All black everything for Celtics before Game 6 at Wizards


However, those classics don't compare to Game 7 of the Cup Final.

While Thomas is anxious for the opportunity, one thing he says he won't be is nervous. "I work too hard to be scared of any type of pressure".

About the only drama in Boston's Game 5 win was when the Wizards scored the first two buckets of the game, for fear the Celtics would get off to another slow start. The Celtics have adjusted to the pressure Washington is putting on Thomas and are still generating good looks for the rest of the team. The duo combined for 42 of the team's 51 second-half points, proving that a powerful pair can take on an entire team - seven Boston players pitched in through the second half and yet still got outscored.

I definitely, as a little boy, dreamed of being in a Game 7 and winning a Game 7. "The last two years we were in the playoffs we lost Game 6 here and we just had a lot of heart".

The Celtics played with fire throughout the 1987 postseason, almost falling to the Milwaukee Bucks during a Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals, before being pushed to the limit by the Detroit Pistons in the Conference Finals. The Celtics are trying to prove that earning the No. 1 seed in the regular season was not a mirage and that there is something sustainable with this core group. Last reached the Eastern Conference finals in 1979. As it turned out, the play was there, but with a foul to give, the Wizards would use it to prevent Olynyk from getting the shot off with 1.7 seconds left. Despite losing three out of the last four games, their defensive rating has improved: 116.0, 116.5, 100.2, and 95.6 in Game 6.

Game 7 will also - at least for now - settle the score between teams that haven't hidden their dislike for one another. "That's cute that they're wearing all black", Isaiah Thomas said at the time.

Leading up to that go ahead shot by Wall, the Wizards and Boston Celtics traded clutch baskets throughout the final minutes of the fourth quarter.

The miss triggered an explosion from the crowd and an epic John Wall leap onto the scorer's table to cap off his heroic night and completely soak in the energy from the fans and showered him and the Wizards with cheers of elation.

"Now those guys are not babies anymore". I believe the Wizards will win this game, but if they do not, they will be close enough to cover the spread the same way Boston covered as the losing team in Game 6. The home team had been 0-10 in elimination games.

"Winning's hard. It's not for everybody", Thomas recalled Pierce telling him.

When you think about it, LeBron's never had a true rival team in his conference as he bids for his seventh consecutive trip to the NBA Finals. Boston will be playing its 30th Game 7 (21-8).

Everyone knows by now that the home team has won all 10 meetings this season between these two teams. The Wizards only had four shots taken from players not named Wall, Beal or Morris in the second half.

In this series, the home team won and covered the spread in the first five games before the Wizards won Game 6, but did not cover the 5-point spread at home. In fact, they were held to 63 in a brutal Game 3 defeat and 82 and 80 points as well.

INJURY UPDATE: Wizards reserve Bojan Bogdanovic sat out Saturday's practice with the flu.

Tuesday sees the series going back to Boston for Game 7.

PRESSURE IS ON: Thomas and Wall. Later, as Wall helped create a turnover by Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas, Beal drilled that rally-starting 3 that trimmed the Wizards' deficit to 87-85.