John Wall Made A Statement In Round 1 — Washington Wizards

While Stevens likely spent much of the team's film session on an area such as transition defense, he acknowledged that the Celtics must not let their emotions overcome them. From here, the game was back in the Wizards' control, and it allowed Wall to really turn on the jets.

During the first round of the 2017 NBA Playoffs, Wall showed those who hadn't been watching what those who have paid attention have been screaming for years: he's an absolute star.

Can the Celtics win the battle of the benches?

They might need a bit more help deeper into the playoffs.

Questions have surrounded John Wall his entire career. Atlanta has now reached its 10th consecutive playoff appearance.

Wall, meanwhile, is known more for his distribution. The rate of success (wins) is largely dependent upon which team makes the best adjustments from game to game to outsmart their opponents.

Thomas has clearly owned the matchup this season.

Wall, however, has been one of the hottest players in the postseason. He was slowed by a hand injury when the Wizards last made it in 2015.

Yet, when discussions arise about the best point guards in the NBA, Wall is often omitted.

The pair only faced off twice this season because Bradley missed two of the contests due to injury.

All four players received technicals. They were practically invisible in Game 3 and Game 4, combining to score just 22 points.

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Golden State almost scored 50 points in the first quarter ... and would have, if they hadn't missed five free throws. Golden State promptly scored the first 14 points and led by as many as 28 in a breathtaking 45-point first quarter.

Wall averaged 29.5 points in the six games against the Hawks. He scored each of the Wizards last 13 points in the game, which happened in the last 4:33 of regulation.

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Millsap averaged 18.1 points and 7.7 rebounds in the regular season. And through five games, the Wizards as a team had struggled to find offensive rhythm and shot 43.9 percent from the floor.

Prediction: Wizards in 6. "Brandon did a great job of putting pressure on their point guard and we had a couple of steals, a couple of easy buckets". But now that the Celtics have found their best selves with a small ball lineup that includes Gerald Green at small forward, Horford can forget about playing power forward. "It's all basketball. They just play the game at a different level than a lot of teams, so you just have to respect it". The Hawks had plenty of chances to steal one on the road, but came up short all three times.

Now, for Game 1, he has to also deal with a very hard travel schedule. Is he mature enough to lead a team?

Gortat, meanwhile, has only been good for rebounding (10.7 RPG) during the Playoffs. All you have to do is win one game. After Bradley Beal made a bad pass directly to Dennis Schroder, Wall chased Schroder down the court and made a LeBron-in-Game-7-esque block.

The Celtics and Wizards are evenly matched, as each team implements a strong backcourt with complementary wing players.

There's no rest for the Eastern Conference's top seed. Boston, meanwhile, was 11th in the conference with 32.7 PPG from its reserves.

If someone on the bench goes off, it will likely be Bojan Bogdanovic.

The Wizards were leading by as many as 22 points and never trailed during Friday's game. The Celtics, meanwhile, are right in the middle at ninth. If not, Stevens could turn to Jonas Jerebko or Kelly Olynyk as a more reliable defensive presence, while also maintaining some perimeter spacing.

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