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May 3, 2017
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The animosity between Eastern Conference semifinal rivals the Boston Celtics and the Washington Wizards stretches back to a testy regular season meeting, where John Wall and Jae Crowder almost came to blows.

Fate seemed to have brought the two qualifying teams together in the second round of the playoffs, and it's safe to say, they're making the most of the opportunity so far in what is turning out to be a painful series.

One can say the feud was reignited when a tooth flew out of Boston's Isaiah Thomas, and Washington's Markieff Morris rolled his ankle after landing on Al Horford's foot in their first post-season encounter.

Just as he told reporters post-game, Morris asked Horford right before the Game 2 tip-off if he injured him on purpose, which escalated to more physicality later in the match.

Late in the opening quarter, Celtics big man Kelly Olynyk appeared to have reminded everyone of his unpleasant reputation (ask Kevin Love) during the playoffs, sliding under Wall after a transition play, which caused the latter to suffer a nasty fall.

Although it was Washington's Otto Porter who may have hurt the most and had the worst night, getting roughed up badly on separate occasions. The forward even had to head to the locker room after being on the receiving end of a couple of solid hits.

Caught in a verbal spat with Morris at one point during the game, Thomas made sure he had the last laugh and poured a playoff-high 53 points in his late sister's birthday, carrying Boston to a 129-119 overtime win, and more importantly, a commanding 2-0 lead against the Wizards.

 

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