John Wall Confident Wizards Can Win Series, Isaiah Thomas Talks Refs Postgame

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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.

Amir Johnson got his second start of the series and quickly picked up two fouls in the first five minutes.

Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas (4) drives on Washington Wizards center Marcin Gortat (13), from Poland during the second half in Game 3 of a second-round NBA playoff series basketball game, Thursday, May 4, 2017, in Washington.

After two dominant wins at home to tie the series at two games apiece, do the Wizards have the upper hand? "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".

That puts them in direct conflict with a Celtics team that also doesn't take crap from anyone and is standing in their way in their quest for precious relevancy behind the Cavaliers. At least he never got to the point where he pulled himself out of the game as he did so oddly in the opener of this series. "They set the tone". When you are betting on this game 4, take the Washington Wizards -4.5 over the Boston Celtics on Sunday. 16 straight points, with no end in sight. The Wizards swarmed Thomas off dribble handoffs and screen-and-rolls, ignoring shooters spotting up to squeeze Thomas into a straightjacket. The physical matchup went next level as three players were ejected.

Bradley Beal hit 11 of 16 shots for a game-high 29 points. That was something the Wizards could not accomplish in the opening two games in Boston, both won by the Celtics.

"We played hard. We've been in this situation".

"We feel like we're in control", the point guard said after the game, per Ben Golliver of Sports Illustrated. "We understood what we had to do and we were locked in". Washington was able to get 34 points off turnovers, making 14/19 (73.7%) field goals that resulted from turnovers. 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. "They're not going to give us the game just because we're on our home court". And I'm not the one that likes hitting the ground. "When you keep getting hit in the head, you might respond that way and I think that's what he did. So I think that has to change". Coach Scott Brooks complimented his big men for keeping their hands up to avoid fouling Thomas, but Beal was more than willing to make contact when necessary.

If the Wizards can't beat the Celtics in Boston, this is all irrelevant. (18 points, eight rebounds), Markieff Morris (16 points, 10 rebounds) and Bojan Bogdanovic (13 points) all made their presence felt, too, giving Washington those much-needed third, fourth and fifth scoring options. Even so, the Wizards had more hope than the Celtics did in the previous round being down 2-0 against the Bulls.

Morris must have thought 'Why not?' when no one in a green jersey cared to pay attention to him beyond the three-point arc.

The Wizards came out motivated for Game 3 and lit into the Celtics right away. G Avery Bradley scored seven points after reporting soreness Wednesday from a hip pointer in Game 2. "In my offseason, I live in Orange County, Kobe lives there".

Celtics boss Danny Ainge was seen talking to him after the game, and I doubt he was telling the story of when Tree Rollins bit him.