Wizards vs. Celtics: Play-by-play, highlights and reactions

Wizards vs. Celtics: Play-by-play, highlights and reactions

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Wizards vs. Celtics: Play-by-play, highlights and reactions

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The Washington Wizards (34-44) play against the Boston Celtics (30-30) at TD Garden

Game Time: 1:00 PM EDT on Sunday April 3, 2022

Washington Wizards 102, Boston Celtics 144 (Final)

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

John Karalis @John_Karalis
New on BSJ: After an off month, Grant Williams got his 3-point groove back bostonsportsjournal.com/2022/04/03/aft…6:23 PM
Boston Celtics @celtics
Grant Williams regained his hot shooting touch this afternoon – just in time for the postseason. nba.com/celtics/sideba…6:12 PM
Christos Tsaltas @Tsaltas46
Wizards took a tough lesson in Boston against the Celtics. The main points were the energy and the intensity the team needs to bring on the floor, as Ish Smith explained. #DCAboveAll
sdna.gr/mpasket/951316…5:30 PM
John Karalis @John_Karalis
BSJ Game Report: Celtics 144, Wizards 102 – Jaylen Brown, hot bench shooting, lead blowout win
bostonsportsjournal.com/2022/04/03/bsj…5:11 PM
Sean Grande @SeanGrandePBP
Celtics shot 61.5% from the floor Sunday, the best of the Brad/Ime era in Boston.
It’s their best shooting game since…11 years ago today, April 3, 2011 vs. Detroit*
* This was the game Shaq left early with what became a season-ending injury pic.twitter.com/UE8X6y7Pm05:00 PM

Sean Grande @SeanGrandePBP
In the last two months (Feb. 3-Apr. 3), the Boston Celtics have both the NBA’s #1 offense, and the NBA’s #1 defense.
No word on special teams. pic.twitter.com/cKrkybk2aX4:53 PM

Mark Murphy @Murf56
Jaylen Brown won’t reveal his vax status: “I’m ready to play against anybody. As a vice president of the players association, it’s a part of my job description to protect our players’ rights and our medical privacy. So you won’t hear me commenting on my status or anybody else’s.” – 4:51 PM
Boston Celtics @celtics
Boston in the playoffs is a whole other level 💯⚡️ pic.twitter.com/sCMhJTFHAR4:47 PM

Sean Grande @SeanGrandePBP
When the Celtics and Wizards met in D.C. on October 30th, Boston took 28 3’s…and made 2.
Today… pic.twitter.com/vRy2teO1Ef4:46 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
As of now, the only way we’ll get a clear answer on which Celtics can play in Toronto is if Boston has to play in Toronto. But:
Ime Udoka: “Everyone who is healthy will be available.”
Al Horford: “I’ll be ready to play everywhere.”
Jaylen Brown: “Ready to play against anybody.” – 4:39 PM
Tom Westerholm @Tom_NBA
This pass just looks so effortless for Tatum now. pic.twitter.com/y3vOKRmXVw4:39 PM

Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
New: Jaylen Brown declined to comment on his vaccination status after Sunday’s game citing his role as a players’ association VP to protect players’ medical privacy. His full comments: masslive.com/celtics/2022/0…4:38 PM
Boston Celtics @celtics
Another day, another dominant performance from @Jaylen Brown 💪🏾
Check out today’s @gatorade Player of the Game ⤵️ pic.twitter.com/kb5Tu92VfI4:30 PM

