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Wizards at Celtics: TV, live stream and radio info, things to watch

Wizards at Celtics: TV, live stream and radio info, things to watch

John Wall, Bradley Beal and the Washington Wizards battle Isaiah Thomas, Al Horford and the Boston Celtics on Monday night as they aim to continue rising the ranks of the NBA's Eastern Conference.

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

WASHINGTON WIZARDS at BOSTON CELTICS

Where: TD Garden
Tip-off: 7:30 p.m.
TV: CSN (coverage begins at 7 p.m.)
Live stream: CSNmidatlantic.com
Radio: 1500 AM

Three things to watch...

Tiebreaker on the line

Monday night's matchup between the Wizards and Celtics will get plenty of attention for a variety of reasons. Of course much of the talk will deal with the animosity between the two teams that already this season saw John Wall and Jae Crowder fined for a postgame altercation and the famous all-black, funeral game effort by the Wizards on Jan. 24. This is the first game since the Wizards pulled off a major attention-grabbing stunt and then followed through with a double-digit beatdown of a very good Celtics team.

This matchup, however, has way more on the line then just pride and bragging rights. It's the last game between the teams in the regular season and the Wizards have a 2-1 advantage head-to-head. If Washington can win on Monday, they will hold the tiebreaker over Boston in the standings. That would be huge considering the Wizards are currently third in East and just 1 1/2 games behind the Celtics, who are second.

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Morris' and Thomas' status

The Wizards have played each of their last two games without starting power forward Markieff Morris in their lineup, as the big man has been sidelined with an illness. He was a late scratch against the Bulls on Friday night, then missed Saturday night's game in Charlotte.

The Wizards were able to get by without Morris against Chicago with help from Jason Smith and Ian Mahinmi, who each had season-highs in points. Against the Hornets, they weren't as lucky and managed just 93 points as a team, their lowest output since Feb. 26. Only four times this season have they scored less. 

Boston is also dealing with a notable ailment with Isaiah Thomas' bruised right knee. Thomas didn't travel with the team over the weekend and as a result they lost to the Sixers on Sunday. Thomas is the Celtics' best player and things will be much different without him.

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Bradley in, Brown improving

Thomas may not play, but the Celtics will still have All-Defense guard Avery Bradley for a change. He did not appear in the last two meetings between the teams. Bradley did play in the first matchup on Nov. 9 at the Verizon Center. 

Bradley is a tough matchup. He's averaging 16.9 points on 47.1 perecent shooting and 6.2 rebounds per game. He's also among the best defensive guards in the NBA. Even if Thomas can't go, the Wizards' backcourt will have their work cut out for them.

Also worth watching is last year's third overall pick, Jaylen Brown. The rookie is starting to realize his potential with 10 points on 52.3 percent shooting and 4.2 rebounds per game since the All-Star break. He's super athletic and lately has been making it work within Brad Stevens' system.

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Morning tip: Wizards skip 'rivalry' chatter about Celtics, offer praise before Game 1

Morning tip: Wizards skip 'rivalry' chatter about Celtics, offer praise before Game 1

BOSTON -- Maybe it was because the Wizards just didn't have the energy after a grueling six-game series with the Atlanta Hawks, but all were measured and respectful in their words about their heated rival Boston Celtics before Game 1 tips today.

They had a light walkthrough on Saturday, less than 24 hours after a 115-99 road victory expelled the Atlanta Hawks from the postseason. 

"People want to call it a rivalry, whatever they want, it's not a rivalry," said John Wall, who got into a confrontation with Jae Crowder at TD Garden in January that led to both players being fined by the league office. "This is the first time we've played them in the playoffs."

They tied the season series at 2, with each team winning comfortably on their home floor but falling on the road. 

Wall was ejected from the first meeting at Verizon Center after a flagrant foul on Marcus Smart. Last season, Smart broke Bradley Beal's nose and gave him a concussion with a blow to the face.

"It's basketball," Beal said. "We're not fighting out here. I don't think that's either team's intention to. We both play hard. We both are competitive. We both want to win.  That's all it is. It's no dirty play out here from us and it's not going to be from them. We're going to keep it clean."

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The Hawks series got more testy than expected as Markieff Morris and Paul Millsap clashed after Game 1 won by the Wizards. In Friday's closeout game, Kent Bazemore shoved Beal after he had a transition dunk and was prone in the air that led to three technicals being issued.

"No," Morris said when asked if there was ill feelings between the Wizards and Celtics. "Teams argue all the time. I wouldn't say there's bad blood. I'm good friends with Gerald Green."

Brooks was visibly upset after a 117-108 loss here on Jan. 18, when Crowder poked Wall in the nose with his index finger only to get slapped on the chin. The Celtics were only called for 10 total team fouls in a game that was loosely officiated. The Wizards only were called for 13. 

Two weeks later, the Wizards wore all black in a Funeral Game to bury the Celitcs. They routed them 123-108 in D.C. 

Brooks is past that blip on the radar of a 49-win season that has put the Wizards in the conference semifinals for the third time in four years. It's Brooks first season in Washington. 

"I think both teams play hard. I have no problem playing hard," he said. "The rivalry, I don't know if it's a rivalry. When is the last time the teams played in the playoffs?"

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NBA Playoffs 2017 Wizards at Celtics Game 1: TV, live stream and radio info, things to watch

NBA Playoffs 2017 Wizards at Celtics Game 1: TV, live stream and radio info, things to watch

John Wall, Bradley Beal and the Washington Wizards battle Isaiah Thomas, Al Horford and the Boston Celtics in Game 1 of their second round series in the 2017 NBA Playoffs on Sunday afternoon.

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

GAME 1: WASHINGTON WIZARDS at BOSTON CELTICS

Where: TD Garden
Tip-off: 1 p.m.
TV: ABC (coverage begins at 12 p.m. on CSN)
Live stream: ESPN.com
Radio: 1500 AM

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Mahinmi remains out

Wizards head coach Scott Brooks revealed on Saturday in Boston that backup center Ian Mahinmi will remain out for at least one more game as he continues to deal with a left calf strain. The fact he is out isn't all that surprising, despite the fact Mahinmi himself expressed hope he would be back before the end of their previous series against the Hawks. That said, his absence could continue to have a profound effect on the Wizards.

That was seen in just about every game against the Hawks, as even the slightest of foul trouble for big men Markieff Morris or Marcin Gortat put them in a bind. Jason Smith is dealing with a left calf strain of his own and beyond them they are thin in their frontcourt. As long as Mahinmi remains out, any quick foul for Morris or Gortat will have Wizards fan sweating.

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Can Wizards steal one?

The Wizards will play this series without the home court advantage they enjoyed in the first round against Atlanta. That means they will have to steal one on the road at some point to take control of this series. 

Against the Hawks, winning on the road proved difficult until Game 6. The Wizards lost both of their first two road games and if they do that again this time around it could spell trouble as they would face an 0-2 deficit.

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Thomas is dealing with a lot

The Celtics' best player, Isaiah Thomas, is going through some very tough times due to the death of his sister, Chyna, on April 15. Thomas and the Celtics were able to make it through the first round, but clearly it was not easy for Thomas who is dealing with an unimaginable loss. 

Now, for Game 1, he has to also deal with a very difficult travel schedule. Thomas flew home to attend her funeral on Saturday, which took place in Washington state. He will have to fly all the way across the country to Boston for Game 1 on Sunday, which starts early at 1 p.m. That is a tough turnaround and it could conceivably affect him as he goes up against John Wall, one of the NBA's best point guards.

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