The Boston Celtics are all in this postseason. Although it looked like the Celtics were starting to lose their grip in the conference Semi Finals against the Washington Wizards, they did not. The Celtics would not let the Wizards take the lead or series.
The closest that the Wizards were to winning the series was breaking even. They did give the Celtics a good battle, but for Washington, it was a losing battle. Entering Game 6, the Celtics had the Wizards just where they wanted them, facing elimination as Boston lead the series 3-2.
All the Celtics needed to do was walk away with a win in Game 6, or 7 in order to advance to the next round of the postseason. The odds appeared to be working against Washington. From the Wizards point of view, they had to win their next two consecutive games against Boston or their season was over.
Washington did come back, by defeating the Celtics 92-91 in Game 6, evening out the series 3-3. The Wizards would not be able to win Game 7. Washington forced the Celtics into a seven game series, but Boston got the best out of the series.
Yesterday with both teams facing elimination, the stakes were high. The game was back and forth through the first half. When it came to the fourth quarter, the Celtics started to take the lead. Mostly through the playoffs, Isaiah Thomas has been the player lifting the Celtics to the top but in the final minutes of Game 7, it was someone else, Kelly Olynyk. He wrapped up the game with over 25 points as the Boston Celtics handed Washington a 115-105 loss, according to ESPN. He was the hero of Game 7.
Olynyk was more than a big presence physically, as he stands seven-feet tall, he was a big presence on the court. Boston left the Wizards to 10 points unanswered for, as they eliminated them from the postseason. Washington will end their season as the fourth place team of the East, with a record of 49-33. There will be no trophy for them this year.
The Wizards will not be the team that ends the Celtics season. As Boston took their conference semi finals series 4-3, they were brought one step closer to reaching the NBA Finals. They are not quite there yet. They will be focusing on the Eastern Conference Finals.
Their opponent will be LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. Cleveland has reached the conference finals, and NBA Finals in two consecutive seasons. The Cavaliers are the only team standing in the way from the Celtics reaching the finals.
The first two opponents to cross the Cavaliers path have both been swept in four games, the Pacers, and the Raptors. Boston is hoping to bring Cleveland’s win streak to an abrupt end. Boston will host the Cavaliers in Game 1 tomorrow.
Can the Boston Celtics take an early lead, and bring the Cavaliers streak to an end? Will home-turf be a crucial advantage for Boston? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
Commentary By Cody Macleod