Wizards-Celtics full-game highlights
Give the Wizards this: No John Wall, no Nene, next to nothing offensively from Emeka Okafor and Trevor Ariza and yet Washington took the Boston Celtics to overtime on their home court.
Alas, the turnover-plagued Wizards still have no wins after falling 100-94 in Boston on Wednesday.
Kevin Seraphin scored 10 of his 16 points in the first half and Washington (0-3) held a 42-37 at halftime, but was on the business end of a 29-16 third quarter and eventually trailed by 11 points. They scrapped back in the fourth with a head-clearing 3-pointer by Bradley Beal and 12 points by Chris Singleton including Washington's final four in regulation. Tied at 92 in overtime, Boston tallied eight straight points as ultimately Washington succumbed to its numerous post-halftime turnovers and the Celtics (2-2) aggressive defense for the second straight game.
Seraphin, Beal and Martell Webster all finished with a team-high 16 points. Kevin Garnett led Boston with 20 points, 13 rebounds, and numerous defensive highlights. Rajon Rondo directed traffic with 18 points and 14 assists while Jason Terry added 16 off the bench.
*Kevin Seraphin once again came off the bench and once again the third-year center immediately injected offense into the lacking attack, making 5 of his 9 first half attempts with several of the makes coming off veteran savvy moves. However, the Celtics eventually sent waves of defenders at the 6-foot-10 center and Seraphin's decision-making in those scenarios as a passer, dribbler, or driver was frequently ill advised, leading to six of Washington's 19 turnovers. Like many on the short-handed roster, Seraphin is currently tasked with doing more on the court than his skills dictate. Like few on the roster, he's making shots. For now, the good outweighs the bad. Still, big man, work on adjusting to those double teams because guess what, with your low post skills, they are going to keep coming.
*Apparently Bradley Beal pushed away enough of those voices in his ear because for the most part he played with aggressiveness, if not flat out confidence. Fine, let's not go crazy because the rookie missed nine of 15 shots and one of his two turnovers during the Celtics decisive run, but Beal also drained three 3-pointers. This week Randy Wittman said he wanted Beal to focus on other parts of his game as a way to get his offense moving. The 6-foot-4 guard did just that with an early block on a Paul Pierce jumper. Using Beal with Seraphin and the other offensively minded reserves helped get the juiced flowing as well.
*Emeka Okafor and Trevor Ariza, oh boy. For the third straight game Okafor did play a single second of the fourth quarter (and in this case, overtime) and in fact played the fewest minutes (11:15) of the 11 Wizards that saw action. Ariza's nightmarish shooting stretch continues with misses on five of six attempts, though he finished with two steals and was part of a defensive effort that held Paul Pierce to 2 of 12 shooting. Combined the high-priced veteran pair finished with four points and four rebounds. Yikes.
*Chris Singleton (14 points) clearly didn't hang his head after playing only 18 seconds in Saturday loss to Boston. As he has done since the start of camp, the 6-foot-9 forward was all sorts of relentless on both ends. The twist was an efficient shooting night. He made 5 of 7 in the fourth quarter including an emphatic drive-and-jam to tie the game at 88 with 9.4 seconds. That came after sinking two clutch free throws on the previous possession and with the Wizards down two. There have certainly been times when Singleton looked like the odd man out of the rotation, but he pretty much dared Wittman to sit him again after that performance.
*Some odds and ends...Free throw discrepancy, rather large. Celtics finished 28 of 34. The Wizards only took seven for the entire game, made six. Washington countered with 10 3-pointers with three each from Beal, A.J. Price (15 points) and Webster....Price had seven assists, but matched Seraphin with six turnovers...Washington's next game comes Friday against the Milwaukee Bucks at the Verizon Center.