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- Author: Tabitha Byrd May 08, 2017,
May 08, 2017, 15:32
What's more, Game 4 marked the first time in 2016-17 that Thomas didn't attempt a free throw during a Celtics loss.
Thomas attempted at least 11 free throws in each of the first three games against Washington, but did not get to the line once Sunday night as Boston fell, 121-102. By the time it was finished, the Wizards had turned a five-point deficit into a 21-point lead.
Three days after allowing a 22-0 spurt that allowed Washington to blow them out of the building, the Celtics outdid themselves, permitting the Wizards to score 26 straight points in an epic playoff meltdown.
Yet it's not just about the two games in front of the home crowd that has Washington confident.
Neither team has demonstrated the ability to win on the other's home court this series, which bodes well for the Celtics as they head to TD Garden for Game 5 on Wednesday night. Markieff Morris was huge on both ends, going for 16 points, 10 rebounds and five assists.
"We got to be confident", Thomas said. Washington outscored C's 38-7 for a period of 9:50 on the way to a 42-20 margin in the third.
Asked to confirm Brooks' assessment of that stretch, the Wizards' backcourt of John Wall and Bradley Beal agreed. John Wall and Kyrie Irving are two of the best point guards in the National Basketball Association and it's going to be a fun and exciting matchup. And when guys went to the hole and maybe got hit a little bit on layups they were fouls. "We're just playing defense". It wasn't so fun for the Celtics, who couldn't get Isaiah Thomas going after he opened with five consecutive 3-pointers and 17 points in the first 15 minutes and finished with 19.
After the game, Scott Brooks called that 26-0 run the best stretch of basketball the Wizards have played all season.More news: Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 Zombies Chronicles Details Leaked
Boston Coach Brad Stevens arrived in the District acknowledging that, while his team was up 2-0, the Wizards had controlled the series. Part of Washington's identity, though, is being able to force turnovers and push the pace. When it came to the third game of the series, Washington looked like a better team.
Thanks to 34 points off turnovers, the series is even with the Cleveland Cavaliers waiting in the Eastern Conference final after finishing off a sweep of the Toronto Raptors on Sunday. He briefly gave the Wizards the lead back with a driving layup. Wall has 20-plus points and seven-plus assists in 10 consecutive playoff games, the most in a single postseason in National Basketball Association history ahead of Michael Jordan's eight. If we are getting the right shots and are missing, just continue to shoot. Washington shot 65.0%, made all 12 of their free throws, and held the Celtics to 31.3% shooting in the quarter overall.
Well, give the Celtics this much: They waited a full half before they allowed the Wizards to crush them.
"It's got to be called differently", Thomas said. "The refs were allowing them to hold and grab and do all those things".
Wall missed his first nine shots from the floor and made eight of his final 14. You know there are ways the Wizards could lose this series that have yet to be imagined. "We have to bring the same defensive intensity that we had the two games that we had here because when we played there we didn't play great defense and we still had a chance to win those games".
The Cavaliers and Wizards squared off three times in the regular season, with Cleveland taking two out of the three games.
The Wizards kept three defenders in tune to Thomas after the first quarter when he knocked down all three of his three-point looks.
In Washington's 116-89 Game 3 win, the Wizards closed out the first quarter with a 27-5 run.