After the San Antonio Spurs' demolition of the Houston Rockets on Thursday night, attention shifted to Washington.
The Wizards may have the emotion on their side heading into game 7 and the memory that they won their in January could give them some sort of edge.
Leave everything on the floor for 48 minutes. He's another guard who won't be afraid of the big moment, so look for him to play a big role, especially if the game is close late in the fourth quarter. After halftime, Boston controlled the game.
All the Celtics have to do is play with good objective and physicality.
Thomas finished this one with 27 points and 7 assists, while Avery Bradley once again performed very well with 27 points shooting 10 from 18 from the field. Despite Boston's sturdy execution, Washington didn't give in. Knowing that we're on the road we have to play great. With 1:25 left in the game, Washington promptly turned the ball over on a John Wall charge call off of a timeout.
When Beal raced down the court and pulled up from far behind the three-point line, and as the ball was flying through the air, so were all of Washington's past sports' sorrow and sadness. Wall pounded two left-handed dribbles before rising over Boston's Avery Bradley and sinking what was about a 26-footer from the right wing. But Boston's execution was flawless. The second team only combined for 5 points for Brad Stevens and Boston, and that might have been a reason they lost the game in the first place. After a last second heave from Isaiah Thomas clanked off the rim, the Wizards could finally breathe a sigh of relief and celebrate their victory. But Horford somehow buried a baseline bank shot in his eye to take the 91-89 lead. John Wall would not have it, not on his home-court.
A lot has been made of Isaiah Thomas' playoff series, after his sister tragically passed away on the eve of game one. Markieff Morris provided nine points, including an open three-pointer in the final quarter, while Beal and Wall took care of the heavy lifting.
Forget about Thomas' 53 points during Game 2.
There's no sugarcoating it. Wednesday was a must-win for Washington, because 83% of teams in a 2-2 situation, who won Game 5 would go on to win the series.
"I thought it was going in".
The Wizards did buck another disturbing trend, however, with their Game 6 win.
Based on how these teams have battled all season, Game 7 seemed inevitable.
In what has become a golden age for National Basketball Association point guards, Wall has seen so many of his contemporaries create moments that have come to define them.
And maybe, more importantly, go ask the teammates who are no longer here that are enjoying big-time contracts because they played with somebody who wasn't selfish and got their teammates involved. Whenever Wall probed into the lane, he was surrounded and essentially engulfed by green jerseys.
The four-time All-Star started slow, missing 11 of 12 field goals before hitting three in a row in the third.
Only three Wizards scored in the second half. His speed was brilliant, and legitimately - terrifying.
A whole second more, actually.