Final Score: Wizards 118 Celtics 102
A crucial game 82 for the Wizards went the right away as they blew away the Celtics in the second half to secure the #5 seed and clinch a first round matchup with the Chicago Bulls. The Wizards win coupled with the Nets falling to the Cavs put the Wizards in the five seed. When word came down that the Bobcats had beaten the Bulls in overtime (which meant that the Bulls finished fifth), the game became that much more important in order to avoid falling to the seventh seed and they took care of business, winning 118-102 in Boston.
The Wizards came out of the game absolutely on fire, hitting 11 shots in a row at one point in the first quarter and held a 14 point lead at the end of one. The Celtics showed some resilience, battling back from big deficits at the start of the second and third quarters but eventually the Wizards were simply too much for the undermanned Celtics. The Wizards shot a cool 56.8% from the field as the offense was clicking all night. The Celtics were hot at times and made things interesting, particularly during the opening of the third quarter when the Wizards really had trouble getting stops. They finished at 46% from the field.
Beal continued his hot shooting ways, a fantastic sign heading into the playoffs, as he led all scorers with 27 points on a very efficient 10/14 shooting, including 3/5 from long distance. Trevor Booker scored 20 points on 9/13 shooting, with all 20 coming in the first half. Gortat closed the regular season with a very typical performance of 15 points and 10 boards. Wall had 15 points and nine assists (against just two turnovers), Ariza had 13 and Nene 12.
Kelly Olynyk had a huge night for the Celtics, finishing with 24 points and seven boards despite being in foul trouble for most of the night. Jeff Green had 20 and Avery Bradley 18 in the loss.
So with that we move onto the playoffs. We'll see you Sunday in Chicago. - Jacob Raim
It seems like just yesterday we were checking in from The Palace of Auburn Hills preparing for the season opener against the Pistons.
Here we are 82 games later and ready for the season finale at the TD Garden in Boston.
The good news is we know we're in the playoffs. However, we won't know our seed or who we're playing until the end of tonight's set of games.
All of the scenarios can be found here
, but to try and make it as simple as possible, if the Wiz win tonight, they can't finish any lower than the six seed. They will be the six seed with a win, unless the Nets lose in Cleveland. If that happens, the Wizards are the five seed. If the Wizards lose tonight and the Bobcats win over the Bulls, the Wiz will finish as the seven seed and play in Miami in the first round.
We do know we are either going to Chicago, Toronto, or Miami this weekend for Game 1. Around 10:30pm tonight we'll know which of those cities will be the host for round one.
All the Wizards can control tonight is winning their game in Boston. That's their focus and it should be because there is no reason to get too caught up in the other games that are out of their control.
Randy Wittman talked about the finale tonight:
Trevor Booker and John Wall also spoke about what this game means tonight and how the team is preparing as they get ready for the playoffs:
The Wizards need to stay focused and take care of business tonight against an undermanned Celtics team. The C's will be without Rajon Rondo, Jerryd Bayless, Kris Humphries, and Jared Sullinger, as they all nurse injuries. But this Celtics team beat the Bobcats last week here at TD Garden and there's no way they don't come out with intensity. It's also Fan Appreciation Night in Boston and there is a planned ceremony for the victims of last year's tragic events at the Boston Marathon.
Tip-off is slated for 8pm, we'll be live chatting on WashingtonWizards.com throughout. We'll also be monitoring the scores of the Nets-Cavs game, the Knicks-Raptors game, and the Bobcats-Bulls game.