Wizards Fall to Celtics in Game 5 of Semifinals

16 May, 2017, 09:01 | Author: Douglas Reid

Boston can not allow the Wizards to push them around down low and get to those "50-50" balls. Avery Bradley echoed these sentiments after the Celtics' solid performance in game five.

The Celtics took game 5 easily with a blowout win of their own, winning 123-101 to send the series back to Washington, a place they have not won a game at all season long. Isaiah Thomas is averaging 24.9 points and 5.9 assists while Al Horford is averaging 15.8 points and 7.7 rebounds. Isaiah Thomas notched 18 points and nine assists. The Wizards talked about this adjustment after the game and said they would be better prepared in Game 6.

Just in case a particular slice of National Basketball Association history was unbeknown, every media outlet has blasted it ever since Washington evened matters with the Celtics: The victor of Game 5 in a 2-2 series proceeds to win the series 83 percent of the time.

The Boston Celtics are one victory away from reaching the Eastern Conference Finals after cruising by the Washington Wizards at home. In four games in D.C. they've lost by an average of 21.5 points. While he was the Wizards' best offensive option in the first half, he finished the game 7-19 for 16 points, and was -20 during his 35 minutes on the court. "He was the key to this game at both ends of the floor". The Celts went on a 16-0 run early in the first quarter and led by double digits the rest of the night. Washington had a 16-0 spurt to start Game 1, a 22-0 run in Game 3 and 26-0 burst in Game 4.

BOSTON - The Washington Wizards know their defensive schemes.

Wall has produced an effective field goal percentage of 73.6 percent during the regular season and playoffs combined immediately after he was credited with a steal, and his play off live-ball turnovers were instrumental in the Wizards' Game 4 win Sunday. "The coaches kept saying that, 'Impose your will.' We were the more physical team tonight". "Throughout this whole series, whoever's the most physical team has won every game".

The Wizards responded with more energy after half-time, but each of their mini-runs were quickly beaten back by Boston, which continued to share the ball and take advantage of their fast break opportunities.

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Meanwhile, Thomas, who scored eight straight points in the fourth quarter said: "I guess that's how I've got to play".

However, I do expect the home team to prevail in Game 6 of this series.

"A lot of people are going to be booing me tonight", said a beaming Oubre during Washington's pre-game shootaround, according to Candace Buckner of The Washington Post.

The Wizards' best defense is a good offense. He had 13 points.

Leading up to Game 5, the Celtics repeated that they needed to "build a wall" to slow John Wall down.

"They're going to do what they're going to do", said Wizards point guard John Wall, per Duffy. Bradley had a career night, scoring 29 points with 25 of them coming in the first half.

"We had no answers for those guys", Washington coach Scott Brooks said. Fans at TD Garden began the game chanting, "We want Oubre!" but that later changed to "F-- you, Oubre!" They came out and put on a show in the first quarter, which was a first in this series.


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