However, they seem to suffer from an acute case of memory loss in Boston.
After Wednesday’s victory, Avery Bradley said the team was lacking Hoford’s veteran leadership during the previous two postseason runs.
Avery Bradley scored a career playoff-high 29 points to help lead the Boston Celtics to a 120-101 win in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals on May 10 in Boston, Mass. After getting blown out in Game 5, Washington is back to being a 5.5-point favorite in Game 6, via OddsShark. Horford, who of course spurned the Wizards this offseason, shot 8-9 for 19 points, with 6 rebounds, 7 assists, and 3 blocks.
Said Bradley: “Everyone was prepared and that is what it’s all about”.
The last two postseasons the Wizards have lost Game 6 at home to close out their season.
The home team has won all five games in this series between Boston and Washington, with the average margin of victory at a tidy 18.0 points per game. However, Brooks could do little to curb the bonanza of breakouts, and by the end of the quarter the Celtics controlled the transition game, outscoring Washington 15-0. “Tonight we saw if we’re able to start the right way, the game’s in our control”.
The Celtics got on an early 16-0 run and never looked back.
Thomas took note. He sang the praises of Stevens’s changes in game five and appears confident more are on the way.
But in this series, as it was during the regular season, the home town has won every game.
“They were the more physical team today”, Wall said. While the Cavs are still favoured to win the series and advance to their third consecutive NBA Finals, the Celtics could make things interesting since Game 1 would be on their court. They pushed further ahead of the Wizards to lead by, as much as, 22 points, 48-26, midway through. While I wouldn’t be shocked if Washington wins this game and forces a game seven, I still like the value with the Celtics, so that’s the side I’m on yet again.
“I’m just amazed because we were so thrilled at the chance of getting Al even before he made a decision to come to us”, he said. As long as he can continue to strike a balance between looking for his own shot and using the threat of his scoring to open up looks for others, the Celtics should be in good hands. Kelly Oubre, who was suspended for Game 4 tallied 13 points off the bench in Game 5. The Wizards did a better job of containing him (although he did get to the line nearly immediately, proving that ranting about not getting calls works) and they were a lot quicker to throw double teams at him on the perimeter.
“[Celtics fans are] gonna do what they want to do”, Wizards star John Wall said during his post-game press conference. The first two both came against Chicago in the first round. Bradley scored 25 points in the first half. 25!
A similar question was put to Wizards coach Scott Brooks on Thursday, when his team opted to skip a full practice and instead have a light shootaround.
Boston fans chanted a naughty word toward Kelly Oubre Jr. on Wednesday night, and the Wizards fanbase was all up in arms over it. That’s a huge difference, and a major contributing factor to how effectively Washington can leverage its speed to generate points.
Boston’s intensity and superior execution continued into the second quarter. The Celtics have hit on 53.2 percent of their shots from the field and turned the ball over a hair above 10 times in wins.
The animosity towards the Wizards player stems from his Game 3 run-in with Boston’s Olynk that almost caused an all-out brawl. With Bradley as the primary defender, they held the Wizards superstar to 21 points.