"We have to be better in our cuts, we have to play with a higher motor in our cuts, and we have to attack in some unique ways", Stevens added.
"I wanted to take the open shots that were there and make plays for guys, and that's what I tried to do tonight".
Those three pillars of success, more than anything, allowed Boston to assert control in the first quarter and never look back in handing the Wizards a 123-101 thumping in Game 5. Bradley has always been a leader and veteran of this team, but that has not been because of what he says publicly. "Tonight it happened to be me".
On a night when nearly everything went right for the Boston Celtics, Marcus Smart tested fate. "A guy like John Wall you're not gonna stop.He does a hell of a job on him. We want Oubre!" at times during the first quarter. Washington had a 16-0 spurt to start Game 1, a 22-0 run in Game 3 and 26-0 burst in Game 4.
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. The Celtics' guard finished with 18 points and nine assists but took just 13 shots. "You have to keep things simple.Defense is his specialty". He's also had three games in which he's recorded three or more steals. Look for him to bounce back and put up big numbers, forcing a deciding Game 7. For the Celtics, this win means a road loss in Game 6 in Washington D.C. doesn't carry with it the same must-win pressure. "That's really all you're looking for".
Brooks agreed, saying: "I thought we would come out better tonight". Horford is averaging 16.4 points, 5.6 assists and 6.8 rebounds, while Bradley is averaging 14.6 points, 2.4 assists and 4.4 rebounds per game.
Series: Celtics lead 3-2.
In every single game, the team with a positive margin in transition has gone on to win, a reality that has been particularly stark for Washington. Every team would love a two-way big man who can pass the hell out of the ball, pick-and-pop and hit some 3-pointers.
The Celtics scored 67 points through the first half. And they literally have nearly three guys on me and there's no way that I can keep going like that. "I think Al brings so much to this team". He is the flawless example of someone who lets his play on the court do the talking for him, and he let his results speak for themselves. He kept playing basketball. We'd be nowhere near where we are without him, and I don't think there's any player, coach, anybody that is around him day to day that doesn't understand and appreciate him. We (are) his brothers. Executing, stay poised. We know they might go on runs but we just gotta stick together because, at the end of the day, we're all we got. It's also harder to go on a run if Markieff Morris is in foul trouble. "You've got to get back and not compound that miss with a defensive lapse".
Oubre will receive a much warmer welcome when the Wizards return to the friendly confines of Verizon Center for Friday's Game 6.
NOTES: The Celtics had 33 assists on 46 baskets while committing only 11 turnovers. Their 2017 playoff low was 103 - in their Game 5 win over the Atlanta Hawks in the first round.
"That's one of the strengths of our team", said Bradley.
When asked about having the chance to close the series in Washington, Avery Bradley said: "It's a great opportunity to make the Eastern Conference finals and we've got to understand that". "I need to save my money.".
Before the fourth quarter, the scoreboard showed a smiling New England Patriots Coach Bill Belichick.
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