Boston arrived in Washington for Game 6 all in black and it backfired on them as John Wall and company played with a lot of emotion as their backs were to the, well, wall. Brown has been too shot happy and needs to use his driving ability more as Boston needs that kick off the bench. "Avery did a heck of a job on (Wall) all night but he has that confidence to take that shot". Washington had a foul to give, so Olynyk didn't shoot free throws.
The NBA also revealed that Celtics big man Al Horford should have been whistled for an offensive foul with 41.2 seconds left on a play that resulted in a long Avery Bradley 2-pointer, and a defensive 3-seconds violation with 33.0 seconds left on a play that yielded a Bradley Beal bucket. Heading home will make it easier for the Celtics to shake their brutal finish in Game 6.
With 2.7 seconds left, the team inbounded the ball to center Kelly Olynyk, who was fouled by Kelly Oubre Jr. and an entire second came off the clock.
The top-seeded Celtics face Washington on Monday in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals at TD Garden.
Washington, which had lost seven straight elimination games at home, prevailed despite shooting 5 of 24 on 3-pointers and 43 percent overall. The victor will face the Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference finals.
Monday night's Game 7 in Boston will be Washington's first since 1979. After missing his first nine shot attempts in Game 4 and opening 1 of 7 in Wednesday's road loss, the four-time All-Star missed 11 of 12 field goals Friday before hitting three in a row in the third. He scored 13 in the period. "I just feel like I'm here at the right time". "We're going to take a few days to figure out our adjustments, and then win Game 7". The play of both teams has been largely unpredictable over the course of the last six games.
"So John, let's say there's 37 seconds left and we're up two points and you've got the ball, what do you do?" Boston needs to make sure to set the tone and impose their will in such an important game against a team they are better than. "I don't just want to be a good player and just use [my speed] to my advantage my whole career".
Head to head, the Wizards are 4-10 ATS in the last 14 meetings overall and 0-8 ATS in the last eight meetings in Boston.