Published: Tue, May 09, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Wizards Firmly Believe They're 'Better Team' Than Celtics After Game 4 Rout


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. The team were lucky enough that Oubre's ejection, as well as Brandon Jennings getting tossed, didn't hurt their play in Game 3.

"We don't like them", the Boston Celtics' star guard said last week, "and they don't like us".

"It's got to be called differently", Thomas said. I can't be allowed to be held and grabbed every pin-down, every screen and I don't even shoot one free throw.

"I feel like we feel like we're in control", Wall said, via the Post.

When asked why the Wizards were able to get out to such a large lead in Thursday's 116-89 loss at the Verizon Center Stevens pointed to Washington's hustle as the biggest reason while reminding the media that the C's are facing a very good team.

Yet, the series is tied, 2-2.

Since Thomas went for 53 points in a Game 2 comeback at TD Garden to beat the Wizards in overtime, he has been held to less than 20 points in two consecutive games.

Thomas had a dynamite start to Game 4, making his first five 3-pointers, but committed four turnovers during the stretch. During Game 4, he made just two buckets inside the arc (both fast-break layups); recorded more second-half turnovers (five) than points (two); and failed to earn a single free throw attempt.

Wizards guard John Wall took things a step further when asked about state of the series.

Being physical was the plan with Thomas, Wizards guard Bradley Beal said.

"For us, our Bible begins with transition defense, and if it's not there we're just not ready to go", Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said after the game. "He runs around the floor all day, I've been chasing him all first half". The physicality seemed to bother Boston, as it was just 27-of-77 from the field and had 16 turnovers.

Containing Thomas is no easy task.

Kyle Korver scored 18 points to help the Cavaliers become the first team to win eight straight playoff games the year following a title, and the first team to win eight straight in consecutive postseasons. The series victor will face Cleveland in the Eastern Conference Finals.

"We've had a next man up mentality all year", Brooks said. "We can't have that". What has changed is the momentum, and the vomit inducing memories of the kind of runs that you wouldn't even expect in a high school game. How can you make the shot?

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He vowed to be in more of an attack mode in Game 4 and Thomas did not disappoint. He said it was up to his team to make the Wizards pay for giving him so much attention. Unfortunately, you will be needing an authentication with your cable provider should you want to watch Boston Celtics vs. Washington Wizards Game 4 live stream on Watch TNT. We just came out in the third quarter with a better mind-set that everything was going to stem from the defensive end.

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