The Washington Wizards and Boston Celtics meet in game seven of the National Basketball Association second round playoffs Monday at the TD Garden. Though, it is highly likely that Thomas would have been able to find a better shot if there was one second more on the clock. One will advance Monday night, the other will go home and watch. "But we kept going and stayed the course". The Wizards wore all-black to a regular-season matchup with Boston in January before soundly beating them.
The victor will want to be at full strength for the finals against the Cavaliers but the possibilities of scuffles and technical fouls to earn players suspensions is a very real possibility this series. Monday's game is scheduled for an 8 p.m. EDT start, and TNT will have coverage on TV.
Washington's starting five - Wall, Bradley Beal, Otto Porter, Markieff Morris, Marcin Gortat - were +9 in 32 minutes, with a true shooting percentage of 62.3. Tayler Hill and Emma Meesseman, Washington's top two scorers for last season's 13-21 team, added 15 and 13 points, respectively.
Washington would once again tie it up at 89 on a layup by Beal with 28 seconds to play. Boston shot 40.5 percent from the field and finished 11 of 35 on 3-pointers.
"A lot of people counted us out this year and I feel like every single game throughout this year we got better and better and better and better". The Celtics are assured of no worse than the fourth pick in Tuesday night's draft lottery as they still reap the benefits of the Kevin Garnett/Paul Pierce trade to Brooklyn.
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.
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"It's tough. We came out here Game 7 and gave everything we had".
"Don't come into my city wearing all black talking about it is a funeral", said Wall.
Washingtons Ian Mahinmi, who was part of the 2014 Indiana Pacers team that eliminated Washington in the East semifinals, said both Wall and Bradley Beal have matured a lot since then. "So it's a not a satisfied season to me".
"You just have to put yourself in position to win a game", Wizards head coach Scott Brooks told The Vertical.
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- The Celtics connected on 11 3-pointers Monday night, making them just the fourth team to hit 10-plus 3-pointers in eight straight postseason games. The Celtics lost three of four in the head-to-head series with the Cavaliers during the regular season. Assists-Boston 25 (Crowder 8), Washington 20 (Wall 8). If they do hold on for the Game 7 win, it will be the furthest that any Washington team, Bullets or Wizards will have gone in the NBA Playoffs, aside from their sole Finals appearance against the Warriors in 1978-79.