Isaiah Thomas was caught on tape threatening a heckler. (Brad Mills/USA TODAY Sports)

Isaiah Thomas was caught on tape threatening a heckler. (Brad Mills/USA TODAY Sports)

It was a rough trip to the nation’s capital for the Celtics, who lost Games 3 and 4 to the Washington Wizards to tie up their series.

Isaiah Thomas appeared to take out some of his frustration on a heckler in the crowd. 

Videotape shows Thomas, who scored 19 points in the Wizards’ 121-102 victory, threatening a fan who was taunting him. ““I will f–k you up and you know that,” he said. 

The All-Star point guard is averaging 25.6 points per game this season. His 53 points lead the Celtics to a thrilling overtime victory in Game 2. 

Game 5 of the series takes place Wednesday in Boston. The home team has won every contest in the series so far.  

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Blog Author: 
Alex Reimer

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Members of the 2008 Celtics team slammed Ray Allen Monday in a joint appearance on Kevin Garnett’s “Area 21” segment on TNT, telling viewers they still feel betrayed over Allen&#

Members of the 2008 Celtics team slammed Ray Allen Monday in a joint appearance on Kevin Garnett’s “Area 51” segment on TNT, telling viewers they still feel betrayed over Allen’s decision to sign with the Heat in free agency. 

On Tuesday, Allen responded. Well, kind of. 

The future Hall of Famer posted a picture to Facebook that shows him bodying up Rajon Rondo –– the teammate who reportedly holds the most animosity against Allen. Above the picture, Allen says it’s important to “push limits.”

Allen’s ex-teammates were a lot more direct about the falling out Monday. Garnett inferred he no longer considers the 10-time All-Star to be a true Celtic. 

“Everybody’s asking us, ‘Where’s Ray?’ People don’t understand that this is real life for us,” he said. “The situation with Ray is very sensitive. I think that when we all talked about doing this reunion tour, we were talking about guys who we consider loyal and part of this group. Just being honest, my two cents, when Ray decided to go to the Heat, I felt like he moved on. And he went to pursue another ring, he got another ring, shouts to him. And that’s it. There was no other Wizards, it wasn’t no other Spurs, it wasn’t no other Heat. It was all Celtics invited to this.” 

Paul Pierce was perhaps the most poignant, saying Allen didn’t even alert them he was leaving town. 

“I was initially hurt by the whole way everything went down. … I thought we formed a brotherhood here in Boston. Just how we carried ourselves, not only on the court, but off the court,” he said. “And I just figured if it was me leaving or KG leaving, then I would have been like, ‘Rondo, Perk, Baby, this is what I’ve been thinking about.’ That’s what I was hurt by when Ray didn’t just at least give us a heads-up about it.”

Allen won his second championship when the Heat bested the Spurs in the 2013 NBA Finals. He nailed a game-tying three-pointer with 5.2 seconds remaining in Game 6, which saved Miami’s title chances. 

The Celtics finished 41-40 that year and lost a first-round series to the Knicks. It was Garnett and Pierce’s final season in Boston. 

 

Blog Author: 
Alex Reimer

Al Horford’s sister continues to defend the honor of her brother’s team in the most incendiary manner possible. 

On an episode of the “Uninterrupted” podcast, Warriors forward Draymond Green called out Kelly Olynyk when discussing his skirmish in Game 3 with Wizards forward Kelly Oubre Jr.

“He’s dirty. Dirty player,” Green said. “Man, I don’t respect guys like that. I know he’s not like the greatest basketball player of all-time so maybe he feel like he’s gotta do like that. Just dirty. I don’t respect that, man. He’s dirty.”

Anna Horford, a prolific and hilariously vulgar tweeter, alluded to the irony of Green calling somebody else a “dirty player.” Last postseason, Draymond Green kicked both Thunder center Steven Adams and LeBron James in the testicles. 

It’s been an active few days on Twitter for Horford, who passive aggressively called out Brad Stevens in the midst of the Wizards’ 26-0 run Sunday in Game 4. It appears as if Horford thinks the coach should’ve called for a timeout at the beginning of the run, opposed to waiting until his team was already trailing by double digits. 

While that’s quite the subtweet, Anna Horford’s best moment on Twitter remains when she told Michael Felger to “f*** right off” after he criticized Al Horford for skipping a November regular season game to see the birth of his child. 

Blog Author: 
Alex Reimer

It appears Kelly Olynyk isn’t getting the best reputation around the league.

Olynyk and Wizards forward Kelly Oubre Jr. have been going at it all series. Oubre Jr. said Olynyk has repeatedly hit him in the head while setting screens and then during Game 3, Oubre charged at Olynyk, knocking him to the floor.

He was ejected and suspended for Game 4.

