Daily Digits is a new daily feature we’re doing at Bullets Forever this year where we take a look at stats about the Wizards. We’ll dive into the numbers, add some context, and discuss how they affect the product on the court.
Today’s stat is the number of assists the Wizards allowed Wednesday’s loss to the Celtics, which was...
The only thing more devastating than Kyrie Irving’s shot to sink the Wizards in overtime was Marcus Morris’ quote about Boston’s plan to break Washington’s defense.
Marcus Morris on his brother's Wizards: "We just tried to move the ball. We knew that they were going to give up on plays if we got side to side."— Jay King (@ByJayKing) December 13, 2018
The funny thing is, the Celtics only assisted on 20 of the 47 shots they made on Wednesday. It was the lowest percentage of assisted baskets they’ve made in a game all season long.
Ten of those twenty assists came in the third quarter when the Celtics outscored the Wizards 38-22 and turned a 9-point deficit into a 7-point lead. In that stretch, the Celtics generated easy buckets that allowed them to save the energy they needed to make those tough shots at the end of regulation and overtime.
"We knew that they were going to give up on plays if we got side to side." pic.twitter.com/uEDpIh1Uy7— Jake Whitacre (@jakewhitacre) December 14, 2018
Even though the Wizards played a solid game overall defensively, they weren’t able to close the deal because the Celtics exploited the same fatal flaw every other good team attacks. The more you get Washington to move defensively, the more they have to communicate and work together to get stops, and that’s where everything unravels. No matter how hard the Wizards try, until they can get on the same page, teams will figure out ways to get the shots they want against them.