A matchup against the rested and unbeaten Cleveland Cavaliers in the conference finals.
For the best mobile experience, use the mobile web version. "And they just stayed at it, and they beat us down". The Celtics reserves scored 48 points compared to just five by the Wizards.
Olynyk, appearing on TNT after the game, said he got a call from his coach in the morning, telling him he had to be his "best when your best is needed". In the 11 series that already have been decided, the only lower-seeded team to advance was fifth-seeded Utah over the fourth-seeded Clippers, which hardly counts as a shocker.
For a series where the home team has reigned supreme, the Washington Wizards continued that trend in spectacular fashion Friday night. Both teams played hard, we outlasted them there.
Wizards started second half just hunting Thomas, something they didn't do enough in this series.
The Celtics overcame a playoff career-high 38 points from Wizards guard Bradley Beal. Otto Porter Jr added 20 points while John Wall and Markieff Morris scored 18 each.
Boston finished the third with a 13-3 run, in the final two minutes and led 85-79 after three-quarters.
"It's going to be a while for me", Beal said of how long it might take before the sting of the loss subsides.
"I don't believe in pressure", Thomas said.
That run extended to 18-2 over four minutes across the quarters for the Celtics.
Boston's biggest problem was being 3-of-12 from three in first half, and that allowed the Wizards to have a 55-53 lead at the half.
Marcus Smart, Amir Johnson and Olynyk all were whistled for three fouls in the opening 24 minutes, though Smart did inject some life into a second unit that outscored their Wizards' counterparts 19-5. Thomas had five assists, more than Washington's entire team (four) in the period. But for the Lakers, who were playing the Celtics in the NBA Finals when the lottery was instituted in 1985, the swings could determine how quickly they can get back to their former heights.
"They didn't give us a chance [against the Wizards]".
The Cavs haven't lost an Eastern Conference playoff series since LeBron James re-signed with the team in the summer of 2014.
Where: TD Garden, Boston, Mass. I think that whatever happens in Game 7 against the Wizards, Thomas is a max-player.
Game 3: Sunday, May 21 at Cleveland, 8:30 p.m.
The city of Washington D.C. will be watching Monday night's game intently. For the Wizards, it was Bradley Beal who was putting on a show. No player from the Wizards bench scored after 6:56 of the 2nd quarter.
Isaiah Thomas previously claimed that "legends are made in Game 7". He didn't get to the rim effectively, and settled for bad jumpers at moments late in the game. Cleveland won the other games by a combined 35 points, including a 114-91 romp on April 5. Instead, Thomas did most of his damage in the third which is when the Celtics began to take control of the game. The Celtics will need him to have a big night to stunt Washington's momentum.
"It's tough. We came out here Game 7 and gave everything we had".