Celtics drain 19 three pointers to hold off the Wizards in game 1
The heart of a lion is exactly what I think of when it comes to this Boston Celtics team. Primarily Isaiah Thomas. No matter what gets thrown at him, he just can’t be stopped. Right before a physical and long series with Chicago, Thomas was informed that his sister was lost in an unimaginable car accident, and right into the beginning of the series with the Wizards the funeral process of saying goodbye to his sister one more time was the day before game 1. Isaiah spoke briefly about it and simply said “That’s life. No matter what happens you just keep going”. “No excuses” he said it’s the playoffs.
The Wizards got off to a hot start, leading by as many as 17 points at one time. John Wall is on another level and it showed in the series vs the Hawks. He scored 20 points, and Bradley Beal lea all scorers for the Wizards with 27. The downfall here was when it came to defending the three ball, and when the Celtics got hot they had no response. Getting into a 3-point contest also didn’t help them as they hit 10-of-23.
Boston had five players in double figures, and were led by Thomas’s 33. Marcus Smart didn’t go crazy scoring wise, but found ways to contribute– frustrating the Wizards mainly in the third quarter and forcing turnovers which had the Celtics on top by 15 going into the fourth. At this point the Celtics wisely controlled the ball and tempo to close out the game, and more than likely we can expect yet another high scoring affair between these two teams.
I love this series. Celtics better be careful here, they were to adjust after being down by 17 at one point, but they can’t always expect for the Wizards to melt down each night. The Wizards on the other hand should be able to even this up on game 2 which makes me wonder which one of these teams will be the first to steal a game on the opposing court.