John Wall lifts Washington to a Game 3 win
- Author: Julie Sanders May 06, 2017,
May 06, 2017, 17:26
There were a total of eight technical fouls in the game, including two each on Celtics guard Terry Rozier and Wizards guard Brandon Jennings, who were both ejected.
"As a result of a collision that occurred in Game 1 of the Boston Celtics' Eastern Conference Semifinals series against the Washington Wizards, Isaiah Thomas sustained multiple front teeth injuries including a complete fractured tooth and two other subluxed/shifted teeth that required extensive oral surgery to stabilize".
He posted the highest single-game scoring total of the 2017 National Basketball Association playoffs in Game 2 against the Wizards, pouring in 53 points to help the Celtics to a win in overtime. It's fine. They were very aggressive in pick-and-rolls and me coming off downscreens and things like that, and we didn't adjust in the game.
With the game tied at 12, with 6:39 to play in the first quarter, Washington scored the next 22 points to take a 34-12 lead with 1:29 to play in the quarter. Because I watched a few Wizards players run right into them - in a game where they were undoubtedly the more physical team. "We've just got to take each game one game at a time and come back for Game 4 Sunday, which is going to be probably insane". "We had lost (leads) and then we lost the game", he said. "When you keep getting hit in the head, you might respond that way and I think that's what he did". And we trust he's going to play great. Wall finished with 24 points and eight assists while going 9-of-10 from the free throw line. They didn't play with any concerted aggression, and they certainly didn't take any of the pressure off Thomas.
The Wizards led three of the four stanzas, but it was the first-quarter punch, from which the Celtics never recovered.
The Boston Celtics won 53 games in the regular season and needed 6 more to knock out the Bulls in the first round.
"I guess just two teams that really don't like each other", Wall said.
The bottom line is, the Celtics are probably not going to be able to win this series without a solid offensive effort from Smart.
Gordon Hayward overcame a poor Game 1 and slow start in this one to score Utah 33 points, and Rudy Gobert had 16 points and 16 rebounds before fouling out for a Jazz team missing injured point guard George Hill. Earlier in the day, Danny Ainge came out to deny the report. He came up awkwardly after hitting the floor on a drive, then grabbed at his left knee - which the team said he "tweaked". The 26-year-old has been whistled for 3 or more fouls in Games 1 and 2 despite playing no more than 20 minutes in either contest.
We've got to control our emotions. Golden State's six straight victories to begin a postseason are a franchise record. Beal also had the flop of the playoffs so far.
The Jazz will have to hope more of their shots start falling once back home.