Game 6 is Friday in Washington.
They had 10 fastbreak points in the first quarter, and routinely turned turnovers and missed layups into transition buckets.
Whether the Celtics can punch out the Wizards on the road tonight and get some much needed rest before facing the defending National Basketball Association champions (who are undefeated in the playoffs this year and apparently not suffering from homesickness) remains to be seen. In the case of both these flawed teams, when they go off for a sleepover they need their parents to come pick them up before midnight. Their first quarter burst came after the Wizards scored the first four points of the game.
Washington are now behind 3-2 in the series. That's why having Al Horford on the floor and in the locker room is so important. The home team has won every game, and the Celtics are the team with four home games this series.
Even though his team is averaging about 30 more points in Boston than in Washington during this series, Celtics coach Brad Stevens insisted that the venue isn't the most important factor in a game's outcome. On Wednesday, the Wizards completely forgot their fundamentals, losing to the Boston Celtics, 123-101, in Game 5, and plunging into a perilous hole.
The Celtics got on an early 16-0 run and never looked back.
Bradley poured in a game-high 29 points, shooting 12-for-19 from the floor and 4-for-7 from three.
Avery Bradley, 26-year-old, shooting guard and point guard of Boston Celtics was the man behind the huge score of the Celtics over the Wizards during the first half of the game. Not only are they facing elimination, but even if they win Game 6, they know that they are 0-5 in Boston, the site of Game 7 if there is one, since the start of this season. The good news for Washington is that the home team has not only won every game in this series, but going back into the regular season the home team has gone 9-0 when these two teams have gone to battle.
Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas was fined $25,000 (23,000 euros) by the National Basketball Association on Wednesday for making a profane remark at a heckler during a playoff game at Washington.
That victory gave Boston a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series and moved the club to within one win of a berth in the Eastern Conference finals for the first time since 2012. He shot 63.2 percent in the game, which spoke more to the easy shots he got than the intense defense Washington played. This is the kind of game where the coach needs to tell his star point guard (hint: not Brandon Jennings) to push himself to take the responsibility on both ends, guarding Thomas while dominating on offense.
Thomas scored 53 points in a game-two Boston victory but has been contained in the past two contests by Wizards defenders.
The Wizards' playoff runs in 2014 and 2015 ended with a loss in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference semifinals to the top seed in the conference. The home team wins. They'll look to change the result of those past instances and extend their season this time around. It's what happened in the regular season between these two and through the first five games of the postseason. Through the six road games, opponents shoot 49.4 percent against the Wizards, who are 1-5 in those games.