He became a Game 7 legend, one who will be forever associated with this lovable version of Boston Celtics that - at the very least - reached the Eastern Conference Finals in 2017.
Kelly Olynyk scored 26 points from the bench as the Boston Celtics outmuscled the Washington Wizards 115-105 to clinch their Eastern Conference semi-final series on Monday.
"What a special opportunity to get a chance to compete against them", Boston coach Brad Stevens said ahead of the Cavs matchup.
John Wall says Wizards season wasn't "satisfying" after Game 7 loss vs. Celtics: Wall was likely disappointed with his own performance during Game 7 considering he shot just 8-of-23 from the field and 1-of-8 from three-point range on his way to 18 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds.
"Everyone gave their best tonight and it turned out well", Olynyk said.
Olynyk described the series win as a "a team effort".
Thomas tallied 27 assists over the last three games, and his playmaking ability proved to be a key factor in the C's winning two of the last three contests of this seven-game series. Thomas has been instrumental for his team in the fourth quarter, leaving no doubt why the final period is referred to as "IT Time". Throughout the playoffs, their ability to convert those perimeter jumpers has defined their success, and they were over 40 percent in their series against the Wizards. They are a great team. The Wizards were 8th in the National Basketball Association from deep this season (37 percent), but only shot 31 percent vs Boston.
The Wizards were able to keep pace with Boston in a choppy, uneven first half, taking a two point lead into halftime. The last time he scored 20 points was January 13, and that was his only 20-point game this season. If the Wizards were clearly better, however, they would've created more sepearation when they led 70-64 in the third quarter only to succumb to a 22-5 run that put it away at TD Garden.
"I'm more disappointed we lost more than anything", Beal said, sitting next to Wall on the podium after the game.
"The only other way I can really process is I wish I would have played better", Wall said slowly. "They had that little run at the start of the fourth quarter".
Isaiah Thomas led the Celtics with 29 points, while Kelly Olynyk stepped up off the bench to added in 26. It's kind of a privilege to get to that point where one game is going to decide your whole season basically.
Olynyk, not known to be light on his toes, danced around the Wizards for four acrobatic layups that were scattered throughout the night.
The Celtics and Wizards couldn't achieve much separation from each other for most of the game.
Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals was a career night for Olynyk. From there, the Celtics did not relinquish the lead back to the Wizards. The Wizards were only 1 of 6 shooting, after four minutes.
Brooks recently spoke about the excitement that comes with participating in Game 7 of the playoffs.
Thomas had 9 points in that stretch for Boston.
Towards the end of the regular season, the Wizards went 4-1 on a road trip when they had to come from double-digit deficits to beat the Phoenix Suns, Sacramento Kings and Portland Trail Blazers.