Thursday, 22 June, 2017

Boston Celtics at Washington Wizards - 5/7/17 NBA Playoffs Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Noah Ferguson | 20 May, 2017, 05:01

After Boston scored the first five points of the second half to lead 53-48, the fun began. Just ask them. Anyway, actions speak louder than words and the intensity went next level in the already contentious playoff series.

As much as Isaiah Thomas was bothered by the way Game 4 was officiated, he readily admitted the 26-0 run by Washington was the difference in the game.

Most of the conference semifinals series of the 2017 NBA Playoffs have been grossly one-sided, but not the series between the No. 1 Boston Celtics and the No. 4 Washington Wizards in the Eastern Conference. Olynyk knocked him to the ground on an illegal screen, and Oubre leapt to his feet, sprinted at him and bowled him over.

"We have to focus on playing good basketball", Stevens said on a conference call Friday.

Here's a look at his postgame comments.

But they seem to have a belief that they can win in Boston that they haven't had until now. He averaged 6.5 assists per game vs. the Bulls and dished out 10 dimes in Game 1 against the Wizards, but in the last two games, he's had six total.

John Wall scored 24 points for the Wizards and had 8 assists as well. With the aggressive play of the Wizards, Isaiah Thomas will have to guard any shots taken at his mouth. "On both ends of the floor they set the tone". Needless to say, those five points could swing a game and a playoff series. By the end, the 121-102 blowout stood as a tribute to how well the Wizards had played - and that third quarter represented peak Wizards in the eyes of their coach.

Cue Ian Mahinmi, who had been out with a calf injury he suffered in the second-to-last regular season game.

The Celtics are sure to make a few adjustments ahead of Game 5, but getting out-rebounded by 14 and watching your best player only score two points in the second half of the game prior is not a winning combination. "We understood what we had to do and we were locked in". Washington is 54-37 overall, 34-11 at home and 46-44-1 against the spread. Nine of those turnovers came in the third quarter alone, eight of which occurred during a 26-0 Washington run that ended the game shortly out of halftime. Not saying that's the reason why we lost. "We go out there and we play like that, I think we'll get the wins". We have to keep our hands high. "So I think that has to change".

Pushing and shoving happened throughout, leading to a barrage of technical fouls in the fourth quarter.

However, on Thursday night in D.C., Scott Brooks made yet another defensive adjustment and dedicated Washington's defense to limiting IT. Additionally, the Wizards outscored the Celtics in the paint 56-38.

"No question that has been a major issue against them for most teams", said Stevens.

Like Game 3, the Wizards won by a pretty comfortable margin.

Yet two of the final three games in this series are at TD Garden, where the Wizards haven't won since April 16, 2014.

Rashad has been covering the National Basketball Association and the Washington Wizards since 2008-his first two years were spent at Hoops Addict before moving to Truth About It. Rashad has appeared on ESPN and college radio, SportsTalk on NewsChannel 8 in Washington D.C., and his articles have appeared on ESPN TrueHoop, USAToday.com, Complex Magazine, and the DCist. Although Thomas hit his first five three-pointers (15 points), he made only one more shot from the field and scored just four more points. And I'm not the one that likes hitting the ground. "In my offseason, I live in Orange County, Kobe lives there". But, as often ism the case in the playoffs, it's not the big name stars coming up big for the Rangers, but the fourth line plugger players you don't often think of helping to dig the Bluehshirts out of the hole.

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