Published: Sun, May 14, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Wizards handle Celtics to tie series at 2-2

Wizards handle Celtics to tie series at 2-2

Regardless of whether Oubre plays or not, but counting that the dentists finally fix Thomas' teeth so he can play a normal game, I have the Washington Wizards as a 2.5 jolly, and will gladly take the extra points.

Markieff Morris has thoughts. So I'm going to keep attacking and keep being myself no matter if they're calling it or not.

This isn't James Harden and Russell Westbrook, good and close friends, squaring off in the first round.

After winning Game 3 by 27 points, Washington smacked Boston again, 121-102, on Sunday at Verizon Center.

Make no mistake: James is still That Dude. Wall and Porter each had one steal and Morris had two. But at some point, James will - probably - start his decline.

But rarely does it smack you silly the way it has the Boston Celtics in their second-round series against the Washington.

At this stage, we hold these truths to be self-evident: the Celtics have better coaching, more structure. "If you do, this is what you see: a 3, a 3, a drive, a 3, a 3, a drive". And if Boston and Washington wind up facing each other several times in future playoffs for high stakes, so much the better, for them and the league.

Houston made 22 3-pointers in a blowout win in Game 1, but had struggled from long-range in its two losses.

"They obviously were locked into him the whole game, but obviously more so after the barrage of 3s", Celtics coach Brad Stevens said, crediting the Wizards for switching and sticking on Thomas off pick-and-rolls. I'm not saying that was the right thing to do. I play the same way each and every night. We feel like we can win (in Boston). It's just basically what we've been doing, and just trying to get the ball out of his hands.

Of course, James has been crushing the dreams of Next Men Up in the east for nearly a decade now.

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It is the first time in his playoff career that he has scored less than 20 points in consecutive games. The Rockets' 3-point shooting, a hallmark of their success in the regular season, got back on track Sunday when they made 19 of 43, led by six from Gordon.

Gordon Hayward led Utah with 29 points. The Wizards should be wary of that same Isaiah Thomas appearing in Game 5 in Boston-especially since he seems to be a bit peeved at his teammates.

By the 2014-15 season, when the Golden State Warriors exploded into dominance, the National Basketball Association game had changed.

Game 5 is Tuesday night in San Antonio.

The Atlanta Hawks were next, going 60-22 in 2014-15, moving the ball with objective and intelligence and meeting James, now back with Cleveland, in the conference finals.

The past two games have looked similar to what happened previous year against the Hawks.

But this has been a trend for Washington.

The Cavs eliminate the Raptors in six games to reach The 2016 Finals. The two teams were finalists for the four-time All-Star, who was also in play with Oklahoma City. Of course, Durant went to Golden State, nixing that dream scenario for OKC.

All in all, the Celtics attempted five shots during the stretch: three 3-pointers, a 17-footer by Horford and 7-footer by Thomas. They will reap the benefits of the post-spike National Basketball Association by having several of their role players on pre-spike contracts for the next several years.

"Were able to force a lot of turnovers", Beal said. Three rookies that are in the team's rotation - 2015 first-rounder Marcus Smart, 2016 first-rounder Terry Rozier and 2017 first-rounder Jaylen Brown - and still on rookie deals through 2019 (Smart) at the earliest provide insanely good financial value.

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