Thomas lobbies for calls with Celtics-Wizards series tied

Thomas lobbies for calls with Celtics-Wizards series tied

Lou returns and the Celtics Wizards series looks totally different.

Here's a list of the Celtics possessions during Washington's fateful 26-0 run - yes, you read that correctly, 26-0 - that tied this Eastern Conference semifinal series at 2-2 and left the Celtics sucking the Wizards' exhaust fumes. The last of those five first-half 3-pointers gave Boston a 30-20 lead.

Players, naturally, backed that statement.

Wall said after Game 4 that he thinks Washington is now in control of the series. 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. Boston had the best record of the Eastern Conference, as they went 53-29.

Game 4 is Monday night in Utah. It was an extension of the physical play in a series between two teams that don't like each other. Game 5 will go down in Boston on Wednesday. "We've just got to do a better job of taking care of those leads we get and just playing smart basketball down the stretch".

In a span of six minutes, Washington turned a competitive game into a laugher. After being outscored badly in the first quarter during the first three games, Boston started well and led 24-20 after 12 minutes. The Wizards fought back and briefly, took the lead before the half finished in a tie; 48-48. John Wall has spent his entire career - including several times in Game 4 - on the ground with no free throws to show for it. Then he hit a turnaround jumper.

The ambush was only beginning. In addition to Harden's 28 points and Gordon's 22, Trevor Ariza had 16, and Lou Williams pitched in 13 off the bench. Doubly so against Boston's guards, and definitely at home in the Verizon Center.

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And from that point forward they bought into Scott Brooks' scheme for defending Isaiah Thomas. Go up by 50, if we can. If they keep handing the Wizards the ball, they'll just keep going on runs and put games away.

Thomas was right. Foul shots weren't the reason why the Celtics lost. In the second half, the Wizards forced the stops.

Wizards guard John Wall took things a step further when asked about state of the series.

Lowry sprained his left ankle in the third quarter of Game 2, and aggravated the injury while trying to warm up for Friday's Game 3. Fans started chanting Oubre's name during stoppages in play.

"He focuses on the next play, he made a big 3 and it kind of got him going and our defensive activity got us going", Brooks said. "We're capable of those type of runs every game", said Morris, who finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds.

"It's on us to let this sink in and understand we gotta come back better, individual and team-wise", DeRozan said. Here's everything you need to know including Celtics vs. Wizards live stream Game 4 as well as score, news updates, real-time commentary and more.

Wall's all-star rival, Thomas, was effectively shut down. So I think it's gotta be called differently.