Here are some quick facts to know ahead of the Celtics and Wizards matchup on Monday.
"They were the more physical team today", Wall said. Mentally, you just relax, and you just go out there and do what you've been doing all year. "This is where guys have always dreamed about, it's what they enjoy, and it should be a bunch of fun". Isaiah Thomas failed to score 20 points for a third straight game, and he'll need to put up points in order for the Celtics to keep pace on the road. "We worked too hard for this".
The numbers weigh heavily in Boston's favor. If he can lead his team to a win in Game Seven, then maybe he can finally get that chip off his shoulder and prove himself as a big time player in this league.
After quieting talk of a funeral on Friday with his game victor, Wall hopes to put final nail in the Celtics' coffin on Monday. But these Celtics have little in common with their predecessors.
NOTES: Game 7 is slated to start at 8 p.m.
"Game 7s are fun", said Mahinmi, who was the starting center for the Pacers in a Game 7 loss to the Toronto Raptors in the first round previous year, a reserve in 2014 when the Pacers beat the Atlanta Hawks in a first-round Game 7 and in a Game 7 loss to the Miami Heat in the 2013 conference finals. "It's either go on vacation or leave everything out there on the floor".
"If I go 1 for 30", he shrugged, "that's the way I go out".
The victor of game seven will tip off in the National Basketball Association semi-final series Wednesday in Cleveland. Will Washington point guard John Wall steady his young team through what promises to be an anxious opening period? At that point, the door was opened for the hosts to steal the win in the final 40 seconds, a feat John Wall accomplished in dramatic fashion with a 28-foot 3-point shot to close out the win.
So, far in this series, they have played well at home. The late-season free agent addition hit a late jumper in regulation that gave the Celtics the cushion they needed to hold on for the tight win. The players feel it for sure. Are they even still practicing, or have they taken up shuffleboard?
Washington Wizards center Ian Mahinmi has more experience in Game 7s than all of his teammates.
The Celtics have won an NBA-most 21 Game 7 contests in their franchise history, and are 18-4 at home in such situations.
"It was a beatdown from the beginning", he said. "We're evenly matched. A lot of good players". It is true that time and time again he has bailed the offense out by generating points on his own, but that is still not how they get to their best. Because the energy in the Garden was unbelievable.
Just get it over with already. I just want the city to know we love them for all the support they give us.
There are several reasons to believe that the Wizards may survive the historical and recent trends of homecourt advantage.
In a behind-the-scenes video taped immediately following the Washington Wizards' 92-91 win over the Boston Celtics on Friday night, Coach Scott Brooks can be seen addressing his players. For example, suppose a 3-point underdog in Game 6 ended up losing that game by 25 points. If there's a game where they can use an extra scorer, this is it. Even more important will be their command of the glass. Game 7 will be a crucial game for both sides.
Following 3-pointers from Thomas and Horford, Bradley's alley-oop dunk in the closing seconds sent Boston into halftime leading 42-41 despite shooting 35 percent from the field. One game shouldn't be able to shape narratives the way Game 7 will, but that's how sports works. But Stevens was encouraging them to celebrate the moment. "That was a good one", Thomas said of memorable Game 7 games that he's watched. "You could tell from the bench, you could tell from being on the floor, those guys are now calm when it comes down to taking the last shots and game-winning shots".