Transition-oriented Wizards getting physical in postseason

Vincent De Villiers
Mai 14, 2017

"We played inspired basketball for each other", Brooks said. I thought our bigs have been working on that and talking about that.

For the record, Thomas ranked fifth in total free throw attempts and third in makes during the regular season.

Wizards: Improved to 5-0 at home in the playoffs.

If the Wizards can't beat the Celtics in Boston, this is all irrelevant.

"One of the things, if you turn the ball over against these guys, you prefer to drop-kick it into the stands so that at least you can set your defense", Stevens said of the Wizards.

It was the night where peak John Wall came out to hold down his house. Avery Bradley is the third double-digit scorer and Jae Crowder is grabbing 5.7 rebounds. Here's the discrepancy between his shot charts from Game 2 and Game 3. Back in the first, the Celtics were minus-4 (13-9) on the glass, but led by four points in part because the rebounding battle was relatively close.

In a series filled with ups and downs, the Boston Celtics now find themselves tied 2-2 with the Washington Wizards. Boston responded with a 12-2 run of their own which gave them a 12-10 lead and would eventually go ahead by as many as five points (20-15) in the first before the Wizards responded with five straight to tie the game at 20.

Time to panic? For some, maybe, but definitely not the player who has Washington's basketball franchise within two victories of its first conference finals appearance since 1979.

The Celtics got buried yet again by a brutal Wizards run where his team was left gasping for air. "I think that's pretty obvious".

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Thomas later talked about how unbalanced the calls were.

"I'm not sure where that narrative starts", Boston coach Brad Stevens said.

Following a replay review, Cleveland's Iman Shumpert was called for a technical foul in the second after he kneed DeRozan in the groin area while going up for a jump shot, an incident that left DeRozan lying on the court in pain. Yes, with the backcourt duo of John Wall and Bradley Beal the Wizards like to get out in transition, but they've also showed a willingness - maybe even an eagerness - to physically mix it up. "The refs were allowing them to hold and grab and do all those things. Especially in that third quarter, I might have hit the ground like five or six straight times", said Thomas. "And I got up and I ran to him and I bumped him".

"I'm not saying that's the reason why we lost". And so we go now to Markieff Morris, who refuses to speak in couched statements. I play the same way each and every night. OS I think that has to change.

"I felt like Atlanta was a little bit more physical, as far as our style". They're still a good team - it's Boston, know what I mean?

The Wizards were successfully physical with Thomas. This necessitated a replacement at halftime during Game 3 of the series. Green was able to walk to the locker room and ultimately returned to the game. Thomas scored 17 of his 19 points in the first half and took exception to the fact that he didn't get to the free-throw line in the game.

If going forward the Wizards play like they did during two dominant stretches in Games 3 and 4, Morris will be right.

Boston's biggest concern is that their key defenders are all struggling. "It was just was a good adjustment that we made".

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