The Boston Celtics are headed to the Eastern Conference Finals for the first time since 2012 after beating the Washington Wizards 115-105 in Game 7 Monday night in TD Garden. First of all, home teams have gone 18-12 (60 percent) against the spread in Game 7 situations over the past nine National Basketball Association postseasons.
CELTICS-WIZARDS: Isaiah Thomas used to imagine what it would be like to play in a Game 7 as he watched some of the NBA's biggest names cement their legacies on the league's biggest stage.
The Washington Wizards can advance to their first conference final since the 1978-79 season with a victory here. John Wall is too good in transition to give him any kind of head start, and every single run the Wizards have gone on is instigated by Wall in transition, following a flurry of turnovers from the Celtics. Afterward, for some odd reason, the Celtics performed a charade insisting the outfits had come together as pure coincidence.
As such, it wouldn't be impossible for the Washington Wizards to manage an upset in Game 7 of their conference semifinals series against the Celtics on Monday.
"Man, I don't believe in pressure", he said. While the Celtics have a terrific overall record (21-8) in those contests, they are even better in Game 7s on the Garden parquet. "We're at home", he said, "so they'll be fine". But geography isn't the only factor favouring the Celtics in Game 7. "We needed to help out the starters, help out Isaiah".
Celtics: Their 42-41 halftime lead was the visitors' first since edge since 2-0 on Horford's basket. Perhaps both teams can wear all black, just in case. We did a lot to push it to seven games against that team. "And they just stayed at it, and they beat us down".
Bradley Beal led the Wizards - which was playing it its first Game 7 since 1979 - with 38 points, including 24 in the second half.
Celtics players Avery Bradley and Gerald Green both insisted that the fashion choice was not planned. "I really don't care".
It was the seventh block for Hayes, who also scored 25 points and grabbed 15 rebounds.
Boston trailed 76-72 late in the third quarter before ending the period on a 13-3 spurt.
KEEP AN EYE ON: The scoring production of Wall and Beal. But Olynyk then took over. The Boston Celtics are averaging 106.4 points on 46 percent shooting and allowing 103.3 points on 45.2 percent shooting.
This is actually as simple as saying that Marcin Gortat needs to be a factor. "He was the difference today - a huge difference".
"This is probably the biggest game of our lives", Crowder said. I definitely, as a little boy, dreamed of being in a Game 7 and winning a Game 7. "Just came up short", Wall said. "You could tell from the bench, you could tell from being on the floor, those guys are now calm when it comes down to taking the last shots and game-winning shots". "So it's a not a satisfied season to me". Outrebounded the Celtics 43-31. The home team has won all nine games these two teams have played against each other this season. Lost season series to Cleveland 3-1. The Wizard's superstar point guard hit a three-pointer with 3.5 seconds left to extend the series for his team.
In fact, nearly every home team has performed woefully in elimination games this postseason.