Bradley Beal led the Wizards - which was playing it its first Game 7 since 1979 - with 38 points, including 24 in the second half.
Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James, pictured driving to the basket against Boston Celtics center Al Horford at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland on December 29, 2016, makes the Cavs a heavy betting favorite to win the 2017 Eastern Conference Finals.
"Coming back home, up 3-2 and having a chance to close them out".
How are the Celtics supposed to beat a top two all-time player when he's putting up the best numbers of his life?
While the fans chanting "We want Cleveland!" might seem excessive, to those who say, "Be careful what you wish for", I'll disagree. (By contrast, Isaiah Thomas' 25.4 points and Al Horford's 16.1 points give the Celtics 41.5 points per game from their two most productive scorers.) It is a cognizance of the Cavs' shooting 49 percent from the field and 43.4 percent from 3-point range, both of which are the best such marks in the National Basketball Association this postseason. The Celtics closed the series with a 115-105 victory on Monday night at the Garden.
Like their Western Conference counterparts, the East has stuck to the chalk, pinning the No. 1-seeded Boston Celtics against the No. 2-seeded Cleveland Cavaliers.
The Boston Celtics are all in this postseason.
Asked after Monday night's game what it will take for his team to beat Cleveland, Boston guard Marcus Smart said, "Perfection". Of that series, Stevens said, "I thought we were lucky to even be in the playoffs".
The Celtics should lean heavily on Thomas. "We have to game plan every game; we have to game plan for what they bring to the table".
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The second-seeded Cavaliers haven't played since May 7 and will continue to ride the red-hot duo of forward LeBron James (34.4 average) and point guard Kyrie Irving (23.8) as they look to shake off the rust. Despite the hardships, Thomas is averaging 25.4 points in the postseason - he had 29 points, 12 assists and just two turnovers in the Game 7 win over the Wizards - and has four 30-point outings. From the Wizards point of view, they had to win their next two consecutive games against Boston or their season was over.
"We're just all about winning", Lue said.
James on fresh legs is playing the best we've seen him in months. "We were able to get by without him scoring".
James showed up at Tuesday's media gathering wearing a T-shirt that had a leprechaun with a halo over its head on it.
Boston also has assisted on 70.4 percent of its field goals, the highest mark in the postseason, and has isolated on a league-low 5.2 percent of its possessions. "It doesn't matter if you're starting at home or on the road", James said.
The Celtics opened up as +425 underdogs to win the series at Westgate, with the Cavaliers as -550 favorites. Kevin Love might have a bit more motivation since he was knocked out of the series the last time he met Boston, done in by a Kelly Olynyk arm bar takedown ... It's always a little jarring when a team you follow has such a long break between games.
Brooks played Beal and Wall 46 and 45 minutes, respectively, but said it was necessary to try to stay in the game. Center Al Horford is averaging 16.1 points and guard Avery Bradley is averaging 15.8 a game.
Putting pressure on the Cavs, who haven't trailed in an East series since losing Game 3 to the Bulls in the 2015 conference finals, and giving themselves confidence is the best-case scenario for the Celtics at the start of the series. They showed that in the in series. They didn't give us a chance when we were down 0-2 in Chicago.
"We know it's going to be tough, but at this point, anything can happen, and we really believe it", Thomas said.