The Wizards, according to Coach Scott Brooks, played perhaps their best stretch of the season on that front during a 26-0 run in the third quarter that allowed them to pull away for good in securing a second straight double-digit victory and improving to 5-0 at home in this postseason.
In their last playoff series the Hawks accused the Wizards of playing "MMA" instead of basketball, so it's clear teams are taking notice of their aggressive style. Wall continued warming up has he hit a pair of field goals to help close the Wizards within three, 42-39, as the only basket in the 11-2 Wizards run was a Bradley dunk. However, the Celtics need to get things in order or else they might suffer the same fate as the Bulls.
Game 3 is Saturday night in Salt Lake City. And while Game Four ended - just as Game Three did - with them having crafted a blowout, it featured more spirited competition in the first half. They have controlled this thing.
Thomas struggled getting to the rim with any type of success Sunday and aired his grievances with the officiating after his 19-point outing that did not include a free throw attempt. And so we go now to Markieff Morris, who refuses to speak in couched statements. (18 points, 8 rebounds, 4 steals), Keef Morris (16 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals), and Marcin Gortat (6 points, 7 rebounds) were great on the glass.
I think that we have to play better in the first quarter, no matter what that is, no matter what that means. These are record times, and as Stevens has pointed out, this has simply been how the Wizards impact opponents. That Game 5 was at home; Wednesday's is in Boston, a place they haven't won all season.
Weird stat: when the lower seed is plus-20 or better in a 2-2 series like Washington (plus-24), they've lost all five series since 1984.
"We feel like we're in control", the point guard said after the game, per Ben Golliver of Sports Illustrated. "We had the momentum coming home to win our two games. We're anxious about the Celtics right now". The Celtics were actually outplayed for some portions of he previous games as well, but managed to climb up and take the wins.
"For sure it's going to be hard".
Indeed, the media should give these teams the attention they fully deserve moving forward, because what they have here is a pulsating rivalry not seen since the gritty and glorified era of 90s basketball.
Morris when asked what was going through his head during 26-0 run: "Blow them the [expletive] out".
"He should be suspended", Thomas said Saturday following Boston's practice on the campus of Georgetown University. So you got to go out there and act like that.
If the Wizards can't beat the Celtics in Boston, this is all irrelevant. The Celtics have to be concerned.
Jul. 2016 - The Celtics and Wizards were reportedly the front-runners to land then-free agent Al Horford.
After Washington got off another big start, the Celtics started coming back quickly.
That six-minute stretch busted the game open and Washington tied the second-round series at two games apiece.
A lot has gone wrong in the past two games for Boston.
Casey tried to preach the positives, but acknowledged that his team's performance hadn't been good enough.
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