Kelly Olynyk has been called out for being a dirty player. (Kelley L Cox/USA Today Sports)

Kelly Olynyk has been called out for being a dirty player. (Kelley L Cox/USA Today Sports)

It appears Kelly Olynyk isn’t getting the best reputation around the league.

Olynyk and Wizards forward Kelly Oubre Jr. have been going at it all series. Oubre Jr. said Olynyk has repeatedly hit him in the head while setting screens and then during Game 3, Oubre charged at Olynyk, knocking him to the floor.

He was ejected and suspended for Game 4.

This has led to some across the league considering Olynyk a dirty player, including Draymond Green.

Appearing on ESPN’s Uninterupted podcast, Green called Olynyk out.

“He’s dirty. Dirty player,” Green said. “Man, I don’t respect guys like that. I know he’s not like the greatest basketball player of all-time so maybe he feel like he’s gotta do like that. Just dirty. I don’t respect that, man. He’s dirty.”

The Celtics and Wizards are tied at two and will play Game 5 Wednesday night.

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WEEI

Well, give the Celtics this much: They waited a full half before they allowed the Wizards to crush them. 

Playoff caliber teams can get embarrassed every once in a while but what’s happening to the Celtics is inexcusable in any context. 

May 7, 2017; Washington, DC, USA; Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas (4) shoots as Washington Wizards forward Otto Porter Jr. (22) and center Marcin Gortat (13) defend during the first quarter in game four of the second round of the 2017 NBA Playoffs at Verizon Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Isaiah Thomas shoots as Washington Wizards forward Otto Porter Jr. (22) and center Marcin Gortat (13) defend during the first quarter in game four of the second round of the 2017 NBA Playoffs at Verizon Center. (Brad Mills/USA Today Sports)

Well, give the Celtics this much: They waited a full half before they allowed the Wizards to crush them. 

Playoff caliber teams can get embarrassed every once in a while but what’s happening to the Celtics is inexcusable in any context. 

Three days after allowing a 22-0 spurt that allowed Washington to blow them out of the building, the Celtics outdid themselves, permitting the Wizards to score 26 straight points in an epic playoff meltdown.  

The Celtics lost Game 4 to the Wizards, 121-102, Sunday night at the Verizon Center. The Celtics lost a game because they quit in an embarrassing third quarter display. The Celtics lost a game in which they were outscored 58-20 after building a mirage of hope with a 40-28 second-quarter lead. 

The series is tied at 2-2 and the Celtics are lucky to be that close after allowing a 16-0 spurt to open the series in Game 1 and a 39-17 explosion by the Wizards in the first quarter of Game 2. Game 5 is set for Wednesday night in Boston. Game 6 will be Friday night back in Washington. 

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. Not quite the way it turned out. 

The Wizards again outclassed and embarrassed the Celtics on the glass and in the paint. The Wizards got into the paint with almost no resistance and despite starting Amir Johnson, there was zero presence on the glass. The Wizards outrebounded the Celtics, 45-31 and outscored Boston, 56-38, in the paint.  

“You guys are good. I didn’t think you’d be this good but let’s keep this up,” Wizards coach Scott Brooks told his team after they outscored Boston 42-20 in the third quarter. The Celtics self-destructed with nine turnovers in the third quarter, leading to 21 Wizards points, one more than the Celtics scored the entire period. 

The Wizards broke out to another fast start with an 8-0 run to start the game. But the Celtics took Washington’s punch this time and didn’t wait until the end of the first quarter to respond. 

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Isaiah Thomas connected on his first three 3-pointers while Al Horford had four assists and a block in the first eight minutes. Jae Crowder provided the toughness on the glass with four rebounds. 

Amir Johnson got his second start of the series and quickly picked up two fouls in the first five minutes. He also surrendered a pair of offensive rebounds to Marcin Gortat and was getting overwhelmed in the paint. 

After Washington got off another big start, the Celtics started coming back quickly. An 8-0 run put the Celtics ahead 20-15. 

Kelly Olynyk, fresh from his controversial appearance in Game 3, made his debut with two minutes left in the opening quarter. He was loudly booed every time he touched the ball, including a missed three with a minute left in the first quarter. 

Tomas Satoransky filled in for the suspended Kelly Oubre while another reserve, Ian Mahinmi tripped Olynyk with 27.2 seconds left in the first quarter. Olynyk missed his first free throw but converted his second, as Boston took a 24-20 lead in the second quarter, their first winning first quarter of the series. They had been outscored by 49 points in the previous three first quarters. 

Thomas continued his blistering shooting from deep to open the second quarter, hitting his first two from beyond the arc, building Boston’s lead to 30-20, forcing a timeout from Wizards coach Scott Brooks. While Thomas connected on his first first five threes, John Wall missed his first nine shots from the floor. 

