I always anticipated that the Washington Wizards would have a bad game somewhere in this series. And today was that bad game with Washington getting blown out 120-95 by the Philadelphia 76ers in the second game of their first-round playoff series. They now trail in the series, 2-0.
This game was decided in the first half as Ben Simmons scored 12 points in the first quarter to give the Sixers a 35-24 lead after one. So much for fearing Joel Embiid going off (he wasn’t going off too much).
The Wizards initially came back stronger in the second quarter, thanks to Bradley Beal scoring 16 points on 7-of-9 shooting in that period alone...
...but remember Embiid? He hasn’t played well all series. He stepped up to the plate scoring 11 points in the second to help the Sixers head to halftime with a 71-57 lead. They held the Wizards to just 28.3 percent shooting in the second half but again, this game was effectively decided before then...
...except that the bad news didn’t end there. Russell Westbrook suffered what appeared to be an ankle injury in the fourth quarter and was assisted off the court. However, as he was leaving, a Sixers fan threw popcorn down on Westbrook, which got him angry where he tried to confront the fan.
fan pours popcorn on Westbrook as he’s being assisted off floor with an injury pic.twitter.com/tGcn4kqRqq— Rob Perez (@WorldWideWob) May 27, 2021
Embiid would ultimately finish with 22 points on 8-of-12 shooting and made 3-of-4 shots from the three-point line for Philly. Simmons finished with 22 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists in just 28 minutes and was the Sixers’ number one catalyst.
Bradley Beal led the Wizards with 33 points on 14-of-18 shooting. But no other player scored more than 11 points (Rui Hachimura and Daniel Gafford), and Westbrook (10 points on 2-of-10 shooting) wasn’t on his A-game). Davis Bertans was scoreless and fouled out.
Just a bad game.
The Wizards will head back home for Game 3 on Saturday. Tip-off is at 7 p.m. ET. See you then and hopefully Westbrook isn’t seriously hurt.
If Westbrook has to sit the game out, perhaps it allows the Wizards to move away from the three-guard lineup of him, Beal and Raul Neto, which isn’t working against Philly’s bigger lineup.