November 9, 2016 – Verizon Center, Washington, DC
It was never really a contest at the Verizon Center. By the end of the first quarter the Celtics found themselves down 34-8 and didn’t see a lead the rest of the game. It was an incredible offensive and defensive performance from the Wizards. Before the game, Coach Brooks spoke to the team’s lack of 3-point shooting. Well, the Wizards showed out last night, shooting 85% from deep in the first quarter and 50% for the game.
Defense was another topic of Brook’s pregame presser, and yet another strong point of the Wizards. The only downfall was another John Wall ejection, his second in as many games. An aggressive foul on Marcus Smart lead to a flagrant-2 call and an ejection for Wall. During his post-game presser, Wall admitted his hard foul on Smart was a result of ongoing frustration from not getting calls.
Nevertheless, this was an important win in an increasingly tough Eastern Conference. It’s time for the Wizards to build off this.
The Game’s Top Performer
Otto had a sensational game from the jump. In the first quarter he came out firing on all cylinders and even outscored the entire Celtics team 13-8. It was just uphill from there. Otto was literally everywhere. Seemingly every missed Wizards layup was followed by an Otto Porter offensive rebound and clean up layup. Porter finished with an impressive 14 rebounds and scored a career-high 34 points. This was surely a statement game for the young wing man in a contract year. In classy fashion, Porter said that he did not care too much about the points, it was about a good team win to him. I love it. If we see anything close to this the rest of the season it should be exciting to watch.
A forgettable night for..
Kieff had yet another dismal night. He wasn’t necessarily bad, but he surely didn’t accomplish all he is capable of. Kieff shot 2 of 6 from the field, one of which was a 3-pointer. He finished with 5 points and 6 rebounds. A decent game, but not what the Wizards need out of him. Additionally, he failed to bring his usual defensive energy and toughness the Wizards need. Luckily the rest of the team showed a newfound tough mentality. Nothing bad against Kieff, he just has a much higher ceiling.
Wizards actually made some 3’s: The Wizards came out hot in the first quarter led by the man of the night Otto Porter who knocked down two of his three deep balls in the first few minutes of the game. The Wiz shot a respectable 10-21 from the arc and used those points to put a dagger into the Celtics.
On John Wall getting tossed again: As mentioned, it is now two games in a row he’s been thrown out. Although his hard foul on Marcus Smart was unnecessary, this was Wall reacting out of frustration to referee non-calls. I like his demand for respect, for damn sure deserves it. This may result in a one game suspension, but in the long run could be worth it.
Here’s Wall on not reacting to ref non-calls:
John Wall on not reacting to ref non-calls: "I just keep getting beat up and keep playing basketball." pic.twitter.com/UtrY3LrbGT
— Hoop District (@HoopDistrictDC) November 10, 2016
Trey Burke showing some positive signs? Having a quiet season, you never expect much out of Trey Burke. But last night, this man came out with a chip on his shoulder and proved that he still has some of that Michigan Big Blue talent and charisma, scoring 18 points in flashy style. Two silky step back three balls, and a couple floaters with the touch of an angel. The Burke/Sato duo could grow to be deadly off the bench. Look out for Trey to get more comfortable and have a couple more nights like this.