Celtics' Isaiah Thomas: 'I can't be allowed to be held and grabbed'

The Wizards' starting frontcourt in Otto Porter Jr. (22) and center Marcin Gortat (13) defend during the first quarter in game four of the second round of the 2017 NBA Playoffs at Verizon Center.

The Wizards' customary fast start was much shorter than the first three games of the series.

Playoff caliber teams can get embarrassed every once in a while but what's happening to the Celtics is inexcusable in any context. Did you not watch the exhilarating 26-0 third-quarter run Sunday night, which followed a 22-0 first-quarter run Thursday night, which followed dominant moments even in defeat during Games 1 and 2? "If we go out there and we play like that, I think we'll get the win".

In the two playoff games Rondo appeared in, he averaged 11.5 points, 8.5 rebounds, and 10 assists.

"Definitely, we were up six with two minutes left in that game", Morris said of Game 2. Not quite the way it turned out. But for the Wizards to make such a quick turnaround at the expense of the Celtics' confidence was quite a surprise. Additionally, the Wizards outscored the Celtics in the paint 56-38.

"You guys are good". He was also one of the sparks defensively in that massive third quarter, and he would finish the game with five steals.

Boston helped Washington run by turning the ball over nine times in the quarter, resulting in 21 Wizards points.

"If you turn the ball over against these guys, you'd prefer to dropkick it into the stands so that at least you can set your defense", Boston coach Brad Stevens said. But the Celtics took Washington's punch this time and didn't wait until the end of the first quarter to respond. It came in early February when LeBron James hit a fadeaway three-pointer, falling into the Wizards' bench, to send the game to OT. Jae Crowder provided the toughness on the glass with four rebounds. One of the Celtics errors on Thursday was failing to have a strong start.




Wizards: Improved to 5-0 at home in the playoffs. Thomas finished eighth in the National Basketball Association in total free throws attempted this season. But, their 27-point bounce back was evidence that they're refocused on advancing past the second round for the first time since the 1978-79 season.

The Wizards scored 1.189 points per possession in transition during the regular season, so they're just about the last team that you can afford careless turnovers against. While Thomas connected on his first first five threes, John Wall missed his first nine shots from the floor.

Losing game four means that the Celtics can not afford to have another bad game, because losing home court would likely mean the end of this series.

The first quarter of Game 4 could dictate where this game eventually ends up. The lead eventually touched 30, but unlike games at the Garden where they lost large margins and the games, the Wizards held on. Curry and Durant hit back to back 3s to give Golden State a 92-84 lead with 3:04 left.

With the game tied at 48 at the beginning of the second half, the Boston Celtics scored the first five points capped off by an Amir Johnson three to take a 53-48 lead.

That six-minute stretch busted the game open and Washington tied the second-round series at two games apiece. Boston went the next 6 minutes, 49 seconds without scoring a field goal. Boston had the best record of the Eastern Conference, as they went 53-29.

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. In Game 3, the Wizards got the lead and didn't look back despite Kelly Oubre's eventful ejection.

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