Coming into the game the Boston Celtics were a team still trying to find a rhythm on offense, unfortunately for the Washington Wizards the Celtics found that rhythm. From the opening tip this game was all Celtics as the Wizards didn’t seem to be able to put up much of a fight defensively. The Celtics outscored the Wizards 40-25 in the first quarter and at one point in the first half the led was as high as 27 points. By halftime the Celtics were up 72-50 in what’s so far been the second highest scoring half in the league. Boston went on to beat the Wizards 118-98.
Jared Sullinger was definitely a Wizards killer last night as he finished with 21 points and 9 rebounds on 9-13 shooting, including 3-4 from beyond the arc. Sullinger hit his first five shots in the first quarter. As a team the Celtics shot 45% from the field and 40% from three, those numbers were much higher in the first half.
Turnovers were another major problem for Washington in this game, as a team they had 24 turnovers. Which is unacceptable for a team with a top point guard in the league. John Wall leading the team with eight turnovers. Most of the turnovers were careless mistakes, specifically a ton of lazy passing, John also looked to be pressing a little too much at times which likely lead to the turnovers as well.
Despite all of this, the Wizards did get another good game from Bradley Beal as he scored 24 points and went 3-4 for deep. Beal has had a very strong start to the season and continued that in last night’s loss. John didn’t play horrible, despite the getting close to double-digit turnovers. He and Beal looked to be the only Wizards who could keep up with this fast Celtics team today.
The Celtics are off for a couple of days until they face the Milwaukee Bucks. Washington Wizards gets no break and will have to respond against another team that likes to push the pace in Atlanta. We’ll see if Washington can rebound or if this turns into their first losing “streak” of the season.