Kelly Oubre has been suspended for Game 4 vs. Boston on Sunday for his altercation with Kelly Olynyk.
LeBron James scored 35 points, Kyrie Irving added 27 and the Cleveland Cavaliers completed a four-game sweep of Toronto, beating the Raptors 109-102 on Sunday to give James his seventh consecutive trip to the Eastern Conference Finals.
Escaping with a 3-1 series lead will put the team in a position that anyone would have loved heading into this series, but being tied 2-2 tells a completely different story. If you would like to discuss another topic, look for a relevant article.
"This series is going to be feisty", said Washington guard Brandon Jennings, who was ejected in the fourth quarter along with Boston's Terry Rozier for two double technical fouls. Ryan Anderson had 13 points (up from 2 in the previous game), and the Houston bench had 50 points, well ahead of the 10 last game.
Wizards: Improved to 5-0 at home in the playoffs. They also didn't slow the Rockets transition game. "But they were that intense, they were that focused and professional, and we were not".
Losing game four means that the Celtics can not afford to have another bad game, because losing home court would likely mean the end of this series. Being a shot away from splitting in Boston gives the Wizards confidence they can win there. "We're one of the best teams in the league at converting off turnovers". He became the first player in National Basketball Association history not drafted in the first round to score 50 or more points in a playoff game, when he dropped 53 against the Wizards in a Game 2 victory.
The Celtics have spoken about coming into this game as a must win, and that has a lot to do with how they lost game three. 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 Wizards feel as though they have figured out how to attack Isaiah Thomas, while the Celtics are still searching for answers to stop John Wall. He wants more foul calls as the series continues. 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. They will need to play better at home if the Spurs are to take control of this series again. They handled Millsap and Dwight Howard inside to beat the Hawks in six games, leading Wizards center Marcin Gortat to say facing the Celtics big men was "not even close" to that tough of a challenge.
Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving (2) goes up to shoot past Toronto Raptors guard Cory Joseph (6) during the second half of Game 4 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series in Toronto, Sunday, May 7, 2017.