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January 17 2018, 11:53 | Perry Erickson
Oklahoma City was the only team to be eliminated on the road. The points came in all varieties. "We did a hell of a job [Wednesday night] first guy to the last guy". "As a basketball player, you've just got to read what the defense is giving you". "Both teams been playing well at home".
"He's a great defender, and has a knack for the ball", Wizards guard Bradley Beal said of Bradley.
It marked the third time Bradley went for 20 points or more in this season's playoffs. Rozier had one specific defensive possession where he stuck with Wall around the perimeter, defended the drive, and forced Wall to retreat again.
Life is easier when your best player does not have to carry the team. People on the Celtics not named Isaiah have to play with confidence and an edge. "And that's what Avery Bradley does". Bradley scored 25 points in the first half. 25!
Bradley's 25 in the first half already represented his career playoff high.
If you take away Isaiah Thomas' scoring, who on the Celtics can beat you? Wall looked timid for much of the evening, and Horford played a big part in that. The Wizards left him open in transition and from three.
Facing a 16 point halftime deficit, how the Wizards would respond out of the break would be key. But if you're in gray areas, you got to sprint back.
The Wizards are well aware of Bradley's ability to disrupt offenses. Unlike the Wizards, the Celtics fortunately showed up in-front of a wild T.D Garden crowd to take a 3-2 series lead.
Al Horford has been everything the Celtics wanted when they signed him to the ginormous contract over the offseason.
Thomas, who told backcourt mate Bradley before the game that he would have a big night, scored eight straight points in the fourth quarter to finish with 18. It's also harder to go on a run if Markieff Morris is in foul trouble.
It's no secret that the Celtics have looked shaky not only in this series, but even dating back to their six-game series against the Chicago Bulls.
They were supposed to be beyond what transpired Wednesday, a 123-101 walloping in which their final lead was 4-2. Bradley said he took some comments made by Bulls All-Star Jimmy Butler between games personally. The Wizards are 30-5 in their last 35 home games overall this season. However, the Celtics have enjoyed little success in road dates with the Wizards in recent years, losing four straight by an average of 21.5 points, and are 2-7 SU and 2-6-1 ATS in their past nine visits to Washington. They won't need such a dominant surge to force a Game 7, but they will need a better effort than what they delivered Wednesday.
As Brooks talked to reporters and searched for silver linings, he mentioned the only statistic that matters: the Wizards own a 5-0 home record in the playoffs.
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. Boston bested Washington in all three. This was the Wizards lowest point total since Game 4 against Atlanta.
One thing every matchup had in common so far as Washington prepares to host Boston in Game 6 on Friday night?