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Celtics Victorious in Game 7 to Eliminate Wizards

Boston Celtics center Al Horford (42) drives to the basket as Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3) defends during the second half in game seven of the second round of the 2017 NBA Playoffs at TD Garden. Cleveland had few issues sweeping both the Indiana Pacers and Toronto Raptors while the Celtics had to fight through a tough seven-game series against the Washington Wizards that ended on Monday night.

In Game 4 of their 2015 first-round series, which was swept by Cleveland, Boston's Kelly Olynyk and Love got tangled up and Love was sidelined with a shoulder injury; Cavs forward J.R. Smith delivered a backhand punch to the face of Boston's Jae Crowder and former Cavs enforcer Kendrick Perkins delivered a crushing blindside screen on Crowder. Thomas scored 52 percent of the time going at a defender one-on-one this season, the most of any player with at least 150 isolation possessions.

Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue is anticipating a hostile homecoming from the Boston crowd tonight (8:30) when the Celtics host the defending National Basketball Association champion Cavaliers in the opening game of the Eastern Conference final at the TD Garden.

"I think they're playing better this year than they did last year", Stevens said. Uh, maybe they'll come out slow and rusty in Game 1?

Season series Cavaliers, 3-1.

"I did hear that, in between the MVP chants for Isaiah", Olynyk said. That said, the Celtics are coming off an emotional Game 7 win over the Wizards, and while they get no break, they're riding a little momentum. "We needed to help out the starters, help out Isaiah".

After Game 7 in which the Boston Celtic defeated and eliminated Washington Wizards, we finally have the Eastern Conference Finals match up. "We've got to be ready for their best shot, and they've got to be ready for ours as well".

For Thomas it serves as the ultimate validation for a team that many felt was unworthy of the conference's top seed.

Neither Thomas or Irving is known for their defense, so they will not guard each other at all times during this series. "And when we have to mentally focus on our challenges that we have every game". "But we kept going and stayed the course". If you had to pick a "weak" spot in James' game, you'd point to his jump shooting, historically speaking. "It's wonderful, the level of focus and intensity he puts into his daily habits is something that I don't people understand how hard it is to do". All games ended with hosts winning. The Wizards wowed their home fans and many others who thought that this series had flipped to John Wall and his squad. He would also score a combined a 27 between the 4th quarter and overtime.

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After sweeping Utah and the Los Angeles Clippers, San Antonio took a 2-0 lead over Oklahoma City in the Western Conference finals.

Before the game was 20 minutes old, it was, well, over.

Boston is also a 40-1 long shot to win this year's National Basketball Association title, while Cleveland has 5-2 odds.

"He just made shots", Marcin Gortat said of Olynyk. Game 5 would be back at home for Boston, and like the latter two games, it would be all the home team. The Celtics reserve Kelly Olynyk sparked a mid-quarter run, scoring 13 of his 26 points in the fourth.

Boston sent Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett to Brooklyn in exchange for a satchel full of assets which included Boston having the option to swap their first-round pick with Brooklyn's this year - a pick that on Tuesday became the top overall selection. "We just have to do a great job of understanding the scouting report, what we need to do against him, and try to make everything hard for him".

Here are some things to watch as the Eastern Conference finals begin Wednesday. "So it's a not a satisfied season to me". That's why they're one of the final four teams standing. Outrebounded the Celtics 43-31.

However, when it appeared as if the Cavs had turned the corner with the decisive victory, the team continued to limp toward finish line, losing the No. 1 seed to the Celtics in the process. Just like the oddsmakers predicted, the home team would win every game as well as the resulting favorite (s).

As we already said, the Boston Celtics were the No.1 in the Eastern Conference at the end of the regular part of the season.

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