Celtics at Wizards: Watch It!

Rachel Hardy
May 13, 2017

Bradley continued to pour in points and added 11 more in the second frame, giving him a sum of 25 for the night on 10-of-13 shooting.

Turns out, a banged-up version of Bradley is just as vital. The fire of Celtics rose up when the first points of Wizards took place in the game.

A win on Friday (8 p.m., ESPN) would mark Boston's first return to the Eastern Conference Finals since 2012, and just four seasons after Celtics GM Danny Ainge traded away Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett, electing to rebuild instead.

OK, you can jump off that bridge when you get to it.

It should also be noted that in National Basketball Association playoff series that have been tied 2-2, the victors of Game 5 have gone on to win the series 83 percent of the time.

However, the Celtics may have to wait until Game 7 to win the series.

Bradley hit his last basket with 5:55 left in the third quarter and rested in the fourth. "He played through it. We stick behind him". He put his injuries aside and laced his shoes up and played. We told him what we was gonna expect from the crowd; we didn't think those type of words.

"I'm proud of him", Thomas said. "I can never keep up with what we're going to wear game-to-game".

Man that one was ugly.

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"They're going to do what they want to do". He was Angry Avery, even picking up a rare technical foul (though not for menacing any of the Wizards).

The only good news: the Verizon Center is not in Boston. Two days of vengeance plotting helped his head. "I wanted to be aggressive". "He makes it tough, I mean nothing's easy". Similar to Game 3, the road team had no chance from early on. Beantown shot 65 percent from the floor and 43 percent from beyond the arc after the first 12 minutes. The Wizards talked about this adjustment after the game and said they would be better prepared in Game 6.

The first five games of the series have been hotly contested and things are likely to get testy again in game 6. That's a big key. "If they don't then you just gotta read the game and you gotta figure out what they're doing and take advantage of it". The Wizards have been one of the best home court teams all season and have gone 5-0 at home in the playoffs.

"The great start kind of got us going on both ends of the floor", Bradley said.

"We have to be a defensive team tonight", Coach Scott Brooks said on Wednesday morning.

"I wish I knew", was the shooting guard's reply. Boston bested Washington in all three. "We had no answers for those guys".

The Wizards have done a pretty good job at slowing down Thomas over the last three games, keeping him under 20 points in each. The 15 fast break points was more than they had for the entire Game 4.

Bradley Beal is in a lose-lose situation as the only defender back on a three-on-one fastbreak. "We have a lot of guys that can fill it up on any given night".

Although the Wizards entered the game with momentum, having won both games three and four in DC, the Celtics quickly flipped the script in Game 5 and routed the Wiz, 123-101 on Wednesday night at the TD Garden. The Wizards have to play bigger, and they have to slow down Boston's impeccable ball movement. People on the Celtics not named Isaiah have to play with confidence and an edge.

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