Wizards put up Wall to bring down Celtics in heated playoff

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Isaiah Thomas shoots as Washington Wizards forward Otto Porter Jr. (22) during the first half in Game 3 of a second-round NBA playoff series basketball game, Thursday, May 4, 2017, in Washington.

"They were very physical", Thomas said. The Celtics constructed a 13-point lead during his inaccurate shooting.

Ahead of Game 4 on Sunday night, Washington Wizards coach Scott Brooks considered the situation.

"Not saying that's the reason that we lost", Thomas continued.

The Celtics' All-Star point guard was held without a single free throw attempt during Boston's 121-102 blowout loss to Washington on Sunday, a fact he repeatedly called to the media's attention during his post-game comments from the podium.

The series now turns into a best of three with game five is set for Wednesday night at the TD Garden in Boston. The Wizards are worthy of respect, at least in their ability to adjust to the circumstances they faced coming into Game 3. Not quite the way it turned out. The Wizards got into the paint with nearly no resistance and despite starting Amir Johnson, there was zero presence on the glass. He has averaged 6.3 points and 2.6 rebounds off the bench for Wizards this playoffs while completing 40 percent of his 3-pointers.

"You guys are good". "I think, especially in that third quarter, I might have hit the ground five or six straight times, and I'm not the one that likes hitting the ground".

Boston coach Brad Stevens took a page from Rasheed Wallace's "Both teams played hard" playbook, repeating that the Wizards "played well" over and over. When asked about the 26-0 run after the game, Beal gave credit where it was due, "Our defense, that's all it was".

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There were eight technical fouls and three ejections total.

Jae Crowder and Avery Bradley each shot 2-for-9.

The onus is now on Thomas and the Celtics to adjust back for Game 5 and beyond. An 8-0 run put the Celtics ahead 20-15. Johnson had seven points in 12 minutes. He was tossed from Game 3 for charging and knocking over Kelly Olynyk. They took care of business at home, they did what they were supposed to do.

This second-round National Basketball Association playoff series between the Boston Celtics and Washington Wizards has been ripe for overreaction. In the first three games, Bradley moved between Wall and Bradley Beal.

A symbol of the rough-and-tumble play, Thomas needed to have his dental work adjusted at halftime but missed only the first 1:40 of the third quarter.

In Game 3, the Celtics would receive a massive whooping of monstrous proportions and no one on the active roster played well. The Wizards fought back and briefly, took the lead before the half finished in a tie; 48-48.

It wasn't until the venue changed in Game 3 that Washington was finally able to jump to a lead and hold it as they ended the opening period with a 39-17 lead and cruised from there in a 116-89 rout. Marcus Smart started the third quarter in his place, but Thomas returned just 1 minute, 40 seconds into the second half. Wall scored all 27 of his points in the second and third quarters after not scoring in the first quarter at all.

All this means that the Celtics and Wizards will be battling each other while the Cleveland Cavaliers await the victor in the Eastern Conference finals. The Celtics garnered the top seed in the Eastern Conference, so if they moved to the Conference Finals, Games 1 and 2 would be at home. He said next game he needs to be more aggressive and assertive.

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