Home's where the heart is for Wiz, Celtics as Game 6 arrives

It can prop up a player for time spent on the floor in successful lineups that have little to do with him.

Even though his team is averaging about 30 more points in Boston than in Washington during this series, Celtics coach Brad Stevens insisted that the venue isn't the most important factor in a game's outcome. For instance: Rookie Jaylen Brown's plus/minus mark of 17, acquired during a respectable sample size of 26:11 while scoring exactly zero points. Bradley hit four 3-pointers and shot 12-for-19 overall as Boston took a three-games-to-two lead in the NBA's Eastern Conference semifinals. "We're a team and it's going to take a team effort to be able to beat the Washington Wizards". I think that sustained the intensity we had.

"A lot of people are going to be booing me tonight", said a beaming Oubre during Washington's pre-game shootaround, according to Candace Buckner of The Washington Post.

And that's what has made the Celtics such a successful team, one that finished with the best record in the Eastern Conference and with it, home-court advantage throughout the Eastern Conference playoffs.

Yet Bradley was incredible offensively Wednesday night, making 10-of-13 shots for 25 points in the first half alone.

"None", he said. "None more than usual".

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In the second, facing Washington's weak bench, the Celtics' youth movement pulled away. The Wizards appeared to rely on home-court advantage more than nearly any other National Basketball Association team, suffering 11 more losses on the road.

During the first quarter of the game, Celtics already showcased a strong performance as they got an early 16-0 running which helped them dominate the game over the past four quarters.

"If I knew (the solution) we wouldn't be in the situation we've been in there", said Jae Crowder. But those friends from pre-school to graduation, are still friends, and they will be the best friends I ever had. Terry Rozier gave us great energy. "It just happens. I don't really know the real reason". He was locked in.

Thomas had his best game of the playoffs as an instigator.

Bill Belichick is elusive when it comes to the media, but it's not out of the ordinary to see him and other members of the New England Patriots at Celtics games.

LINE HISTORY: The Wizards opened as 4.5-point home favorites with their backs against the wall in Game 6, and by Thursday evening that spread was bumped up to -5.

Brooks, though, said that playing at home is different. "So what I'm trying to do is give other guys space, create space for others and also be a good screen-setter".

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