Boston move one win away from Eastern Conference Finals

  • Boston move one win away from Eastern Conference Finals

Boston move one win away from Eastern Conference Finals

The Boston Celtics will try to put the brakes on a four-game losing streak in Washington and clinch a berth in the Eastern Conference finals on Friday when they take on the Wizards in Game 6 of their second-round National Basketball Association playoff series as five-point underdogs on the National Basketball Association betting lines.

Boston was led by guard Avery Bradley, who finished with 29 points, adding to his career playoff high scoring.

"The last two games (in Washington) it's been (a) 26-0 run and a 22-0 run that killed us", said Celtics star Isaiah Thomas.

Al Horford had another game for the record book, tallying 19 points, six rebounds and seven assists, becoming only the third Celtics player since 1984 (Paul Pierce and Larry Bird were the others) to put up those numbers in a playoff game. "If he could take it back, he would", Celtics coach Brad Stevens said before the game. "I think it's a good test for us".

This year, the Boston Celtics and the Washington Wizards have a total of nine playoff games at Boston, and the hometown team has won all nine.

Boston Celtics are now one win away from a place in the Eastern Conference Finals against Cleveland Cavaliers.

After Wednesday's 123-101 win, Boston takes a 3-2 series lead back to D.C., where they were blown out on two occasions earlier in the series. My money is with them staying with the same strategy and relying on the fact that the Celtics shooting from game 5 is most likely unsustainable. "But at the same time, that's not going to stop me from being aggressive and trying to make plays, not just for myself but for my teammates as well".

The Joint Powers Authority that controls the arena said Wednesday that the deal includes options that the team can exercise for up to three additional seasons in case the proposed move across the bay is delayed.

The Celtics have a chance to end their Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Wizards on Friday night.

As well as Boston played in Game 5, it's going to be hard for them to have a repeat performance and close out the series in Game 6. Wall scored a team-high 21 points and added four assists, snapping his National Basketball Association record of 11 straight double-doubles, while Beal missed 12 of 19 from the floor and scored 16.

After falling behind by two games, the Celtics dispatched the Bulls by taking four straight, including an elimination game in Chicago. The home crowd witnessed Boston blitz Washington with a 16-0 run to begin the game. Had 13 turnovers, leading to 23 Boston points. Or they could throw some dummy traps at IT. Boston should focus on running the offense through Al Horford and hopefully guys like Avery Bradley and Jae Crowder will step up again.

"We did a hell of a job tonight, from the first guy to the last guy".

Hey, Bradley Beal, why does the host come out on top every time?

In four playoff losses, these numbers take a complete nose dive. "I don't know that we contested any of them". Against the Celtics at home, the Wizards have allowed just 95.5 points per 100 possessions, which is better than the best defense allowed during the regular season (San Antonio Spurs had a 100.9 defensive rating). Horford is averaging 16.4 points, 5.6 assists and 6.8 rebounds, while Bradley is averaging 14.6 points, 2.4 assists and 4.4 rebounds per game.