Let’s take a quick detour from LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers and take a look at another match up in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. And here we go…
•Preview: Is There An Answer for Thomas, Celtics?
It is said that big things come in small packages. Well, that statement is known to be true when it comes to one of the NBA’s best point guards in today’s league, Boston Celtics’ Isaiah Thomas.
In spite of dealing with a tough period of bereavement within the last month in which Thomas buried his 23-year-old sister who was killed in a car accident, as well as, having a 10-hour oral surgery procedure after losing a tooth in Game 1 of this second round playoff series, he has not quit on his team and carried them to a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Washington Wizards. There seems to be no answer for Thomas in the last two games. Could Game 3 be the difference maker?
How in God’s name will the Wizards stop Thomas? After all, he scored 33 points in Game 1 only to explode for 53 points in Game 2 on Tuesday night. The Wizards has historically struggled with smaller point guards and Thomas is no different.
After Game 2, the Wizards were very close to evening the series 1-1, especially after a stellar performance from Wizards’ guard John Wall who scored 40 points along with 13 assists. But it wasn’t enough to get the job done.
The Wizards have arrived at the most important game of the season and are already in “must win” territory as a loss would put them in a 0-3 deficit. Can John Wall and the Wizards take care of business on their home floor in hope to even this playoff series? Tonight, the pressure is on Washington to get it done.
Tip off begins at 7 p.m. CT at the Verizon Center.
What to expect tonight after Game 1 & Game 2:
•First Half Boston Celtics vs. Washington Wizards
Looks the Wizards came out on charge keeping Isaiah Thomas quiet and ferring of forced turnovers. First quarter ends with Wizards leading Celtics 39-17.
The first half comes to a close in Wizards’ favor leading the Celtics 63-40. The Wizards come out strong letting out all of their previous frustrations from losing Game 1 & 2 all on the court.
Battle of the KELLYS: Things get a bit heated when Wizards’ Kelly Oubre Jr. objects to a too hard screen from Kelly Olynyk and shoves him, creating a scrum between both teams. Oubre revived a flagrant foul 2 and was ejected from the game.
It doesn’t stop for the Wizards. They must have put the magic spell on the Celtics tonight! After all, the Wizards are making this look way too easy.
My how the tables have turned… but that is expected to happen on your home floor. Washington is doing exactly they should be doing which is protecting their home floor.
Too many uncalled for turnovers from Boston Celtics, along with a lack of energy and poise cost them to lose 116-89 to the Wizards where the lead is now 2-1 in the second round of the Eastern Conference playoffs.
Boston may need to take a three-leaved clover into Game 4 in hopes to steal a win in Washington. Otherwise, the Wizards will take full advantage of the Celtics lacking.
Game 4 will be played Sunday at 5:30 p.m. CT in Washington.