit four of his five foul shots in the game. It was a performance that the Wizards certainly hope he will not repeat. Without the services of Ian Mahinmi, the Hawks have proven very difficult to guard down low, mostly with Millsap. But now Howard is getting more involved and, at least for one game Washington had trouble with it.