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Boston Celtics: The value of a soaring Avery Bradley

Isaac Mcdaniel | 13 May, 2017, 11:04

The victory by the Celtics on Wednesday night sees the home team in this Eastern Conference semifinal series winning each game.

According to whowins.com, National Basketball Association teams trailing 3-2 in a second-round series win Game 6 at home 50 percent of the time but have just a 4-73 record in the series.

Boston will try to buck those trends at the Verizon Center tonight, while trying to continue another one. Don't look now, but the Wizards have a mini-streak of their own: Each of the previous two playoff appearances ended with elimination games at home.

Bradley, who has come up big on multiple occasions for the Celtics over the last month, also helped keep John Wall and Bradley Beal in check. By hitting so many shots, the C's forced the Wizards to take the ball out from under the basket instead of pushing it up the court on a miss, where John Wall and co. are very risky. Boston's offense executed at a high level all night against an opponent dedicated to slowing down Isaiah Thomas, and the little guy did a great job getting the offense going in the opening frame with five assists (Thomas had nine for the game).

The Celtics went 16-for-33 from 3-pointers and became the sixth team in National Basketball Association history with at least 10 treys in six straight playoff games. The good news for Washington is that the home team has not only won every game in this series, but going back into the regular season the home team has gone 9-0 when these two teams have gone to battle. They now lead the series 3-2. While he was the Wizards' best offensive option in the first half, he finished the game 7-19 for 16 points, and was -20 during his 35 minutes on the court. He's been even better against the Wizards, upping those percentages to 69 percent and 59 percent, respectively.

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Much of that should be credited to Horford, who blocked three shots in the win. Although it's not as dominant of a showing as his Game 2 performance, it showed how much he's evolved as a player. "We've done a pretty good job on their best player, but not (a) good enough job on the other guys". So rather than light up the scoreboard on Wednesday, a hard task with a pair of defenders on him at all times, IT did just about everything else to make sure his teammates could put the ball in the hoop.

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A big part of that was the fact his teammates were actually hitting shots.

Bradley continued to pour in points and added 11 more in the second frame, giving him a sum of 25 for the night on 10-of-13 shooting. "He was the key to this game", Thomas told reporters of Bradley. It's often excessive and downright frustrating, but it's one of their deadliest weapons. This caused each player to be held back and resulted in Oubre being ejected and possibly being suspended for today's game 5. The "Celtics" will be the first chance to close down the opposition and come to Cleveland.

-Boston concluded the game shooting 53 percent, their highest shooting percentage for a game in this year's postseason. Surprisingly, Crowder is third at 44 percent (10-of-23).

Celtics fans chanted "We want Oubre!"

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