Marcus Smart: John Wall 'definitely' wore down in Game 7

John Wall three-pointer sees Washington Wizards take Boston Celtics the distance

John Wall three-pointer sees Washington Wizards take Boston Celtics the distance

A night normally for the NBA's biggest losers has huge consequences for its greatest champions as the league holds its draft lottery at 5 p.m. Tuesday on ESPN, before the Warriors-Spurs game. "And we've been one of those teams and I'm hoping that we continue to grow and we can finish this series and play against Cleveland".

As good as Thomas was, Olynyk was the biggest X-factor in the game.

Boston advances to the Eastern Conference finals, where it will host the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 1 on Wednesday.

"I'm hurting", he said. "We worked too hard for this". Russell led the Celtics to a 10-0 record in Game 7s from 1957 to 1969. Two minutes later, the Celtics went up 5-4 and that was as close as the Wizards would get in Game 5. Celtics vs Wizards live streaming, 2017 NBA Playoffs live streaming and Game 7 live streaming info follows.

“A lot of guys doubted us winning (Game 6) at home, ” Wizards point guard John Wall said.

Beal led the Wizards, who have not reached the conference final since 1979, with 38 points. Boston just couldn't make open shots and failed to capitalize on lengthy Washington offensive droughts. A matchup against the rested and unbeaten Cleveland Cavaliers in the conference finals. His ability to play through what he has experienced recently has been remarkable enough, now he has to find the determination one last time in this series to potentially lead his team further.

Game 7 will also - at least for now - settle the score between teams that haven't hidden their dislike for one another.

Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas ends up on his back after a collision during the first quarter of Game 7 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Washington Wizards, Monday, May 15, 2017, in Boston.

"When we stopped the shots from outside, he went to the post and started scoring against our small guys", Gortat added. “They closers. They proven closers.”.

Pierce's advice was ringing in his ears on Sunday.

“Winnings hard. Its not for everybody, ” Thomas recalled Pierce telling him. "If it was easy it would be".

The game certainly was dramatic, and it had the Celtics fans in full throat most of the game. If Thomas plays well and controls the flow of the game, Washington doesn't have a chance. The series was hard-fought and chippy at times, but at the end, both teams had a grudging respect for each other.

Wall and Beal each were beneficiaries scoring eight and nine points, respectively in the second quarter to help the Wizards take a two-point lead into halftime. The Wizards are 6-2 in the playoffs when they combine for 50 or more points. Ever since that game, Thomas has only gotten over 20 points once.

INJURY UPDATE: Wizards reserve Bojan Bogdanovic sat out Saturday's practice with the flu. "In Game 7's, legs are gone'".

Wall and Thomas also have had their supporting casts come through. The Celtics will need him to have a big night to stunt Washingtons momentum.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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