Washington Wizards: 3 takeaways from Game 7 loss vs. Celtics

The Cleveland Cavaliers enter this series well rested having not played a game since since May 7, while the Celtics may be tired earning just one day of rest after their hard-fought series with Washington.

Tune in for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals at 8:30pm on TNT! Mahinmi is not a mobile big man, and guarding Olynyk was a mismatch in Boston's advantage from the start. Back then they lost to LeBron James and the Miami Heat, marking the end of an era for that Paul Pierce/Kevin Garnett/Ray Allen Celtics team. Who will take Markelle Fultz and who will take Lonzo Ball isn't yet clear, but they seem slated to go right next to each other at the top of the draft. But if the Celtics can force the Cavs to shoot the shots the Celtics want them taking then they might just have a chance.

The predictions have been turned in, and this series is destined for no more than five games, according to the experts.

Love (13.8 ppg, 9.1 rpg) was fairly quiet against Toronto but is always capable of a big scoring game, while reserves Kyle Korver, Channing Frye, Deron Williams and Iman Shumpert are all shooting at least.400 from behind the arc. If there are no injury surprises, Cleveland should be expected to keep rolling.

The Celtics beat the Washington Wizards in Game 7 on Monday night at the TD Garden, and will start the conference finals against the Cavs on Wednesday night at home. The team was also plus-17 with him on the floor, his sixth game in that series with a positive plus/minus.

The common thread in all those teams listed as the underdog? He played almost the entire second half and over 44 minutes total to wrap up a series in which he played 39.2 minutes per game.

Despite opening on the road for the first time in the 2017 playoffs, Cleveland will enter as a huge favorite.

The world order in the East is evident.

James is aiming for his seventh trip to the Finals - a streak shared only by Bill Russell and other members of those famed Celtics teams in the '60s - and he'll have to go through Boston again to get there. The Celts ranked 15th during the regular season in points allowed per game (105.4.) and they still haven't figured it out in the postseason, ranking 8th allowing, 103.4 points per game. That earned the Celtics their toughest test yet, maybe the hardest in basketball: a series against James and the well-rested Cleveland Cavaliers.

James and the Cavs are 3-1 against the Celtics this season primarily because Cleveland has the most dominant player on the floor, but it's not the only reason, although he's part of the rest of it too.

"I'm looking forward to seeing LeBron matched up against Isaiah Thomas down on the low post, and see what he (LeBron) does to him. Even when we got the one-seed, they said we were the worst one-seed ever", Smart said. "Anything good that happens now is just gravy", the report said. Remember, this is the same guy who came home from California last June wearing an “Ultimate Warrior” T-shirt after the Cavaliers shocked Golden State to end Clevelands half-century title drought. They have a ton of corporate knowledge built.

"You get a chance to feel a team out and how they play", he said.

The Cavs have been impressive in the playoffs, eliminating any doubts about their ability to play championship-level defense.

"We've been counted out since I've been here", Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas, averaging 25.4 points per game this spring (the ninth-most among playoff scorers), said on Tuesday.

Brooks played Beal and Wall 46 and 45 minutes, respectively, but said it was necessary to try to stay in the game. Stakes were high, the Wizards were throwing their punches, but Kelly Olynyk delivered the knock out blow. "We just come to play basketball". That same $100 bet on the Celtics would win $500. The Cavs could be vulnerable.

As the game dragged on and minutes piled up on the legs of John Wall and Bradley Beal, the Celtics took advantage. What's Boston's best defensive strategy in slowing down the Cavs' offense?

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