Wizards' Oubre suspended for Game 4 for knocking over Olynyk

Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas guards against Washington Wizards forward Otto Porter Jr. during the first half in Game 3 of a second-round NBA playoff series basketball game Thursday

"You guys were good", Brooks said in the huddle as shown on TNT. I thought our bigs have been working on that and talking about that.

Even before the devastating third quarter, Wizards fans had drowned out those in Boston green. Boston used eight players during this stretch.

NOTES: Since Dec. 8, the Wizards are 30-5 at home. But for the Wizards to make such a quick turnaround at the expense of the Celtics' confidence was quite a surprise.

Things looked grim early on for the Wizards.

The suspension really isn't a shocking news given the nature of the matter, as most expected Oubre to be held out of at least one matchup in the series.

But nobody could stop Beal, and nobody could come close to containing Wall. Boston must keep things tight, and even if they aren't ahead at the end of the first quarter, if they are still within touching distance then they would fancy themselves, given how they managed to rally from behind and wear down the Wizards in the latter quarters of Games 1 and 2.

Thomas said after the Boston Celtics' 121-102 loss Sunday that the officiating needs to change as the second-round series continues after the Wizards played him hard in holding him to two points after the first 15 minutes.

Bradley Beal had his best game of the series, making 11-of-16 field goals for a game-high 29 points.

Washington Wizards guard John Wall fights for a loose ball against Boston Celtics players during the first half in Game 3 of a second-round NBA playoff series basketball game Thursday

Although nothing has been able to slow Thomas down (except, perhaps better defense from the Wizards), it is worth watching if the injury will have an impact as the series wears on. It took the totally unique and damn near inimitable circumstances of the Celtics hitting 19 threes in Game 1 and Isaiah Thomas going for 53 in Game 2 to win those contests. "We knew coming out in the third quarter that we could definitely get it going defensively, and that's what we did".

It was in fact the longest unanswered run in the last 20 years of the National Basketball Association playoffs per Elias Sports. Thomas was called for a technical foul in the fourth quarter, but the situation did not escalate. His two free throws gave Washington its largest lead at 86-60.

"[The Wizards] were very physical".

The Wizards had six steals in the quarter (Otto Porter, Markieff Morris and Wall had two each) and every time one of the Celtics guards would attempt to get in the lane to make a play or a basket, the Wizards hands and arms were on the ball starting a fast break in the other direction. "So if we go out there and play like that, I think we'll get the wins".

"We feel like we're in control", the point guard said after the game, per Ben Golliver of Sports Illustrated. Go up by 50 if we can. But as they do that, he also wants a few whistles. But I can't be allowed to be held and grabbed every pin-down, every screen. Thomas (aged 28, 1x All-Star) and Avery Bradley (aged 26, 2x All-Defense Team) are set to collide for years with Wall (aged 26, 4x All-Star) and Bradley Beal (aged 23, 1st Team All-Rookie).

"I think they were locked into him the whole game", Boston Coach Brad Stevens said.

"We just have to corral him right", Morris said.

The Cavs finished off the Raptors about an hour before Game 4 between the Celtics and Wizards tipped off in Washington. "My teammates do a great job of screening and getting me open".

Celtics beat Bulls 108-97, take 3-2 lead in series
The Boston Celtics and Washington Wizards took control of their respective NBA Eastern Conference first-round playoff matchups. Thomas found his way to mature in the fourth quarter by staying within the flow of the game and not forcing the situation.



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