WASHINGTON (AP) - Boston Celtics star Isaiah Thomas is getting some assists from Kobe Bryant.
Washington was picked by many to be the victor of this series, and unearthly performances by Isaiah Thomas might have put a damper on that after the first two games.
Boston coach Brad Stevens took a page from Rasheed Wallace's "Both teams played hard" playbook, repeating that the Wizards "played well" over and over. (22) during the first half in Game 3 of a second-round NBA playoff series basketball game, Thursday, May 4, 2017, in Washington.
Washington had double the amount of points the Celtics scored in the paint, and handily won the rebounding battle as Boston shot just 35 percent from the field.
The Wizards have no issue holding their ground or fighting for more, as they've shown nine games into the playoffs. Thomas, who had some dental work adjusted at halftime, scored seven points at the free throw line. Brooks promotes defense-first even for a group that averaged 109.6 points a game in the regular season, fourth in the National Basketball Association. Stevens and Brooks each picked up technical fouls well after the outcome had been decided. Players and coaches on each side criticized officials for not having control of the game and letting it get out of hand, and the result was more than a few post-whistle extracurriculars. "They've been a great home team all year". He finished with 14.
Wizards: Bogdanovic made four of the seven 3-pointers he attempted, finishing with 19 points. C Marcin Gortat had 13 points and 16 rebounds, saying he has to dominate in the paint if the Celtics go small.
One game into the playoffs, Paul Millsap said his Atlanta Hawks were playing basketball while the Washington Wizards were "playing MMA".
"He's talked to me today about how to stop him on defense", Brooks said. "Either he's a really good offensive coach and a bad defensive coach or the other way around".