Boston (25-9) has started slower than they are accustomed to during their last three games. However, the Cs were able to battle back to beat both Atlanta on Friday and Chicago on Saturday. On Monday, Boston’s luck finally ran out in the nation’s capital as they fell 99-94 to the Washington Wizards (12-24) in a game where the Wizards led for all 48 minutes.
This game came down to the final minutes, and unfortunately, it was the Wizards who made the necessary plays to grab an upset win.
Trailing by four with less than 90 seconds left in the game, Jayson Tatum drove toward the paint and forced the entire Washington defense to collapse on him. He then kicked the ball out to Gordon. No. 20’s shot was strong and sailed over the rim, where Ish Smith grabbed the miss for Washington.
Unfortunately, the miss eventually turned into two points via Anzejs Pasecniks’ free throws, putting the game out of reach.
“I don’t want to take any credit away (from the Wizards),” Stevens said. “I think ultimately, it’s a hard league to win (in). These guys have won three of their last five against good teams, and so they’re doing a lot of great things, and they deserve the credit for that. We were bad, but obviously they played a great role in that, and so credit to them. I thought that their players played great, coaching was great, you know, hats off (to them).”
Hats off in particular to Smith who proved to be the C’s biggest obstacle in D.C. on Monday.
“Ish is good, real good,” Stevens said, via NBC Sports Boston’s postgame coverage. “I don’t know if you watched the Denver game, but he was ridiculous in that one too, fourth quarter he was amazing. He’s on skates right now and he’s feeling in a great rhythm. When he gets going down hills at your bigs, he does a great job if he doesn’t have a layup of just keeping the dribble alive, dribbling it back out and going one-on-one — he did that on a number of occasions — put your defense in a bind when a guy like (Anzejs) Pasecniks is rolling hard to the rim with great energy. And so we didn’t handle it great, but he also made a lot of tough shots.
Washington’s 12-24 record is a deceptive one as the Wiz have been playing their best basketball of the season over the last week, despite not having their biggest offensive threat in shooting guard Bradley Beal.
At the end of the day, it’s important to remember that this was a road contest – more importantly –just one game in an 82-game season. There is still a lot of basketball to be played, and the results will soon turn around as long as Boston keeps bringing their maximum effort every night.
Tonight, G battled on a night where he struggled to find his shot, shooting 4-of-11 from the field. Still, he found a way to produce for his team, putting up a 10-point, 10-rebound double-double to go along with four assists.
Although Gordon struggled to get his shot going on Monday, Hayward’s shooting stroke has been arguably the best part of his game this year, so he will look to quickly rebound from a rare off shooting night when Boston next takes the floor.
Currently, Boston is sitting in second in the Eastern Conference, trailing only the Milwaukee Bucks, and the C’s will be looking to get back on track when they welcome Gregg Popovich and the San Antonio Spurs to TD Garden on Wednesday. Tip-off slated for 7 p.m. ET.