The Boston Celtics are set to defend their home court tonight in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semi-finals. The Celtics jumped out to a 2 game lead in the series after winning both Game 1 and 2. However, the Wizards fired back at home taking Game 3 and 4 to even the series at 2 games a piece.
Obviously if the Celtics don’t win tonight the series isn’t over, however if they don’t win the series is as good as over. The Celtics need to win this game if they want to meet Cleveland in the next round. If the Celtics lose this game, there is no way that the Wizards are going to lose Game 6 at home.
Tonight everybody’s eyes will be on one man: Isaiah Thomas. Can gather his team and lead them to a Game 5 win. I have always believed that Isaiah Thomas has been overrated. I know the stats show that he was amazing in the regular season, but this is the playoffs. I believe that this is the game that will make or break fans on Isaiah Thomas’ star status. If he can rally the troops and put on an elite performance tonight, then I believe he will get the credit he is due. However, a lose tonight will result in a lot of people doubting Isaiah Thomas’ ability in the playoffs.
Now to move on to a key for the game. A major key that the Celtics need to focus on is not allowing Washington to go on one of their runs. Each game the Wizards have been able to go on runs scoring double digit points in a short period of time. For Boston to go down and constantly missed shots and not score for good periods of time is unacceptable and will result in a loss. That is my key for the game and if the Celtics can’t work on that then we will definitely be looking at a MUST WIN in Washington for Game 6.
No matter who wins this series I do believe that Boston and Washington are playing for the right to lose to Cleveland. LeBron and the Cavs have had no problems these playoffs. Sweeping both the Pacers and the Raptors. Both the Wizards and Celtics and right about on the same level as Toronto and if the Raptors got swept I don’t see anyway that Cleveland doesn’t make it back to the finals.
But lets not think too far ahead. Game 5 between the Celtics and Wizards tips off tonight at 8:00 pm ET.