December 15, 2019

Washington Wizards Game 13 Recap: Sloppy play, poor shooting leads to another blowout loss to Celtics

During the Washington Wizards third game of a four game stretch in five days, they were looking to snap their two-game losing streak to get back above the .500 mark. Unfortunately, with more turnovers than assists and getting killed on the boards, Washington saw things get out of hand early on. Without anyone having a good offensive night, things got even worse during garbage time in the fourth quarter before the Wizards eventually fell by a final score of 111-78.

(Photo by: @Wizards)

(Photo by: @Wizards)

Things were promising early for Bradley Beal because of his aggressive nature to get to the bucket instead of settling for jump shots. The Florida product had the Wizards first three field goals. Ever since Kris Humphries made five three-pointers to help Washington beat the Orlando Magic, he has been ice cold and might be transitioned out of the starting lineup. Boston opened the game on a 22-8 run while cashing in on the boards for 11 second-chance points seven minutes into the game. Nene would leave the game in the first quarter after reaggravating his left calf injury before the Celtics closed out the quarter with a 29-18 lead.

When Otto Porter had to sit with 9:34 left in the second quarter, Boston extended their lead out to 17 while Washington could not make a shot. Randy Wittman got strong production out of Ramon Sessions, Garrett Temple, and DeJuan Blair when the deficit was in single digits, but the trio was a cold 11 of 40 from the field combined. With little effort on display, Washington found itself in a huge 54-36 hole at halftime.

The third and fourth quarter were much of the same, with sloppy play offensively and a lack of commitment to rebounding defensively. Washington ended the game with 22 turnovers to just 16 assists and lost the rebounding battle by a margin of 12, which was larger in the third quarter. Taking out Beal from the equation, the Wizards starters combined for 8 of 32 while the Celtics were 30 of 61. An up and coming Celtics team left TD Garden with a 111-78 victory to push the Wizards further from the top in the Eastern Conference.

It is sad to say this early in the season, but the Wizards look to be missing the veteran leadership of Paul Pierce. Because right now, neither John Wall or Bradley Beal are showing they can consistently win against their man on either side of the court. The grueling stretch will continue with a second straight back-to-back matchup against the Toronto Raptors.

About Neil Dalal

Neil Dalal is a Staff Writer for District Sports Page covering the Redskins, Wizards, and Maryland Terrapins. Neil grew up in Silver Spring, MD and attends the University of Maryland. Neil has loved everything related to the Redskins, Wizards, Capitals, and Terrapins since he was eight years old. However, he favors the Orioles, as he started watching baseball before the Expos moved to DC. You can follow Neil on Twitter @NeilDalal96.

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