For the past month-plus, the Cavs had been struggling and their meeting with the Celtics in Boston, with the top seed in the Eastern Conference on the line, was supposed to be a barometer of their vulnerability en route to the NBA Finals. Cleveland lit up IN and Toronto from deep (NBA-best 43 percent through eight games), but expect the Cavs to struggle at times IN the series from downtown.
The Boston Celtics finally got the job done as they won their series decider with the Washington Wizards to advance to the National Basketball Association play-off conference finals.
John Wall says Wizards season wasn't "satisfying" after Game 7 loss vs. Celtics: Wall was likely disappointed with his own performance during Game 7 considering he shot just 8-of-23 from the field and 1-of-8 from three-point range on his way to 18 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds.
After strong finish to the third, Boston continued its strong play in the fourth with a 9-2 run to start the quarter which put them ahead 94-81, their largest lead of the game.
The Celtics defeated the Washington Wizards in a physical Game 7 Monday night. Celtics forward Al Horford appears to be coming along with his new team, now averaging 16.2 points, 7.6 rebounds and 5.8 assists per game in the postseason. LeBron James, always a terror when playing in Boston, was especially impressive: 36 points on 14-for-22 shooting, 10 rebounds and six assists.
Despite Boston's success, Cleveland had their way with the Celtics in the regular season. The Cavs are well-rested and it will be an uphill battle for either the Celtics or the Wizards, without much chance of them moving on. "We tried to score a little bit but we just lost our composure and they picked us apart".
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Boston won the only game of the season series, 103-99, after Deron Williams missed a potential game-winning shot in his debut with the Cavaliers. "But at this point anything can happen", Thomas said.
The Cavaliers arrive in the conference finals eager to defend their conference title and get back to their presumed matchup against the Warriors. They didn't give us a chance when we were down 2-0 to Chicago.
The game's turning point came in the third quarter when Washington pulled ahead by 70-64 and seemingly were on track to increase the lead when Jae Crowder was called for an offensive foul and immediately pounded the ball into the parquet, a clear sign of his frustration. We got the No. 1 seed, and they didn't give us a chance.
Even with the Wizards defense zeroed on him, Thomas acquitted himself well, finishing with 29 points while setting up teammates with 12 assists. Thomas had to visit the dentist after injuring at least three teeth in Game 1 against Washington, and the Celtics are only advancing after their defenders contained John Wall in Game 7.
I talked to him about this game, figuring he would speak about the need for the bench players to step up. And then Olynyk took the Celtics home. The Celtics were red-hot and looking to take control of the Eastern Conference.
The 2 teams last met in the conference finals in 1976 when the Celtics prevailed 4-2.
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