Washington Wizards: Can They Still Make The NBA Finals?

Adam Bihi, Staff Writer

The Washington Wizards have recently found themselves down 2-0 in the 2nd round of the NBA Playoffs against the Boston Celtics, led by star point guard Isaiah Thomas, who has been a major key for the Celtics and even scored 53 points in Game 2 on Tuesday, along with big-man Al Horford, who has improved his play a lot ever since he was criticized  for his effort against the Chicago Bulls in the 1st round.

The Wizards have experienced bad luck during the series, especially with their big men. Center Ian Mahinmi, who the Wizards acquired last summer with a 4 year 64 million contract, has been resting with a strained left calf, The Wizards starting power forward Markieff Morris suffered a serious ankle injury that took him out of Game 1 on Sunday but fortunately bounced back and scored 16 points in Game 2 on Tuesday.

The only player on the Wizards who has arguably stepped up the most in this series is franchise player John Wall which is not surprising, Wall has had his best season of his career averaging career highs in points, steals, assists, and field goal percentage. John Wall scored 20 points in Game 1 and 40 in Game 2. One big disappointment in Game 2 was Bradley Beal, many fans felt that Beal was out of energy and gave a lack of effort against the Celtics and that they felt that he should have played better since he has a $128 million contract with the Wizards. Along with the underwhelming play from the bench and head coach Scott Brooks taking responsibility of his players poor play, many people are expecting the Celtics to run away with the series.

If the Wizards want to win the series, they need to work on their bench rotations, cut down on silly fouls, play perimeter defense on Isaiah Thomas, try to make Al Horford and Jae Crowder work for their rebounds, Let John Wall and Marcin Gortat use their pick and roll technique that compliments both of them, and work on the bench capitalizing on the starters leads. The Wizards will have a chance to win tonight in D.C as they play their first home game of the series at the Verizon Center tonight.