After the Wizards trounced the Hawks in Game 1 of their NBA playoff series, Washington players complained about the physical nature of the game.
The difference in the game was we were playing basketball and they were playing MMA, Hawks forward Paul Millsap said Sunday.
Well, Millsap better get used to it because the Wizards are planning on bringing it again. Speaking Wednesday during the team’s shootaround, Markieff Morris promised to play physical again, and indicated it’s going to be even worse than the first game.
I guess if that’s MMA, then what we do next might be double MMA, Morris said, via the Washington Post.
While Wall didn’t shoot the ball particularly well, the Washington offense ran through him with 14 assists. He also scored the game-sealing shot, a 21-foot jumper with 47 seconds remaining. Wall’s bucket answered a basket by Atlanta’s Dennis Schroder that brought the Hawks within 101-99. Schroder scored a game-high 29 points and had 11 assists.
Isaiah Thomas had 24 points for the Celtics, but so did backcourt mate Avery Bradley, who was 11 of 19 from the floor while Thomas struggled, going 6 for 17 and just 1 of 1 from 3-point range. Bradley picked up the slack and was a huge reason the Celtics were able to wrestle control of the series.
Bulls guard Jimmy Butler had just 14 points on 6-of-15 shooting and Chicago was minus-11 with Butler on the floor. Butler also went to the free-throw line just once and missed his only attempt.
Game 6: Raptors at Bucks, 7 p.m. ET (Raptors lead series 3-2) — The young Bucks will look to stave off elimination at home to force a Game 7 back in Toronto. Milwaukee has been extremely inconsistent and the offense has not been good since blowing out the Raptors in a Game 3 victory at Bradley Center. The winner of the series will get the well-rested Cavaliers in the second round.