John Wall scores 21 points in Wizards' Game 5 loss

Jessica Allison
May 12, 2017

How that might change if the two series that are left get to seventh games and there really isn't much to separate San Antonio and Houston and Boston and Cleveland.

"We were letting guys cut through the lane without touching them", Morris said. "We've done a pretty good job on their best player, but not (a) good enough job on the other guys". This year's first half looked to be a lottery team but they caught fire and were one of the hottest teams in the National Basketball Association after the calendar flipped. All this came from a seventh-year pro who had amassed 44 points through the first four games of this series, averaged 16.3 points per game this season and was experiencing pain in both hips whenever he moved his legs because of double hip pointers. "And it's going to take a team effort to beat the Washington Wizards", Bradley said.Game 6 is Friday night in Washington, where the Wizards easily won their two games. "Tonight it happened to be me. Next game it could be (guard) Marcus Smart". "A guy like John Wall you're not gonna stop.He does a hell of a job on him. If we're able to understand that, and he's able to believe in us, I feel like the sky's the limit".

In addition to the turnovers that have kept the Celtics from getting into an offensive rhythm and prevented them from setting up defensively in the halfcourt, the ability to score when Isaiah Thomas isn't dominating has been a major question mark.

The Wizards smothered Thomas who was just 5-for-13 shooting but created better with nine assists.

"I think leaders emerge", Stevens said. But if that was me, I would just try to make sure I'm doing things the right way, because this is a top-of-the-line organization.

The Celtics have shot 48 percent on uncontested jumpers in their three wins and just 31 percent in their two losses.

"Next game I might drop 40". Shot 58 percent from the field (25 of 43) in the first half.

The Celtics' lead grew to 26 points in the fourth quarter. "And that's really all what we're looking for".

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Atletico's much-hyped defense failed in the first leg, and now it's up to the offense to try to get the team back on its feet. We are the opposite, physically we are very strong and that is good news for the end of the season, he said ominously.

Five different players grabbed at least five rebounds. "Throughout this whole series, whoever's the most physical team has won every game". "I think they had 15 or 17 transition points and we had zero".

Despite these claims of a "non-rivalry", each team would anticipate their next matchup with the Wizards even going as far as to wear all black before a matchup this season to resemble their mindset of making the game a funeral for the Boston.

Twice in the fourth quarter he rose up from behind the three-point line with ample space between him and the nearest defender. "I want to go out there and give my all".

Thomas showed he can impact the game without putting the ball in the hoop. "He didn't let it bother him". But all you can do is go out there and play basketball. "We as brothers, we stick behind him". "We stick behind him". On the above one, he was caught well behind the play and didn't get back in time to guard Bradley (and nobody else stepped up, either).

Now they have that chance to close it out Friday in Washington and set up an Eastern Conference Finals showdown against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Boston leads the series, 3-2, heading back to Washington for Game 6. Boston bested Washington in all three.

Celtics coach Brad Stevens said he was glad to see the team get back to winning ways after the Wizards had levelled the series after being 2-0 down. Their 101 Wednesday was their playoff low for 2017.

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