Celtics need to 'bounce back' in Game 7

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Hours before tip-off, the Celtics game-day staff laid out t-shirts with the hashtag #itsnotluck, a nod to the team's impressive Game 7 history.

Think about how much Game 6 was an anomaly in the series.

It also went against the norm of this year's playoffs, in which home teams were 0-10 in elimination games. About two weeks later, the two teams played again, and Wizards players showed up for the game wearing all black.

The victor will want to be at full strength for the finals against the Cavaliers but the possibilities of scuffles and technical fouls to earn players suspensions is a very real possibility this series.

Live streaming for Celtics-Wizards Game 7 is available via Watch TNT. They have one job when they are on the court and that is to sit on the three point line and wait for Isaiah Thomas to pass them the ball.

In the past 100 National Basketball Association playoff Game 7s, the road team has won 22 games, dating back to a Knicks win over the Boston Celtics in Game 7 of the 1973 Eastern Conference finals. The Cleveland Cavaliers are waiting for the victor in the Eastern Conference Finals and tonight's victor has to feel positive moving into that series because LeBron James and the Cavs have been sitting around waiting to play. Either the home team takes it or John Wall, Bradley Beal, and the Wizards overcome the major pressure on the road. You can't dwell on it too long, or it can roll over into Game 7. "I'm treating it just like it would be Game 1". The Wizards haven't been out of the second round since 1979, when the then-Bullets beat the Spurs to advance to the NBA Finals. Still, with Washington making just 5 of their 24 three-point attempts and making only 61-percent of their free throws, the Celtics felt as though they allowed the opportunity to close out the series slip away.

But Bradley could do nothing defensively to stop Wall on the winning shot, coming off an inbound play that was created to get Beal the ball.

John Wall best explained the series between the Wizards and Celtics in one sentence, "You don't come into my city and wear all black and call it a funeral". But that's when Wall pulled up off the dribble with a three-point shot from 26 feet, right in the face of Celtics guard Avery Bradley to steal the victory. Tonight's over/under points total is at 211 points for the complete game.

Thomas may not need a big effort in Game 7 for Boston to close it out, but Al Horford will nearly certainly need to keep playing at a high level.

Thomas scored five straight points to put Boston up 87-82 with 1:34 remaining. The Washington Wizards have lost 12 of their last 17 road games.

"We can go there and just play our game and I think that's what we're going to do", he said.

Nevertheless, the backcourts of the Wizards and Celtics will not be the key to who walks out of TD Garden victorious. If Beal and Wall can produce like they did in Game 6, they might be moving on to the Conference Finals.

Stopping Horford is going to be easier said than done.

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