Thomas scored 17 of his 19 points in the first half and didn’t get to the free throw line all night, as he came out of the game with just over six minutes left in the fourth quarter. 

Bradley Beal’s three ended Boston’s 10-0 run that put the Celtics in command of the game. The Celtics started the game hitting seven of their first 11 from 3-point range. Horford nailed a straightaway three to put Boston up, 40-28, with seven minutes left in the first half. 

Wall connected on his first field goal, a three with six minutes left in the second quarter, to cap a 9-0 run and draw the Wizards within five, 40-35. Wall continued warming up has he hit a pair of field goals to help close the Wizards within three, 42-39, as the only basket in the 11-2 Wizards run was a Bradley dunk. 

A pair of Porter free throws followed by a Wall layup gave the Wizards a 45-44 lead. After a Horford put-back, Wall hit a three for a 48-46 Washington lead. Horford put in a layup for a 48-48 tie and then Marcin Gortat blew a layup at the buzzer as the Wizards closed the half on a 20-6 run to get back in the game. 

Amir Johnson started the second half and gave the Celtics an immediate boost by scoring the first five points, putting the Celtics ahead, 53-48. Johnson’s three from the right corner with 11:10 left in the third would be the last meaningful Celtics field goal of the game. Boston went the next 6 minutes, 49 seconds without scoring a field goal. 

The bottom fell out as Washington scored the next 26 points to effectively seal the game and ensure there will be at least two more games in the series. 

All this means that the Celtics and Wizards will be battling each other while the Cleveland Cavaliers await the winner in the Eastern Conference finals. The Cavaliers swept the Raptors Sunday in Toronto, advancing to the conference finals for a fourth straight season. 

The Celtics do have home court advantage in this series, which is now a best-of-3. But if Games 3 and 4 are any indication, it won’t matter much. 

Blog Author: 
Mike Petraglia

maxresdefaultThe Wizards played with a lot of effort in Game 3, they played harder than the Celtics and it was the best Brad Stevens had seen from Washington throughout their best-of-7 series.

When asked why the Wizards were able to get out to such a large lead in Thursday’s 116-89 loss at the Verizon Center Stevens pointed to Washington’s hustle as the biggest reason while reminding the media that the C’s are facing a very good team.

“They’re just a really good, talented group, whether it’s the first quarter, last quarter, whatever — it’s a group that has a lot of options,” Stevens said. “They’ve tried to post us with a variety of guys. And then Gortat, you know, Gortat’s a guy with his ability to play in seams as a passer but also roll to the rim or seal you up the lane and make lobs to the rim– makes a lot of good plays for them. Very versatile, deep offensive lineup and then you know, I thought defensively the other night they were great.” 

Isaiah Thomas, who finished with 13 points in Game 3, credited the Wizards’ defense in their double and triple teaming coverage as a catalyst to his poor scoring night. However, when Stevens was asked about how will the Celtics adjust in making sure Thomas gets better looks in Game 4, he said it was the effort by Washington that made the biggest difference. And if the Celtics want to head to Boston for Game 5 with a 3-1 lead, they’re going to need to match that hustle.

“The thing that I saw that they did the other day — obviously they put a lot of attention on Isaiah as every team that we play does but the thing I saw is they did it really hard,” Stevens explained. “They were playing exceptionally hard and that’s the deal. It’s not how many guys, it’s how hard those guys are playing and that’s a credit to them. But Isaiah’s played against doubles and triples and all that other stuff all year and we just all have to be better. And that’s everybody on the roster, on the bench, on the coaching staff, we all have to do a better job of helping each other in those moments. Again, credit Washington. They played really well and they played really hard, much harder than we did.”

The tension between these two teams boiled over in what was a technical-foul filled Game 3. There were eight technical fouls, and three ejections total. Wizards head coach Scott Brooks and Stevens were each handed a technical foul.

Physicality has certainly played a part in this series. But Stevens believes it’s an important part of the game, according to him it’s a trait that’s within every good team. However, there is a line — one that has been increasingly thinning throughout the series.

Is Stevens concerned that tensions will boil over again in Game 4?

“I think there’s a certain physicality that you have to play with that all good teams play with and at the same time there’s a line that can’t be crossed,” Stevens said. “That’s not one guy. That’s every guy on both teams. But no, I’m not worried about that from this standpoint.”

Amir Johnson will start

After going with Gerald Green in starting lineup in Game 1 and 3, Stevens is going back to the starting five that got him a win in Game 2. Amir Johnson will get the nod in Game 4 alongside Al Horford and Jae Crowder in the front court with Avery Bradley and Thomas in the back.

Blog Author: 
Josue Pavon