5 takeaways from Game 3 against Boston Celtics — Washington Wizards

We knew it before we know it now These two guys will decide this series

We knew it before we know it now These two guys will decide this series

Rozier was coming off the best game of his National Basketball Association career in Game 2, having delivered 12 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 assists - as well as an enormous 3-pointer that tied the score at 110-110 in the fourth - in the Celtics' overtime victory. The TNT cameras showed Wall's face while he was on the bench, and each time he looked calm, but eager to get back on the court. G Avery Bradley scored seven points after reporting soreness Wednesday from a hip pointer in Game 2. The unfortunate reality is that the Celtics did have an opportunity to make quick work of the Wizards, but their inconsistent play hurt them in a bad way in game three.

Washington got on the board in the series with a 116-89 win at home in Game 3 on Thursday night. On top of that we converted, we're one of the best teams in the league at converting off turnovers. "It's probably our best stretch of basketball". Thomas is outstanding offensively, but can't guard a point guard as dynamic as Wall. When he does decide to go that route, he's often fouled, as he shot 649 free throws in the regular season (fifth-highest total in the league). Both teams hate each other and John Wall is an insanely skilled point guard for the Wizards. The Wizards utilized a dominant third quarter to emerge with a 121-102 triumph at the Verizon Center. The Wiz also swished 24 of 27 free throws. We just got to remain confident, keep shooting with confidence and don't allow them to go on 22-0 runs, 26-0 runs.

One game into the second round, Isaiah Thomas had his tooth knocked out by an elbow from Otto Porter. The Wizards' chippiness and chattering agitates him - it has all season - and while sometimes a fired-up Smart is a good thing, it had a decidedly negative effect Thursday night. "Especially in that third quarter, I might have hit the ground like five or six straight times", said Thomas. By the time he called his second timeout it was too late; the Wizards held a 74-53 lead and the Celtics had little fight left in them the rest of the way. The Celtics still hold s 2-1 lead in the series and are 2-1 against the spread in the series. The Wizards fought back and briefly, took the lead before the half finished in a tie; 48-48. The Wizards are the fourth seed, and took out Atlanta in the first round.

The Wizards trail 2-1 in the contentious series after dropping two road games in Boston.

Washington's Brandon Jennings and Boston's Terry Rozier were ejected in the fourth quarter after each received two technical fouls. Additionally, the Wizards outscored the Celtics in the paint 56-38.

According to Ainge, the temporary bridge installed during surgery broke, forcing Thomas to return to the locker room, where the bridge was glued back together.

They took turns posting Thomas up with glee early in the second quarter, and though Thomas held his own, the buckets the Wizards did score were symbolic of the big bully finally swatting away the gnat. But for the Wizards to make such a quick turnaround at the expense of the Celtics' confidence was quite a surprise.

After struggling to find his shot in the first three games of the series, Beal put together his best game since the first round.

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.

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