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The prize for winning this Eastern Conference semifinals series?
"But we have a special opportunity to get a chance to compete against them".
"A friend called me and said "Be at your best when your best is needed" and my best was needed tonight", Olynyk said after the win.
Olynyk described the series win as a "a team effort". "That's a tough team that we played seven tough games against, and they can score".
But it was rookie Jaylen Brown who put them in position to make their run. Otto Porter scored 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, and Markieff Morris contributed 18 points and nine rebounds. The Celtics stormed back to take a three-point lead, 82-79, with 1:01 remaining.
Washington had its moments to steal Game 7 on the road, but inherent sloppiness at the end of the third quarter allowed Boston to take a sizable lead through the rest of the game. But Washington responded, scoring seven straight in 51 seconds.
He would play 28 minutes, scoring 26 points on 10-14 shooting, collecting five rebounds and dishing out four assists.
"From his Area 21 Twitter account, Kevin Garnett even shouted out Olynyk while offering his famed 2008 proclamation, "Anything is possible!" then adding the hashtag, "#Manbuns". He scored 11 of 13 points for Boston as the Celtics pushed their lead to 110-100.
"I know that we're a franchise that expects championships, and that's great", Horford said.
Both teams came out a bit tight and tentative in the first few minutes minutes. He went scoreless in Game 6 but was the spark early that kept the Wizards viable when it could've gotten ugly early. It would've been their first conference final since 1979 but the No. 4 seed in the East made their deepest progress in the postseason in 38 years regardless.
Aside from fouls, the Celtics especially were troubled in the rebounding department, as the Wizards outrebound the C's 23-14 through two quarters.
They had 45 points in Game 7. Outscored the Wizards 58-40 in the paint.
For the better part of two seasons, Boston fans have been clamoring for the Celtics to ship some of their draft picks and young prospects away for a star or two.
Who: Washington Wizards vs.
A quick burst from Boston soon pushed its advantage to 13 points, but it didn't last long, as a well-taken timeout from Scott Brooks settled down the Wizards, and they got right back into the game. The Wizards are 6-4 in Game 7s, 2-4 on the road. Home teams are 101-26 all time. Their high-scorer was guard Bradley Beal. They don't have much time to celebrate dispatching the Wizards, but good luck finding anyone in Boston willing to complain.