Washington has outscored Boston 119-70 in the first quarter.
The Celtics organization released the statement on Friday revealing the injuries Thomas suffered in Game 1 of the second-round playoff series. Draymond Green knocked down five three-pointers and finished with 21 points as the Warriors won 115-104 and have a two games to none lead in the series.
But it did not serve the Wizards well when that take-no-prisoners attitude caused them to lose their cool.
"We feel like we're in control", the point guard said after the game, per Ben Golliver of Sports Illustrated.
Naturally, Oubre got ejected, and will more than likely be suspended (he hasn't been yet as of this writing), but this was just representative of the Wizards frustrations boiling over. "That's what happens when you play hard, but we're not going to overreact". The Celtics may have a 2-1 series lead over the Wizards, but Game 4 could go either way.
It's a simple question with a simple answer, and yet it revealed so much about the Celtics and Wizards. Afterward, a sudden and sustained surge of dominance came. Al Horford led Boston with 16 points. The unstoppable journey lasted nearly 6:30. 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.
The run was the core of a 42-point quarter that vaulted the Wizards in front, 90-68 before the start of the fourth.
At the very least, it's going to make for a very interesting playoff series to watch, and not just because both teams are very talented, but because we might see a brawl break out at any moment.
"We played inspired basketball for each other", Wizards coach Scott Brooks said of the similar surge Sunday. "We talked about that many times". Some, including Oubre, have been wearing them throughout the series. Washington turned the ball over 10 times in the first half.
Gordon Hayward overcame a poor Game 1 and slow start in this one to score Utah 33 points, and Rudy Gobert had 16 points and 16 rebounds before fouling out for a Jazz team missing injured point guard George Hill.
Now, the Golden State Warriors want Draymond Green to pack his 3-point shot for the altitude of Salt Lake City. The point guard is scoring 29 points per game, and dishing out 5.9 assists per game. [In Thursday night's Game 3] it was [a 22-0 run] in the first quarter, today it was in the third quarter.
Wall's all-star rival, Thomas, was effectively shut down. Mahinmi played nine minutes and made his only shot.
Jonathon Simmons had 17 points for the Spurs, and Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge added 16 apiece.
"No question that has been a major issue against them for most teams", said Stevens. In the first three games, Bradley moved between Wall and Bradley Beal. The Wizards have to be excited to have their defensive stalwart back in the lineup. Reacting to the aggressive hit, Oubre charged and shoved the big man to the ground while also making contact with an official. Wall was able to fuel the pace and himself.
Rashad has been covering the National Basketball Association and the Washington Wizards since 2008-his first two years were spent at Hoops Addict before moving to Truth About It. Rashad has appeared on ESPN and college radio, SportsTalk on NewsChannel 8 in Washington D.C., and his articles have appeared on ESPN TrueHoop, USAToday.com, Complex Magazine, and the DCist. After a Horford put-back, Wall hit a three for a 48-46 Washington lead.