It was a tough loss to swallow for Russell Westbrook and the Washington Wizards. The Boston Celtics downed the Wizards 118-100 as Jayson Tatum dropped 50 on Tuesday night. While the Celtics secured a spot in the playoffs against the second-placed Brooklyn Nets, the Wizards now play the Indiana Pacers for the last spot in the playoffs.
With 15 wins in their last 20 games, Washington seemed to have been patching cracks in the walls after a poor start to the season. The sudden turn of form was largely due to Westbrook’s surge in the second half of the season.
The point-guard has averaged 22.2 points, 11.5 rebounds and 11.8 assists till the play-in tournament. Hence, it was expected that Westbrook would make up the majority of Washington’s offensive production. But it ended up being a rough night as he finished with 20 points, five assists and 14 rebounds. While the stats would be a game to celebrate for most players, Westbrook was a shell of himself as he went 6-of-18 shooting from the field.
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As the game was being played at TD Garden, a hostile environment for visiting teams, Celtics fans made themselves heard. TD Garden’s crowd were heard chanting, “Fu** you Westbrook” during the game.
Will the Washington Wizards led by Russell Westbrook make it to the playoffs?
The Wizards’ season will come down to Thursday’s game against the Indiana Pacers. It is pretty simple. Wizards win, and they move on to the playoffs and face top-seed Philadelphia. If they lose, their season is over and the narrative that the 9x all-star is a stat padder will live another day.
Westbrook is the most explosive and dynamic point-guard in the NBA. But the 2017 MVP has often been accused of prioritizing individual accomplishments over the team’s success. And on Thursday, Westbrook will get another chance to answer his critics.
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