The Wizards will take on the Boston Celtics at the TD Garden in less than 8 hours, and very much like the Toronto Raptors, the Wizards are a legitimate contender in the East for the next seasons to come. However, unlike the Raptors, John Wall plays for the stars and stripes, and unlike the Raptors, Bradley Beal can really shoot the basketball.
Wall and Beal make up the star-studded backcourt for the Washington Wizards for the past couple years, but strangely they had been pretty much under the radar. Wall’s consistent play had him averaging the regular season with 23.1ppg, 10.7apg and 4.2rpg, while Bradley Beal chips in a healthy 23.1ppg, 3.5apg and 3.1rpg. Wall has evolved into an all-around dominant player with his incredible speed making him a blur in transition and almost impossible to guard his acrobatic finishes around the rim. His jumpshot continues to elude him on occasion, but he more than makes up for it with his court vision, hitting cutters and corner spot up shooters for easy, high percentage conversions. His counterpart, on the other hand, has bounced back from a pedestrian Game 5, and notched 33 points in 43 minutes of action in Washington for Game 6. This looks to continue, riding on the momentum come Game 7 at the TD Garden.
The rebounding nightmare for Boston continues, as Marcin Gortat and Markieff Morris continues to swallow up rebounds at an incredible rate, but hitting double figures in the category in Game 6. Washington continues to be unapologetic putting big bodies onto the court to defend the hoop, as well as the corral boards in traffic. The +9 rebounding advantage does not tell the whole story, but it certain gives the Wizards plenty of room to operate, knowing that nothing will come easy for the Celtics, and that they will be able to set up their offense at their pace.
The Wizards should feel pretty good about themselves at this point, and they should continue to ride on the momentum that John Wall’s late game heroics in hitting the game winner to take a 1 point victory over the Boston Celtics. It would appear that a rivalry is brewing between the two teams with the jarring and banter, but if Isaiah Thomas wants to have a crack at the Conference Finals, it will certainly be an uphill battle for him and the Cs.