Luckily for Washington, Game 6 on Friday night is at Verizon Center, where they are 5-0 in this year's playoffs, giving the Wizards a good chance at extending the series to a decisive Game 7 in Boston.
Boston Celtics fans expressed their disdain for the Washington Wizards' Kelly Oubre Jr. on Wednesday night, and the vulgarity of one of their chants surprised John Wall. Washington has an edge when they're all fired up, so that has to be their goal in Game 6.
Thomas did not have the best of nights in game three as he went three of eight shooting and scored just 13 points on Washington's home floor and complained about the officiating after Boston's loss. He scored just four points in the second half, but it didn't matter, because his electrifying run in the first half gave Boston an insurmountable lead - they led by 20 or more points for majority of the game. After Washington took a 4-0 lead, Boston went on to score the next 16 points.
John Wall had 21 for the Wizards, who haven't won a playoff game in Boston since 1982.
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After turning the ball over 18 times in a Game 4 loss, the Celtics had just 11 miscues and kept the Wizards from making the kind of run that doomed them early in the series. It won't be easy and it wouldn't surprise me if the series goes to a game 7 at the Garden Monday night. "We stick behind him".
"It's more about how you play", he said. That's what happens when you're suspended for steamrolling Celtics counterpart Kelly Olynyk during a chippy Game 3. Brooks said, "and a lot of times your bench always plays better at home". The home team wins.
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. "You've got to get back and not compound that miss with a defensive lapse". They'll need to rely on their home crowd and that extra confidence they possess when playing at Verizon Center because they'll have to expect Boston's best effort with this being a potential closeout game. "If he could take it back, he would", Celtics coach Brad Stevens said before the game.
Thomas is averaging 27.2 points, 6.2 assists and 2.4 rebounds per game in this series. We'd be nowhere near where we are without him, and I don't think there's any player, coach, anybody that is around him day to day that doesn't understand and appreciate him. The Wizards certainly have their homework to do, and they don't have a choice but to come out and play hard tonight. Boston's offense executed at a high level all night against an opponent dedicated to slowing down Isaiah Thomas, and the little guy did a great job getting the offense going in the opening frame with five assists (Thomas had nine for the game). The Wiz will likely stick with their plan and force IT to give the ball up, because he's too risky when he's able to get the shots he wants. If the Celtics can advance past the Wizards, they will take home advantage into a Conference Finals series against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Their 101 Wednesday was their playoff low for 2017. The Boston Celtics are shooting 37.5 percent from beyond the arc and 75.7 percent from the free throw line.