Avery Bradley's defense has been key ingredient for Celtics

Avery Bradley's defense has been key ingredient for Celtics

The two teams meet in Game 6 in Washington on Friday night.

But it's been Bradley's consistency on defense during the first two rounds that has the top-seeded Celtics on the verge of an Eastern Conference finals matchup with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

If not, at least Game 7 is back in Boston.

The Celtics, who fashioned the teams' third 16-0 first-quarter burst of the series, and Wizards have played nine times this season.

Bradley, who is playing with a sore hip, scored 25 points in the first half as the Celtics compiled a 22-point halftime lead.

That is the case once again, as the National Basketball Association issued a $25,000 fine against Boston Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas.

Boston Celtics guard Avery Bradley (0) dunks the ball during the game.

Thomas said one thing that became apparent in watching film from the Celtics' losses in Games 3 and 4 was that he had to adjust his game with three or four defenders guarding him. The Wizards defeated Boston again in Game 4, evening out the series 2-2. "I can never keep up with what we're going to wear game-to-game". The Celtics got transition opportunities frequently Wednesday, pushing the pace in the first and second quarters en route to 15 fast-break points in the first half.

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Smart didn't exactly light it up shooting 3-for-7 for 9 points, but he nearly finished with a triple double with 11 rebounds and 6 assists.

The Wizards are well aware of Bradley's ability to disrupt offenses. Al Horford helped prevent Boston's lead from becoming less and scored 8 points. By hitting so many shots, the C's forced the Wizards to take the ball out from under the basket instead of pushing it up the court on a miss, where John Wall and co. are very unsafe. "We were letting guys cut through the lane without touching them", Morris said.

-Boston concluded the game shooting 53 percent, their highest shooting percentage for a game in this year's postseason.

If the Celtics win Friday, they would open against Cleveland on Monday.

Celtics fans chanted "We want Oubre! We did a hell of a job tonight from the first guy to the last guy". In four games in D.C. they've lost by an average of 21.5 points.

Boston's intensity and superior execution continued into the second quarter. Opponents fear Thomas's balls-out finishing ability to the point that it's not even a secret weapon anymore, yet he uses the same principles to make incisive passes from unorthodox angles at unexpected time to catch opponents off rhythm and find his guys.

That was Brad Stevens' message yesterday during a conference call - there should be no difference between home and road performance. "Our guards and bigs didn't do a grat job of getting back and they were just running out for layups and threes".

I knew the Wizards were walking into an unfriendly environment, and although they would not notice me, I still wanted to be a friendly face and show my support.