The Wizards lacked the effort to contest anyone from beyond the three point arc, and failed to overcome an early Celtics run, as they fell 123-101.
Boston came out strong, as expected after getting blown out twice on the road, opening the gates on a 16 to 4 run.
Avery Bradley’s 14 first quarter points carried (like Thomas every possession) the Celtics to a 33-21 lead, as Washington failed to score in transition. The game began to get out of hand early in the second quarter while Boston rained threes and the Wizards bench committed one turnover after another.
The House of Guards were outplayed in the first half and Washington found themselves down 67-51. Boston outshot Washington 57 percent to 27 percent from long range.
Nothing good happened in the third, we do not even want to talk about it. It ended with Washington down big. Boston hit everything they threw up. And Boston opened the final quarter on an 11-0 run when the outcome was all but decided
There were very few bright spots, because the Wizards could never get it to within single digits. The starters did not see floor time for nearly any part of the final period, as Washington fell 123-101.
John Wall finished with 21 points, 4 assists, and 4 boards. No one else added much to the equation.
With this loss, the Wizards are now on the brink of elimination in their playoff series. Here are some notes:
Making It Rain
Boston could not miss from long range on the evening. Washington’s defense did not make things hard, but Celtic role players hit everything they tossed towards the hoop. Jae Crowder even hit one off the backboard as the shot clock was winding down.
Boston finished the game with 16 out of 33 of their three point shot attempts going through the net. That sadly equals 48.5 percent.
Transition Defense, or Offense for that Matter?
In the first quarter alone, Boston racked up 15 fast break points to the Wizards nada. By the second quarter, Washington had closed the gap to 17-8. After three, 19-10. The game finished at 19 to 14, but the damage was done early.
D.C. Sports Misery
The Wizards’ loss was bad enough:
can we just see one highlight play from John Wall.— Bullets Forever (@BulletsForever) May 11, 2017
But the Capitals also played tonight at Verizon Center, where they lost 2-0 to the Pittsburgh Penguins for the second straight year.
Sick to my stomach. Not again.— Jeff Kravitz (@Kravitz76) May 11, 2017
At least the Wizards still have one more game to play this Friday in Game 6. But it hasn’t been a good Wednesday nevertheless