"A lot of guys doubted us winning (Game 6) at home", Washington point guard John Wall said.
For Thomas it serves as the ultimate validation for a team that many felt was unworthy of the conference's top seed. The Celtics played in their NBA-record 30th Game 7, improving to 21-9, 19-4 at home. However, Beal's play at home compared to on the road is like night and day. But we kept going and stayed the course and that was what this team has done all season long.
It was an incredible well-rounded display from the Celtics' entire rotation, but they were carried on the bouncy manbun of Kelly Olynyk, who had the game of his life. It should be another exciting game and bettors wanting to make it even more thrilling should take their chances with one or more of the live in play betting markets that bet365 Sports will be offering throughout the game. Game 1 is on Wednesday (Thursday NZT) in Boston. He would play 28 minutes, scoring 26 points on 10-14 shooting, collecting five rebounds and dishing out four assists.
Otto Porter added 20 points.
Boston has been damn near begging for Olynyk to be an aggressive, in attack mode scorer that a player with his skills has the potential to be. He scored 11 of 13 points for Boston as the Celtics stretched their advantage to 110-100.
If the city of D.C.is going to have something to celebrate, Wall and Bradley Beal are going to have to show up and dominate. "It was kind of copy-catting what we did", said Wall, whose Wizards donned dark outfits before a regular-season game between these teams that are building a rivalry. The Celtics are assured of no worse than the fourth pick in Tuesday night's draft lottery as they still reap the benefits of the Kevin Garnett/Paul Pierce trade to Brooklyn.
Their second round against the Wizards has not been as smooth of a ride.
The Cleveland Cavaliers' opponent for the 2017 Eastern Conference Finals will be decided Monday night.
Washington's Ian Mahinmi, who was part of the 2014 Indiana Pacers' team that eliminated Washington in the East semifinals, said both Wall and Bradley Beal have matured a lot since then. Who knows if it was on his mind as he stuck a dagger 3-pointer to force Game 7.
Here are some takeaways from the Wizards' 95th and final game of the season.
While Bradley is looking ahead to the conference finals, Wall and the Wizards seem focused on the task at hand.
The upcoming series between the Celtics and Cavaliers could be a classic.
While the Celtics deny any planning or intent, numerous players showed up to Friday's Game 6 wearing all black, a move that has become famous in the National Basketball Association world for signifying that a team is getting ready for its opponent's funeral. All 11 meetings this season (four in regular-season and seven postseason) were claimed by the home team.