With elimination on the horizon, the Washington Wizards will need to change a few things to get a home victory. However, for that to happen, Washington will have to overcome a strong trend that has developed in the 2017 playoffs. Similar to Game 3, the road team had no chance from early on. Golden State and Cleveland combined to deliver 4 of those 10 losses. Houston Rockets' point guard Patrick Beverley also received a $25,000 fine for confronting a fan during a first-round matchup with the Oklahoma City Thunder. This caused each player to be held back and resulted in Oubre being ejected and possibly being suspended for today's game 5.
"You just look at some of the data stuff that people come up with, and he's like the best player numbers-wise in the Chicago series". In fact, the home team has covered the Vegas spread in all nine games this season.
The league press release said the incident in question occurred during Game 4 of a playoffs series between the Celtics and Wizards in Washington on Sunday. The Celtics led by as many as 26 in the fourth quarter and hit 16 3-pointers for the game. Joked Wizards coach Scott Brooks on Thursday: "I'll take a 25-point run".
The home team has won each game in the series.
In a total team effort, four out of the five Celtics starters scored in double digits while two-guard Avery Bradley finished with a game-high 29 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists while making 12/19 field goals. The last player other than Thomas to score 30 for Boston was Bradley on October 29.
Al Horford added 19 points. Horford, who of course spurned the Wizards this offseason, shot 8-9 for 19 points, with 6 rebounds, 7 assists, and 3 blocks.
Boston can still win this series and will look to do so tonight, but the Wizards have their backs against the wall and will be fighting for their playoff lives.
For example, Wall falls asleep and loses sight of Bradley on this possession, but it's because the Celtics use Thomas as a screener at the point of attack.
One reason why Horford shot so well last game was because of Thomas' ability to get him open. On Wednesday, the Wizards completely forgot their fundamentals, losing to the Boston Celtics, 123-101, in Game 5, and plunging into a perilous hole.
As the game wore on and Boston extended its lead, the fans at the Garden resumed chanting at Oubre.
In NBA history, the Game 5 victor of a best-of-seven series tied 2-2 has gone on to win the series 83 percent of the time, putting the odds heavily in Boston's favor.
The Celtics went 16-for-33 from beyond the arc and became the sixth team in National Basketball Association history with at least 10 three pointers in six straight postseason. "I felt like he had a great game". So getting over a 5-point Vegas number is reasonable. The margin never dipped below eight over the final 41 minutes. He can carry this team on his shoulders if he needs to.
If the Wizards protect homecourt they'll have another opportunity at redemption in Game 7 on Monday. The Celtics bigs outplayed the Wizards bigs and though Marcin Gortat still grabbed 11 boards, he was ineffective for much of the game. Horford is averaging 16.4 points, 5.6 assists and 6.8 rebounds, while Bradley is averaging 14.6 points, 2.4 assists and 4.4 rebounds per game.