In the first quarter, the Celtics led the Wizards 15-0 in transition points, a surprising statistic given just how good Wall is at orchestrating that part of the game.
The Wizards had a foul to give, and Oubre was able to foul Olynyk and disrupt the play before the Celtics forward could grab the ball and put up a shot. Thomas' heave at the buzzer clanked off the rim. "Honestly, I did", he said. Boston didn't make a lot of shots, but made a lot of timely ones, and hustled like heck to keep the Wizards from breaking into transition.
"I wasn't a great shooter coming in", said Wall, who made his first go-ahead three-pointer in the final 10 seconds of the regular season or playoffs.
Thomas dug the hole deeper by putting up an air ball under pressure from Wall, before fouling the Washington guard on the drive down the other end. Wall added two free throws soon after to tie the score.
"If I go 1 for 30", he shrugged, "that's the way I go out". Games three and four were tough for the Celtics, but after the way the Boston crowd treated Kelly Oubre Jr.in game five, the Celtics should be prepared for the worst. "Nor do I get the memo". "It was in my mind throughout the game that I didn't want them to come here, wear all black, and basically call it a funeral". He's been doing it all year for them.
After Washington's 92-91 victory extended the Eastern Conference semifinal, Wall offered his thoughts on Boston's failure to back up its fashion statement of wearing all black clothing to the arena Friday night.
"Not too many guys can do that", Brooks said of Wall's confidence to take the big shot despite his struggles shooting. It's definitely not a Game 7. "You gotta give it everything you've got".
"It was for how much love I have for this city, how much love I have for my teammates, how much fight we have", Wall said. I guess that's where legends are born.
"To have Game 7 back in Boston in the Garden". Not only are they facing elimination, but even if they win Game 6, they know that they are 0-5 in Boston, the site of Game 7 if there is one, since the start of this season. "I just wanted this city to know that we love them for all the support they gave us and they're unbelievable fans". "We have nothing to hold our heads down about, we're going to take a few days to figure out our adjustments and win Game 7".
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