The Celtics and Wizards have played nine times this year, and the home team have won all nine games.
Just in case a particular slice of National Basketball Association history was unbeknown, every media outlet has blasted it ever since Washington evened matters with the Celtics: The victor of Game 5 in a 2-2 series proceeds to win the series 83 percent of the time. Thomas was held to just 18 points in Game 5, but he also had nine assists and three rebounds.
The Boston Celtics can advance to their first conference final since the 2011-12 season with a victory here. The Wizards 3-point shooting has been a problem in the playoffs, with the team down at 32 percent through 11 playoff games after hitting 37 percent during the regular season.
"People don't realize he's guarding the best players pretty much all the time", Horford said.
The victor of this best-of-seven series will get to try their luck against a well-rested Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2017 Eastern Conference Finals. Because even if they can't close things out Friday, they'll get to host Game 7 on Monday, an advantage they earned by finishing with the No. 1 seed. "It started with the focus", Wizards Coach Scott Brooks told reporters.
"That's been analyzed and studied since the game was invented. The home court, you always have a comfort level". Just happens. I don't really know the real reason. I think that'll definitely carry over. They've lost all four games in D.C. during the regular season and postseason by 15 or more points, so they must set the tone tonight from the get-go.
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"He's a great defender, and has a knack for the ball", Wizards guard Bradley Beal said of Bradley. "But I feel like every player should respect this game".
The social media person is likely getting some pats on the back today for this troll job but Crowder basically handed them this material. "We knew that they were going to come out aggressive and they did". "We're a team, and it's going to take a team effort to be able to beat the Washington Wizards". "On both ends of the floor, offensively and defensively, he did it all, and we need that from him". "You've got to get back and not compound that miss with a defensive lapse".
It took way too long, but the Celtics got a strong performance from their starting center, Amir Johnson, which all but guarantees he'll get the start for Game 6. Unlike the Wizards, the Celtics fortunately showed up in-front of a wild T.D Garden crowd to take a 3-2 series lead. That's what Stevens changed for Thomas in Game 6 - allowing him to play both parts of the pick-and-roll.
NEED TO KNOW: This series has been filled with one big run after another.
Boston followed that defeat with a 121-102 loss as a five-point underdog in Game 4, extending the club's current run when pegged as a road underdog of five or more points during the postseason to a dismal 2-17 SU and 7-12 ATS, according to the OddsShark NBA Database. Otto Porter Jr.is the third double-digit scorer and Markieff Morris is grabbing 5.6 rebounds. But rather than preventing a layup or dunk, he pauses at the free throw line to prevent Thomas from pulling-up from the 3-point line. "When you're as good as Brad", Brooks said, "there's going to be extra attention on you". Add in the fact that they have been able to get under the Celtics skin over the last two seasons, and you can see why the C's have struggled at times. Avery Bradley scored a playoff career-high 29 points to lead the Celtics. In Game 6, however, Thomas did much more to create offense than just moving the ball when doing so was the right play.
PRESSURE IS ON: The Wizards, of course. The Wizards are a completely different team at home and the road team has yet to win a game between these two clubs this season.
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