After watching Washington's Game 4 victory at home with his family (and dogs), Oubre is back and ready for Wednesday's Game 5 in Boston with the series all tied at 2-2.
In a relentless display of up-tempo, transition basketball and long-range sharp shooting, the Celtics ran the Wizards into oblivion Wednesday night, 123-101, in Game 5 at TD Garden to take a 3-2 series lead in the Eastern Conference semifinals. "(He made) a couple of plays there that were mistakes, but besides that, he played a really good game defensively". Boston is not a big team-their backup center is a three-point gunner who is as slow as rocks-and Horford is the lynchpin that lets them play their unique brand of hyperkinetic offense while still doing shit like blocking three shots.
Washington Huskies Alum point guard Isaiah Thomas continues along his dual-personna.
Jae Crowder and Isaiah Thomas, who scored 18 points apiece, rounded out the four Boston starters in double figures despite off shooting nights. "But I didn't say that's the reason why we lost", Thomas said. This is why it's essential to keep close tabs on coaching adjustments and strategic shifts that take place from game to game.
The sports network made much of Green's comments last week that the Cleveland Cavaliers weren't getting much of a fight from opponents in the Eastern Conference playoffs, but the Warriors forward believes the network twisted his words and made it sound like he was denigrating the Cavaliers' competition. They hit 16 threes in what was a dispiriting defensive no-show from Washington, which has dropped each of the first three games in Boston.
"I'm versatile", he said when asked about the screen-setting. Especially in Game 6, we're going to need that from him. "Tonight we saw if we're able to start the right way, the game's in our control". "We limit 26-0, 22-0 runs, we'll be OK". Including four regular season games, the home team has now captured all nine meetings by an average of 15 points per game.
Bradley's effect was loud and clear early and often in Game 5.
"They were the more physical team today", Wall said.
During one regular season former Lakers star Kobe Bryant had some of his most explosive games against Phoenix, yet the result was nearly always the same: The Suns won with an avalanche of points.
The Wizards responded with more energy after half-time, but each of their mini-runs were quickly beaten back by Boston, which continued to share the ball and take advantage of their fast break opportunities. Bradley hit his last basket with 5:55 left in the third quarter and rested in the fourth.
Other than perhaps a rising performance from Thomas, I don't think the Celtics have the playmakers to compete with Washington regularly. Had 13 turnovers, leading to 23 Boston points.
Celtics: Shot 53 percent (46 of 87) from the field for the game, their highest of the postseason. Oubre was making a return to the series after being suspended for Game 4 after his charge at Olynyk that knocked the Celtics' big to the ground. In one second-quarter stretch he blocked drives by Wall and Beal, put-back a Thomas drive (followed by uncharacteristic bicep flexing for the crowd), and then forced a traveling turnover from Markieff Morris. They out-rebounded the Wizards, who had owned the boards this series. "But, you know, sometimes you feel a lot better when you make shots at the rate we did". "We know they were going to do that".