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

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

Following the win, Celtics coach Brad Stevens spent a lot of time talking about objective, something his team showed plenty of in Game 5 to get the win.

In the last nine games between the teams, the home team has won every time.

It will be critical that the C's get out to another fast start tonight at Verizon Center. Bradley Beal scored 16 points, but it was not enough to challenge the Celtics.

"They're going to do what they're going to do", said Wizards point guard John Wall, per Duffy.

Now the Washington Wizards are playing the Boston Celtics, and it has not been going as planned for them.

The first two games, the Wizards got off to leads on the road, but the Celtics, fueled by their home crowd and the stellar play of Isiah Thomas, came back in each game to take the victory.

The final stanza saw the Celtics go on an 11-0 run in the first 3 minutes.

During the first quarter of the game, Celtics already showcased a strong performance as they got an early 16-0 running which helped them dominate the game over the past four quarters.

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Game 6 is Friday night in Washington, where the Wizards easily won their two games. The Washington Wizards are averaging 109.8 points on 46 percent shooting and allowing 109 points on 45.7 percent shooting.

All the attempts of the guests to get at least close to 10 points were safely neutralized by the efforts of the starting five of "Boston".

If the top-seeded Celtics win Friday, they would open against Cleveland on Monday night.

Al Horford has been everything the Celtics wanted when they signed him to the ginormous contract over the offseason. But the Washington guards combined to go 14 of 36 from the floor and two of seven from three-point range. He's been even better against the Wizards, upping those percentages to 69 percent and 59 percent, respectively. 7 assists and 6 boards in Game 5 for Boston, while Isaiah Thomas had 18 points and 9 assists and Jae Crowder added 18 points and 8 rebounds. "All they did was take care of their business at home just like we did".

Much of that should be credited to Horford, who blocked three shots in the win. We caught our first glimpse of it early in the first quarter in Game 5 when Al Horford, who averaged a decent 0.93 points per post-up possession during the regular season, got an opportunity to attack Markieff Morris on the block early in the shot clock. "What I'm trying to do is just give other guys space, space for others and also be a good screen setter".

He's made the most of being healthy this time around.

A big part of that was the fact his teammates were actually hitting shots. However, Washington forgot to account for shooting guard Avery Bradley. As much as Isaiah Thomas has been the engine for the Celtics on offense this postseason, Avery Bradley has been counted on just as much on the defensive side of the ball. It's often excessive and downright frustrating, but it's one of their deadliest weapons.

This has been a heated, angry series, but Game 5 didn't feature a whole lot of emotion. But rather than preventing a layup or dunk, he pauses at the free throw line to prevent Thomas from pulling-up from the 3-point line. Surprisingly, Crowder is third at 44 percent (10-of-23). Fans at TD Garden began the game chanting, "We want Oubre!" but that later changed to "F-- you, Oubre!"

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