The Washington Wizards, down 2-0 after losing twice to the Boston Celtics at TD Garden in Boston, try to get back into their best-of-seven NBA Eastern Conference semifinals series in Game 3 at home on Thursday, May 4, 2017 (5/4/17) at Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.
The series is tied at 2-2 and the Celtics are lucky to be that close after allowing a 16-0 spurt to open the series in Game 1 and a 39-17 explosion by the Wizards in the first quarter of Game 2. The unfortunate reality is that the Celtics did have an opportunity to make quick work of the Wizards, but their inconsistent play hurt them in a bad way in game three.
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. They were allowing them to be very physical with me.
During their 121-102 lambasting of the Celtics in Sunday night's Game 4, the Wizards turned 20 Boston turnovers into 34 points. They talk the talk, and when they walk the walk, they talk the talk some more, with language the FCC wouldn't approve. "As long as we win, we don't care how it goes".
The lack of free throws in Game 4 represented a big change from the first three games, when he had averaged 10.3 free throw attempts. Members of the Celtics medical staff anticipated the need to replace the temporary bridges, and are prepared at any time to do so. Since he arrived in a trade from Phoenix past year, some of that has rubbed off on teammates, like mild-mannered Kelly Oubre Jr. The latest charged matchup included 52 personal fouls, eight technical fouls and Washington's Kelly Oubre Jr. getting ejected in the first half for a Flagrant 2 foul.
Oubre called the suspension a effect of his actions. Oubre said the lesson he took from it was "don't bee-line anybody anymore on the court".
The Washington Wizards once again put on an offensive clinic for the third game in a row against the Boston Celtics.
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Tensions didn't run as hot in Game 4, though Thomas was called for a technical in the fourth. "We're still down one, still down in the series". It was still a tied game [and] we just came out in the third quarter with a better mindset that everything was going to stem from the defensive end.
Insane is just how the Wizards like it. "He had wide-open looks and they made an adjustment and I think we did a good job of figuring that out".
The Cavaliers will face the victor of the Boston-Washington series. "We've got to just sit there and be who we are". Guys went to the hole and got hit a little bit on lay-ups, they were fouls.
Celtics: G Avery Bradley scored seven points after reporting soreness Wednesday from a hip pointer in Game 2. Brooks promotes defense-first even for a group that averaged 109.6 points a game in the regular season, fourth in the National Basketball Association.
The Celtics do have home court advantage in this series, which is now a best-of-3.
The Wizards shot a total of 27 free throws on Sunday compared to 24 for Boston.
"I'm not surprised", Oubre said after practice Saturday. The Cavaliers swept the Raptors Sunday in Toronto, advancing to the conference finals for a fourth straight season. The rest of the series may be officiated in a way that negates some of their physicality, but they're comfortable if the pushing, shoving and extracurricular activities continue. You knew John Wall was going to show up.
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