The Washington Wizards got their fourth chance this season to get over the .500 mark on Wednesday night, with this opportunity coming versus the Boston Celtics. Heading into Wednesday night’s game, the Wizards were 20-20 and tied at fourth place in the Eastern Conference. Also, Washington was just one game behind the Atlanta Hawks for third place in the conference.
The Wizards failed several times this season to get over the .500 mark but with former Bullets Bernard King and Elvin Haynes in attendance, Washington looked to get a big win.
Boston dominated Washington during the first half on Wednesday night, leading 61-43. Washington came out of the locker room inspired and productive. John Wall‘s performance was a major contributor to Washington getting back in the game. He had a triple-double with 28 points, 10 assists, 11 rebounds and 3 steals, but that was not enough to lift the Wizards over the Celtics.
Washington still lost to the Celtics in overtime mostly due to an outstanding performance from Jeff Green, who scored a season-high 39 points. The Wizards lost for many reasons such as poor transition, turnovers and a lack of defense. The Wizards allowed Boston to score 61 points in the first half while Boston missed two of their most important players, Rajon Rondo and Avery Bradley.
The Wizards have been playing well, but this was a performance that needs to be forgotten. For the fourth time, the Wizards have failed to get over .500. Maybe it is a mental block, but the Wizards play worse against worse teams. Washington should have had this win and should currently be over .500. However, “should” is not good enough in the NBA.
Wall and the Wizards had several opportunities to take and control the lead but blew it. Wall had a triple-double, but Washington is not getting what it needs from the bench rotation. If the Wizards want to ever get over .500 and finish the season strong, other players will need to come up and support Wall.