Who will have more points in Game 5: Isaiah Thomas or the Celtics' bench? More importantly, who needs to have more points to win?
Bill Sy: The Wizards won’t change their defense. It’s been working too well. I predicted a Game 5 win and if Washington is successful in keeping Thomas around 20 points, Boston’s depth will have to step up. Remember Smart’s Game 4 performance (20 points, 8 rebounds, and 5 assists) against the Hawks last year? He’s been simmering all series against Washington. This will be the Marcus Smart game.
Jeff Clark: I think the bench needs to step up at home and give Isaiah a bit more support in the scoring column. That said, Isaiah is going to need to get his points and a 30+ game wouldn't surprise me at all. Now watch Marcus Smart go off for 40 and make me look silly for doubting him.
Sean Penney: Boston's bench scored no more than 33 points in either of the wins to open the series. In order for the Celtics to win Game 5 they need their superstar to at least get to that mark. Isaiah outscores the bench unless a blowout score leads to him sitting for most of the fourth quarter.
Keith Smith: Isaiah Thomas for both. But I'm going to cheat. That is because the Celtics need him to score in the 30s if it is a close game. And they also need the bench to be right around 30 more points too. The Celtics bench is so much better than the Wizards, that anything less than a 15-20 point margin between the benches is unacceptable at this point.
Lachlan Marr: It is entirely possible that Isaiah has another amazing game and dominates on the offensive end. Apparently a big part of the team’s film study was finding where Isaiah was being isolated by Washington’s defense and figuring out ways around it. So if the scheming allows IT to get open we could see another big-time game from the little guy. However if the bench doesn’t step up and score then the Celtics are going to struggle even if Isaiah goes all out. Ultimately, this series shouldn’t be won by Isaiah’s offense alone, even if it can be.