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Boston Celtics shake off Washington Wizards to make National Basketball Association conference finals

18 Mai 2017

And just because there wasn't enough controversy heading into Game 7, it came out that the Celtics were robbed of 1.8 seconds during their final, futile possession of Game 6.

Though the Celtics are favoured on paper, the hungry Wizards team led by John Wall and Bradley Beal believes it has a shot to pull off the upset victory and disappoint thousands of fans in Boston. The Celtics won 115-105 to adva.

Olynyk, who entered the game averaging 8.3 points per game in the playoffs, exploded for 14 of his career playoff-high 26 points in the first 8:34 of the fourth quarter, joining Isaiah Thomas in the offensive charge that gave Boston the 4-3 series win.

BOSTON (AP) - Ever since the Boston Celtics broke up their Big Three in 2013, they've sat idly this time of year while LeBron James, Stephen Curry and Kawhi Leonard have battled for National Basketball Association championships.

Isaiah Thomas would not be stopped, either. Now it's time to see if they belong.

The Celtics need Thomas to be at his best against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the conference finals, and that includes scoring around 30 points per game and being a facilitator when the Cavs throw two or three defenders at him. Even Celtics guard Avery Bradley has remained healthy by not missing a single game for Boston in the playoffs.

The Wizards are trying to reach their first conference finals since 1979. The Cavs will host Games 3 and 4 on May 21 and 23.

The full schedule was released shortly after the Celtics advanced. They didn't give us a chance when we were down 2-0 to Chicago.

The Celtics' reserves scored 48 points to only five for the Wizards' bench, with Kelly Olynyk doing the majority of the damage. After consecutive series sweeps by the Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors there was a growing sense that this postseason would mostly consist of biding time until the Finals. No. 1-seeded Boston's 2017 playoff run is slightly similar to the 2015 No.1-seeded Atlanta Hawks run in the first two rounds of the postseason.

After registering a big fat goose egg scoring in Game 6, Porter bounced back nicely with 20 points on 6-for-10 shooting to go with 10 rebounds and a blocked shot.

"Kelly was the MVP tonight", Thomas said, "I'm definitely going to enjoy it until tomorrow".

The smallest player on the court came up biggest when his team needed it most, and the gangliest player on the court had the playoff game of his career. We outlasted them there. "Because I think it's important to clear your mind and get ready for preparation [on Saturday]".

The Celtics will have a 25 percent chance of landing the top pick, thanks to a trade that keeps paying off for them almost four years after they made it. I love the way he plays, I love the way he competes, and he's only gonna get better.

Boston's mettle has been tested.

But Washington also had 15 turnovers, leading to 17 of the Celtics' points.

But as the competition gets better, those defensive lapses become more pronounced.

"The only other way I can really process is I wish I would have played better", Wall said slowly. Washington got just a handful of points - all from Bojan Bogdanovic. It would also be LeBron James' seventh-straight Finals appearance, as he went with the Miami Heat from 2011-14.

"It's a joke that he said that", Thomas then said.

"They have a lot of guys that play physical defense, and others guys who space the floor and knock down shots", Wall said.

Boston Celtics shake off Washington Wizards to make National Basketball Association conference finals