Washington , D.C—
It seemed like such a long time ago when we could say that the Wizards were heading to the playoffs, well that just became a reality tonight as the Wizards flattened the Boston Celtics, 118-92.
This game was one that the Wizards needed after a few tough losses on the road, this one certainly made a statement as they controlled the game from start to finish at times having a 30 point lead that the Celtics would have absolutely no answers for Wall and his crew tonight.
“It’s everything I’ve been waiting for,” said Wall, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2010 draft, “as being a point guard, and trying to learn how to lead in this league, and become a better player. But also I think the fans deserve it. I mean, the tough times they’ve been through, booing us and us feeling bad when we’re not playing good or playing the right way.”
Marcin Gortat played another big part of the victory for the Wizards, manhandling the undersized Celtics frontline from the opening tip, scoring 12 of his team-high 22 points in the first quarter. Gortat’s early start led to a rout and enabled the Wizards to clinch their first playoff berth since the 2007-08 season.
“We’re still learning the process of what it takes to be a really good team,” said Wizards Head Coach Wittman, who will be in the playoffs for the first time as a head coach. “But I couldn’t be more happy for those guys.”
The Wizards made 62.5 percent of their shots Wednesday against the Celtics, the best they have shot as a team since April 11, 2001, against Chicago.