Celtics advance to Eastern Conference finals to face Cleveland

Posted May 16, 2017

This was highlighted by a key exchange with less than a minute left in the game where Bradley Beal, Isaiah Thomas, John Wall and then Al Horford had all scored on consecutive possessions to give the Celtics a 91-89 lead down the stretch.

For Thomas it serves as the ultimate validation for a team that many felt was unworthy of the conference's top seed.

The Celtics are the favorites going into Game 7 in Boston, as bet365 Sports has posted in their favor at 1.47, while the Wizards are not too far behind at 2.75. The Celtics and Wizards are winless on the road against one another, and only a couple of the games have even been close.

The victor will want to be at full strength for the finals against the Cavaliers but the possibilities of scuffles and technical fouls to earn players suspensions is a very real possibility this series. Also, we deliver you the latest odds and predictions ahead of Monday night's Game 7. He would play 28 minutes, scoring 26 points on 10-14 shooting, collecting five rebounds and dishing out four assists. Otto Porter added 20 points and John Wall and Markieff Morris each finished with 18. Boston carried their positive momentum into the fourth quarter, where Olynyk took over. Shooting guard Bradley Beal is averaging 23.8 points per contest, making 46.4 percent of his shots. "It was in my mind throughout the game that I didn't want them to come here and basically call it a funeral if we lose at home". Hedo Turkoglu and Dwight Howard had different plans as the Magic outscored the Celtics 35-21 in the fourth quarter of that one, en route to a 101-82 victory and a date with LeBron's Cavs in the ECF.

Their second round against the Wizards has not been as smooth of a ride.

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"Don't come into my city wearing all black talking about it is a funeral", he said. But that's when Wall pulled up off the dribble with a three-point shot from 26 feet, right in the face of Celtics guard Avery Bradley to steal the victory.

"It's tough. We came out here Game 7 and gave everything we had. So it's a not a satisfied season to me".

Washington, which had lost seven straight elimination games at home, prevailed despite shooting 5 of 24 on 3-pointers and 43 percent overall. Still have not reached a conference final since 1979. Washington, at the time, made no bones about what they were doing - there was some bad blood between the teams, and the Wizards wore all black as a sign that they were taking the regular season game as seriously as a playoff game. He would finish with 18 points and 11 assists for another double-double on Monday night.

"All of these guys in college played Game 7 every time they took the court in March", Celtics coach Brad Stevens, who will coach the first Game 7 of his National Basketball Association coaching career tonight, said.