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    There were two afternoon games on Sunday in the Association as the Celtics hosted Game 1 of their Eastern Conference Semi-Final matchup vs. the Wizards while in Los Angeles the Clippers and Jazz played in the only Game 7 of the first round. With Kansas playing in the background here’s Monday’s Daily Dish.

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    JAZZ 104, CLIPPERS 91 (GAME 7)

    The winner moved on to face the Warriors, the loser went home. Ironically, it seemed like either way there would be no clear-cut winner. In the end, Gordon Hayward proved to be the difference.

    THE GOOD

    Gordon Hayward led the Jazz attack in the decisive seventh game scoring 26 points on 9-of-20 from the field. He was a perfect 6-of-6 from the line and added eight rebounds, three assists and two triples in the win. He will now lead the Jazz into Oakland to take on a much tougher opponent. We know the Jazz are good, but are they good enough? We shall see on Tuesday night.

    Derrick Favors came off the bench and played extremely well scoring 17 points and adding 11 rebounds in this one. With Rudy Gobert not showing up for Game 7 Favors stepped up and played 30 minutes. Favors added three assists and one block while hitting 8-of-11 from the field. If Favors can provide this type of energy off the bench in the second round it could force the Warriors into playing Draymond Green more minutes than they would like.

    George Hill scored 17 points on 7-of-13 from the field to go with four rebounds, five assists and one triple in 35 minutes of action. Hill has battled injuries all season long but produced when it mattered. He also did a solid job on Chris Paul holding the elite PG to 13 points in the decisive seventh game.

    DeAndre Jordan was the only starter that played well for the Clippers. Jordan scored a team-high 24 points on 9-of-12 from the field and added a game-high 17 rebounds. He only hit 6-of-15 from the line and did not have a block in this one. This could be the last time we see CP3 with Dj and if it was he went out with a bang.

    Off the bench Jamal Crawford hit 8-of-16 from the field for 20 points in the loss. He added four rebounds, three assists and one triple in 32 minutes of action. Unfortunately for the Clippers no other bench player scored in double figures.

    Paul Pierce, in his final game of his career, scored six points on 2-of-4 from the field. It’s not so much about his individual stats here but it’s been a pleasure seeing Pierce compete throughout his career. We’ll miss you. #THETRUTH

    THE BAD

    Rudy Gobert was completely invisible in this critical game. He may not have been 100% in this one and it showed. Gobert scored one point and added four rebounds in his foul-plagued 13 minutes of action. If the Jazz have any chance of keeping up with the Warriors they will need Gobert to be at his best.

    Chris Paul disappointed with a 6-of-19 shooting performance. CP3 carried the Clippers in this series, but could not carry the load in Game 7. Paul added nine assists, four rebounds and one triple in the loss.

    J.J. Redick also disappointed scoring only three points in 22 minutes of action. Redick shot 1-of-5 from the field and added two rebounds and one triple in the Game 7 loss.

    THE TAKEAWAY

    The Jazz move on to square off against the Warriors, with the series beginning on Tuesday night in Oakland while the Clippers enter a critical offseason, one that will be dominated with questions surrounding Blake Griffin’s future. Despite a good regular season, the Clippers fell short once again and it wouldn’t be surprising to see changes on the horizon.

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    CELTICS 123, WIZARDS 111 (GAME 1)

    The Wizards came out hot in this one leading by double digits after one and carrying a lead into the half. The Celtics promptly outscored the Wizards by 20 in the third and never looked back.

    THE GOOD

    Isaiah Thomas, playing with a heavy heart after attending his sister’s funeral on Saturday came out and dropped 33 points to help lead the Celtics to the Game 1 win. Thomas shot 11-of-20 from the field and added nine assists, five triples, one rebound and one block in 38 minutes of action. He’ll look to keep it rolling on Tuesday night when the Celtics look to extend their lead to 2-0.

    Al Horford just missed a triple-double in this one scoring 21 points to go with 10 assists and nine rebounds. Horford shot 10-of-13 from the field and added one triple and one block in the win. If Horford can keep this level of play going it will be tough for the Wizards to guard him.

    Jae Crowder shot 8-of-14 and scored 24 points to go with six rebounds. He added one assist, one steal and a game-high six 3-pointers in this one. Crowder was absolutely deadly from downtown, but it’s highly unlikely that he continues this torrid pace.

    Avery Bradley scored 18 points on 7-of-20 from the field. He added five rebounds, four assists, four steals and three triples in 39 minutes of action.

    John Wall was an absolute stud for the Wizards scoring 20 points and adding a game-high 16 assists in the loss. He added four rebounds, two blocks, one steal and one triple. He also committed a game-high eight turnovers.

    Bradley Beal shot 9-of-19 for 27 points.  He added four assists, four triples, one rebound, one steal and one block in 40 minutes of action.

    THE BAD

    Gerald Green started again for the Celtics but only played seven minutes and only had one turnover to show for it.

    Markieff Morris left this one with a left ankle injury and did not return. Morris was quoted after the game as saying that he’d definitely play in Game 2, but we’ll have to take a wait and see approach here. If he can’t give it a go it would be a big blow to the Wizards.

     

    Brandon Jennings played 13 minutes off the bench but went scoreless on 0-of-2 from the field.

    THE TAKEAWAY

    The Celtics started slowly but dominated the second and third quarters to really control of this one. They have now won five in a row (dating back to the Bulls series) and are showing no signs of slowing down. Celtics in six is what we’re thinking.

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