Celtics at Wizards: Watch It!

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Many were perplexed by Brad Stevens' decision to keep Amir Johnson in the starting lineup for Game 5, but Boston's starting group rewarded the head coach's decision by blowing the doors off the Wizards nearly right from the opening tip en route to a 123-101 victory that has the Celtics one win away from the Eastern Conference Finals. It can't just be Isaiah Thomas every single night.

Al Horford finished with 19 points and added seven assists and six rebounds for Boston.

Oubre said after the Wizards' 123-101 loss, which gave the Celtics a 3-2 series lead, that the chants made an impression. "Oh man. I just really enjoy playing with him", said Bradley, via ESPN.

When asked about having the chance to close the series in Washington, Avery Bradley said: "It's a great opportunity to make the Eastern Conference finals and we've got to understand that". That's when we're at our best: "when we're able to move the ball around and everyone's touching it and everyone's making plays for each other". Washington has won just one road game so far in the 2017 NBA Playoffs, but they are 5-0 at the Verizon Center.

In Game 4, the Wizards and Celtics played a competitive first half and were tied at the break, but the Wiz broke the game open in the third quarter when they went on a 26-0 run to secure their fate and tie the series at 2-2. "Tonight it happened to be me". But in the team's past two playoff appearances - in which current starters John Wall, Bradley Beal and Marcin Gortat made up the core - Washington lost elimination games at home.

Wall limped his way to 21 points on 7-for-17 shooting and didn't get much help from the rest of his team.

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In Game 2, the Celtics needed 53 points from Isaiah Thomas to pull off the victory. Kelly Oubre, who was suspended for Game 4 tallied 13 points off the bench in Game 5. He did it all, and we need that from him; especially even in Game 6 we're going to need that from him. "It started with the focus", Wizards Coach Scott Brooks told reporters.

Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas was fined $25,000 (23,000 euros) by the National Basketball Association on Wednesday for making a profane remark at a heckler during a playoff game at Washington. Boston has now won eight straight overall at the Boston Garden over Washington. "I can never keep up with what we're going to wear game-to-game".

In the five home games, Washington has held opponents to 40.9 percent shooting, the second lowest among all playoff teams.

Here are five things to watch out for when the Boston Celtics and the Washington Wizards meet at 8 p.m. tonight at Verizon Center. Some of this was because they were able to get the Wizards to miss shots, but it was also in part by design as they leaked a few guards out after a Washington shot attempt and it resulted in a few easy buckets. They were not willing to go down so easily. Against the Celtics at home, the Wizards have allowed just 95.5 points per 100 possessions, which is better than the best defense allowed during the regular season (San Antonio Spurs had a 100.9 defensive rating). Washington should win Game 6, and goodness only knows how a Game 7 in Boston would play out.

Meanwhile Lebron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers await the victor of the series resting at home after back to back 4 game sweeps. The Wizards have to play bigger, and they have to slow down Boston's impeccable ball movement.

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