Poor officiating not the reason Celtics lost to Wizards

Poor officiating not the reason Celtics lost to Wizards

Washington was able to get 34 points off turnovers, making 14/19 (73.7%) field goals that resulted from turnovers.

The bottom fell out as Washington scored the next 26 points to effectively seal the game and ensure there will be at least two more games in the series.

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. We've been showing them.

Beal's backcourt mate, John Wall, had 27 points despite missing his first nine shot attempts, and he added 12 assists.

The Washington Wizards have had one of the best starting lineups in the National Basketball Association this season and that has remained true throughout these playoffs, even as they take on the top-seeded Boston Celtics.

Boston Coach Brad Stevens arrived in the District acknowledging that, while his team was up 2-0, the Wizards had controlled the series.

The Jazz led 75-74 early in the fourth quarter, but the Warriors went on a 10-4 run and never trailed again. Though Wall hopes it's a learning experience for a young player, Oubre could be facing a suspension for his actions with a crucial Game 4 looming Sunday.

Of particular note was Wall's performance, as athletic and physically-dominating as we've seen this postseason - and that includes those by LeBron James.

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That's the crappiest part about it. "You never thought it would come true, but I worked hard and I'm here and I'm just blessed". Toronto simply has no chance to defeat Cleveland when James is at the top of his game and players like Channing Frye and J.R.

But I've got a different theory. I'm not saying that that was the right thing to do. "It's about playing for each other, and we've been doing that all year".

We agree on the bigger point that the Cavs aren't going to be stopped in the Eastern Conference Finals by either team.

To the contrary, they will be in position to beat Washington if the players who surround Thomas can carry their weight at the offensive end while he puts on his nightly scoring show.

Thomas continued his blistering shooting from deep to open the second quarter, hitting his first two from beyond the arc, building Boston's lead to 30-20, forcing a timeout from Wizards coach Scott Brooks.

It is a game that the Celtics may not want to remember, but they will have to learn from their mistakes. "With our confidence now, going there, I feel like we can definitely pull out a W".

The Wizards and Celtics would both finish with 20 turnovers, but it was the points off turnovers that gave the Wizards the advantage. 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. P.J Tucker had 14 points and 12 assists in his first career playoff start.

Over the past 38 years, as the Wizards have struggled to rise from mediocrity, you have learned to hedge.

A symbol of the rough-and-tumble play, Thomas needed to have his dental work adjusted at halftime but missed only the first 1:40 of the third quarter. "So whether I'm getting the calls or not, I've gotta be in attack mode, I've gotta be aggressive to get in the paint, to make things happen, not just for myself but for my teammates".