February 23, 2018

John Wall Confident Wizards Can Win Series, Isaiah Thomas Talks Refs Postgame

20 May 2017, 02:20 | Pamela Mathis

During Thomas' early ascension, Wall scuffled.

The Celtics organization released the statement on Friday revealing the injuries Thomas suffered in Game 1 of the second-round playoff series.

Well, give the Celtics this much: They waited a full half before they allowed the Wizards to crush them. The Celtics have always been able to bounce back from terrible performances, but this will be their biggest test.

The Washington Wizards have stormed back in their second-round playoff series with consecutive wins against the Boston Celtics, which obviously led to different attitudes after the game. The Celtics garnered the top seed in the Eastern Conference, so if they moved to the Conference Finals, Games 1 and 2 would be at home.

Washington dominated Game 3 by maintaining a healthy margin established following a 39-17 first quarter. It wasn't smooth sailing all the way as Washington reserve forward Kelly Oubre was ejected for his altercation with Boston forward Kelly Olynyk and will serve a Game 4 suspension. "That's what happens when you play hard, but we're not going to overreact". It stripped a nip-and-tuck game, turning into further confirmation that the Wizards' offense is proving diabolical opposition for the Celtics. The Wizards got into the paint with nearly no resistance and despite starting Amir Johnson, there was zero presence on the glass. The Boston Celtics are averaging 106.8 points on 46 percent shooting and allowing 102.8 points on 45.4 percent shooting.

"You guys are good". I think, especially in that quarter, I might have hit the ground five or six straight times. The Celtics self-destructed with nine turnovers in the third quarter, leading to 21 Wizards points, one more than the Celtics scored the entire period. You just go forward and play the game. But the Celtics took Washington's punch this time and didn't wait until the end of the first quarter to respond. Jae Crowder provided the toughness on the glass with four rebounds. (Marcin) Gortat ended up on Isaiah on more than a couple of occasions. The Wizards' starting frontcourt in Otto Porter Jr. An 8-0 run put the Celtics ahead 20-15. "PESPTF00231-topic.html" class="local_link" >Kelly Oubre Jr. had been suspended for the game, which meant his team had a void in its rotation. They had been outscored by 49 points in the previous three first quarters.

After Boston scored the first five points of the second half to lead 53-48, the fun began. John is one of the fastest point guards in the league.

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Thomas, who finished with 19 points on 7-14 shooting in Game 4, said that the officials' treatment of him must change when the second-round series returns to Boston's TD Garden for Game 5 on Wednesday.

In Game 3, Washington strung together a 22-point run that turned a 12-12 game into a blowout that never really got very close. The Celtics extended their lead to as many as 12, 40-28 in the first half of the quarter. Horford sets a flare screen to free up Bradley instead of picking off Wall and Avery misses a three.

The lack of size everywhere caught up to Boston at least in these two road games. Boston went the next 6 minutes, 49 seconds without scoring a field goal.

The Washington Wizards hope to tie up this series before heading back to Boston for game five.

All this means that the Celtics and Wizards will be battling each other while the Cleveland Cavaliers await the victor in the Eastern Conference finals.

It's fair to assume the Raptors, while still an incredibly competitive team, peaked last season when they reached the Eastern Conference semifinals, only to lose 4-2 to Cleveland.

The Wizards have emphasized the need to be the more physical team to win the series.

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