Boston Celtics guard, Isaiah Thomas, complained a physical Washington Wizards team.
Thomas, who starred in the first two games of the series, has struggled as the series moved to Washington. He only scored two points and attempted zero free throws in the second half of the Celtics Game Four 121-102 defeat on Sunday. Thomas complained that the referees were allowing the Wizards to be too physical with him.
“[The Wizards] were very physical. The refs were allowing them to hold and grab and do all those things,” said Thomas. “I think, especially in that third quarter, I might have hit the ground five or six straight times, and I’m not the one that likes hitting the ground. So I think it got to be called differently. I’m not saying that’s the reason we lost. They went on a 26-0 run, and we can’t have that on the road. But I can’t be allowed to be held and grabbed every pin-down, every screen. And I don’t shoot one free throw. I play the same way each and every night. So I think that has to change.”
The Wizards acknowledged that their strategy was to use their size to harass and limit the effectiveness of the small guard, Thomas.
“He’s a small guy, so at the end of the day, if you got three players around you, how can you make a pass?” asked Wizards forward, Markieff Morris. “How can you make a shot? It’s just basically what we’ve been doing, and just trying to get the ball out of his hands. Hopefully, the other guys miss shots like they’ve been doing.”