Game 6 was win or go home for the Washington Wizards. They have been in this position before and came up short. Since 1984, Washington is 0-4 in game sixes when trailing 3-2. The star backcourt of John Wall and Bradley Beal were a part of two of those losses. Losing again would be devastating for them mentally — especially after the Boston Celtics came to Verizon Center wearing all black.
— Boston Celtics (@celtics) May 12, 2017
In Games 3 and 4, Washington had runs that completely put the Celtics out of contention. That was not the case in this game. They got up by as many as ten points in this outing, but Boston quickly made that lead evaporate, and took a one-point lead at halftime, despite shooting well below 40-percent from the field.
The second half was a back and forth affair. No team ever got up by more than six points, and the pressure was sky-high in the nation’s capital. Isaiah Thomas hit two big shots to put the Celtics up by five with 1:34 remaining in the contest.
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— Boston Celtics (@celtics) May 13, 2017
Washington was able to rally back and tie the game with 14 seconds remaining courtesy of some huge shots by Beal down the stretch. Things started to look very bleak in D.C. when Al Horford banked a mid-range jumper to go up 91-89 with 7.7 seconds remaining.
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But then John Wall hit the biggest shot of his NBA career to force a Game 7 at TD Garden:
— Washington Wizards (@WashWizards) May 13, 2017
Takeaways for Washington
Washington relied heavily on their back court for offense in this game. Wall and Beal scored 64-percent of the team’s points. If the Wizards want to win in TD Garden on Monday night, role players like Otto Porter, Marcin Gortat, and Bojan Bogdonavic need to have an offensive impact in the game.
Brandon Jennings has struggled mightily in this series, and it has made it difficult for Scott Brooks to give Wall some much needed rest. Playing eight minutes and having zero points and zero assists is not good enough. Brooks must consider other options off the bench like rookie Tomas Satoransky.
Takeaways for Boston
Al Horford was excellent yet again in this game. Boston needs to find ways to get him more shots. Somebody as efficient as Horford should be shooting more than twelve shots in a game.
Avery Bradley had another amazing game offensively, scoring twenty-seven points. Boston should feel really good about how their swing-man is playing. If he continues to play this well, Washington will find it extremely difficult to get a win in TD Garden.
Isaiah Thomas had twenty-seven points and seven assists, but was relatively inefficient. He shot 33-percent from the field and had five turnovers. Thomas must find a way to take better shots. If he does, Boston will win Game 7.
Player of the Game: Bradley Beal (33 points, 15-26 from the field, 5 assists)
Honorable Mention: Avery Bradley (27 points, 10-18 from the field, 4 steals)