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NBA Playoffs - Eastern Conference First Round Simulation

Celtics Beat Bulls in 5 

Isaiah Thomas led Boston with 22 points per game, but shot just 42% from the field. 36 of his 84 shot attempts came from beyond the arc, knocking down 15. He made up for it at the free throw line where he made 24 of 25 attempts. Despite winning game 5, Thomas was just 2-13 with 13 points and six turnovers.

Al Horford stepped up to knock off Chicago with 20 points and four blocked shots in game 5. Other than that though, he was relatively quiet as Robin Lopez held him to just 36.5% from the field.

Avery Bradley was 2nd on the team in scoring with 17 points per game and averaged 8 rebounds and 6 assists with 2 steals. He was super efficient, shooting 57.4%.

Jae Crowder and the Celtics defense shut down Jimmy Butler, limiting him to 15.4 points per game on 37.7% shooting. Dwyane Wade scored 18.8 points, grabbed 6 boards and handed out 5 assists in the five game series. He shot 53.6% and 50% from downtown, on 14 attempts.

Cavaliers Beat Pacers in 5

Kyrie Irving led the way with 25.6 points per game. He dropped 36 in the Cavs only loss of the series in Game 5. Irving lived at the free throw line, knocking down 41 of his 44 attempts.

LeBron James did not have his best series, shooting below 40% while averaging 18 points per game. He did add his usual 8 rebounds and 7 assists. He scored just 30 points over the final games of the series. I guess he was still resting!

Kevin Love grabbed at least 12 rebounds in all five games, but score 20 points in just the series finale. Despite shooting just 31% from downtown, Love attempted 8 threes per game.

Tristan Thompson also grabbed at least 10 rebounds in every game.

Paul George (20.8 pts) and Jeff Teague (16.4) led the Pacers to a playoffs worst 90 points per game.

Raptors Beat Bucks in 7

DeMar DeRozan led the Eastern Conference with 27.6 points per game. He also racked up 8 assists per game and grabbed 6 rebounds! The Raptors were down 3-1 before DeRozan posted 37, 36 & 36 points to beat the Bucks! He shot 53%.

Kyle Lowry also averaged 20 points per game, thanks to a 78 points in the first three games. He failed to score 20 points in the final four contests.

Giannis Antetokounmpo & Khris Middleton both averaged 21 points per game, but it wasn't enough for Milwaukee. Giannis led the Bucks in points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks.

Wizards Beat Hawks in 6

John Wall score 57 points and picked up 22 assists in games 1 & 2 to give the Wizards an early 2-0 lead in the series. He was pretty quite the rest of the series, but still managed to lead Washington with 21 points per game and 10 assists.

Bradley Beal was also quite after scoring 50 points in the first two games. He hit just 5 of his final 19 three point shot attempts.

Even going up against Dwight Howard and Paul Millsap, Marcin Gortat managed to averaged 11.5 rebounds.

Millsap and Dennis Schroder led Atlanta with 20 points per game each.

Howard averaged 15 rebounds, and had 19 in a game 3 win at home. He only scored 10+ points in a game 5 win. The Hawks scored 136 points that night and Schroder scored 42.
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