Tuesday, May 16, 2017

NBA Game of the Week: Boston Celtics vs. Washington Wizards

Brian Babineau/Getty Images. image source. 
Boston Celtics vs. Washington Wizards 
5/16/17 - TD Garden

Disclaimer: It's my intention to bring back weekly content for Games of the Week, as well as Tidal Wave Wednesdays to #TheSkyBoxSuite, but I know I really have to work on consistency in that department. Perhaps, it will be a little easier to focus on one thing at a time as summer approaches and NBA finals begin, but we'll see how it goes.

What a whirlwind of a playoff season it's been thus far...

First, let's start with last night's thriller Game 7 match up, which was Boston Celtics literally coming up against the Washington Wizards. Just as predicted in last week's preview of game 7, it was yet another home court victory for Boston. Although John Wall didn't show up with the same energy and obnoxious attitude he carried in Game 6, their loss last night didn't happen without a fight from both sides. Wizards' end was lead by Bradley Beal with 28 points, 24 of which were shot in the second half. The final score of 115-105 {BOS} reflected the fierce competition that was absolutely there, despite what other key scorers failed to do this time around.

Surprisingly enough, it wasn't solely Isaiah Thomas who ultimately stole the show and received all the praise on Boston's side. Instead, Kelly Olynyk's stellar off bench performance was the highlight of this game and he was able to shine in all his unexpected glory. Marcus Smart and Jaylen Brown had a pretty tough run as well. 

Both teams had incredible seasons leading up to this point. John Wall and Bradley Beal, by far my favorite on court duo since the Durant-Westbrook era, have equally proven to not be underdogs anymore, a category that I placed them in not too long ago. As hard as it's been to choose a solid playoff team to root for, simply because it really would've been great to see Washington get that opportunity to move on to the next round since they haven't in a while, I really do believe this is Isaiah's golden moment and it's going to be really difficult to take that from him at this point.

As mentioned before, these athletes only have one, maybe two shots, to confirm or invalidate themselves and what they are capable of. If they miss, they never live to see the day that particular moment isn't brought up. Thomas has played such a key role post season, averaging at least 30 points every game, and coming in clutch at the most pivotal moments, which most of the time, occurs in the fourth. The jersey no.4 is super fitting for him, as he is deemed Mr. King of the Fourth for a reason. 

The show is still going. Tomorrow night, for the first time since 2012 when Doc Rivers was still head coach in Boston, the Celtics are now on their way to the Eastern Conference Finals, where they will face the Cleveland Cavaliers at TD Garden, 8:30pm ET. Everyone seems to think it will be a 4 game sweep in favor of the Cavs, which-as much as I hate to admit it-is a pretty fair calculation, considering what the climate looked like the last time these two met up. Despite what looks good on paper, my faith is still standing firm on the Celtics to at least push to a Game 6, because #ItsNotLuck...it truly isn't...and I'm wishing them success moving forward.

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