The Wizards Dropped to 6-5 all time in Game 7s and have not reached a conference final since 1979.
The Cleveland Cavaliers finally know who they will be facing in the Eastern Conference Finals. The Celtics won 115-105 to adva.
Averaging 8.3 points per game in the playoffs, Olynyk exploded for 14 of his career-playoff-high 26 points in the first 8:34 of the fourth quarter, making five consecutive shots and playing solid defense to help the Celtics put away the Wizards. "They made big shots all series". Boston has had a magical season this far, behind it's 5-foot-9 point guard, Isaiah Thomas. Now it's time to see if they belong.
The Celtics host Game 1 against the Cleveland Cavaliers on May 17.
With the win, the Cavaliers became the first team in National Basketball Association history to record back-to-back four-game sweeps over the first two rounds of the playoffs in consecutive seasons.
This is Boston's first trip to the conference finals since 2012, the a year ago of an era fueled by Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen.
Unsurprisingly, all four remaining teams were either a No. 1 (Celtics, Warriors ) or No. 2 (Cavs, Spurs) seed.
Boston will now have the unenviable task of trying to stop the Cavaliers, who haven't lost yet this postseason. They rallied around Thomas following his sister's sudden death in the first round, coming back from an 0-2 deficit against the Chicago Bulls.
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The Cavs won 3 of the 4 meetings over the Celtics this season. He capped that burst with a pull-up 3-pointer that had the Celtics out front 94-81 with 10:00 to play. Boston goes on to meet (gulp) Cleveland in the ECF - and actually own home court advantage. We played them four times. "We gotta get ready for the defending champs, we know that".
On the flip side, of course, the best teams deserve to go all the way to the finals, and if the system rewards that, it's working.right?
"I think they are going to compete, and they competed at a high level against us", center Ian Mahinmi said. The Wizards are 6-2 in the playoffs when they combine for 50 or more points. Both teams played hard, we outlasted them there.
Boston's mettle has been tested. It starts with Jae Crowder, who is expected to be the primary defender on James, along with reserve Jaylen Brown. "So we're going to have to play really well".
"He was terrific", said Celtics head coach Brad Stevens, referring to Thomas. The Celtics are assured of no worse than the fourth pick in Tuesday night's draft lottery as they still reap the benefits of the Kevin Garnett/Paul Pierce trade to Brooklyn.
The Celtics get just one day off before hosting the Cavs. He rattled home an open three to start the run and made winning plays all over the floor to keep it rolling.
The Eastern Conference Finals won't begin until two games in the Western Conference Finals have already been completed.