Celtics take scoring load off Thomas

Posted May 13, 2017

It can't just be Isaiah Thomas every single night. Isaiah Thomas is averaging 24.9 points and 5.9 assists while Al Horford is averaging 15.8 points and 7.7 rebounds.

"I'm just amazed because we were so thrilled at the chance of getting Al even before he chose to come to us", he said. "Coach made great adjustments, and we took what was off the white board and put it on the court, and we've just got to do that on Friday", added Thomas.

The Wizards have done a pretty good job at slowing down Thomas over the last three games, keeping him under 20 points in each.

It has been over three years since the Wizards last followed up a home win over the Celtics with a victory in Boston, a feat they must now accomplish if they are to advance past the second round of the playoffs for the first time since their last National Basketball Association title win in 1979. Now Game 6 is a must-win at home, and the Celtics don't look anywhere near as vulnerable as they did in their first two games of the playoffs against the Chicago Bulls.

"Um, I still hear my name ringing in my head because that's all I heard when I was on the court, but I was just going out there to play", Oubre told reporters, according to The Washington Post. After Washington scored the first couple of baskets to start the game, the Celtics proceeded to go on a 16-0 run and take control of the game. They have tried to force Thomas to be a passer, something that worked in Boston's favor in Game 5 as his teammates were able to knock down shots and it resulted in nine assists for Thomas.

Twice in the fourth quarter he rose up from behind the three-point line with ample space between him and the nearest defender. We'd be nowhere near where we are without him, and I don't think there's any player, coach, anybody that is around him day to day that doesn't understand and appreciate him.

"If you miss a shot, you miss a shot", Brooks said.

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"We had no answers for those guys". Instead, Wall took a poor angle and made a half-hearted attempt to stop Crowder. Boston bested Washington in all three. Boston G Isaiah Thomas was fined $25,000 by the National Basketball Association for "directing inappropriate language toward a fan" in Washington during Game 4.

So far, that home court advantage has been just that with the victor in each of the first five games being the home team.

Oubre will receive a much warmer welcome when the Wizards return to the friendly confines of Verizon Center for Friday's Game 6. Also, a home team has not won every game in a seven game series since 2008.

Washington Wizards guard John Wall (2) drives towards the rim as Boston Celtics center Al Horford (42) defends him.

Now the Washington Wizards are playing the Boston Celtics, and it has not been going as planned for them.

Three nights after he threatened to (expletive) up Marcin Gortat if the officials didn't start calling him for illegal picks, Avery Bradley widened his target. Avery Bradley scored a playoff career-high 29 points to lead the Celtics. "I want to go out there and give my all".

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.