National Basketball Association roundup: Wizards rout Celtics in chippy affair

"But I know how much I mean to the team.' So I think it's just a learning experience for him moving forward". He said he had not yet been contacted by the National Basketball Association to inform him of a suspension, but it is likely one will come down before Saturday's game as the foul was clearly flagrant and he went through an official to get to Olynyk, which is also nearly always merits a suspension.

With Washington leading 45-24 early in the second quarter, Boston's Kelly Olynyk was whistled for a hard foul on Oubre.

After two physically tough games to start their series, the Celtics and Wizards came into game three with two totally different approaches.

The possibility remained yesterday that Oubre could face suspension for the nature of the foul.

Game 3 is Sunday night.

Though slowing down John Wall would seem to be the main goal, it rarely happens that way for the Wizards point guard across the league.

That puts them in direct conflict with a Celtics team that also doesn't take crap from anyone and is standing in their way in their quest for precious relevancy behind the Cavaliers. We can't respond that way, but when you get hit in the head a few times, you might respond that way.

When Celtics coach Brad Stevens vociferously objected to the double-technical and given a technical foul.

The Celtics need to make sure that Thomas is controlling the game, so that he and Horford can be the two best players on the court to start out the game.

"I just like the adversity of the road", he said. In Wednesday night's game, there were plenty more technicals to be had.

The Wizards led by 26 after three quarters (95-69) and won going away.

Snyder made it clear when the series began he won't be alienating Green again by daring him to let it fly from long range - or saying anything that could be perceived as criticism.

"I told him they was going to throw him out, so he might as well leave now", Morris said, laughing. Here's the discrepancy between his shot charts from Game 2 and Game 3.

PRESSURE IS ON: Washington guard Bradley Beal, who has to be better after shooting 4 of 15 and 1 of 9 from 3 in Game 2. Thomas underwent six hours of oral surgery on Monday and spent another four hours Tuesday in the hospital to reduce the swelling that occurred. Thomas and Marcus Smart added 19 points apiece while Jae Crowder had 18 for the Celtics who shot 35.1 percent from the field as a team.

Those mistakes would often turn into fast break points on the other end for the Wizards, and high-energy transition plays often serve as momentum-boosters. "Imposing our will more and earlier in the game, not playing from behind, not playing hesitant and not playing on our heels". Wizards coach Scott Brooks was asked about the revelation that former Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant has provided advice for Celtics G Isaiah Thomas. "But until you win a championship, you can't consider yourself a great player".

  • Julie Sanders