- The Washington Times - Monday, May 1, 2017

BOSTON — The morning after Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals between Boston and Washington delivered a gray day in Boston. Both teams are scheduled to practice around noon. The Wizards will practice at TD Garden. Boston is back to its suburban practice facility in Waltham, about 30 minutes outside of the city.

We addressed Sunday’s game here. Markieff Morris, who expects to play in Game 2, explains what happened when he rolled his ankle — the worse sprain of his life, he said — here. To start the day, let’s look at some more news, notes and quotes around Game 1:

Boston’s 19 made 3-pointers matched a franchise record for the most threes made in a single playoff game. The first time was May 3, 2002 against Philadelphia. That was when Jim O’Brien was coaching the Celtics. He used a then-radical philosophy of shooting a lot of 3-pointers. He even let his power forward, Antoine Walker, shoot them. Walter McCarty, who is now an assistant with the Celtics, was also a 3-point shooting power forward on that team 15 years ago. That team shot 1,946 3-pointers. This edition of the Celtics shot 2,742 3-pointers during the regular season. “You’re not going to make 19 every night, but we took a lot of good ones and we got good ones for each other,” Boston coach Brad Stevens said.

— So, what to do about the 3-pointers? Here’s what Wizards coach Scott Brooks said about what can be done (consider that Brooks is polite and general when answering strategy questions, since he does not want to publicly give away details): “We’re going to take a look at it. Thought we had some opportunities to stop the basketball. They’re really good at driving and kicking out to threes. Have to be able to handle the initial action of them attacking us and you have to be able to do that without much help. But, if you don’t, they’re going to take a lot of threes. We just have to make sure they were contested. I don’t think they were — just by watching live, I don’t think there were a lot of contested threes, so we have to make sure we clean that up going into the next game.”

— Lost in the mix was a solid night for Kelly Oubre, who struggled in the first-round series with Atlanta. Oubre played 25:58, largely because of Morris‘ injury. He scored 12 points and tried to harass Isaiah Thomas for a stretch. Oubre’s closeout defense will be a factor in this series. However, he also had a handful of issues Sunday. He took a bad 3-pointer in the corner after catching a pass low and to his right. He ran up the back of Bradley Beal on a break, blowing up the spacing and play. Oubre also finished with just one rebound. He needs to rebound more, particularly if he is on the floor as part of a small lineup.

— Kelly Olynyk? Yes, Kelly Olynyk. Giving the Celtics a first-quarter jolt was Olynyk and his man bun. At 7-feet tall, Olynyk became a problem for Washington’s smaller players at the four. He scored 10 points in eight minutes. He averaged nine points this season. What was strange: while Olynyk was doing damage was, Jason Smith remained on the bench. He seemed a likely candidate to defend Olynyk, but Brooks went small with Oubre as his first substitution, and just one of two in the quarter. The other was Brandon Jennings. Smith is coming off a calf strain, so, that could be a factor.

Boston’s win was its largest come-from-behind playoff win since overcoming a 24-point deficit versus the Los Angeles Lakers on June 12, 2008. The stakes were a little higher then.

Boston has also won five playoff games in a row since starting the first round down 0-2 to the eighth-seeded Chicago Bulls.

— The blocked shot leader in Game 1? Celtics guard Marcus Smart. He was credited with three.

— John Wall committed eight turnovers. The rest of the team had four. In his last two games, Wall has committed 15 turnovers.

Morris‘ left ankle sprain was a significant blow to Washington’s frontcourt depth. Smith played just 9:38, even with Morris hurt. Bojan Bogdanovic scored 10 points, but was the focal point of Boston offensive sets whenever he was in the game.

— Marcin Gortat’s arms were covered in scratches after the game. “That’s just how I play,” Gortat said. “I play physical, I play hard. I try to chase every ball. That’s what they’re doing, they’re trying to stop me at all costs. That’s what happens to me all the time.” Gortat finished with 16 points and 13 rebounds. He’s averaging 11 rebounds per game in the playoffs.

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