Bradley Scores Playoff High 29, Celtics Beat Wizards, Take 3-2 Lead
May 12 2017 by Kelly Saunders
Boston used Washington's defensive focus on All-Star Isaiah Thomas to its advantage in the 123-101 win on Wednesday as the 5-9 guard showed off his abilities as a screen-setter and passer to keep the Wizards off balance. "They played well. They played a good basketball game; they beat us".
Wednesday night it was home to one of the best nights of Avery Bradley's career.
Thomas finished with 18 points, marking the third straight game of which he scored less than 20 points.
Both teams have looked rather feeble while playing on the road and Washington entered the night with more than three years of futility inside TD Garden, its last win in Boston came April 16, 2014. Brooks has been targeting Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas the last two games.
"The great start got us going on both ends of the floor, and we have to be that type of team", said Bradley, who scored 12 points combined in Games 3 and 4. The Wizards came in having won back-to-back playoff games by at least 15 points for the first time since 1978 and also having scored at least 110 points in five straight playoff games for the first time since 1971.
"Everyone was prepared", said Bradley. Soon, the Wizards starters would take their seats and put on warm-up shirts.
Brooks is also running multiple players at Thomas when Boston is on offense to get ball the out of his hands.
Over is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
"They were the more physical team today", Wall said. Their 2017 playoff low was 103 - in their Game 5 win over the Atlanta Hawks in the first round. The Celtics utilized eight different defenders against Wall on Wednesday, holding him to 21 points on 41.2 percent shooting from the field.
He said he's found maturity to step back and not force plays that he might not have had earlier in his career. You have to get guys out there that can make the Wizards pay. I was just trying to do whatever I could to win tonight, really.
If the key to this series is simply "home cooking", the Wizards better bring their own chefs if they return to Boston. Here's the real kicker-and get ready for this-the Celtics actually outrebounded the Wizards 48-45, something that played a huge role in Boston controlling the pace and scoring a ton of points on fast breaks.
When the shots aren't falling, you need to make adjustments in game.
"That's the playoffs for you", Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas said.
With 10:58 left in the first quarter, the Celtics were down 4-0.
Thomas took only four shots in the first half.
The Celtics went on a 16-0 run over a five-minute stretch in the first quarter.
Bradley continued to pour in points and added 11 more in the second frame, giving him a sum of 25 for the night on 10-of-13 shooting. Every team would love a two-way big man who can pass the hell out of the ball, pick-and-pop and hit some 3-pointers. "I want to go out there and give my all".