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Random thoughts from Celtics 116-107 loss to Wizards

      First Half Thoughts

      First Quarter 

      The Wolverine to RWill started tonight's game with a bang on the alley oop. RWill once again keeping the ball alive on both rebounding ends. Romeo is out again let's hope it's not a pattern. Celtics fans we got to see Marcus nail a 3 but also miss a few. Just wish he would pass some of those off

     Al Horford has been doing everything and I mean everything. He's been crashing the boards, and putting together some great D on Kuzma. His hands were active on D and deflected an alley oop. He had an excellent pass to RWill. He scored off a pick and roll with our Resident Pest, Dennis Schroder, It was NBA Jam City for Al! We saw Al cut off a great pass from Brown.. 

     Defensively, at the beginning the Celtics seemed tighter on their switches and had active hands. Jaylen Brown nailed a three in the face of the D. We saw Jayson Tatum take it to the hoop with the left hand. He drove hard for another couple of points. Offensively they cooled down. Unfortunately the Celtics trailed at the end of the first 24 - 19. Need to see a better offensive effort come second. 

     Second quarter

     Second quarter didn't start the way Celtics wanted. Trailing by 12 and a much needed TO by Coach Udoka. After the TO an excellent offensive set ending Jabari Parker getting two! Jabari wasn't done after that. Off a sweet pass from Al he hit a nice pull up jumper. Parker also added a straight away 3! 

      Al continued his superior rebounding, was able to nail a three with ease and made some very sweet passes. JT showed he could get to the hoop on a beauty of a line drive to the hoop. JT gets no love from the refs.. Harrell is killing the Celtics on the glass and at the hoop.

     DS  came to play once again, knocking down three 3s. He  had a slick drive that was like lightning. Dennis is just plain quick. He also had a great steal which ended up with Al scoring. DS also had a few nice drives that ended with free throws. Once again RWill on an alley oop from DS that brought the house down. Ultimately the Celtics couldn't make any ground vs the Wizards. They lost ground trailing 62-52 at half. 

      Second Half Thoughts

      Third quarter 

      JT with a nice drive to start the third. Al for another three! Great D to cause a shot clock violation. JT with a drive and stick in Kuzmas face! RWill crashing boards once again. Making a nice run to cut the lead to three. 

      Once again the Celtics offense started to stall, giving the Wizards the opportunity to drive their lead back up. Defensively they are missing assignments, which isn't helping. Need to get it together!

     JT was driving and knocking down his shots. Smart driving to the hoop is what we need to see more of. DS to the hoop again like a cheetah after prey. Gimme that two from the Pest! Marcus with a huge steal leading to the line. GWill hitting his free throws tonight. JT with a finger roll. Finally JT nailed a three! Celtics up 88-87. 

     Fourth Quarter 

     DS has been everything you want out of a playmaker tonight. Offensive lull to start 4th. DS to RW to JB drawing the foul. Smart taking Beal on D shows why we love the Wolverine! JB with the smooth jumper to tie it up! 

     JB lowering his shoulder with the drive for two! JB with a fall away! JB had a rough shooting night but didn't give up! Al blocks Harrell twice and it's a foul?! Celtics fans should know the calls go against them. Not a good look for the refs. Tommy is yelling from basketball heaven. Ime needs to work on his rotations, He's a rookie head coach so Celtics fans will give him time.

      Al and DS with a nice give and go, on the fast break Al with the follow up rebound for two! Marcus continues to battle on D, forcing the TO. DS for three from the corner, he's been showing why he could be a starter. JB with a nice drive to cut the lead to three. Overall in the 4th they just couldn't get a true offensive rhythm going. The Wizards made the plays needed to win. Final score 116-107. A tough one to swallow after what we saw in Charlotte the other night. Saturday's game should be a revenge game for the guys in green.



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