They will host Game 1 against the defending National Basketball Association champion Cleveland Cavaliers tomorrow night. 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.
Kelly Olynyk scored 26 points from the bench as the Boston Celtics outmuscled the Washington Wizards 115-105 to clinch their Eastern Conference semi-final series on Monday. "I knew it wouldn't be easy at all", All-Star guard Thomas said.
"But what a special opportunity to get a chance to compete against them". "That's a tough team that we played seven tough games against and they can score". Teammate Bradley Beal was much more efficient with 38 points on 12-of-22 shooting. Well, Beal and Wall will have to conjure up more of what they were cooking in Game 6. They were beaten off the boards, 43-31, but Boston made more assists, 27-18.
"PESPTF00231-topic.html" class="local_link" Kelly Oubre Jr. for Game 4 of the playoff series against Boston on Sunday after he charged and knocked down Celtics center Kelly Olynyk during Game 3. These numbers are reminiscent of Russell Westbrook's horrifying fourth quarters against the Thunder, only with less scoring. He succeeded in getting John Wall to play like an All-NBA player. Wall couldn't do it all and Washington's terrible bench was his and the team's ultimate undoing.
Finally, the most important question, what are the Wizards going to be wearing? Cleveland won the last meeting between the two teams on April 5 in Boston.
While the Wizards are heading home, the Celtics now get to host the Cavaliers in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Wednesday night. The Celtics continued their dominance of the Wizards in Boston, beating Washington for the ninth straight time, dating to 2014.
"He was terrific", said Celtics head coach Brad Stevens, referring to Thomas. That started a run for the Wizards, which included Amir Johnson picking up his second foul. The Celtics only win came in Boston by four points, and Kevin Love did not play.
Wizards: Dropped to 6-4 all-time in Game 7s. The Celtics sent out Kelly Olynyk and Al Horford, who played around with pick and roll actions high above the key to open up the floor. Then Olynyk took over.
Early in the third quarter, Beal - who did it all game - picked on Thomas a few times and the Wizards pushed their lead out to 70-64.
The rest of the first half was back-and-forth, with teams exchanging offensive spurts. Outscored the Wizards 58-40 in the paint. The Wizards stormed ahead and finished the half leading 55-53.
Over the first two rounds of the postseason, the Celtics have lost twice at home, to the Chicago Bulls in the quarterfinals, and three times in Washington in the semifinals. Moments later, Smart hit a 3-pointer, which was lucky, but whatever, and Jaylen Brown - a rookie who didn't shy away - ran the court for a layup after knocking away an entry pass from Gortat. Beal also went 9-of-10 from the free throw line. Wall made only 1-of-8 three-point attempts and stumbled with three turnovers.
Pachulia's reaction? "I don't agree with the calls that I'm a dirty player". To date, the Cavs are 8-0 in the playoffs with sweeps of the Raptors and Indiana Pacers.
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