Tuesday, 14 August, 2018

Wall's late 3 leads Wiz past Celtics 92-91, forces Game 7

Jan Ortega | 16 May, 2017, 06:51

Minutes into the game, Morris shoved Horford into the front row seats while the two were fighting for a loose ball.

In the Bill Russell era, the Celtics were unstoppable in Game Seven, winning all 10 appearances. "We had a lot of heart". Head coach Scott Brooks still suggested he doesn't plan to play John Wall or Bradley Beal more than usual, but left the door open in case he needs to change his strategy.

Wall and Beal ended up combining for 59 points and playing 85 minutes between them.

Next up: Fix the issue we saw come up Friday at the end of Game 6 of the Boston Celtics vs. Washington Wizards second-round series. The issue here is that it did not go to review, at which point the mistake would have been caught.

Leonard first went down after stepping on a teammate's foot along the bench after taking a shot. The Washington Wizards are shooting 31.4 percent from beyond the arc and 79.4 percent from the free throw line.

"It's a tough break".

Sure. Whatever the Celtics said, their sartorial statement backfired, especially when they had to look around their locker room afterward and see a reminder of what could have been. "So we couldn't react to his absence".

Hours before tip-off, the Celtics game-day staff laid out t-shirts with the hashtag #itsnotluck, a nod to the team's impressive Game 7 history.

Despite all this, give me the fourth-seeded Washington Wizards at 9-to-5 tonight against the top-seeded Boston Celtics in Game 7 of their Eastern Conference semifinal. It's kind of a privilege to get to that point where one game is going to decide your whole season, basically. "Honestly, I did", Thomas said. "I work too hard to be scared of any type of pressure", he said. Teams had previously been 0-10 during the 2017 playoffs.

In some ways, this Celtics-Wizards series defies analysis or description but maybe what's going on is as simple as this: these guys are all homebodies who get tummy aches when not sleeping in their own beds. All 10 meetings this season have been won by the home team.

John Wall hit a go-ahead three-pointer with 3.5 seconds left to lift the Wizards to a 92-91 victory over the Celtics.

Wall's late game-winning shot sets up a deciding Game Seven tomorrow with the victor advancing to the East final against the Cleveland Cavaliers. The flip side is that the past is always prologue and after six games of making adjustments and making adjustments to those adjustments, Game 7 gets whittled down to the few things that a team does really well. It would also be the Celtics first trip to the conference finals since 2012, the last such run made by Bostons since-departed Big Three of Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen.

In Washington, the drought has been much longer.

The Wizards will play in a Game 7 for the first time since the 1979 Eastern Conference Finals (won, 107-105 over the Spurs). His ability to play through what he has experienced recently has been remarkable enough, now he has to find the determination one last time in this series to potentially lead his team further.

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