Wizards tie series, 2-2

Your tired heart thanks you.

So now Oubre will watch Sunday's game from the sidelines, and will be the first player suspended for a game during this postseason. After two stirring comeback wins to start the second round, the Celtics have surrendered momentum to the Wizards, but none of that matters if Boston can protect their home floor. And when they're at their best, they can win on the road. The victor isn't the first team to win four games impressively. Boston alternated its starting lineup for the fourth time this series by reinserting F Amir Johnson.

The Wizards used a 22-0 first-quarter run to take a 34-12 lead as Thomas and the Celtics kept missing shots and turning the ball over. They have controlled this thing. Go up by 50 if we can.

"It's on us to let this sink in and understand we gotta come back better, individual and team-wise", DeRozan said.

We the beneficiary of Morris's straight talk. "We go out there and we play like that, I think we'll get the wins".

It is a game that the Celtics may not want to remember, but they will have to learn from their mistakes.

When the Celtics take the lead early, winning the game has been a trend this season.

That six-minute stretch busted the game open and Washington tied the second-round series at two games apiece. "Defensively we were in the right position". Guys went to the hole and got hit a little bit on lay-ups, they were fouls.

The series, much like their regular-season meetings, has been chippy. We wanted Boston in the playoffs. The Celtics have to be concerned.

That defense doesn't work if the Wizards don't stay true to their scout of the Celtics: to slow Isaiah Thomas. But with the series returning to Boston for Game 5 on Wednesday, he began to lobby for more calls after not going to the free throw line once. It's odd to see a No. 1 seed getting blasted with 20-point runs with regularity.

The Celtics still have a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series, but the after 89-116 drubbing, the perspective has changed.

"If you turn the ball over against these guys, you prefer to drop-kick it into the stands so you can at least set up your D", Brad Stevens said after the game. You have to be able to execute our game plan, and with that even being said it's not a guarantee that he's going to miss shots.

Point guard John Wall had a career year in his seventh season in the National Basketball Association. And while Game Four ended - just as Game Three did - with them having crafted a blowout, it featured more spirited competition in the first half.

Thomas, a player known for living at the free-throw line, did not attempt a single free throw during the defeat. It might have been the best stretch that any team has played. "We feel like we're in control", Wall said. "We talked about that many times". The other key was recognizing that on the rare occasions when Thomas drives right, he nearly always attempts a low-percentage, twisting, fade-away drive that is more a plea for a foul than an actual shot.

Washington shot 52.4 per cent from the field and outscored Boston 42-20 in the third quarter. In the second quarter, the Celtics built a 40-28 advantage. Isaiah Thomas scored just two points in the second half as Boston's entire offense was disarmed. His bucket list items include being serenaded by Lizz Wright, and watching the Knicks play an National Basketball Association game in June.

  • Julie Sanders