After Boston got off to their first good start in the series, Wall blew them away as the Washington Wizards beat the Celtics 121-102 to send the series back to Boston tied at two games a piece. In Game 4, after a 26-0 run in the third quarter, the Wizards had a lead that ballooned to 26 points.
Forward Kelly Oubre Jr. of the Washington Wizards has been suspended for Sunday's Game 4 against the Boston Celtics after being ejected for knocking a player to the floor, the National Basketball Association announced on Saturday. Wall had seven of his 27 points and three of his 12 assists during the run as the Celtics committed eight turnovers - including back-to-back shot-clock violations - and went 0 for 5.
Thomas finished with 19 points for the Celtics, but he scored 15 on 5-of-5 shooting from beyond the 3-point arc in the opening 13:05. If not for double-digit runs of varying lengths in each game, the Wizards' season would already be over. Per the Elias Sports Bureau, the Wizards are the first team to go on runs of 22-0-or-greater in back-to-back playoff games since the 2010-11 Spurs.
"When they are small, we have to dominate them on the boards", Morris said after the game.
Since watching Thomas light up Game 2 for 53 points, the Wizards have effectively silenced him in the District.
The Celtics still have a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series, but the after 89-116 drubbing, the perspective has changed.
He has been at his best the last couple of games in the first half, and Game 4 was no exception. Washington shot 65.0%, made all 12 of their free throws, and held the Celtics to 31.3% shooting in the quarter overall.
About two weeks later, the Wizards wore all-black to the two teams' next meeting.
Asked to choose between the Celtics and Wizards, James claimed not to have a preferred opponent.More news: DeRozan Scores 33, Raptors Beat Bucks To Tie Series At 2-2
All this means that the Celtics and Wizards will be battling each other while the Cleveland Cavaliers await the victor in the Eastern Conference finals. 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.
Standing at under 6 feet tall, Isaiah Thomas finds it hard to navigate his way through the trees on his way to the basket. He's one of the best defenders in the league.
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.
The Wizards also made it a point to go at Thomas, posting him up often at the start of Sunday's game.
"If you turn the ball over against these guys, you prefer to drop-kick it into the stands so you can at least set up your D", Brad Stevens said after the game. He attempted only one more 3-pointer and was on the wrong end of post-ups by the Wizards on defense.
Wizards guard John Wall took things a step further when asked about state of the series. "I was being real passive in Game 2", said Beal, referencing a 129-119 overtime loss to the Celtics in which he had just 14 points.
"We played inspired basketball for each other", Brooks said.
Boston helped Washington run by turning the ball over nine times in the quarter, resulting in 21 Wizards points.