Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Isaiah Thomas rips Draymond Green after Kelly Olynyk comments

Isaiah Thomas rips Draymond Green after Kelly Olynyk comments

Kelly Olynyk put up a playoff career high of 26 points off the bench - including 14 in an awesome fourth-quarter display - while Isaiah Thomas was his usual electric self with 29 points as the Celtics can now get ready for Game 1 of the Eastern finals against the defending champion Cavaliers Wednesday night in Boston. Gortat has had 24 rebounds the past two games and the Wizards have been out rebounding the Celtics all series.

The best-of-7 series is tied 3-3. In addition to Game 7 on Monday, the draft lottery in which the Celtics will receive no worse than the fourth pick via the Brooklyn Nets is Tuesday, ahead of what they hope will be Game 1 of the conference finals against the champion Cavaliers.

Isaiah Thomas used to imagine what it would be like to play in a Game 7 as he watched some of the NBA's biggest names cement their legacies on the league's biggest stage.

The Celtics advance to the Eastern finals for the first time since 2012, when they also faced LeBron James and fell in a seven-game thriller to the Miami Heat.

"It was kind of something that just happened", guard Avery Bradley said.

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"I knew it would come down to the last six minutes of the game", Washington coach Scott Brooks said. All he did was score 26 during Game 7 alone to push his team into the winner's circle on a win-or-go-home night. The Washington Wizards stayed in the same hotel as previous visits to Boston during the playoffs. The Celtics played in their NBA-record 30th Game 7, improving to 21-9, 19-4 at home.

Just a few minutes later, Smart took the same walk and smiled at Olynyk - already sitting in his vehicle and waiting to go home. All 10 meetings this season have been won by the home team. He canned two 3-pointers during the final six and a half minutes of the game - two daggers that sank deep into the hearts of the visiting Wizards - the second of which was a no-doubter that he followed with three steps toward the basket as he held his swan neck high in the air. "The last two years we were in the playoffs we lost Game 6 here and we just had a lot of heart".

Game one of the Eastern Conference Finals is on Wednesday.

But tonight's match up, Wizards verse Celtics, game 7, in Boston is going to be probably one of the best games of the playoffs so far.

Washington Wizards forward Otto Porter Jr., front, and Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart, behind, contend for a rebound during the second quarter of Game 7 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series, Monday, May 15, 2017, in Boston.

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The participants agreed this series needed a seventh game.

At home, the Wizards have an offensive rating of 109.6 and a defensive rating of 96.9, meaning that they've outscored Boston by 12.7 points per 100 possessions in this series.

The Boston Celtics' season will continue. "They're closers", teammate Ian Mahinmi told the Washington Post.

Thomas has easily been one of the top, if not, the biggest storyline of the postseason. Rust was a problem for the Warriors against the Spurs on Sunday, but the Cavs just have too much talent not to be able to withstand an early Boston lead.

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