Boston Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas said the teeth he had surgically repaired earlier this week fell out again during Thursday's Game 3 against the Washington Wizards, forcing him to miss the start of the second half as a team physician reinserted them. "They made us pay for it".
Playoff caliber teams can get embarrassed every once in a while but what's happening to the Celtics is inexcusable in any context.
Most of the conference semifinals series of the 2017 NBA Playoffs have been grossly one-sided, but not the series between the No. 1 Boston Celtics and the No. 4 Washington Wizards in the Eastern Conference. The Wizards led by as many as 26 after trailing by double digits in the first half and won the game 121-102. "He had wide-open looks and they made an adjustment and I think we did a good job of figuring that out".
Game 5 will take place on Wednesday night at TD Garden.
NEED TO KNOW: The Wizards are a ideal 3-0 at home so far in the playoffs after going 25-6 in Washington since December 1, including a 17-game winning streak. The Wizards are worthy of respect, at least in their ability to adjust to the circumstances they faced coming into Game 3. C Marcin Gortat had 13 points and 16 rebounds, saying he has to dominate in the paint if the Celtics go small. The Wizards got into the paint with nearly no resistance and despite starting Amir Johnson, there was zero presence on the glass. The Boston Celtics are allowing 31.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 39 rebounds per game.
"You guys are good".
The Celtics had plenty in the third - five alone from Thomas - that produced 21 points for what turned into a 42-point quarter for Washington. Isaiah Thomas is averaging 26.3 points and 5.7 assists while Al Horford is averaging 16 points and 8.2 rebounds. For the first time in the series, they trailed after the first quarter.
The Wizards third quarter defense.
Young forward Oubre will likely be suspended for ramming Olynyk, but this won't have big impact on the game, contrary to popular belief.
Only three times during the regular season did Thomas not attempt a free throw during a game - all wins, including two in which he played limited minutes.
After a awful Game 2 he quickly tried to forget, Beal got off hot with seven quick points, including an offensive rebound on the first possession. We just came out in the third quarter with a better mind-set that everything was going to stem from the defensive end.
Thomas, who scored 53 points in Boston's Game 2 victory, admitted the Wizards have upped the attention on him the past two games. In those road games, the Celtics scored 104, 104 and 105 points. If they manage to tie the series up, they will be comfortable with exactly where they are, the same can not be said about Boston. Boston won him over then Crowder told media that the Wizards were the less attractive option. After a Horford put-back, Wall hit a three for a 48-46 Washington lead. He briefly gave the Wizards the lead back with a driving layup. The margin reached 12, but Wall roared from there with all 14 of his first-half points coming in the second quarter. Boston went the next 6 minutes, 49 seconds without scoring a field goal. 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. That would make them huge favorites to progress to the Eastern Conference Finals.
That's not to suggest Game 4 Sunday will follow a similarly annoying path.
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