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The Celtics got demolished in an important Game 4 on the road in Washington, 121-102. After a back-and-forth first half that saw the teams at a dead even tie going into halftime, the Wizards came out and ran the Celtics off the court with a 26-0 run in the third quarter that was the catalyst behind winning the game and tying the series up.

Boston started slow out the gates once again in the first quarter as Washington started the game on a 8-0 run, however tides quickly switched towards the Celts as they found their offense. Thomas got hot early from downtown as he went 5/6 from three point range in the first half and propelled the Celtics to a 24-20 1st quarter lead. John Wall struggled early in the game but battled back in the 2nd quarter and put up 14 points after a 0-9 1st period to put Washington at a dead even tie with Boston at halftime, 48-48.

Coming out of halftime, things looked promising for the Celtics for about maybe the blink of an eye, as Amir Johnson hit a three and got a pair of free throws to put the Celtics up by 5, but from that point forward, the wheels fell of the wagon faster than anything I've ever seen. The Wizards proceeded to go on a 26-0 run and completely stole any momentum Boston had, and frankly shoved it down their throats. Isaiah Thomas was once again double teamed and forced to turn it over 6 times. John Wall, Bradley Beal, Markieff Morris and Otto Porter were the catalysts behind the run as their perimeter defense suffocated Boston and they just kept forcing the Celtics to give the ball up, almost as if they just didn't care about keeping the ball on offense.

Boston went 0-5 from the floor, 0-3 from three point range, 6 turnovers, 5 fouls, and 2 twenty-four second violations during the 26-0 run. To sum it up, it was just about the worst display and sequence of basketball you've ever seen in your life. By the end of the quarter, the Cs were down 90-68. Washington sat Wall and Beal to begin the fourth and Boston tried to get itself going on offense but nothing of consistency was sticking. It was a garbage time period for the most part. The only positives in the fourth quarter were Jaylen Brown and Terry Roziers' play.

Warning: Viewer discretion is advised for the statistics I'm about to display for the Celtics, it's all ugly.

Boston's highest scorer was Isaiah Thomas who led the Celts with 19 points, but only had two points in the entire 2nd half. Thomas also had 6 turnovers, and was joined by Avery Bradley who also had trouble handling the ball with 4 turnovers in the game. Kelly Olynyk had 14 points off the bench but was scoreless from three point land. Terry Rozier was the ONE lone bright spot for the Celtics with 16 points and 7 rebounds off the bench. For the Wizards, John Wall had an extremely aggressive game, especially on defense and ended with 27 points, 12 assists and 5 steals. Bradley Beal led the Wizards in scoring with 29 points on 11-16 shooting while Otto Porter contributed 18 points, 8 rebounds and 4 steals. Markieff Morris also stuffed the stat sheet with 16 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals. Washington starters outscored the Celtics starters' 96-48, and the Wiz out rebounded the Celts 45-31.

Welp, there's no other way to put this than to say the Celtics played pathetically and the effort to take care of the basketball was just not there. I know we overreacted last series with our two bad games against Chicago, but the Celtics haven't played well in MOST of this series. We have Game 5 on Wednesday night at 8pm in Boston but if there isn't a dramatic change in the pace of play, the Celts are gonna find themselves in a bevy of trouble. Here's hoping we turn things around because things do not look good right now.

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Kevin Yazhari 5/07/2017 09:03:00 PM Edit
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