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Boston Celtics crush Washington Wizards

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Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown laid waste to the Washington Wizards and led his team to a 144-102 victory.
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A game after whooping the Dallas Mavericks by 32 points, the Washington Wizards got bulldozed by the Boston Celtics and lost by 42.

The Wizards defense was a calamity — a defensive rating of 152 (league average is 111.7), their worst defensive performance since a 155 defensive rating against the New York Knicks on January 14, 2009. Washington let the Celtics run free for shots at-rim or from three. Boston shot 56-91 from the floor and 23-44 from three-point range, which works out to an effective field goal percentage of 74.2%.

That’s the worst mark of the season, and the worst since at least 2008. I couldn’t make myself keep digging through game logs on a Sunday afternoon when it’s 85° out.

For the Wizards, positives were rare. Ish Smith entertained by skittering around Boston defenders and shooting 8-10 from the floor. Tomas Satoransky was decent too — he handed out 7 assists and launched 4 shots, a veritable barrage from him. The rest of the team stunk.

Meanwhile, the Celtics collectively played like NBA MVPs. Their team PPA was 230. Jaylen Brown led all producers with a PPA of 711. How does 32 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 steals become a 711 PPA? When the 32 points comes on 17 field goal attempts in just 29 minutes, and the opponent can’t score when you’re on the floor — Washington’s offensive rating against Brown was 82. League average: 111.7.

The Four Factors

Below are the four factors that decide who wins and loses in basketball — shooting (efg), rebounding (offensive rebounds), ball handling (turnovers), fouling (free throws made).

I’ve simplified them a bit. While the factors are usually presented as percentages, that’s more useful over a full season. In a single game, the raw numbers in each category are easier to understand.

Four Factors: Wizards 102 at Celtics 144

FOUR FACTORS WIZARDS CELTICS
FOUR FACTORS WIZARDS CELTICS
EFG 0.512 0.742
OREB 7 7
TOV 12 7
FTM 18 9
PACE 95
ORTG 108 152

Key Stats

Below are a few performance metrics, including the Player Production Average (PPA) Game Score (very similar to the one I used to call Scoreboard Impact Rating). PPA is my overall production metric, which credits players for things they do that help a team win (scoring, rebounding, playmaking, defending) and dings them for things that hurt (missed shots, turnovers, bad defense, fouls).

Game Score (GmSC) converts individual production into points on the scoreboard. The scale is the same as points and reflects each player’s total contributions for the game. The lowest possible GmSC is zero.

PPA is a per possession metric designed for larger data sets. In small sample sizes, the numbers can get weird. But some readers prefer it, so I’m including PPA scores as well. Reminder: in PPA, 100 is average, higher is better and replacement level is 45. For a single game, replacement level isn’t much use, and I reiterate the caution about small samples producing weird results.

POSS is the number of possessions each player was on the floor in this game.

PTS = points scored

ORTG = offensive rating, which is points produced per individual possessions x 100. League average this season is 111.7. Points produced is not the same as points scored. It includes the value of assists and offensive rebounds, as well as sharing credit when receiving an assist.

USG = offensive usage rate. Average is 20%.

ORTG and USG are versions of stats created by Wizards assistant coach Dean Oliver and modified slightly by me. ORTG is an efficiency measure that accounts for the value of shooting, offensive rebounds, assists and turnovers. USG includes shooting from the floor and free throw line, offensive rebounds, assists and turnovers.

Key Stats: Wizards

WIZARDS MIN POSS PTS ORTG USG PPA GmSC +/-
WIZARDS MIN POSS PTS ORTG USG PPA GmSC +/-
Ish Smith 28 55 16 150 18.8% 186 13.0 -29
Tomas Satoransky 20 40 7 134 20.2% 102 5.1 -13
Corey Kispert 33 65 10 136 10.5% 61 5.0 -27
Kristaps Porzingis 26 50 17 96 34.2% 56 3.6 -19
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope 30 60 17 93 26.8% 45 3.4 -21
Raul Neto 8 16 5 102 32.0% 154 3.1 1
Deni Avdija 23 45 10 114 18.9% 51 2.9 -32
Thomas Bryant 8 16 2 194 5.0% 98 2.0 1
Daniel Gafford 14 28 9 112 24.8% 50 1.8 -24
Anthony Gill 25 50 9 106 19.9% 3 0.2 -27
Rui Hachimura 24 48 0 0 10.5% -78 0.0 -20

Key Stats: Celtics

CELTICS MIN POSS PTS ORTG USG PPA GmSC +/-
CELTICS MIN POSS PTS ORTG USG PPA GmSC +/-
Jaylen Brown 29 56 32 181 28.7% 711 50.7 36
Derrick White 24 48 17 209 15.6% 330 20.1 27
Al Horford 30 58 10 141 14.9% 247 18.3 34
Jayson Tatum 29 58 22 117 35.1% 206 15.0 22
Grant Williams 28 56 16 167 13.3% 178 12.6 20
Aaron Nesmith 8 17 11 226 26.2% 594 12.5 4
Payton Pritchard 18 35 14 161 22.5% 250 11.2 12
Malik Fitts 6 11 5 251 22.6% 639 9.2 7
Marcus Smart 24 47 7 121 18.6% 97 5.8 18
Luke Kornet 8 17 4 201 9.2% 201 4.2 4
Sam Hauser 8 16 0 77 21.1% 15 0.3 -1
Juwan Morgan 4 7 0 0.0% 0 0.0 8
Daniel Theis 24 47 6 82 13.6% -7 0.0 19