Wall leads Wizards to chippy Game 3 win over Celtics

Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas (4) smiles during the first half in Game 4 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Washington Wizards, Sunday, May 7, 2017, in Washington. "That's just what it is". The Celtics didn't respond until 4:42 remained, when Al Horford scored to snap the run. Awful night for Boston, and one the whole team tried to put past them. In another, they throw passive-aggressive jabs at each other, suggesting the other sinks to guerrilla tactics they must have the strength to ignore. "We have to do what we have to do next game". "Gortat ended up on Isaiah more than a couple of occasions".

"I don't know. I wish I knew".

"We got to be confident", Thomas said. We have to continue to do that. "They were really up into him". They're passionate about their team. In fact, ESPN has took it upon themselves to chronicle the rising tension between the two teams, going back as far as January previous year.

"We made quite a few mistakes early on, things that we have talked about after Game 2". They're a proud bunch of woofers, forged by the arrogance of Paul Pierce and perfected by the no-BS hard shell of Markieff Morris.

"No question that has been a major issue against them for most teams", said Stevens.

So while altering their scheme to deny Thomas the ball and make him work defensively were priorities, they weren't almost as important as rediscovering the fire within.

In a span of six minutes, Washington turned a competitive game into a laugher. The Wizards have won 40+ games in four straight seasons.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Isaiah Thomas feels as though he was shut down by the Washington Wizards and the referees in Game 4.

If the Wizards can't beat the Celtics in Boston, this is all irrelevant. Cody Moore did all he could, scoring three goals and two assists for the fourth-ranked Cadets, ousted by the top-seeded Lasers, who will play for the GNAC championship this weekend at home against Mount Ida. Oubre said he did not reach out to apologize to Olynyk. That stunt cost Oubre his spot in this game and could cost him more in the coming days, which would further deplete a shaky bench. "The jaw is for chewing and eating and moving, and (Thomas) is doing that". John Wall thinks so. "He's important to our team". "He's a small guy so at the end of the day if you've got three players around you, how can you make the pass?"

Celtics boss Danny Ainge was seen talking to him after the game, and I doubt he was telling the story of when Tree Rollins bit him. "In each of these two games, I think that our offense and our turnovers in that run separated the game".

Yet it's hard to divorce the moment Oubre lost his cool from the Wizards' very life force.

And while the Verizon Center crowd was shrieking and the points were mounting, what was Morris thinking? For the first time in the series, they trailed after the first quarter. "You've got to be ready for that initial hit", he said. Loudly. And if they're failing to stay focused or dig deep when the going gets tough, it's probably because they've stopped acting like the biggest bully in the room.

Well, Boston did put it past them.

But as has been mentioned in the MVP and X-Factor sections, Wall and the Wizards' defense shut the door on any hopes the Celtics may have had on winning the game, and the first quarter was a distant memory. By keeping their hands up rather than outward, they didn't get whistles going against them.

  • Julie Sanders