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Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

Brad Stevens begins postgame saying: "Bigger things than basketball happened. I'm proud of the way my guys treated each other and stood together. They were a great support network for each other; especially Isaiah (Thomas)."

Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

As Brad Stevens began his postgame news conference, Isaiah Thomas, out of uniform, headed toward an arena exit for an earlier than normal departure. He's scheduled to fly home to Tacoma tonight for his sister's funeral tomorrow.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Scott Brooks on John Wall's chase-down block on Dennis Schroder's potential layup that could have cut the Wizards' lead to one: "It's really not fair for a point guard to be able to do what he does... there's only one other player in the league that does it and we all know who that is."

Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

Standing outside the Celtics' locker room. Outside of Gerald Green, the Cs were notably quiet in the walk through the hallway. Shouted Green, though: "That's what I'm talking about! Let's go!"

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Bradley Beal on NBA TV about renewing the heated rivalry against Boston in the second round: "It is going to be tough... we know this is a team which has a great point guard and great role players around him... we have to bring it. We split 2-2 in the season but we know this is a team we can beat and we know it won't be easy. "

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

After dropping the first two games of their opening-round series against the Chicago Bulls, the Boston Celtics rallied to win four straight including a 105-83 triumph in Friday's Game 6 at the United Center. Up next: Boston opens an Eastern Conference semifinal series against the Wizards on Sunday at TD Garden.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

John Wall thinks the Wizards are much better equipped for a playoff run than two years ago. Wall and Bradley Beal combined for 73 points in Game 6 and are looking forward to renewing a heated rivalry this season with Boston. "Just the leadership that me and Brad and have," Wall said of why the Wizards are better this time in the playoffs. "The confidence we have in our game. I'm a way better player than what I was two years ago. We know we will probably go up against a tough Boston team that we have battled with all year. It is going to be fun and exciting."

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

After Atlanta cut the deficit to 100-97, John Wall had his best playoff moment to date. He had an amazing block on Dennis Schroder from behind that would've made it a one-point game. He then had a hand in the Wizards' final 15 points of the game. He assisted on one basket and scored 13 straight to close Atlanta out. He finished with a playoff career-high 42 points, 8 assists, 4 steals and 2 blocks. "Just try to close the game out," Wall said after the game of his mentality on the big block. "This is a great Hawks team. Remember what they did to us two years ago (beating Washington in East semis)."

J.A. Adande @jadande

John Wall finishing off the Hawks (I'm gonna need a GIF of that Julio Jones zoom in )

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

John Wall is up to a playoff career-high 39 points. He blew to the rim for a layup and foul and converted the three-point play while also drawing Paul Millsap's fifth foul. Wall shook his head after the foul to let the Atlanta crowd know that he won't be stopped tonight.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

John Wall is doing everything he can to get the Wizards to the second round. Since the Hawks closed within three, Wall assists Bradley Beal on a jumper and then hits two jumpers of his own to push lead back to nine. Wall already has a playoff career-high 33 points.

Ian O'Connor @Ian_OConnor

Like Rick Pitino, Brad Stevens left title-level NCAA program 4 big Celtics deal. Unlike Pitino, Stevens wont live to regret it

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Atlanta used a 25-9 run to claw to within 93-90 but John Wall had enough. He produced a scintillating block from behind on Dennis Schroder that could've cut the lead to one and then scored on a drive with a lot of contact in the paint before drilling a 20-footer. Wall is imposing his will. Wizards' lead is back to seven and Scott Brooks likely will have to ride Wall the rest of the way. Wall already has logged 37 minutes.