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May 25 2017, 08:52 | Van Peters
As patrons at the Equinox gym in the middle of bustling Boston Common peered through glass walls to get a peek at National Basketball Association players conducting practice, the Washington Wizards tried to maintain their Zen.
The Washington Wizards and Boston Celtics, who open their Eastern Conference semifinal series on Sunday at TD Garden, really don't like each other.
The Wizards are 7-19-1 ATS in their last 27 games playing on 1 days rest, 23-11-1 ATS in their last 35 games following a ATS win and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 vs. NBA Atlantic. I thought that was neat. "I know my family will be there for him". Either way, Porter will need to prepare for double teams, as Boston will be trying to help Thomas defensively whenever he's covering the player with the ball. I am not anxious about my future because I know it's basketball. It can hollow out a series in which Butler averaged 22.6 points, 7.3 rebounds, 4.3 assists, and 1.7 steals per game.
Wall and Beal will certainly lead the way against the Celtics. "We're not fighting out here. I don't think we were nervous, we just couldn't find it tonight". That's how it is. "We both want to win ... we're going to keep it clean".
Weeks after Horford signed with Boston, Crowder had this to say about the Wizards via MassLive.com: "He had Washington and some other teams looking at him, but we beat them four times this year". They're good reads if you want refresher of just how many bad decisions were made by the Bulls over the past season.
Isaiah Canaan scored nine points, Michael Carter-Williams added eight points off the bench and Paul Zipser had seven.
The Boston Celtics and Washington Wizards have developed into one of the NBA's most unexpected rivalries in recent seasons after a series of flare-ups between the teams.
Washington showed up to the January 24 matchup with the C's wearing all-black "funeral" attire and then prevailed, 123-108. He remains out with a calf injury after missing the entire first round.
In Game 5, the Celtics started fronting Butler in the high post, which was very effective.
"And if that results in us winning more games or winning in the playoffs, or whatever the case may be, there's only one goal in the Boston", Stevens said. The home teams held court this season with pace playing a major factor. "We got it together, and we got it going".
"I haven't seen that in a long time", Crowder said.
"He's gonna have a busy 24 hours", Jae Crowder said. "It was a frustrating game to go out this way". It cost me a lot of money. It was no close, or back and forth game either. "But I moved on from it". John Wall and Bradley Beal both had great series against Atlanta, and there's no reason to believe that will stop against the Celtics.
"I know it's going to be hard on him", guard Avery Bradley said. It was a rough couple of days for us to start the playoffs.
He then went on to play for coach Bob Huggins at West Virginia University, helping lead the Mountaineers to the 2010 Final Four. That's the type of team they are. It's pretty much impossible to win a game when you lose the rebounding battle by 17.
"Now you got a different matchup in Isaiah, who's the head of their snake, one of the best scorers in this league".
You've heard the cliche thousands of times if you're a sports fan.
"John is a heck of a player", said Washington coach Scott Brooks.
With a quick turnaround heading into Game 1 on Sunday (ABC, 1 p.m. ET), Celtics coach Brad Stevens said he stressed only a few keys to his team during its film session and walkthrough after the team arrived home from Chicago on Saturday afternoon.