Callie Caplan @CallieCaplan
Jason Kidd on Mavs’ turnaround from slog vs. Wizards to beating the defending champs on the road: “I thought the spirit was in a good place. We were happy. This group is always happy. ” – 4:28 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Jaylen Brown asked about how ready he is for the postseason, after being injured last year: “I’m extremely eager and excited for the playoffs.” – 4:22 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Jaylen Brown was asked if people saying he and Jayson Tatum should be broken up changed their relationship: “I feel the same way about JT as I always have. I feel, when people said we don’t like each other, they just made that up. I guess, maybe it has enhanced our relationship.” – 4:21 PM
Jay King @ByJayKing
Asked about his vaccination status, Jaylen Brown pointed out he missed the playoffs last year. He said he’s “ready to play against anybody” in the playoffs, implying he would be able to play in Toronto. But he said he won’t comment on his vaccination status or anyone else’s. – 4:16 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Jaylen Brown on his ability to play in Toronto: “Last year I missed the playoffs. This year, from a competitive standpoint, I’m excited and ready to play against anybody. As a VP of the Players Association, it’s part of my job to respect privacy. You won’t hear me comment.” – 4:15 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Jaylen Brown said he won’t comment on his vaccination or any one else’s status. Said he’s eager to play in the playoffs after missing last season. Question from @Tim Bontemps
#Celtics4:15 PM
Bobby Marks @BobbyMarks42
Bonus Alert 🚨🚨🚨
Boston has now won 49 games and Jaylen Brown is halfway to a $482,143 bonus.
If the Celtics reach the second round of the playoffs, Brown will meet the criteria.
The incentive was deemed unlikely before the start of the season. – 4:13 PM
Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
Jaylen Brown: “I’m feeling healthy, just getting ready for the playoffs and taking our game to the next level.” – 4:11 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Jaylen Brown said his shot is “Feeling comfortable. I’m feeling good. Getting ready for the playoffs.” – 4:11 PM
Scott Agness @ScottAgness
Ohio State coach @ChrisHoltmann in Indy to see former player Duane Washington Jr. pic.twitter.com/QkYkzUDt9M4:04 PM

Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
In the 2020 Western Finals, LAL did as good a job on Nikola Jokic as anybody has, using Howard and Davis, with help from LeBron and digging-down guards like Caruso/KCP/Green.
Jokic averaged: 21.8 ppg (54%), 7.2 reb., 5.0 apg.
Jokic this season: 26.6 ppg (58%), 10.3 rpg, 6.2 apg – 4:04 PM
Justin Kubatko @jkubatko
The @Boston Celtics destroyed the Wizards 144-102 this afternoon, their third 40-point win this season.
They are the 10th team in NBA history to record three such wins in a single season. No team has recorded four such wins. pic.twitter.com/nYaVoFTqs94:03 PM

Jay King @ByJayKing
Grant Williams on progression of defense against him: “I feel like I went through it all this season. You start off, guys are daring you to shoot. Not even halfway through, guys are like getting there, closing out. Then after that they’re like, ‘All right, get him off the line.'” – 4:02 PM
Sean Grande @SeanGrandePBP
Of course Jayson Tatum finished with 22 points today, leaving him 1 short of becoming the 7th man in Celtics history to record a 2,000-point season. pic.twitter.com/5ehOhoeDmT4:02 PM

Callie Caplan @CallieCaplan
With this 118-112 win over the Bucks, the Mavs ensure they’ll finish the regular season winless against just 3 teams:
The NBA-best Suns and the lottery-bound Knicks and Wizards. – 4:02 PM
Wayne Cole @waynec0le
Although he has a team option Ish Smith says he wants to be a Washington Wizard next season. #dcaboveall4:00 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Boston Globe Sunday NBA Notes: The #Lakers expected to be contenders, but now they’re on the brink of missing the playoffs bostonglobe.com/2022/04/02/spo… via @BostonGlobe3:59 PM
Wayne Cole @waynec0le
Ish Smith says Boston Came out with a level of intensity, and they didn’t care who they were playing. He says you could feel it. #BleedGreen3:58 PM
Sean Grande @SeanGrandePBP
Some pretty good Celtics teams on this list… pic.twitter.com/yLsHiyPLjO3:57 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Grant Williams told the Boston crowd that the Celtics would “See them in the playoffs”.
Williams then told the media: “Having the sixth man is going to be big for us. They’re loud. They’re proud. And they’re always here to let you know.” – 3:56 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
With a win on today’s regular season home finale, the Celtics finished up at 28-13.
The Heat and Bulls can both finish with a better home record in the Eastern Conference. Miami is 27-12 and Chicago is 27-11. Two left at home for Miami and three home games left for Chicago. – 3:54 PM
Scott Souza @Scott_Souza
Jaylen Brown is inevitable. #Celtics #AvengersEndGame pic.twitter.com/s1uj2rZ8wZ3:53 PM

