The bad ass Wizards – a team and fan base that took immense pride in its #DeathRowDC mantra – had its season ended tonight by the mild mannered and painfully awkward Kelly Olynyk.
It was far from easy but the Celtics beat the Wizards, 115-105, to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals.
Olynyk (and the entire Celtics bench) was absolutely brilliant tonight. He scored 14 of his 26 points(on 10-14 FG) in the 4th quarter! Look at this god damn move:
Marcus Smart chipped in 13 points (along with numerous grown man, grit-and-balls plays) and Jaylen Brown had 9 points as the Celtics bench outscored their Washington counterparts by a 48-5 clip.
Look, I had serious doubts about the Celtics ability to win this game midway through the 3rd quarter. Shots just weren’t falling and Bradley Beal (38 points) was playing out of his mind. But the guys nutted up and closed the quarter on a 13-3 run, thanks to a pair of IT (29 points, 12 assists) triples that gave them some much needed space.
The 4th quarter was no picnic but the boys hung on. Bring on the Cavaliers. Game 1 is Wednesday night at the Garden.
Now let’s all sing it together: