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Celtics take down Wizards 115-105; now face Cavs

20 May, 2017, 11:15 | Author: Alberta Rodriguez

The Celtics are headed to the Eastern Conference Finals, but first, they await their fate in the 2017 NBA Draft Lottery Tuesday night. Cleveland lit up IN and Toronto from deep (NBA-best 43 percent through eight games), but expect the Cavs to struggle at times IN the series from downtown.

This was the guy who sent the Washington Wizards to a decisive seventh game on Monday night in Boston with a deep 3-pointer with 3.5 seconds left, placing the franchise just 48 minutes away from reaching the Eastern Conference finals for the first time since 1979.

The heroics of Olynyk and Thomas offset a playoff career-best 38 points from Bradley Beal in a losing cause. That came despite the perimeter inconsistency of guard Isaiah Thomas, whose scoring came mostly from forays to the basket.

And then there's Marcus Smart, a 28 percent regular season 3-point shooter who is shooting a respectable 36 percent in the postseason - the sudden discovery of his 3-point shot has to be respected by defenses now, which opens up more space on the court for the Celtics' better shooters - shooters Smart will find.

Now it's time for Wizards president Ernie Grunfeld to get these young, talented guards - who have seemingly worked through whatever chemistry issues plagued them in the past - help in the frontcourt and off the bench. But Boston just can't keep up with the James-led onslaught. "But at this point anything can happen", Thomas said.

We won't have long to enjoy this break in normality as the Eastern Conference Finals start on Wednesday and Cleveland will most likely remind us all what the status quo is in the National Basketball Association. We played them four times. "We don't care about what others say". Thomas had to visit the dentist after injuring at least three teeth in Game 1 against Washington, and the Celtics are only advancing after their defenders contained John Wall in Game 7. It should be another exciting game and bettors wanting to make it even more thrilling should take their chances with one or more of the live in play betting markets that bet365 Sports will be offering throughout the game. The play of Thomas has been inspiring for the past month, even as he has slowed down lately, and big man Al Horford has silenced critics with his all-around game. "We really believe that".

Thomas, as he has done all season, played his best when the Celtics needed it most.

Thomas is averaging 25.4 points per game in the postseason, and his teammates have picked him up when he's needed it, too. "But we have a special opportunity to get a chance to compete against them". Rust was a problem for the Warriors against the Spurs on Sunday, but the Cavs just have too much talent not to be able to withstand an early Boston lead. The Celtics will try thick, wide-bodied Jae Crowder, and the Cavs will run James through pick-and-rolls when they do.

And as Olynyk walked off the floor with 1:37 to play and Boston ahead 110-102, he received a rousing applause, the kind he has never had as a member of the Celtics.

The 2 teams last met in the conference finals in 1976 when the Celtics prevailed 4-2.

"Been here before, so we have to be smart", he said.

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