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Wizards Trying to End Home Dominance in Game 7

16 May 2017

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. User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.

NEED TO KNOW: When it comes to Game 7s, no franchise has been in more of them than the Celtics. While the Celtics had plans to wrap up the series in Game 6, Wall saved the Wizards season with a game-winning three with just three seconds left in the game, climbing onto the scorer's table after the buzzer sounded, sending the home crowd into a frenzy.

Even before the all-black attire in Game 6, bad blood has been brewing between the two teams. In the words of All-Star Isaiah Thomas, Game 7 is where legends are born, such as Bill Russell, Larry Bird, and John Havlicek.

Celtics coach Brad Stevens was brief with his team after the game, simply telling them, "Game 7 on Monday".

Monday's victor earns an Eastern Conference finals matchup with the defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers, who have been awaiting an opponent since sweeping Toronto on May 7. A victory for either team brings them to the Eastern Conference Finals and a matchup against LeBron James and the reigning champion, Cleveland Cavaliers.

However, the Celtics planned backfired after the Wizards, with the help of a combined 75 points from John Wall, Bradley Beal and Markieef Morris, beat the Celtics 92-91 to force Game 7. You can't dwell on it too long, or it can roll over into Game 7.

Wall said he found the gesture "funny" when friends told him about the move pregame. If they do hold on for the Game 7 win, it will be the furthest that any Washington team, Bullets or Wizards will have gone in the NBA Playoffs, aside from their sole Finals appearance against the Warriors in 1978-79. Instead, not only did the Celtics fail to eliminate the Wizards in Game 6, but also tried to deny their planned all black attire during postgame interviews.

"He's a victor. He plays to win", said Wizards coach Scott Brooks of Wall. Monday's game is scheduled for an 8 p.m. EDT start, and TNT will have coverage on TV.

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Lopsided results had dominated this first postseason series between Boston and Washington since 1984, with each game decided by at least 10 points.

The review also said two non-calls were costly to Washington in the final minute, ruling Boston's Al Horford committed an offensive foul on Bradley Beal with 41.2 seconds remaining.

The last shot supposed to go to Bradley Beal who was the most efficient player among the Wizards, as he had 33 points in this one, shooting well, 15 of 26 from the field, but terrible for three points 1 from 8.

Washington is 1-5 ATS in its last six games on the road.

The Wizards may have the emotion on their side heading into game 7 and the memory that they won their in January could give them some sort of edge. They're going to have to match the intensity from Thomas and the Celtics if they hope to extend their season.

"I can't really anticipate what's going to happen", Brooks said. The Boston Celtics are allowing 30.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 38.9 rebounds per game. But Washington again won the battle of the boards, outrebounding Boston 46-37.

If you'll remember, Cowherd has made comments about Wall since his rookie season, comments about Wall's father that many would say were racially charged.