Avery Bradley 'did it all' for Celtics in Game 5 victory
May 14 2017 by Harriet Stone
The Wizards have been dominant at home, going unbeaten SU in five games in this postseason, and 8-2 SU and 7-3 ATS in their past 10 overall.
Thomas' teammates got the message, especially backcourt mate Avery Bradley. The Celtics balanced attack came early and often, as the C's dropped 33 points in the first quarter.
Al Horford added 19 points.
The second-round series between the Boston Celtics and Washington Wizards in the 2017 NBA Playoffs has been characterized by one thing: home-court dominance.
"He's a great defender, and has a knack for the ball", Wizards guard Bradley Beal said of Bradley.
Boston would prefer for this trend to continue, but the Wizards have five good reasons to remain confident ahead of Game 6. The Celtics were able to take back their lead in the series Thursday night. John Wall finished second in the National Basketball Association in steals and second in assists this season while averaging 23.1 points per game, but he's rarely (if ever) called a two-way player. They have to keep guys like Isaiah Thomas, Avery Bradley and Al Horford, who shot 3-of-4 from three in Game 5, in check otherwise they will be in trouble. If the Wizards can hold serve, I believe they can win Game 7 at Boston.
Many were perplexed by Brad Stevens' decision to keep Amir Johnson in the starting lineup for Game 5, but Boston's starting group rewarded the head coach's decision by blowing the doors off the Wizards nearly right from the opening tip en route to a 123-101 victory that has the Celtics one win away from the Eastern Conference Finals. They now have a maximum of two games left to get that solitary win that's needed. The Wizards appeared to rely on home-court advantage more than nearly any other National Basketball Association team, suffering 11 more losses on the road.
This season, the Wizards reversed the losing tide by owning their home court and compiling a streak that extended to 17 consecutive wins inside Verizon Center. This latest haul has the Celtics one game away from an Eastern Conference finals date with Cleveland. The 15 fast break points was more than they had for the entire Game 4.
Bradley said he was inspired by text messages he got from Thomas and Celtics' television play-by-play man Mike Gorman. The last time they played in Washington, the Wizards used 22-0 and 26-0 runs to coast to easy wins. The Wizards are going to be hard to kill as John Wall is a leader who will make sure they fight to the very end.
The top scorer in the Eastern Conference this season, dropping 28.9 points per game, is talking screen-setting? They'll look to change the result of those past instances and extend their season this time around.
Based on the box score, it doesn't look like Isaiah Thomas showed up in the first half of Game 5. He also dished out nine assists.
Not to say that Brooks' players were passive, but they appeared to stage a sit-in while the Celtics raced up and down the court. Kelly Olynyk and Horford also had strong showings. The Wiz will likely stick with their plan and force IT to give the ball up, because he's too risky when he's able to get the shots he wants.