May 12, 2017, 9:59 pm
For those of you hoping for some surprise upsets during the playoffs, you may have to wait another year. I was hoping the Raptors would at least make it interesting, but it was clear I was just blinded by my love for the team. Just when you thought the Spurs would be too “old” to pass the Rockets, James Harden decides to disappear once again in key moments. With the way things are playing out, it looks like the stage is setting up for Cavs vs. Warriors Part 3. Before we jump to any conclusions, we have to get through the Conference Finals, which is set to start on Sunday. In any good movie there has to be a plot twist, and I’m hoping one of these teams can pull off a late second upset. Anyways, on this Friday night of NBA action, Hoop-Ball has got you covered! John Wall and the Wizards defeat the Celtics tonight to force a Game 7 back in Boston. Playoff action is heating up so let’s hop right into Saturday’s Daily Dish! Also follow @HoopBallTweets for up to the minute updates or hit me up on Twitter (@NguyenTDanh) if you have any questions!
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Wizards 92, Celtics 91
What more can you say about John Wall? When the Wizards needed him most, he showed up and he showed up big time. Wall nailed a 3-point shot in the final seconds that ultimately ended up being the game-winner. He finished with 26 points (two treys), eight assists and two blocks, forcing a Game 7 back in Boston. The Wizards will need him to be more efficient than he was tonight, 9-of-25, if they want to make things easier for themselves. All-in-all he’s doing enough across the board to keep the Wizards alive.
Bradley Beal came to ball as well, dropping 33 points to go with two rebounds, five assists and one steal. Aside from his 1-of-8 shooting from deep, he was on fire all game long and bounced back from Game 5 in a big way. Markieff Morris completed the “big three” in Washington tonight, going for 16 points (two treys), 11 rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block. He made big plays down the stretch, even contesting Isaiah Thomas’ final shot attempt to win the game. Apart from Marcin Gortat reeling in 13 boards, it was a 3-man show tonight with no one else contributing much. The Wizards now must figure out a way to win on the road, something neither team has yet to do in this series.
The Celtics nearly won on the road behind the efforts of their backcourt. Isaiah Thomas scored 27 points (five treys) to go with three rebounds and seven assists. The Wizards kept him down for most of the game before he came alive in the fourth quarter. IT4 will need to figure out a way to consistently contribute in all four quarters if the Celtics want to get the W in Game 7. Avery Bradley continues his hot streak, notching 27 points (three treys), three rebounds, one assist and four steals. He’s come up big in the last two games and the Celtics really can’t ask much more of him but to carry that momentum into the next game. Al Horford was also solid in this one, posting 20 points, six rebounds three assists and one block. This series is headed to a Game 7, where the winner gets a date with the King in the next round.
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