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2018 NBA Playoffs Wizards-Raptors Game 2: TV, live stream and radio info, things to watch

2018 NBA Playoffs Wizards-Raptors Game 2: TV, live stream and radio info, things to watch

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.

Three's company

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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For more on the Wizards-Raptors series, check out or extensive preview on the Wizards Tipoff podcast:

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Texas A&M big man Robert Williams likes potential fit with Wizards, John Wall

Texas A&M big man Robert Williams likes potential fit with Wizards, John Wall

In terms of the needs on their roster and the guys most likely to be available when they are on the clock at No. 15 in the first round, few players in this draft class seem as obvious a fit with the Washington Wizards more than Robert Williams of Texas A&M. So, it was no surprise that he not only visited them in Washington on Monday, but received the only individual public workout they have held during this year's predraft process.

Williams could be the answer to their longstanding quest for an athletic big man. No need to bring in five other guys for the usual six-player workout when Williams deserves a longer and more extensive look than most prospects they are considering.

The 20-year-old was put through a variety of drills Monday afternoon, just days before the 2018 NBA Draft. He likes the fit with Washington, if that's how things end up sorting out.

"I definitely feel like they could use a big like me, a defensive-style athletic big like me. I definitely see myself fitting here," he said.

Williams is one of the best big men in this year's draft. He is 6-foot-9 and 240 pounds with a 7-5 wingspan. He used that length to dominate in the paint at the college level.

Williams averaged a modest 10.4 points for the Aggies in 2017-18, but also 9.2 rebounds and 2.6 blocks. That was his sophomore year. He averaged 8.2 rebounds and 2.5 blocks as a freshman.

He was a shot-blocking force the day he stepped on campus and believes those skills will translate to the professional ranks. In the NBA, Williams believes he can thrive because his defensive versatility will be even more valuable in a day and age where switching is paramount.

"I feel like I can guard all positions. That’s one of my biggest attributes," he said. "It’s just about embracing it, having fun stopping a guard. Once you’re comfortable with it, you can do it."

Williams may adapt to the NBA quickly on the defensive end and that's where the Wizards need help the most. They haven't had a consistent rim-protector in years. Last season, point guard John Wall led the team in blocks per game.

Offense is where the questions lie with Williams. He wasn't a big scorer in college and does not have much of an outside shot. The fact he shot just 47.1 percent from the free throw line this past season suggests he has a lot of work to do before he can stretch the floor.

Williams will need to find a niche offensively, likely as a rim-runner off pick-and-rolls. He sees a lot of potential in a possible pick-and-roll pairing with Wall.

"He’s an elite passer and an elite guard. Coming off a pick-and-roll, you have to pay attention to him as well as have to pay attention to me as well. It’s a win-win situation," Williams said.

Williams believes his offensive game will open up with more space at the NBA level. The Wizards have Wall surrounded by three-point shooters in Bradley Beal, Otto Porter and Markieff Morris. Toss Williams into the middle and he could go to work in the paint doing the rest.

If Williams were drafted by the Wizards, he could look at Clint Capela of the Houston Rockets as a model to follow. Like Houston, the Wizards have two All-Star guards. An athletic big man who doesn't need plays run for him could be the perfect complement.

No one needs to tell Williams that, he is well-aware. He said that at nearly every stop during the predraft process Capela's name has come up.

"I knew that’s what you were going to say," Williams said to a reporter (raises hand) who asked about the Capela comparison.

Williams continued to say they are different players and it's not entirely fair to compare them. That exchange showed Williams has an edge to him, sort of like Morris. He's clearly not afraid to be honest when some players would not.

Despite downplaying the comparison, Williams can see what makes Capela successful.

"I’ve watched him. He’s a great player," Williams said. "He is around the right people. He just plays his role. He runs off a lot of screens. He gets up there and does what he has to do."

Williams is gearing up for Thursday's draft and trying to decide who he will walk the stage with, as the NBA has introduced a new tradition of each player walking with two people. He said it will likely be his mother and sister. Perhaps by the end of the night he will also walk that stage wearing a Washington Wizards hat.

For more on Williams, check out our extensive draft profile on him.

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Former Wizards forward arrested on armed robbery charges after stealing $100,000

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Former Wizards forward arrested on armed robbery charges after stealing $100,000

Former NBA player J.J. Hickson faces charges of armed robbery after breaking into a home near Atlanta, stealing $100,000 from the house, and physically assaulting a teenager who was inside, authorities said Monday, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Hickson, who played eight seasons in the NBA with four teams before his brief appearance in Washington, is currently being held in Coweta County Jail without bond. 

He is currently affiliated with the Lebanese Basketball League but played 15 games with the Wizards during the 2015-16 season. Hickson averaged 4.6 ppg and scored a season-high 15 points against the Nets in the penultimate game of the regular season. He has not played professionally in the United States since.  Hickson played just one season at North Carolina State before being selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers with the No. 19 pick of the 2008 NBA Draft.

Jimmy Yarbrough, the sheriff's spokesperson in Coweta, said that while at least two people were involved in the invasion, only Hickson is being held and charged.

According to authorities, Hickson entered through a side door, armed with a knife and his face and head covered. He was initially apprehended by another department and later transferred into the custody of Coweta County law enforcement. 

At this time in the investigation, very little detail is publicly available.

The teenage victim, whose name remains private, received medical treatment for several broken bones and is fortunately in good condition.