Celtics rout Wizards on home court in NBA playoffs

Tuesday, 16 May, 2017

"If they do adjust (and) they (need) to play a more, I guess, normal type of defense, I think we can take advantage of that", Thomas said.

Wednesday night it was home to one of the best nights of Avery Bradley's career. Bradley averaged 16 points per game in Games 1 and 2 at Boston and then averaged 6 points per game in Washington. Isaiah Thomas is averaging 24.9 points and 5.9 assists while Al Horford is averaging 15.8 points and 7.7 rebounds.

"We're a team. And it's going to take a team effort to beat the Washington Wizards", Bradley said.

The Celtics, who are the top seeds in the East, won Game 5 in their series against Washington Wizards on Wednesday night.

Washington's John Wall finished with 21 points, four rebounds, and four assists. Both teams have battled it out through 9 games this season between the regular season and postseason with the home team winning each of the match-ups. Thomas was able to free up Horford by setting screens.

To go along with the lopsided finishes, numerous one-sided games were evident early on, with one team or the other taking a almost insurmountable lead in the first quarter and turning the rest of the game into a practice drill.

Washington had a 16-0 spurt to start game one, a 22-0 run in game three and 26-0 burst in game four. By hitting so many shots, the C's forced the Wizards to take the ball out from under the basket instead of pushing it up the court on a miss, where John Wall and co. are very unsafe. Washington has used a few different defenders on Thomas, most of the time going with either Bradley Beal or Kelly Oubre Jr.

If the Celtics win Friday, they would open against Cleveland on Monday night.

The social media person is likely getting some pats on the back today for this troll job but Crowder basically handed them this material. That's what happens when you're suspended for steamrolling Celtics counterpart Kelly Olynyk during a chippy Game 3.

Meanwhile, Thomas, who scored eight straight points in the fourth quarter said: "I guess that's how I've got to play". The Celtics dealt the Wizards a 123-101 loss in game five to put them in the driver's seat for the series.

However, I do expect the home team to prevail in Game 6 of this series. "Oh man. I just really enjoy playing with him", said Bradley, via ESPN. They combined for 48 points on just 28 shots. "If he could take it back, he would", Celtics coach Brad Stevens said before Wednesday night's game.

In Game 2, the Celtics needed 53 points from Isaiah Thomas to pull off the victory. The first two both came against Chicago in the first round. Boston G Isaiah Thomas was fined $25,000 by the National Basketball Association for "directing inappropriate language toward a fan" in Washington during Game 4. That likely won't stop Celtics fans from clapping back at CSN's joke, though. "We want Oubre!" at times during the first quarter.

Boston will try to buck those trends at the Verizon Center tonight, while trying to continue another one. They were so much better than Boston in winning Games 3 and 4, and nearly prevailing in Games 1 and 2.

"They made shots", Brooks said. "I think it's a good test for us".