Toronto Raptors Kyle Lowry 'doubtful' for Game 4

Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas drives on Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal during the second half in Game 3 of a second-round NBA playoff series basketball game Thursday

Cavaliers: Cleveland has swept its opponent all nine times it has taken a 3-0 series lead.

- One game into the playoffs, Paul Millsap said his Atlanta Hawks were playing basketball while the Washington Wizards were "playing MMA".

And with the Wizards victory, we now have a 2-2 series with Games 5 and 6 in Boston and Washington on Wednesday and Friday, respectively. Washington scored the game's next 24 points to take control of the game.

The Celtics do not want to give the Wizards the confidence they need to win on the road, because coming out of this 2-2 means that the Celtics have no more margin for error. "As long as we win, we don't care how it goes". Being a shot away from splitting in Boston gives the Wizards confidence they can win there. If they manage to tie the series up, they will be comfortable with exactly where they are, the same can not be said about Boston.

Oubre, the 15th overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, averaged 6.3 points and 3.3 rebounds in 20.3 minutes per game during the regular season.




Oubre's actions could lead to a suspension for Game 4 Sunday, but the Wizards aren't backing down against a Boston team that's up 2-1 and also seems to be willing to engage in physicality.

"It's on us to let this sink in and understand we gotta come back better, individual and team-wise", DeRozan said.

"I understand all the stories of the past and I understand they've gotta talk about something with three days in between games". Even as Thomas complained about a discrepancy in fouls, coach Brad Stevens knows Boston has to combat Washington in more ways than just matching one hard foul for another. Another performance like that brings them right back to where they were when they couldn't solve the Bulls, and it will be a lot harder to turn things around against the Wizards. The Celtics have always been able to bounce back from very bad performances, but this will be their biggest test. The tension in this series just adds another layer to the confidence winning this builds up, but the Celtics have embraced that environment all season long. The Celtics looked and played like a defeated team, as if they had done all they could but it wasn't enough. The Celtics can not afford to throw away two games like they did against the Bulls, making this the most important game in the Brad Stevens era. "If you'd seen the clips of our transition D you would have traded all the players and fired me at the end of the game".

That six-minute stretch busted the game open and Washington tied the second-round series at two games apiece.

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