We often wonder what opposing teams, their beat reporters and bloggers are saying about the Celtics. Here’s a look at some enemy chatter from Washington.
With 2:02 left in the overtime period, and the Wizards down, 93-92, Bradley Beal had the ball in his hands looking to make a play. He dribbled up the right side of the floor, got caught under the basket, left his feet, and passed the ball out of bounds, behind A.J. Price, who was cutting in the opposite direction. Ten seconds later, Rajon Rondo had the ball in his own hands to make a play. He dribbled down the center of the court, his teammates spread out behind the 3-point line; he drove, and then kicked the ball out to Brandon Bass. Bass caught the ball, took two dribbles, and scored on a layup, which gave the Celtics a 95-92 lead. The Wizards scored one more meaningless basket as the buzzer sounded, but they were basically held scoreless after Beal’s turnover and lost, 100-94. There had been other dicey ballhandling moments for Washington toward the end of regulation, but Chris Singleton’s free throws and his monsterous dunk bailed them out. In overtime, the lack of a point guard, Beal’s lack of experience, and the veteran point guard play of Rondo led to the Wizards’ demise.
I was a bit critical of Rajon this morning, but he definitely had a good all around game. It’s hard to heap praise on any of the Celtics when their opponents are inexperienced and playing without their top players (John Wall, Nene).
This also shows how spoiled we are in Boston. It’s been 5 years since we’ve had anything but “Championship or bust” expectations. Imagine life as a Wizards fans.
Chris Singleton deserves props for this dunk late in the game. The Celtics defense parted like the Red Sea and Singleton never hesitated.