Clock error cost Celtics time on final play


The reason Washington's Game 6 win was so big is that it guaranteed that the Wizards will play an even bigger game Monday night in Boston. Nothing truly egregious happened, but there was one situation late in the game that cost the Celtics precious time.

Washington would once again tie it up at 89 on a layup by Beal with 28 seconds to play.

Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas, left, pushes against Washington Wizards guard John Wall during the first half of Game 6 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series, Friday, May 12, 2017, in Washington.

Wizards guard John Wall shoots the game-winning three-pointer over Celtics guard Avery Bradley with seconds to spare. After reviewing footage, the league said that Boston center Al Horford set an illegal screen on Bradley Beal, though he was not called for the infraction.

"We have to have the will to win", Washington forward Markieff Morris said. Isaiah Thomas grabbed the rebound and tossed it ahead to a streaking Avery Bradley who was fouled from behind on a layup attempt. The Boston Celtics always have been a team for whom Game 7s were something powerfully compelling.

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A matchup between Cleveland and Boston would be the first between the two since the Eastern Conference opening round in 2015 when the Cavaliers swept the Celtics in four games. The Boston Celtics. Good luck dealing with that because if they play like Celtics tomorrow, there won't be a funeral in Boston.

Before the start of the 2016-17 season, Wall and Beal made headlines about their work relationship, or lack thereof. Heading home will make it easier for the Celtics to shake their brutal finish in Game 6. After the Wizards won Games 3 and 4 by 27 and 19 points, respectively, the Celtics roared back with a 123-101 victory in Boston on Wednesday. We did everything we wanted at that time and score of the game. Asked about his players' sartorial selections — and his own choice of a white shirt — Boston's Brad Stevens said: "I'm not on the text chain". "We had some breakdowns here and there that just cost us". "We realize that there are some things certainly that you can do better throughout the course of the game, but I thought we really competed".

Mahinmi said he had watched a replay of Wall's 3-pointer a "million times".

Looking at the betting trends, the Wizards are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games playing on two days' rest, 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games overall and 1-5 ATS in their last six road games. The Celtics have a great degree of control, because much of the Wizards' success this series has been a response to when the Celtics play poorly.