Coming into the season, there were two crystal clear goals — win 50 games and make a deep run in the playoffs. Well, they got to 50 ... unfortunately it was in the loss column.
Washington’s season from hell ended Tuesday evening with a 116-110 loss to the Boston Celtics completing a season in which they fell short of all of their goals and missed the playoffs for the first time in three years.
The Celtics were locked into the four-seed before the game and Washington had been eliminated for weeks so as you’d suspect, there wasn’t a whole lot of drama in this one. Kyrie Irving, Gordon Hayward, Al Horford, Marcus Smart, Marcus Morris and Aron Baynes didn’t even make the trip for Boston in what turned out to be a quasi home game for the Celtics.
Tomas Satoransky led the Wizards with 19 points and Bradley Beal added 16 (all in the first half) in Washington’s season finale. Thomas Bryant’s season ended right where it started off as he provided a spark with 14 points on 6-of-7 shooting to go along with 6 rebounds.
As for some of the younger guys, Devin Robinson saw extended playing time this evening, playing a season-high 30 minutes. He took advantage scoring 14 points, including two monstrous dunks which will leave the fans hoping for more next season.
Bradley Beal gives us one last show
Some of the Wizards players were ready to get their summer vacations started early. Bradley Beal wasn’t one. Beal had one last encore to the tune of 16 points on 6-of-11 shooting and became the first Wizards player in franchise history to average 25 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists for a season.
There was a moment in the second quarter where Beal caught fire. A three-pointer from straight away followed by this nasty step-back three-pointer propelled the Wizards as they led by 21 points in the first half.
Beal did all of his damage in the first half as Scott Brooks opted not to play him in the second half of the season finale.
Now, we’ll just have to wait and see if Brad makes an All-NBA team.
A dunk contest broke out in the third quarter
The offseason starts now
The season is officially over and it’s time to start thinking about the 2019-2020 season. As it’s been mentioned numerous times on this very site, there are many big decisions that need to be made — what will the Wizards do with Bradley Beal? Tomas Satoransky, Thomas Bryant, Bobby Portis, Trevor Ariza, and Jeff Green are all free agents. Who will be on the team next year? What will the front office look like? Will Scott Brooks still be around? Who should the Wizards target in the draft?
The list goes on and on. And all of a sudden, arguably the most important offseason of the John Wall era is officially underway.