Wizards showcase abysmal performance in Game 5 loss to Celtics

Adam Bihi, Staff Writer

The Washington Wizards have once again frustrated fans with their latest 21 point loss against the Boston Celtics on Wednesday Night as they could not contest Bostons successful shooting night.

Boston started out the game strong with a 16-4 run with shooting guard Avery Bradley scoring 14 points in the first quarter and ultimately finishing with a playoff career-high 29 points. Al Horford and Isaiah Thomas scored 19  points, 7 assists, and 6 rebounds and 18 points while dishing out 9 assists respectively and were also huge factors for the Celtics to win game 5. After losing game 3 and 4, Boston came out with a fire in their eyes, leading by as many as 26 and spreading the floor and making 16 3 pointers and making the Wizards pay for them forcing them to use other players to score outside of Isaiah Thomas.

On the other end of the court, Wizards franchise player John Wall scored 21 points along with shooting guard Bradley Beal adding 16 points. Besides 2nd year player Kelly Oubre Jr., The Wizards bench wasn’t playing with any fire as every time they tried to go on a run, the Celtics would shut it down even though the Wizards had more energy after halftime.

The 2 main reasons for the Wizards losing game 5 were turnovers and not contesting Boston’s 3 pointers, Head Coach Scott Brooks needs to remind the team to not give up any transition points or easy baskets. He also reminded Kelly Oubre Jr. to wear earplugs for Game 5 as the Celtics crowd wasn’t very happy with him after he was suspended for Game 4 after pushing down Celtics center Kelly Olynyk.

Overall, The Wizards need to play better against the Celtics and they will have an opportunity on Friday at home to save their season and keep D.C sports fans hopes as the Capitals were eliminated in Game 7 against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday and If they can win in Game 6, They will have to travel back to Boston to beat the Celtics in order to face Lebron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals for a chance to play either the Golden State Warriors or the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA Finals.