Published: Thu, May 11, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Celtics thump Wizards to take 3-2 series lead


Boston, with a 3-2 lead and a home Game 7 if necessary, ought to feel pretty good right now about advancing. The points came in all varieties. Washington coach Scott Brooks on playing on the road: "You have to enjoy the road".

Some of the early transition points were on Celtics leak outs, but as a team, you have to be faster to react. However, if the coach doesn't have enough horses, there's only so much he can influence the outcome as the National Basketball Association is about how many stars you can bundle together on one team. If they lost, they needed it to be a close game, at least, to maintain the sense that Boston's best still leaves something to be desired. This opened up easy assists for Horford, as he would pull Gortat from the paint and give Avery Bradley and Thomas space to confuse the defense to set up backdoor cuts. Maybe the Celtics broke the Wizards last night - I'd like to believe that theory, and the visitors, especially John Wall, were oddly listless.

"Isaiah (Thomas) texted me before the game tonight, Mike Gorman, and they told me they felt like it was going to be a big game for me", said Bradley.

Following the debilitating loss, Thomas had this message for his teammates: "I'm treating it as the biggest game that I've ever played". That's another troubling development for the Wizards: All the Celtics' role players are engaged again.

Back to Avery Bradley though.

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After an Al Horford put-back of a Thomas miss with 5:08 left in the first half, Horford flexed his muscles.

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But a much bigger audience is paying attention now, certainly bigger than a couple years ago when Thomas arrived in Boston as part of a three-way trade. The Wizards shot less than 30% from three and less than 40% from the field.

Facing a 16 point halftime deficit, how the Wizards would respond out of the break would be key. In Game 3 of the first-round series against the Atlanta Hawks, Beal scored just 12 points after shooting a woeful 6-for-20 from the field.

Then, perhaps the most spectacular player from the game, Al Horford.

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Although Wall has been unstoppable this series and in the 2017 NBA Playoffs altogether, he could not be doing it without Markieff Morris, his power forward.

Washington Huskies Alum point guard Isaiah Thomas continues along his dual-personna. The team's assist to turnover ratio was the one stat Stevens cited post-game as the barometer for how well they played, at 2.75 (33 assists to 12 turnovers). They were downright great Wednesday. "Oh man. I just really enjoy playing with him", said Bradley, via ESPN. Thomas got to 10 points in the third, but he still remained less of a threat on offense only shooting 3-7. Bradley scored 29 points as the Celtics won, 123-101. His only game with less assists was on November 11th against Cleveland (3 assists). In their last meeting, on May 7th, the Wizards won 121-102 in a game which saw defense make all the difference. In game one they fell behind 16-0 and trailed by as much as 17 before rallying with a strong third quarter. We're trying to get to a Game 7.

BOSTON - The Washington Wizards know their defensive schemes.

To go along with the lopsided finishes, numerous one-sided games were evident early on, with one team or the other taking a almost insurmountable lead in the first quarter and turning the rest of the game into a practice drill.

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