John Wall buried Dennis Schroder on the court, then on Instagram
May 02 2017 by Joshua Bennett
The Celtics became the first team this playoff season and the eighth ever to hit at least 15 treys in back-to-back games - nothing unusual for a team that lives and dies with the 3-pointer.
The Spurs now have beaten Memphis four of the five playoff series between these teams, and this was San Antonio's second straight win over the Grizzlies in the first round.
Considering they were down 2-0 against the Bulls and declared dead in this space two weeks ago, the Celtics have scripted quite the revival.
The top-seeded Celtics also claimed a 4-2 first-round triumph, seeing off the challenge of the Chicago Bulls with a convincing 105-83 win at United Centre. If nothing else, the Wizards know they have two stars they can count on when closing out a series. Now for the squeamish part: Gortat averaged more than three offensive boards a game against the Celtics and was every bit as relentless on the offensive glass as Lopez.
Wall proceeded to record 20 points and 14 assists in a 103-99 victory in Game 5.
Thomas then had to again travel cross-country for the funeral, but teammates who would've otherwise attended the service couldn't go due to the early Sunday tipoff. "There was definitely a chance that he wasn't going to play.".
CP3 finished with 29 points and 8 dimes. "Al Horford had a heck of a game". To find a way to get back.I think it was 100-97 at one point.I felt like we had an opportunity to maybe dig ourselves out of another big hole. Too much dribbling by Wall had him committing seven turnovers. It's also featured some incredible shooting. Jae Crowder set a career high in points for a playoff game (24).
Utah shot just 41.0 percent from the field and 7-26 from three, but still had a shot at sending the game to OT on the final shot. The Boston Celtics are allowing 31.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 38.9 rebounds per game. "I was plagued with fouls the whole series, and I had to make sure I didn't get into foul trouble for us this night".
Don't count on that continuing.
Wall's speed was the driving force in all of the Wizards' wins in this series.
The Wizards will play this series without the home court advantage they enjoyed in the first round against Atlanta.
There also are strained feelings and emotions between the two sides, going back two years to the night Crowder and then-Wizards coach Randy Wittman engaged in a freaky shouting match while the Celtics forward was at the free throw line.
Wall's post may have been in response to a similar image Schroder posted on Instagram in 2015, where he celebrated a second-round elimination of the Wizards.
The Wizards split their four regular-season meetings against Boston, each team winning twice at home. The Washington Wizards have lost seven of their last 10 road games. The team will have to rely heavily on Gortat in Game 6 if backup center Ian Mahinmi is not able to come back from the calf strain that has kept him out series, and especially if veteran Jason Smith is not able to go after suffering a calf strain of his own. "At home we have a different edge about ourselves and we're more locked in".