Watch Game 5 Of The NBA Playoffs Online
- Author: Julie Sanders May 11, 2017,
May 11, 2017, 21:07
The Celtics may not have another career night as a team, but if they play the same way and control the game the way they do, they will get into the position they need to move onto the Eastern Conference Finals.
Green scored seven of his 16 points in overtime, helping San Antonio top James Harden and the Houston Rockets 110-107 on Tuesday night to take a 3-2 lead in their second-round playoff series.
Washington has won its two games in the nations capital by an average of 23 points. Can Boston get the win at home or will the Wizards get an upset on the road?
They forced turnovers on the first two possessions, but still couldn't find a rhythm on offense.
Some of the early transition points were on Celtics leak outs, but as a team, you have to be faster to react.
The last two games featured the sight of Isaiah Thomas and Al Horford on the bench, sitting in stunned silence, watching as the Celtics were blown out of the building. "Our guards and bigs didn't do a grat job of getting back and they were just running out for layups and threes".
Boston's intensity and superior execution continued into the second quarter.
That's OK, though. The boos sure to come from Celtics fans keep him going.
For the Wizards, Kelly Oubre Jr. did his best to pester Thomas. The Wizards came in having won back-to-back playoff games by at least 15 points for the first time since 1978 and also having scored at least 110 points in five straight playoff games for the first time since 1971. Bradley scored 25 points in the first half. 25! He had more pointed than John Wall and Bradley Beal combined. "Coach made great adjustments, and we took what was off the white board and put it on the court, and we've just got to do that on Friday", added Thomas.
The Celtics did everything they didn't do in Washington.
The Celtics could do no wrong as illustrated by Crowder scooping up a bad pass from Thomas and banking in a three-pointer to make it 48-26. Avery Bradley had a technical foul on him after he didn't like an out of bounds call in favor of the Wizards. Either way, that didn't put a damper on his scoring. But on Wednesday, he led all scorers with 29 points.
"We had those guys pretty much held the last two games". The half ended with Boston leading, 67-51. His 29 - he rested in the fourth quarter and logged just 30:27 overall - left him one point shy of becoming the first Celtic other than Thomas to score 30 in game since Bradley on October 29 - the third game of the season. Thomas finished with 18 points and nine assists. He was the key to this game on both ends of the floor - offensively, defensively. With a little over four minutes to go, both teams mostly subbed out their current lineups to give their starters a rest in a game that was already over.
In truth, the Wizards treated Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals as if it were another one on the schedule. Washington used a 22-0 first-quarter run in Game 3 to break open a 12-12 tie and cruise to an easy win.