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. They now stand one win away from a date with the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals.
It was just announced that the Boston Celtics player was fined $25k for "directing inappropriate language" towards a Washington Wizards fan during last Thursday's playoff game. After going down 0-2 in the series, John Wall and the Wizards kicked the Celtics in the teeth to even things up in back-to-back blowout wins. Isaiah Thomas, the team's lone All-Star, played the role of facilitator Wednesday, attempting only 13 shots en route his 18 points and 9 assists. When Boston got back to TD Garden Wednesday night, it was as if the previous two games never happened, and Game 5 was essentially over with their 16-0 run in the first quarter. Washington used a 22-0 run in Game 3 and a 26-0 run in Game 4 to take control and win both of those games easily. Wednesday marked only the third time Bradley has scored 20 or more points in a playoff game.
The league press release said the incident in question occurred during Game 4 of a playoffs series between the Celtics and Wizards in Washington on Sunday.
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. "It started with the focus", Wizards Coach Scott Brooks told reporters.
Boston Celtics guard Avery Bradley (0) dunks the ball during the game. The Celtics also ran all over the Wizards, which resulted in bushels of points and mismatches when they couldn't score immediately.
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Oubre played one season at KU, then was drafted by the Wizards with the 15th overall pick in 2015. If Wizards gets the victory, the seventh game will happen, and the victor will face Cavaliers next Wednesday. The Wizards had double digit leads in both the first and second halves, but each time the Celtics were able to mount a comeback and eventually took command in the final few minutes of overtime. At the same time, saying anything negative to an National Basketball Association player in a blowout playoff game can set them off.
But as important as their individual performances were, it was their collective effort that was impressive and in what was the biggest game of the season for Boston, an absolute requirement for them to emerge with the win.
Game 5 of the Celtics vs. Wizards playoff series featured the return of Washington's Kelly Oubre, who was suspended earlier in the playoffs for shoving and knocking Kelly Olynyk to the floor. "So what I'm trying to do is give other guys space, create space for others and also be a good screen-setter".
What Thomas means by that is he knows how he can use the threat of his scoring to open up plays for others whether he has the ball in his hands or not. They want you dead. Boston has won its three home games by almost 15 points each. "You've got to be prepared for anything".
Brooks agreed, saying: "I thought we would come out better tonight".
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