Isaiah Thomas complains about referees after Game 4

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"We feel like we can win there, we know we can".

"I guess that's playoff basketball", said Thomas, who was held to 13 points after scoring 53 in Game 2.

Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving (2) is fouled by Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan (10) as Raptors guard Cory Joseph (6) reaches in during the second half of Game 4 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series in Toronto, Sunday, May 7, 2017. The Rockets' 3-point shooting, a hallmark of their success in the regular season, got back on track Sunday when they made 19 of 43, led by six from Gordon.

"We don't like them and they don't like us", Boston's All-Star guard stated bluntly.

A symbol of the rough-and-tumble play, Thomas needed to have his dental work adjusted at halftime but missed only the first 1:40 of the third quarter.

"It was all our defense".

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Both teams came out aggressive in Game 3, racking up a total of eight technical fouls and three ejections. Green checked in during Boston's disastrous third quarter. We were able to force a lot of turnovers. "On top of that, we converted". The latest charged matchup included 52 personal fouls, eight technical fouls and Washington's Kelly Oubre Jr. getting ejected in the first half for a Flagrant 2 foul.

Thomas had no answers.

"They were very physical". "But I can't be allowed to be held and grabbed every pin-down, every screen. 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.

Every game - every possession - becomes a battle for respect, recognition, and the right to say that they shut the other up and put them back in their irrelevant place.

If Olynyk isn't knocking down three-point shots (0-for-4), he's a major liability.

Jae Crowder and Avery Bradley each shot 2-for-9. The Celtics lost a game because they quit in an embarrassing third quarter display. At the end of the day, if he's got three players around him, how can you make a pass?

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WinnersView.com brings stories and statistics together to make you smarter about the sports and games you love. "We've got options, we can move some people around". "For whatever reason, today guys had their heads down after missing a few shots".

So weird, in fact, that Thomas' postgame comments were critical of how the game was officiated.

Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas (4) guards against Washington Wizards forward Otto Porter Jr.

Celtics boss Danny Ainge was seen talking to him after the game, and I doubt he was telling the story of when Tree Rollins bit him.

Thomas' off-balance rainbows didn't hit the mark. Based on how the Wizards carved up the Boston Celtics in consecutive wins, Washington is doing just that. By keeping their hands up rather than outward, they didn't get whistles going against them. Thomas had four fouls as he was exploited again on post-ups trying to defend anyone bigger than him.

The first quarter of Game 4 could dictate where this game eventually ends up. I suppose it didn't hurt since they won Game 3 by 27 points and it felt like 57. "Shoving, pushing, trash-talking", Marcin Gortat said. They're minus-26 rebounding after being manhandled 45-31 Sunday. He is ready for a minor league game or two before finally making his first start for the big club this season, and if he can return to form it will greatly bolster the starting five. "We have to bring the same defensive intensity that we had the two games that we had here because when we played there we didn't play great defense and we still had a chance to win those games".

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