Ah, that felt good. After six long years, the Wizards are finally back in the postseason and, in all likelihood, headed towards a winning season. The guys have already done a great job covering #WizardsPlayoffs from all angles, so I won't be as long-winded in this space as I usually.
Safe to say, the Wiz put a whoopin' on the Celtics. I guess they were a little angry about blowing that Bobcats game, eh? Boston never led in the game, while Washington led by as much as 33. The final 118-92 score didn't even capture fully how dominant the Wizards were in this one.
For the game, the Wiz shot 62.5 percent. (Yup.) They assisted on 29-of-45 field goals. They outrebounded the Celts 41-to-29. Bradley Beal went 7-for-8, scoring 19 points. Marcin Gortat shot 10-for-13 en route to a 22-point, eight-rebound night. John Wall only played 27 minutes and still finished with 13 points and 10 assists. Trevor Ariza had 18 points and seven rebounds. Trevor Booker scored 10 points. Andre Miller had eight assists and Al Harrington scored 12 off the bench.
Road team recaps: BF StoryStream | Washington Post (gamer, sidebar, JReid column)| AP | CSN Washington (recap, sidebar) | Truth About It | Wiz of Awes | DC Pro Sports Report | Hoop District | District Sports Page | Ted's Take | Wizards.com | Monumental Network
6 0 - Years since the Wizards have made the playoffs. 8 0 - Seasons spent as a head coach since Randy Wittman has guided a team to the playoffs.
TWEETS OF THE NIGHT
Wizards are in the Playoffs! Washington beats Boston, 118-92, clinching 1st playoff berth since 2008. pic.twitter.com/SfeGNLtPzz— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) April 3, 2014
John is hugging Wittman. I'm holding back tears.— Ben M (@BenAgent0) April 3, 2014
WE have #Wizards playoff basketball coming to DC again.— The Ball Hogs (@BallHogsRadio) April 3, 2014
PLAYOFFS! pic.twitter.com/8ruSODkJ4d— Danny (@recordsANDradio) April 3, 2014
Verizon Center crowd is on its feet. Players rejoicing on the court. Wall smiling from ear to ear. Gotta love it. #Wizards— Hoop District (@HoopDistrictDC) April 3, 2014
Somewhere Flip Saunders sheds a tear & takes a bit of his Subway sandwich.— Kyle Weidie (@Truth_About_It) April 3, 2014
Wittman and Wall hugging because, hey, playoffs. It's been 2,182 days since the Wizards last clinched a postseason berth.— Ben Standig (@BenStandig) April 3, 2014
And it's official, the #Wizards are playoff bound! Washington defeats Boston 118-92 to clinch a playoff berth for the first time since 2008.— CSN Washington (@CSNwashington) April 3, 2014
6 long, hard years. Beyond ecstatic right now— Umair Khan (@UKhanNBA) April 3, 2014
a playoff seed was born— Playoff Wizards (@SoWizards) April 3, 2014
Hey guess what? THE WIZARDS ARE HEADING THE PLAYOFFS!— Bullets Forever (@BulletsForever) April 3, 2014
Wizards playoffs areyouserious?— Jack Kogod (@Unsilent) April 3, 2014
Playoff John Wall for the first time ever, guys. PLAYOFF JOHN WALL— Michael Sykes, II (@Mikey_NBA) April 3, 2014
CLINCHED.C. pic.twitter.com/OyTOpxPPYo— Hoop District (@HoopDistrictDC) April 3, 2014
So happy and proud of John Wall. Never complained about the situation in DC, overcame a lot, and led his team to the playoffs. Just awesome— Umair Khan (@UKhanNBA) April 3, 2014
I am soooooo stoked for Playoff John Wall. East should be watchable for the playoff newbies alone.— Allen Mark (@allenmarkca) April 3, 2014
"You can't explain the difference in the playoffs. The arena. The speed of the game" -Wittman on what he told Wall about playoffs #Wizards— Hoop District (@HoopDistrictDC) April 3, 2014
We made the playoffs! We made the playoffs! 🎤🎤🎤— IG:TheRealGwiz (@the_real_Gwiz) April 3, 2014
For the first time in six years, the Wizards are in the playoffs. I can get used to it. pic.twitter.com/duZ2Mz2Awi— Jake Russell (@_JakeRussell) April 3, 2014
Wiz need bring Gilbert in for playoff run, let he make Instagram videos ov behind the scenes action, poop in KSLife shoe— Play Offzz (@wzzntzz) April 3, 2014
Wheels up #WizPlayoffs ✈️✈️✈️✈️✈️✈️— T.J. Doyle (@gheorghetheblog) April 3, 2014
"Let me tell ya, it feels like I've been he 20 years." --Wittman on the "desperate" struggle of the #Wizards franchise.— Kyle Weidie (@Truth_About_It) April 3, 2014
VIDEO/GIF OF THE NIGHT
Awwwwww. (H/T @HoopDistrictDC)
*sniff* (H/T Jason Carlos)
GAMETHREAD COMMENT OF THE NIGHT
I mean, as wonderful as the Wizards making the playoffs is, we can all agree that this is the greatest thing that has ever happened, right? Okay, just checking.
GAME RECAP COMMENT(s) OF THE
Wait, I spoke too soon.
FAR TOO SOON.
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