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Wall nails game winner to quiet Celtics' funeral talk

16 Mai 2017

As a team, the Wizards shot 43 percent from the field and just five of 24 from the three-point line but with the season on the line, Wall drained the game-winning three with just 3.5 seconds left on the clock to force the series into a dramatic Game 7.

Despite all this, give me the fourth-seeded Washington Wizards at 9-to-5 tonight against the top-seeded Boston Celtics in Game 7 of their Eastern Conference semifinal. It would still be crushing, but if the Celtics go out, move the ball well, don't turn the ball over and just happen to miss all of their open shots, then they can go home miserable, but at least know that they did everything to be in the best possible position to succeed. This is the fifth time Washington has been to the second round during that stretch, but this is the first time in those series they have made it seven games. Both teams will have two days of rest and to prepare for Game 7, the most deciding game of the series.

The Wizards pulled level at 3-3 in their best-of-seven Eastern Conference second round series with the victory, setting up Monday's deciding seventh contest at Boston.

Including the regular season, the teams are 10-0 at home in games against each other. By reaching Game 7 of the second round they have already gone further than any Wizards or Bullets team since that season. "Seems like it was meant to be". But the guy who was consistently the best guard for most of the game was Bradley, who scored 27 points while being the primary defender who kept Wall bottled up most of the night. Beal led all scorers with 33 points to go with 5 assists. This series has seen it all: a suspension-inducing shoving match, a 50-point game from Isaiah Thomas, and a clutch game-winning three-pointer from John Wall.

"I don't believe in pressure", Thomas told the media following Sunday's practice, via WEEI. The final period was tight throughout, featuring six ties and nine lead changes. In addition to Game 7 on Monday, the draft lottery in which the Celtics will receive no worse than the fourth pick via the Brooklyn Nets is Tuesday, ahead of what they hope will be Game 1 of the conference finals against the champion Cavaliers. "Couldn't finish it. We can't dwell on this".

The four-time All-Star started slow, missing 11 of 12 field goals before hitting three in a row in the third. "We have nothing to hold our heads down about, we're going to take a few days to figure out our adjustments and win Game 7". You can't dwell on it too long, or it can roll over into Game 7. The Wizards as a whole started 1 for 15 from beyond the arc.

Game 1 was played the day after the funeral of Thomas' sister, Chyna, who was killed in a auto accident in mid-April in their home state of Washington. Here's the one reason why I think Colin Cowherd has missed it since Day 1: Go ask his teammates what John Wall is all about. Being linked with Cleveland is meaningless when you consider the Wizards haven't been to a conference final since 1979.

"Everybody knew [the extra second came off] in the gym", Celtics forward Jae Crowder said.

"I thought it was going in". The team is giving up 125 points per game in Boston, compared to 94 points per game in Washington. "Makes me look thin, right?"