By MyFM's Jake Archer - In what many Celtics fans expected to be a bounce back game for the team, the C’s again did not show up and got pounded by the Wizards, this time losing 121-102. The loss ties the series at two games apiece as each team has won both games on their home courts. It also raises some serious questions about what Celtics team we might see going forward in the series.
After the two teams headed into halftime tied at 48, it looked like this game might be decided by a small margin in the fourth quarter. However, after trailing 53-48 early in the third, the Wizards went on the attack. Washington busted the game open with a 26-0 run to go up 74-53 with about five minutes left in the quarter. Just like that, the Celtics had let the game slip through their fingers and they would never really get close again.
Heading into the fourth quarter, Washington had a comfortable 90-68 lead and would be able to coast to a victory to even the series and send a message to the Celtics. Boston’s Isaiah Thomas had started the game very hot as he drilled five straight three-pointers and scored 17 points in the first 15 minutes. After that initial outburst though, IT went quiet and virtually disappeared. He would score only two more points to finish with 19. He also never saw the free throw line and appeared unusually hesitant.
Thomas was upset with the referees after the game and complained about how they let the Wizards get away with too much while not calling enough fouls for him. He may have a point and he acknowledged that it wasn’t the reason they lost the game, but it’s a bad look to blame anything on the officials after getting your butt kicked. He and his teammates need to pick themselves up quick and start playing with a sense of urgency or the season will be over.
Trying to pick out a Celtics player that played even decently on Sunday night is difficult. The team committed 18 turnovers and basically just looked lost once again. Meanwhile on the other side, quite a few Wizards had great games. John Wall was the best among them again as he dropped 27 points, grabbed three rebounds, dished 12 assists and registered five steals. Washington really put their foot on the gas to not only beat the Celtics, but blow them out and that’s the kind of killer instinct Boston needs to have as well.
Right now, with the way the Wizards are flying around on offense and defense, they clearly want it more than the Celtics. They’ve outplayed the C’s throughout most of the series as well and are just a shot away from being up 3-1. I know I picked Washington in 7, but I’m obviously rooting for the hometown team here. It’s frustrating to watch them get bullied around and really show no type of fight or attempt to answer. They’ll need to snap out of it for Game 5 back in Boston.
Game 5 is Wednesday night and tip off is scheduled for 8 p.m.