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That was a nearly defense-free game, and never looked like something that’d become the latest W in a 9-game win streak until the Celtics finally pulled away with a 140-133 victory.
Seven (!) Boston players scored in double figures, with Kemba Walker (25-5-5-1-1), Jayson Tatum (23-3-4) and Jaylen Brown (22-5-4-1) leading the charge. And Carsen Edwards, he of the sizable thighs with which Weird Celtics Twitter is so enamored, finally had the outsized scoring performance many expected: 18-4-3-1, including 4 of 5 made triples.
We open tonight’s glimpse into the chronology of this game with a Real Cool Thing…
Plus a Cool Highlight:
…before progressing to some Truly Uncool Shit. The first quarter was a lot of sloppy basketball for all involved.
Part of the problem was at center, where Enes Kanter drew his first start since opening night:
Celtics assistant coach/WNBA legend Kara Lawson was displeased by some truly questionable officiating, as was Brad Stevens:
Despite defensive lapses and frisky play by Washington, the frame ended 34-34 on a nifty and-one play by Jayson Tatum. And then the shenanigans resumed immediately on a questionable foul call:
Which messed with Boston’s mojo for a while. Anytime you’re letting Jordan McRae blow past you for layups (one of those obscure players I like to refer to as Persons Who Supposedly Exist), things ain’t going so hot.
Celtics Twitter also aligned in opposition to Mo Wagner, who was a Laker and thus is automatically distrusted; also he seems very uncool regardless:
SO THIS WAS JUICY when Wagner tried some smackaround stuff on Brad Wanamaker:
The teams played ping-pong with the score for minutes, until Marcus Smart decided he was Tired Of That and went on a tear to re-establish a lead:
The Wizards kept punching against poor Celtics defense: Bradley Beal, confirmed by sources as Very Good and possibly Great, and a certain Little Guy racked up a nice last-second triple to narrow it to 68-66 Boston entering the half.
The worm began turning in the third quarter because the other Celtics saw what Marcus had done and were like, “Hey, why not us,” thereupon deciding to make ALL of the shots:
(Yes, I know this team is kinda top-heavy; thanks for reminding me.) Washington would just not go away despite at times being down double digits, and it was 102-96 Boston going into the final 12 minutes.
Tommy’s response to that Tatum eurostep on Wagner? “FROM GERMANY TA SPAIN IN ONE FELL SWOOP!!”
Not everything was good:
While not the specific nail in the coffin—the Cs were well aware defense wasn’t clicking, and stopped trying, which meant the Wizards were never really down for the count—that serves as a good closing note, especially considering how Brown’s night started slow and ended at lightspeed.