Game 6 Preview: Boston Celtics vs. Washington Wizards

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This result would've been more understandable in the previous round, when the Wizards went to Atlanta for Game 6. Knowing that they were putting a lot of pressure on me and putting two, three guys on me at all times. And I knew that I haven't been playing to my ability on the offensive end the last two games, and for this team, I wanted to bring my all. Golden State and Cleveland combined to deliver 4 of those 10 losses. The Wizards appeared to rely on home-court advantage more than nearly any other National Basketball Association team, suffering 11 more losses on the road. The Thunder were eliminated by the Rockets at Houston in Game 5 of the first round.

LeBron James and his six NBA All-Defensive Team selections still gets left off of some "two-way player" rankings - although he is ironically often described as the best all-around player in the world. Bradley played out of his mind in Game 5 in Boston's blowout win at home, but it's going to be hard to score 29 points again against a team like the Wizards, especially on the road. In fact, the home team has covered the Vegas spread in all nine games this season.

"We had no answers for those guys". Today the Celtics at home easily beat the guests from the capital and lead the series with the score 3:2.

The Washington Wizards fell to the Boston Celtics, 123-101, in game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals, Wednesday, May 10, 2017, at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. Avery Bradley is the third double-digit scorer and Jae Crowder is grabbing six rebounds. We caught our first glimpse of it early in the first quarter in Game 5 when Al Horford, who averaged a decent 0.93 points per post-up possession during the regular season, got an opportunity to attack Markieff Morris on the block early in the shot clock.

In Game 4, Wall had his breakout game, scoring 27 points, dishing out 12 assists and running the show to perfection for the Wizards, leading them to a 121-102 victory notching the series up at 2.

Washington's John Wall finished with 21 points, four rebounds, and four assists.

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In the five home games, Washington has held opponents to 40.9 percent shooting, the second lowest among all playoff teams.

Following a Game 5 in the San Antonio/Houston series that proved to be the most exciting and most competitive of the second round, the congruent swing match in the Washington/Boston series proved to be quite a bit less interesting.

Game 6 is Friday in Washington. With the series tied at two games apiece, the victor of this game would head into Friday's Game 6 in a good position to close out the series. The Celtics led by as many as 15 points in the first quarter.

After John Wall hit the first shot of the game, none of his points came easy. "We didn't have the focus we had to have going into this game". So getting over a 5-point Vegas number is reasonable. But rather than hightailing it back on defense, Wall jogged for several moments before finally realizing he should sprint back. If they double-team me, then I need to look for a shooter.

Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart, right, and Washington Wizards forward Markieff Morris wrestle for a loose ball during the second half of Game 5 of a second-round National Basketball Association playoff series in Boston, Wednesday, May 10, 2017. The game was not in doubt after that point. Johnson didn't "wow" anybody, but did finish 4-for-5 for eight points and five rebounds as well as a plus-6 in 18 minutes. Thomas hadn't scored less than 20 in any consecutive games during the regular season.