The Celtics efficiency on both sides of the court was on full display, as was their potential when they're clicking on all cylinders.
Thomas flew from Chicago to Tacoma, Washington, to attend the funeral of his sister, Chyna, on Saturday, before flying back late on Saturday night and getting in at 4am. Olynyk did struggle defensively as he's just not quick enough laterally to keep up with most of the Wizards bigs, not to mention quick athletes like John Wall and Bradley Beal. According to Basketball Reference, the former 13th overall pick averages 10.3 points and 5.3 rebounds per-game against the Wizards, a team he's faced 15 times.
Markieff Morris' first foray into the NBA Playoffs was going smoothly until he badly rolled his left ankle on Sunday, in Game 1 of Washington's second-round series against Boston.
Smart started the second half for Gerald Green and finished with six points, four assists, three steals, three blocks and three rebounds. "We locked in even more". Washington tied the game up at 73-73, but the Celtics blew the Wizards away over the final 18 minutes of the game.
While Celtics coach Brad Stevens was coy on possible lineup changes for Game 2, there is the chance that Smart could shuffle into the starting five given the success of Boston's small-ball lineup in the third quarter.
Game 1 of the second-round series between the Jazz and Warriors will take place on Tuesday at Oracle Arena. The favorite is 8-2 ATS in the last 10 meetings and the home team is 5-0 ATS in the last five meetings. I've always had team-mates that I've always clowned them about their tooth being out.
The Celtics know that they will only go as far as their starters will take them, but these contributions from the bench make it a lot easier for the starters to take them there. He stayed in the game to make a free throw, but the Wizards fouled immediately so they could remove Morris and send him to the locker room.More news: Amid reports of US NAFTA pullout, Mexico leaned on diplomacy
"I can't break down right now", Wizards center Marcin Gortat said. "It seems like every game we're having one of those quarters when we don't play well".
Smart commended Brown's play and said he had talked to Stevens about the reasons he asked out of the game. He grabbed seven rebounds as well as the Sixers earned a 117-107 win over the playoff-bound Chicago Bulls on the road. These two plays were his last two field goal attempts of the afternoon, as Horford's defense essentially played him off the floor and out of the game.
Bulls fans would probably argue that they could have won if Rondo didn't get sidelined due to a thumb injury.
Things looked good for the Washington Wizards in the beginning.
The Wizards could neither keep Thomas, who also had nine assists, from going where he wanted nor close out on shooters. Al Horford nearly had a triple-double with 21 points, nine rebounds, and ten assists.
All of that was evident early when Cleveland was putting together a couple runs while the Raptors just missed shots. This year, he has come into his own, among the National Basketball Association elites, and plays every game as if he has something to prove.