7 game-changing plays the Celtics made in Game 7

epaselect epa05966933 Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (R) and Boston Celtics forward Marcus Smart (L) battle for the ball during the first half of their NBA Eastern Conference Semifinal game seven at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, 15 May 2017. The best of seven series is tied 3-3 and the winner of the game will go on to face the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals.  EPA/CJ GUNTHER
Marcus Smart battled Brady Beal for a loose ball in Game 7. –EPA

Game 7 wasn’t only about Kelly Olynyk.

The Celtics power forward scored 26 points in 28 minutes vs. the Wasington Wizards, saving several of his biggest plays for the 4th quarter, when he dropped 14.

But the Celtics were led in scoring by Isaiah Thomas, and aided by contributions up and down the roster. Here are seven critical plays made by seven different Celtics players in the 115-105 win.

Marcus Smart

Smart had 13 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 blocks in the game, including this pursuit of Otto Porter on the fast break. Just watch how Smart swallows up the ball right after (if that were a stat, he’d lead the league)

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Isaiah Thomas

Sometimes the body control is just unfair.

Jaylen Brown

What do you do when Marcin Gortat pulls a swim move and throws you onto the parquet? Get the rebound anyway.

Kelly Olynyk

You could highlight any of Olynyk’s 10 scoring plays, but none better describes his value than this one. Watch how 3 defenders are tracking Thomas here, and watch how quickly and decisively Olynyk takes advantage of it.

Avery Bradley

There are times when Bradley is a two-way monster, a suffocating defender and a dynamic scorer. Bradley didn’t have a great game 7, but he flashed his potential here.

Terry Rozier

If we could bottle up this kid’s energy and feed it intravenously to someone for 48 consecutive minutes, we’d have created the best player in the league.

Al Horford

Watch the picks Horford sets out top, then watch him calmly drain every 3-pointer like there’s no chance he’ll miss.

 

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