Isaiah Thomas expressed his displeasure with the referees after the Celtics' loss in Game 3, saying they couldn't control the game. After a Game 4 loss in which he attempted zero free throws, Thomas again wasn't happy with the officiating.
In Thomas' view, the refs didn't call it evenly for both sides in either loss.
"I wasn't getting anything here," he said of the two games in D.C. "They were allowing them to be very physical with me coming off ball screens and on pindowns. All I'm saying is that when I tried to be physical with them on the other end, they were fouls. When guys went to the hole and got hit a little bit, they were fouls. When we went to the hole, especially myself, I'm hitting the ground and there's no calls.
“They were very physical. They were very physical. The refs were allowing them to hold and grab and do all of those things. I think, I mean, especially in that third quarter, I may have hit the ground five or six times. I'm not the one that likes hitting the ground, so like, I think it gotta be called differently. I'm not saying that's the reason why they lost. They went on a 26-0 run. We can't have that on the road, but I cannot allow to be held and grabbed every pin down, every screen and I don't even shoot one free-throw. I play the same way each and every night, that has to change."
Thomas said the referees are treating the playoff games differently than the regular season and that shouldn't be the case.
"It does get a little frustrating when you continue to play the same way and nothing is being called," he said. "The calls should definitely be a little more even after a season when I might have been in the top five in free throws. I play the same way each and every night."
Thomas had 19 points in the game, but only two in the second half. Not getting to the line clearly affected him, but overall the foul calls were pretty even. The Celtics shot 24 free throws and were called for 25 fouls, while the Wizards shot 27 from the line and had 22 fouls.