Boston move one win away from Eastern Conference Finals
- Author: Julie Sanders May 14, 2017,
May 14, 2017, 6:31
This year, the Boston Celtics and the Washington Wizards have a total of nine playoff games at Boston, and the hometown team has won all nine. If the Celtics can advance past the Wizards, they will take home advantage into a Conference Finals series against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
What to Watch For Season on the Line The Wizards enter tonight's game trailing 3-2 in the series and will need a win to force a Game 7 and keep their season alive.
More hustle by Washington helped push Boston's turnover rate to 18 percent when it is on the road and the Wizards' points off turnovers per game to 25.5 in this series.
His playoff career-high 29 points were the largest factor in a 123-101 victory last night.
The Celtics guard had scored 53 points in game two and he had 19 points in game four.
Boston trailed 4-0 early in the opening minutes, but went on a 16-0 run in the first quarter to build a double-digit lead and never looked back en route to the Game 5 win. The score margin was "only" 12 points after the first quarter, but the tone was set and the Celtics kept it up for the rest of the night.
Oubre returned to action in Game 5 after serving a suspension in Game 4 for charging at the Celtics' Kelly Olynyk and knocking him to the ground by burying his forearm in the big man's chest in Game 3.
John Wall went for 40p-13a, but it wasn't quite enough as the Wizards fell 129-119 to the Celtics in an overtime thriller on Tuesday night in Boston.
The Celtics were able to close out a Bulls team that had lost Rajon Rondo and three straight games, but it certainly won't be that easy this time around against a healthy Wizards team looking for payback and one more flight back to Boston.
Three nights after he threatened to (expletive) up Marcin Gortat if the officials didn't start calling him for illegal picks, Avery Bradley widened his target. Horford, who of course spurned the Wizards this offseason, shot 8-9 for 19 points, with 6 rebounds, 7 assists, and 3 blocks.
Even though his team is averaging about 30 more points in Boston than in Washington during this series, Celtics coach Brad Stevens insisted that the venue isn't the most important factor in a game's outcome.
"They're going to do what they want to do".
"They told me they felt like it was going to be a big game for me", he confirmed.
"You just look at some of the data stuff that people come up with, and he's like the best player numbers-wise in the Chicago series".
"Just give him credit", said Washington star John Wall of Bradley.
Al Horford has been everything the Celtics wanted when they signed him to the ginormous contract over the offseason. It may come as a shock to you, but scoring the basketball consistently will more often times than not put you ahead. For one, in Game 4, the Celtics finished with only 10 fast break points.
"We have to be a defensive team tonight", Coach Scott Brooks said on Wednesday morning. The Wizard guards combined to go just 14-of-36 from the floor, two-of-seven from three-point range. Boston G Isaiah Thomas was fined $25,000 by the National Basketball Association for "directing inappropriate language toward a fan" in Washington during Game 4. The away team has been largely uncompetitive in nearly every contest, and the location of Game 6 might be the biggest factor when making a prediction for Friday night.