Wizards’ Oubre suspended for Game 4 for knocking over Olynyk

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The Wizards, according to Coach Scott Brooks, played perhaps their best stretch of the season on that front during a 26-0 run in the third quarter that allowed them to pull away for good in securing a second straight double-digit victory and improving to 5-0 at home in this postseason. (22) gets fouled by Boston Celtics forward Jae Crowder, back, during the first half in Game 4 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series, Sunday, May 7, 2017, in Washington.

The Boston Celtics and Washington Wizards meet in game four of the National Basketball Association second round playoffs Sunday at the Verizon Center.

Here’s a list of the Celtics possessions during Washington’s fateful 26-0 run – yes, you read that correctly, 26-0 – that tied this Eastern Conference semifinal series at 2-2 and left the Celtics sucking the Wizards’ exhaust fumes.

The victor of this best-of-seven series will face the two-time defending Eastern Conference Champion Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2017 Eastern Conference Finals.

For the Celtics, Isaiah Thomas scored 19 to lead the team, followed by Terry Rozier with 16. But after Rose tore his ACL in Game 1 of the first round of the 2012 playoffs, the Bulls’ trajectory was permanently altered.

January 2016 – Jae Crowder curses former Wizards coach Randy Wittman for allegedly calling him soft with the game already decided for the Celtics.

“They were physical. They were very physical”.

When the Wizards play good defense, they turn the game into a track meet, with John Wall sprinting down the court, attacking the basket and finding open teammates. 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. Game 4 is Sunday in Washington. The Boston Celtics are shooting 35.6 percent from beyond the arc and 76.3 percent from the free throw line. It was still a tied game [and] we just came out in the third quarter with a better mindset that everything was going to stem from the defensive end.

Not having Oubre shouldn’t matter too much, as he didn’t log big minutes in Game 3 and has had a poor series.

All of this as Gerald Green was heard proclaiming, “We are going to beat their ass in Game 4”, after the Game 3 embarrassment last Thursday.

The bright side: Aside from that bad stretch, the Celtics and Wizards were basically on the same level. The result was something we haven’t seen in years, and a brand new 2-2 series heading back to Boston.

“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.

“We’ve got to play hard”, Gortat said.

“We’re capable of those type of runs every game”, said Morris, who finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds. By the time the dust settled, the Wizards were sitting on a 73-55 lead, which proved insurmountable. “We’re the better team and we feel like we’ve been the better team”.

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“He’s a small guy”, Markieff Morris said after the game. The 3-pointer became ascendant, small ball became the preferred way to play, defenses switched on everything, and Hibbert’s skills became, nearly in a flash, irrelevant.

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