Legend of Olynyk is Born Via Game-7 Heroics

Jonathan Hernandez
Мая 18, 2017

Boston advances to the Eastern Conference finals, where it will host the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 1 on Wednesday.

The victor advances to meet the Cleveland Cavaliers and LeBron James in the conference finals.

Big man Olynyk scored 26 points, while Isaiah Thomas scored 29 points and had 12 assists, as the Celtics used a big fourth quarter to outlast the Wizards 115-105 in the Eastern Conference semis. Then Kelly Olynyk and the bench came up huge in Game 7 against the pesky Wizards.

Wall was just 2-of-13 from the field in the second half, 1-of-8 from beyond the arc, and missed on his final 11 attempts. Bradley Beal scored a game-high 38 points for the Wizards, including 24 in the second half.

Washington's starting five - Wall, Bradley Beal, Otto Porter, Markieff Morris, Marcin Gortat - were +9 in 32 minutes, with a true shooting percentage of 62.3. But Washington also had 15 turnovers, leading to 17 Celtics points. They won all four games at home in the series against Washington.

The defending champion Cavaliers won three of the four meetings between the teams in the regular season, including a dominant victory in early April with the Cavs back at full strength after some early season injuries.

Still, Wall hit the game-winning three in Game 6 to force Monday's contest and averaged 25.1 points per game during the series. They outrebounded the Celtics, 43-31. "I've seen them play before".

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The conference finals will be the sixth playoff series between the Celtics and a James team, two more than any other opponent James has faced in the postseaon.

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Raise your hand if you thought the Washington Wizards would be eliminated in Game 7 thanks to an epic performance by Kelly Olynyk. "I think they're playing better this year than they did last year". The Celtics played in their NBA-record 30th Game 7, improving to 21-9, 19-4 at home.

The Washington Wizards' defensive breakdowns in the second half last night helped put the Celtics in the Eastern Conference finals. Beal said after the loss.

Given all of this bad blood, it was probably a bad idea for the Celtics to wear all-black into Game 6. Thomas has been instrumental for his team in the fourth quarter, leaving no doubt why the final period is referred to as "IT Time". After a series in which he was the best player on the court, Wall's speed went from warp to mortal. "We know it's going to be tough but, at this point, anything can happen, we really believe that". "We tried to score a little bit but we just lost our composure and they picked us apart".

Olynyk's highlight basket of the night came during the first quarter, when he faked a dribble-hand-off to Thomas on the right wing and turned the corner for a drive to the rack that eventually turned into a three-point play.

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