BOSTON-Canadian Kelly Olynyk scored a career-playoff high 26 points and the Boston Celtics used a big fourth quarter to outlast the Washington Wizards 115-105 in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals Monday night. Tipoff is at 8:30 p.m. on TNT. "I just love this game and I'm playing hard". It was another one of those nights for a D.C.pro sports team - close, but only close enough to feel the blade slashing at the wound once more.
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. The Wizards starters have a net rating of -0.2 this playoffs, while their bench's net rating is -15.7. But the fans took a special liking to the performance of their most unexpected hero, who had totaled eight of fewer points during four of the first six games of the series.
Following the win, the Celtics will take on LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. Boston was hammered by Cleveland in a statement game late in the season.
Olynyk was the victim of a Kelly Oubre Jr. shove in Game 3 that got the Wizards guard suspended for Game 4. Last season, the Celtics lost in the first round to the Atlanta Hawks. They will face off for game-1 in Boston on Wednesday, May 17, at the TD Garden.
Much like people talk about The Leon Powe game in the 2008 NBA Finals, people will refer to this one as The Kelly Olynyk game.
Check the scoreboard above for the final score and click on the stats link for game stats. As CSN Mid-Atlantic reported in their matchup preview, the Boston Celtics may have the home court advantage, but the Washington Wizards could have a coaching advantage here. He capped that burst with a pull-up 3-pointer that had the Celtics out front 94-81 with 10:00 to play. Isaiah Thomas and Bradley fought hard and would've been disappointed they couldn't shut Washington out of the game when they had all the running at the start of the fourth quarter.More news: Trump tapes? If they exist, they could spell trouble
You can tie a lot of Wall's struggles tonight back to the team's inability to give him an adequate backup to spell him most of the season.
Pierce's advice was ringing in his ears on Sunday. It's more indicative of what the two teams are - green and still developing - that they teeter so frequently.
Celtics: Improved to 22-8 all-time in Game 7s and 19-4 all-time at home.Outscored the Wizards 58-40 in the paint.
But Game 6 was merely delaying the inevitable.
Wall is often an afterthought in top point guard discussion behind Steph Curry, James Harden, Russell Westbrook, and so on, and even though he might not be on that level yet, he isn't overwhelmingly behind.
And before Game 7, Olynyk totaled 26 points in his previous three games combined.
Wall and Thomas also have had their supporting casts come through. He got Beal to play up to his max contract and Otto Porter blossomed into a three-point threat. But he was mostly contained in Games 3 through 5 as Washington sent multiple defenders at him.