"We needed it. We need to help out our starters, help out Isaiah (Thomas)", a jubilant Olynyk told the Associared Press after the Celtics punched a ticket to the Eastern Conference Finals against the defending National Basketball Association champions Cleveland Cavaliers, who have been off for nine days.
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Olynyk had the game of his life in a win-or-go-home situation, and helped the Celtics to a 115-105 win over the Wizards to advance to the Eastern Conference finals.
The top-seeded Celtics host the defending champion Cavaliers in Game 1 on Wednesday and Game 2 on Friday. Olynyk was the headliner off the bench, but Marcus Smart also scored 13 points with six rebounds and four assists.
"A friend called me and said "Be at your best when your best is needed" and my best was needed tonight", Olynyk said after the win. The Celtics and Wizards traded wins at home throughout all seven games of the series. It's a change of pace for both teams, especially the Cavaliers, who have only played sparingly since the playoffs began a month ago.
"They have a lot of guys that play physical defense, and others guys who space the floor and knock down shots", Wall said.
Isaiah Thomas made no secret about wanting to not just play well in Game 7, but deliver the kind of performance that not only led to victory but would also be remembered for quite some time.
Otto Porter scored 20 points. John Wall wasn't much help either, finishing with 18 points on 8-of-23 shooting and disappearing late in the game. The run grew to 22-5 in the opening minutes of the fourth quarter as the Celtics' lead became 94-81.
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But Washington quickly responded, scoring seven straight in just 51 seconds to cut the deficit to six. "We don't care what others say".
Just a few minutes later, Smart took the same walk and smiled at Olynyk - already sitting in his auto and waiting to go home. He scored 11 of 13 points for the Celtics as they stretched their advantage to 110-100.
Boston's biggest problem was being 3-of-12 from three in first half, and that allowed the Wizards to have a 55-53 lead at the half. Still have not reached a conference final since 1979. No matter, even if they end up getting swept, which might actually be the most likely scenario here, the Celtics should have no regrets about how their season ended.
Over the first two rounds of the postseason, the Celtics have lost twice at home, to the Chicago Bulls in the quarterfinals, and three times in Washington in the semifinals. Outscored the Wizards 58-40 in the paint.
In the regular season, the Cavs went 3-1 against the Celtics.
Cleveland's lone loss to the Celtics was a 103-99 decision at TD Garden on March 1.
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Game 3: Sunday, May 21 at Cleveland, 8:30 p.m. "I just love this game and I'm playing hard".