That's the Tooth: Celtics guard Thomas has more dental work

Desperate after losing two games in Boston that they could have won, the Wizards made sure the Celtics couldn't rally, mustering a first quarter 22-0 run and managed to protect the hard earned lead. Memphis coach David Fizdale was fined $30,000 for criticizing the officials with his memorable "Take that for data" rant during a first-round series against San Antonio, while Houston owner Leslie Alexander was hit with a $100,000 fine for confronting a referee during a first-round game against Oklahoma City.

Game 5 is Wednesday night in Boston. Washington's philosophy against the Celtics is as simple as can be - force turnovers and run in the other direction - and the Celtics are absolutely, positively helpless to stop it because they simply cannot keep up.

"Not saying that's the reason that we lost", Thomas continued. Washington would go on a 26-0 run over five minutes and 59 seconds, forcing six Celtics turnovers and making 10 of their 13 shots. Yes, with the backcourt duo of John Wall and Bradley Beal the Wizards like to get out in transition, but they've also showed a willingness - maybe even an eagerness - to physically mix it up. Washington is one of the best fast break teams in the NBA, so it is extremely important to take care of the basketball on offense. If we are getting the right shots and are missing, just continue to shoot.

Isaiah Thomas' mouth is bearing the brunt of the physical playoff series between the Celtics and Wizards. Boston coach Brad Stevens and Wizards coach Scott Brooks were hit with technical fouls. The Rockets had been killed on the offensive glass the last couple games and that slowed down their attack.

Gortat had 13 points and 16 rebounds as Washington won the battle of the boards 50-38.

"It was all our defense", Beal said of the decisive run.

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High-risk pools could fill up fast with patients who have a lapse in coverage. "All to pay for a major tax cut for millionaires". Last month when this came up, the Congressional Budget Office said it would cost 24 million Americans their insurance.

After the Celtics jumped out to a 2-0 series lead, there were talks of Boston rolling to a long-awaited Eastern Conference Finals clash with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

"They played harder than us, and things were going their way", said Boston's Terry Rozier. "We've got options, we can move some people around".

Thomas failed to earn a free throw attempt only three times during the regular season, and two of those were in huge blowout wins that allowed him to sit the entire fourth quarter.

Not having Oubre shouldn't matter too much, as he didn't log big minutes in Game 3 and has had a poor series. "So if we go out there and play like that, I think we'll get the wins".

"We can't have that on the road", said Thomas who added, "but I cannot allow to be held and grabbed on every pin-down, every screen and I don't even shoot one free throw". It was still a tied game [and] we just came out in the third quarter with a better mindset that everything was going to stem from the defensive end.

Thomas is averaging 25.6 points, 5.6 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 1.1 steals in 35.2 minutes per game in the playoffs. To avenge Kelly Oubre Jr., who was suspended for charging into Boston's Kelly Olynyk in Game 3, the crowd lustily booed Olynyk every time he touched the ball. Fans chanted "Kelly Oubre!" on a few occasions as Olynyk finished 5 of 9 for 14 points. Both know their roles and do it well as they have recorded career-highs in field goal- and three-point percentage.


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