Transition-oriented Wizards getting physical in postseason

He got steals, he hit free throws, hit 3-point shots, he drove on Isaiah Thomas, Avery Bradley and the entire Celtics defense.

The Boston Celtics had a chance to take a commanding 3-1 series lead over the Washington Wizards on Sunday, but all that vanished in the third quarter.

"We watched a lot of film and just tried to figure out how we can make adjustments", said Porter, who had made his first seven field-goal attempts and scored 15 of his 19 points in the first half.

After dropping their second straight road game in their series against Washington, the Celtics are now tied with the Wizards heading back to Boston. Game 4 is Sunday in Washington.

One game into the second round, Isaiah Thomas had his tooth knocked out by an elbow from Otto Porter.

"[The Wizards] were very physical", he said. When guys went to the hole and got hit a little bit on lay-ups, they were fouls and then when we went to the hole, especially myself, I'm hitting the ground and there's no calls.

"We have to do a better job of utilizing spacing to take some of their length out of the play", Stevens said. "As long as we win, we don't care how it goes". But he actually injured at least three teeth, the Celtics said Friday.

"If we had LeBron on our team, too, we would have won", said DeRozan, who averaged 20.8 points in the four-game sweep, almost seven points less than he averaged in the regular season. However, we're still getting points with the better team and the Wizards will be without Kelly Oubre Jr., who is one of their top bench players. Since he arrived in a trade from Phoenix previous year, some of that has rubbed off on teammates, like mild-mannered Kelly Oubre Jr. The game passed him and the Pacers by seemingly overnight.

Other coaches who received votes from their peers were Washington's Scott Brooks, Memphis' David Fizdale, Golden State's Steve Kerr, Milwaukee's Jason Kidd, San Antonio's Gregg Popovich, the Los Angeles Clippers' Doc Rivers and Utah's Quin Snyder.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Isaiah Thomas feels as though he was shut down by the Washington Wizards and the referees in Game 4. The Celtics extended their lead to as many as 12, 40-28 in the first half of the quarter.

"We're right there", Markieff Morris said after a game four win. Just over five minutes later, after trailing by five, the Wizards were up by 21. 13 days later, the Wizards wore funeral attire as they buried the Celtics 123-108 in their third regular season matchup.

The Celtics do have home court advantage in this series, which is now a best-of-3.

"I mean, 26-0 in the playoffs, that's why we lost", Thomas said. This necessitated a replacement at halftime during Game 3 of the series. And in the fourth, they withstood the anticipated Celtics run to preserve their cushion. Even as Thomas complained about a discrepancy in fouls, coach Brad Stevens knows Boston has to combat Washington in more ways than just matching one hard foul for another. "Part of playing good basketball is being appropriately physical and being able to own your space and hold your ground and those types of things". You can listen to all of the 2017 NBA Playoffs as well as Boston Celtics vs. Washington Wizards live stream by signing up with a one-time payment of $9.99.

During the first three games of this series, the Wizards started quickly and held sizable leads.

Wall missed his first nine shots from the floor and made eight of his final 14.

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