A complaint about the big, bad Wizards being too physical?
Playing a day after 22-year-old sister Chyna Thomas was killed in a auto accident in their home state of Washington, Thomas led the Celtics with 33 points.
The Hawks looked poised to take control of the game in the second half when several key Wizards players fell into foul trouble.
They had to change because this game forced them to do so. Maybe they needed time to learn his system. It formed a foundation that the Wizards still relied on later in the game, when the offenses prospered.More news: United Airlines to testify over passenger scandal
"I thought Timmy's defense on [Beal] - I think the attention to detail, hopefully not getting screened [and] mixing up what he does on him - I thought Tim's defense was pretty good". What he saw made him smile: thousands of fans, some feverishly waving their white playoff towels and many screaming his name.
Wall and Beal did all the scoring, but Marcin Gortat did a lot of the busy work. However, the streak I would pay more attention to is the three straight wins the Wizards have over the Hawks this season.
The game swung wildly, particularly in the first half. Thanks to 23 points and almost 11 assists per game this year, Wall catapulted the Wizards to a 49-33 finish and spent a good portion of the year fighting for a top 3 seed in the conference. Morris scored 21 points, had seven rebounds and had four blocks. It was a dizzying exhibition of hustle on top of hustle, which led to highlight after highlight. I think this rotation gives the Hawks the best chance to win this series. On the flip side, Washington had 28 assists on their 45 field goals and had only 12 turnovers. How did the Wizards react after hearing Millsap's comments? "He's going to push the ball. Then again, it's a different year, but we just know that they're an experienced team".
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It's more than just collecting fast-break points, however. Jennings finished with five assists and Kelly Oubre Jr. had 11 points. Wall sped up the tempo in his own way.
"He's a franchise guy, with me, also on this team". The Wizards are just flowing off Wall, and that's when his creative genius creates back-to-back dunks for Morris and open jump shots.
Wall is cited by many as the fastest player in the entire National Basketball Association. His shot is smoother.
McCollum scored a playoff career-best 41 points and Lillard had 34, but the Warriors made the crucial big plays on both ends down the stretch with Portland playing without injured center Jusuf Nurkic. "I'm knocking down shots, and I was just being aggressive", he said. Wall had 32 of them to go along with nine rebounds and five assists in a game where he showed how much his skill set has developed since his early years with the organization. Brooks praised Morris for playing with "force all game long". Morris committed four fouls, but he could have been whistled for seven or eight.More news: Wells Fargo asks for $75M back
Off the court, All-Star forward Paul Millsap shook things up by dressing down the team when things looked especially bleak - a change of pace for the normally soft-spoken player. Perhaps it was a shock that the Wizards, who don't always bring the pain, employed a more rugged style.
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