August 22, 2019

Washington Wizards Game 42 Recap: Celtics complete season sweep against self-destructing Wiz

Courtesy of Winter Storm Jonas that dumped around two feet of snow across the Greater Metropolitan area, the Washington Wizards were forced to postpone their home game with the Utah Jazz. Unlike their compadre Washington Capitals who had to postpone two games, the Wizards were able to get in their Monday night matchup with the Boston Celtics.

(Photo by: @celtics)

(Photo by: @celtics)

You would not have known that it was Washington that had a four game break and Boston playing the back end of a road back-to-back by the way things turned out. Isaiah Thomas scored a game high 23 points and chipped in with nine assists in just 28 minutes of play while the Wizards self-destructed with 20 turnovers. Washington was swept in the season series as they suffered yet another blowout loss to the 17 time-world champion Celtics 116-91.

Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas dropped 32 points against Washington nine days ago in the nation’s capital and he was back at it today with seven points within the game’s first four minutes. The Wizards felt the presence of Otto Porter, returning from a slightly torn right hip labrum injury, as the Georgetown product hit a couple of early midrange jumpers to spurt an 8-0 run. The Wizards played good perimeter defense and forced five first quarter turnovers. However, 8 of 23 (34.8 percent) shooting frm the field including missing all six 3-pointers meant Washington trailed 22-20 at the end of one quarter.

Early in the second quarter Bradley Beal had to exit the game with a bloody nose after Marcus Smart hit him with an incidental forearm when going up for a layup. Jared Dudley helped Washington’s woes from beyond the arc by making his first two from deep to fuel an 14-3 run midway through the quarter. The Wizards ran into turnover problems, many unforced, of their own that helped the Celtics retake the lead with a 10-2 run. Following 14 lead changes by halftime Washington trailed 53-49 once Boston completed an 8-2 run.

Boston saw their first double-digit advantage with a 7-0 run early in the third quarter while John Wall continued to struggle. Every time the Wizards tried to cut into the deficit they commited a defensive gaffe that just dug them into into a bigger hole. After cutting the Celtics lead to three poor defense from the home team gave up a 14-4 run as Washington continued to struggle against set plays. Things started to get ugly as Boston led 84-70 going into the fourth quarter.

The turnovers were plentiful, the missed free throws often, and poor defensive IQ all around. Randy Wittman continued to get out coached with his lineup rotations and the glimpses of hope were rare in the final session. Washington committed 20 turnovers that were cashed in for 28 points, missed ten points from the charity stripe, and were giving space to players with jump shots while playing tight  on those who drive more frequently. With a quick turnaround tomorrow Wall and Marcin Gortat took a seat with over five minutes to play before the Wizards fell 116-91.

Washington (20-22) will hope to get out of the area late tonight before visiting our neighbors up North. In the second part of a back-to-back against the Toronto Raptors (29-15), the Wizards may not have the legs needed to compete against a team on an eight game winning streak. Tip off is at 7:30 pm EST from the Air Canada Centre.

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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