John Wall, Bradley Beal, Otto Porter and the Washington Wizards battle Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, Serge Ibaka and the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday night in Game 2 of the 2018 NBA Playoffs.
Here is all you need to know: TV, live stream and radio info, tip-off time, plus three things to watch:
GAME 2: WASHINGTON WIZARDS AT TORONTO RAPTORS
Series: Raptors lead 1-0
Where: Air Canada Centre
Tip-off: 7 p.m.
TV: NBC Sports Washington Plus (pregame coverage begins at 6 p.m.)
Live stream: NBCSportsWashington.com
Radio: 1500 AM
Otto and Keef
The Wizards have two injuries in their starting lineup to keep an eye on, though both could be considered minor at this point. Otto Porter (right calf strain) and Markieff Morris (left ankle) were both affected to different degrees in Game 1. Porter appeared to be limited all game, while Morris rolled his ankle in the fourth quarter and was able to return.
Porter only scored nine points in the Wizards' loss to open the series. If he is still held back by the injury, John Wall and Bradley Beal will have to compensate not only by scoring but by roaming the perimeter on defense. If Morris is limited whatsoever, the play of Mike Scott will become even more important. Morris (22 points, 11 rebounds) and Scott (14 points) were two standouts for the Wizards in Game 1.
Worth noting about Morris' injury is that it's the same ankle that he injured during last year's playoffs. It not only affected his series against Boston, but his offseason and the early parts of the 2017-18 regular season as well.
Beal may be due
There was not much to complain about from Beal's performance in Game 1, as he managed 19 points on a solid 8-for-17 shooting with three steals. It was just a few ticks below his season scoring average and he gave the Wizards 41 good minutes.
There are several reasons, however, to believe that he can be much better against the Raptors. He only attempted one free throw, went 2-for-6 from three and was part of a Wizards' defense that gave up way too many threes.
Also, Beal averaged 28.8 points against the Raptors during the regular season. That should give him confidence to make a bigger impact. Wall is still just a few games back from his injury rehab and Porter is banged up. Even though he is playing with tired legs, Beal has a chance to be the biggest difference-maker for the Wizards.
Head coach Scott Brooks said it himself; the biggest difference in Game 1 was the Raptors hitting a playoff franchise record 16 three-pointers. The Wizards allowed Toronto to shoot 51.7 percent from long range and only hit eight threes themselves.
The Wizards were good at preventing threes during the regular season, as they ranked sixth in the NBA in opponents three-point percentage. They also held the Raptors to just 29.6 percent from long range in four regular season meetings. The Wizards have proven they can stop three-pointers and they will need to do that to win Game 2 and get even in this series.
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