Celtics Beat Out Wiz in Game 7

Matt Gutermuth, Layout Artist

    Last night, the Washington Wizards were playing on the road against the Boston Celtics in the Eastern conference semifinals. This was game 7, and the series was split 3 games a piece. In this series, the home team has won each game. The high performances of this series have been by John Wall, Isaiah Thomas, Bradley Beal, and Kelly Olynyk.

   Game 7 took place in Boston, and the trend stayed true for this game. The Celtics won the game by a score of 115 to 105. A big performance in the fourth quarter by Kelly Olynyk off the bench propelled the Celtics to their win. The Wizard’s Bradley Beal also had a huge performance, scoring 38 points. This large point total broke Beal’s previous playoff record for points scored in a game. It also nearly broke the Wizard’s post season single game record.

All series, the Wizards struggled to close out games on the road. In games 1 and 2, they carried large leads into the 2nd half, only to be erased by the Celtics in the fourth quarter. This may be a cause of a lack of experience in the postseason. Game 7 was a much more of a seesaw type of game, as the leads changed several times. Overall, this series was the most entertaining out of all the semifinal games.

Looking back at the Wizards season, they finished with 49 wins, atop of the Southeast division. John Wall had a career year, averaging 23 points and 11 assists. The Wizards backcourt is finally looking as strong as it was projected to be, with Beal and Wall.  Both Wall and Beal will be returning to the Wizards next year, hoping to make another postseason run.

Looking forward to next year, The Wizards will have to look for help on their bench. During the season, the Wizards struggled with production from their bench. This was also true during the postseason. They had to rely nearly all on the starters to produce points down the stretch. While they didn’t achieve their goal of making it to the conference finals, they still had a successful year.