Home's where the heart is for Wiz, Celtics as Game 6 arrives

Outside of that Ginobili game the other night, which was classic and a ideal chance to remember again how electrifying and fun the guy can be, the entire post-season has been filled with ho-hum games, predictable games and routs and has, frankly, been boring. The points came in all varieties.

During the first quarter when the Celtics created the lead they wouldn't relinquish, they had 15 fast break points in the first quarter. But all you can do is go out there and play basketball.

Brown was the first substitution for the Celtics, replacing Amir Johnson - a departure from the team's usual rotation in which Smart comes off the bench to help anchor the transition to the bench. "We've done a pretty good job on their best player, but not (a) good enough job on the other guys". Bradley Beal seemed to be the only player in a rhythm early, while Boston had all 5 starters in sync. Rozier had one specific defensive possession where he stuck with Wall around the perimeter, defended the drive, and forced Wall to retreat again.

"They made shots", Brooks said. People on the Celtics not named Isaiah have to play with confidence and an edge.

"And that's what Avery Bradley does". That was his playoff career high. He surpassed it in the first half.

Considering the Wizards held Isaiah Thomas to 5 points at the half, that was extremely disappointing.

In Boston's three wins Bradley has constantly crowded Wall, tormenting him with an assortment of stabs and pokes at the ball, while also cutting off his driving lanes. "All indications are that he felt good after yesterday's game", Stevens said. They got it down to 13, before letting Boston score the next four points going into a timeout. His 29 - he rested in the fourth quarter and logged just 30:27 overall - left him one point shy of becoming the first Celtic other than Thomas to score 30 in game since Bradley on October 29 - the third game of the season. That's why having Al Horford on the floor and in the locker room is so important.

Bradley made four 3-pointers and shot 12-for-19 overall.

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In addition to the turnovers that have kept the Celtics from getting into an offensive rhythm and prevented them from setting up defensively in the halfcourt, the ability to score when Isaiah Thomas isn't dominating has been a major question mark.

Gortat laughed off Bradley's heat-of-the-moment warning, but today he and the Wizards are laughing out of the short side of a 3-2 series deficit.

On Wednesday night, though, that blessing came attached to a curse. His streak of consecutive playoff games under 20 points reached three (previous high was 1), but all he's looking for is the W. And I knew that I haven't been playing to my ability on the offensive end the last two games, and for this team, I wanted to bring my all. Shot just 24 percent from the 3-point line (7 of 29). John Wall finished second in the National Basketball Association in steals and second in assists this season while averaging 23.1 points per game, but he's rarely (if ever) called a two-way player. "I told him before the game that I believe in him and he's going to have a big game, and he did".

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The Game 5 victory also showcased maturity on Thomas' part.

Game 7 would be in Boston on Monday. Boston bested Washington in all three.

Boston led by as many as 26 points, negating Washington's physicality by spreading the floor and knocking down 16 3-pointers. This was the Wizards lowest point total since Game 4 against Atlanta.

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