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Grades: Wizards 118, Celtics 102

 

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Washington Wizards 118 Final
Recap | Box Score
102 Boston Celtics
Brandon Bass, PF 26 MIN | 7-9 FG | 2-3 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 16 PTS | -14


The well-deserved winner of the Red Auerbach award finished with the type of consistent performance that won him the honor. Not sure if he would survive a roster purge, but he’s been an incredibly steady presence.

Jeff Green, SF 36 MIN | 6-15 FG | 6-7 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 20 PTS | -21


It’s the end of the season and we are feeling friendly, so let’s credit Green with getting to the line seven times.

Kelly Olynyk, C 30 MIN | 10-16 FG | 4-5 FT | 7 REB | 5 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 24 PTS | +5


Olynyk has been really, really good over the past few weeks with consistent minutes and a consistent role. I’m am the excites.

Avery Bradley, PG 37 MIN | 7-18 FG | 1-1 FT | 5 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 5 TO | 18 PTS | -17


Danny Ainge before the game, on whether players having an injury history can affect money offered to them: β€œIt can, yeah. Sure.”

Phil Pressey, PG 42 MIN | 3-12 FG | 3-4 FT | 5 REB | 10 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 9 PTS | -18


It doesn’t get more Phil Pressey than 10 assists (including my personal favorite of the entire season: A between-the-legs hike to Brandon Bass for a slam) and 25 percent shooting.

Chris Johnson, SF 29 MIN | 4-7 FG | 0-1 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 4 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 10 PTS | -6


Chris Johnson was part of the crew that brought so much energy in the second quarter, the Celtics almost avoided a blow out.

Joel Anthony, C 29 MIN | 2-3 FG | 1-2 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 5 PTS | -1


Think Boston wanted to win this game? Take a look at how many minutes Joel Anthony played and re-think your position. It’s also worth noting that Anthony played as well as you could reasonably expect Joel Anthony to play.

Chris Babb, SG 11 MIN | 0-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 0 PTS | -8


Boston’s first guy off the bench!

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  • James Patrick

    I’ll settle for the tied for 4th place with Utah. Listen, there was nothing wrong with underachieving this year. That was sadly the goal. To say it wasn’t is foolish. We weren’t going to win a title, we’d have been lucky making out of the first round missing Rondo most of the year had KG and Pierce stayed. I miss those guys, but Go Nets! I’m pulling for them. As for us, we get a decent pick and the rebuilding begins. I feel the luck of the irish this time out!

    • CP37

      Call me crazy, but despite our record I think we overachieved this season. We’re in the lottery and not in the playoffs, but we still had a top defense in the NBA (3-point percentage wise), the garden was filled 97% to capacity, we even led the division and had a grip on the 4th seed early on and we were almost always in ball game until the last few moments (and we won the season series from Miami which is an added bonus). Hopefully the Nets can go far, I would be thrilled to see Pierce and KG get one more title. Can’t wait for the draft to see what kind of rabbit DA will pull out of his hat.

  • check12check

    tied for 4th best chances in the draft, young guys developing, and cap space soon. I think this season has been a success. I’d like to see a smart move over the summer to land someone who can make an impact and is young/willing to let a team develop over a few years. I’ll be excited to see what we do with our picks over the next few years too. A combination of using some drafts well and trading other drafts while they are super desired under the new CBA could yield some really nice pieces if we go about it well. I’m going to view the fact that they team was smart enough to get itself into this position as evidence that they will be able to navigate the upcoming years well.

    Also, and I have said this before, I am super excited about KO’s development right now. Dude is turning into a stud. Sully has also molded himself into a very solid NBA player. I hope this team can land a solid center. I think we can use Kelley and Sully as band-aid centers when needed if we have a true center around them to absorb the bulk of the minutes at this position. we can then let these guys play a more comfortable role at the 4 spot and use rotations to make sure each guy still gets plenty of minutes even though they probably both come off the bench some nights and start others. Just a thought regarding the possibility of keeping both guys

  • hax

    So basically if we end up Top 5.

    We have to get lucky to grab Embiid, Wiggins, or Parker.
    The rest of our projected draft area doesn’t have many fits though. Dante Exum is the only one, really, and we’d play him at SG.
    Expecting major trades.

    Also, Olynyk! With starters minutes, there’s no way he doesn’t win ROTY.
    He beats Sullinger in every way except ‘inside the paint offense and defense’ but if he starts at PF he won’t be there much anyways! We need Embiid-Asik-someone like that.

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