The Washington Wizards thought that they had the Boston Celtics proper the place they needed them.
With All-Star Bradley Beal on tempo for a profession night time and after Davis Bertrans’ rattled in a 3-pointer, thus giving the Wizards a six-point lead within the fourth quarter, Washington was zeroing in on its second win in opposition to the Celtics in two weeks. And the Wizards’ gameplan for defending Boston’s starters was easy; double up on Jayson Tatum or Kemba Walker and depart Daniel Theis alone on the perimeter.
Theis, coming off of back-to-back video games the place his offense was basically non-existent in opposition to the Atlanta Hawks and Dallas Mavericks, the place he mixed for 2 factors on 1-of-6 makes an attempt from the ground, bounced again in a giant method in a win in opposition to the Indiana Pacers, final Friday night time. He netted 17 factors, together with a pair of 3-pointers and the momentum of Theis’ offensive manufacturing carried over into Sunday.
Celtics Flip To Daniel Theis On 4 Consecutive Possessions In Fourth Quarter Vs. Wizards
Scoring 20+ factors for less than the second time this season, he completed with 20 factors, 9 rebounds, and three assists however Sunday’s efficiency differed from the entire others; he performed a major half within the Celtics’ 111-110 win over the Wizards after Theis was virtually dared by his opponent to take open photographs.
He was left on a proverbial island on protection, possession after possession all through the fourth quarter however, nonetheless, arose to the problem and thrived. Walker discovered him for an open 3-pointer on one play after which sought out Theis a second time on the very subsequent play.
And after Walker pulled down a defensive rebound and ran up the ground for choices, he discovered Daniel open for one more mid-range jumper. Simply whenever you thought the Wizards have been destined to scramble and canopy Theis after seeing him make three straight, Walker, who missed a 3-pointer after Theis’ third make, got here again down and located an open Theis, who knocked down a 16-footer — which pulled the Celtics to inside two (91-89).
“Kemba’s a superb playmaker and so are a number of the different guys — they get a lot consideration,” Theis mentioned after Sunday’s win. “If we maintain transferring the ball, it’s arduous for groups to protect us. I had the wide-open photographs and 4 instances in a row they didn’t guard me in any respect. But additionally, simply as a staff, if we transfer the ball, it’s so arduous to protect us.
“We have now Kemba, J.B. (Jaylen Brown), like whoever’s on the market; we have now so many guys who could make performs for one another and that’s what we’d like. We have to play our model of basketball.”
Wizards head coach Scott Brooks whistled for a timeout. Then, it was Tatum Time.
Jayson “The Nearer” Tatum
In response to his childhood buddy’s (Bradley Beal) emphatic night time (46 factors), Tatum scored eight of his team-high 31 factors within the recreation’s last six minutes as he and Walker led the Celtics on a run that recaptured their lead earlier than Jayson closed issues out.
He transformed on three consecutive takes to the rim, together with the game-winning drive.
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