Turning this into a three game series is playing right into what the Wizards would have wanted. Your tired heart thanks you. "If you do, this is what you see: a 3, a 3, a drive, a 3, a 3, a drive". What's most encouraging about the Wizards' dominance on the glass is that it came in a game where the Celtics went big more often with Amir Johnson and Kelly Olynyk getting lots of minutes.
HOUSTON (AP) - James Harden scored 28 points and Eric Gordon 22 as Houston rebounded from consecutive losses to beat San Antonio and tie their series 2-2. Washington is 54-37 overall, 34-11 at home and 46-44-1 against the spread. Since the Wizards left there, the feeling around the matchup has taken a decided turn. They have controlled this thing. The Boston Celtics are shooting 35.6 percent from beyond the arc and 76.3 percent from the free throw line. And so we go now to Markieff Morris, who refuses to speak in couched statements.
Marcin Gortat had 13 points and 16 rebounds as Washington won the battle of the boards 50-38.
We the beneficiary of Morris's straight talk. "So I think that has to change". "We're two teams that's trying to compete and trying to win this series". If they are successful in taking a victory in Washington while entering with a 2-0 lead, it would be foolish to think they would win game six in Washington. As Brooks re-emphasized once again after the game, Beal has proven in these playoffs why he's one of the best two-way players in the league. Boston has shown an uncanny ability to win evenly at home or on the road.
"For sure it's going to be hard". 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.
Boston and Washington were tied at 48 points apiece heading into halftime. We wanted Boston in the playoffs. "You've got to be ready for that initial hit", he said. Of that Celtics fans can be confident. The Celtics have to be concerned.
Then, later in the game, John Wall dedicated one of his free throw shots to a player on the Celtics in a, shall we say, not-so-kind way.
The Boston Celtics and Washington Wizards just plain don't like each other.
Boston Coach Brad Stevens arrived in the District acknowledging that, while his team was up 2-0, the Wizards had controlled the series. You have to wonder how much doubt the Celtics must overcome. "We've got some good shooters on the wings and we have to take advantage of that, but it doesn't work if we don't lock in on the defensive end". "Their attack in transition killed us".
Boston Celtics star Isaiah Thomas shot zero free throws during Game 4 against the Washington Wizards on Sunday. "We can't have that", said Wizards coach Scott Brooks.
Well, Boston did put it past them. The Rockets' 3-point shooting, a hallmark of their success in the regular season, got back on track Sunday when they made 19 of 43, led by six from Gordon. I suppose it didn't hurt since they won Game 3 by 27 points and it felt like 57. Wall had that good of a two quarter stretch.
"I mean, 26-0 in the playoffs, that's why we lost", Thomas said.
"We don't want to rationalize being here because this is the first time we've been in this situation for a while", Snyder said of being down 0-2.
"We play with attitude when we get down". They handily controlled the entire game, outscoring the Celtics 39-17 in the first quarter and never trailing on the scoreboard.
Terry Rozier had 16 points and Kelly Olynyk added 14 points for the Celtics. They were playing their game.
Then they came undone. They took care of business at home, they did what they were supposed to do. Because the Wizards actually executed their game plan. By keeping their hands up rather than outward, they didn't get whistles going against them. We know this team is tough. They open a compelling series in Chicago tonight against the defending World Series champion Cubs.
They the better team.