Jay King @ByJayKing
Grant Williams was not worried about his mini slump: “A lot of the misses were in and outs, maybe short rims. I knew it was going to fall eventually so now it’s just a matter of staying consistent and letting this kind of carry over.” – 3:53 PM
Boston Celtics @celtics
When we say we were hot today… we were 🔥HOT🔥 today nba.com/celtics/gamere…3:51 PM
Boston Celtics @celtics
“Having the sixth man is going to be big for us,” Grant Williams says of our crowd in the upcoming Playoffs. “They’re loud. They’re proud.” – 3:48 PM
Wayne Cole @waynec0le
KCP “guess it was their night, felt like they didn’t miss a shot.” – 3:47 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Grant Williams on the Celtics defense without Rob Williams: “You have to be a little tighter. You don’t have that safety net behind you. We’ve got to clean up our communication to get that right while Rob is out.” – 3:47 PM
Boston Celtics @celtics
Grant Williams on getting the W in our last home game of the regular season ⤵️ pic.twitter.com/OzYyg0PRN13:46 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Grant Williams on breaking out of his shooting slump: “You can’t force it. A lot of the misses were in-and-out ones.” – 3:43 PM
Brady Hawk @BradyHawk305
Bucks fall to Mavs
Heat now have 2 game lead over Bucks and 1.5 game lead over Celtics for 1st place in the conference – 3:39 PM
Anthony Chiang @Anthony_Chiang
Bucks lose to the Mavs and fall to third place in the East, two games behind the first-place Heat.
Celtics now in second place, 1.5 games behind the Heat.
A 3-1 finish still guarantees the Heat the top spot in the East. – 3:38 PM
Boston Celtics @celtics
Coach Udoka says this final road trip against three playoff teams is going to be a great test and final prep for us, especially considering that Chicago and Milwaukee are both jockeying for playoff positioning. – 3:35 PM
Sean Grande @SeanGrandePBP
Bucks are going to lose at home to Dallas…the Celtics are now 2nd in the East…
3 games remain for Boston
Wednesday at Chicago
Thursday at Milwaukee
Sunday at Memphis pic.twitter.com/xZslkotvTf3:34 PM

Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
Celtics are now in sole possession of second place in the East after Bucks lose to Mavs this afternoon. Still 1.5 games back No. 1 Miami who plays in Toronto tonight. – 3:33 PM
Boston Celtics @celtics
Left hand ✅
Through contact ✅
@JetBlue Play of the Game ✅ pic.twitter.com/9pDYSG9aV53:33 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Ime Udoka said they focused on turnovers and asking the team to clean things up with that on offense. On defense it was about communication and physicality.
Udoka said the Celtics are focused on cleaning things up over the last few games heading into the playoffs. – 3:32 PM
Austin Krell @NBAKrell
A Bucks loss here brings the Celtics up to the 2-seed. Milwaukee down to 3. PHI can, at best, stay where they are.
Even at the 1- or 2-seed, Miami and Boston have a real chance of hosting BKN first round. – 3:32 PM
Boston Celtics @celtics
Ime Udoka says of our role players shooting the lights out today, “It’s huge for them, for us, and for our confidence in general.” – 3:29 PM
Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
With Milwaukee losing, Boston moves into second place in the East, and 1.5 games back of Miami, which plays Toronto later. Second in the East is very likely to be decided by Thursday’s game in Milwaukee. – 3:29 PM
Wayne Cole @waynec0le
Coach Wes Unseld Jr says he wants the Wizards to get something out of these remaining games, “we’re not letting go of the rope.” – 3:27 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Mavs are going to win and that’ll put the Celtics into second place in the East. They’ll be up 1/2 a game on the Bucks. – 3:26 PM
Wayne Cole @waynec0le
Wes Unseld Jr on the Celtics “ They beat us up” alluding to Bostons style of play. – 3:25 PM
A. Sherrod Blakely @ASherrodblakely
LIVE Garden Report: Celtics vs Wizards Postgame Show | Powered by @betonline_ag & @coda_hq twitter.com/i/broadcasts/1…3:20 PM
Chris Grenham @chrisgrenham
The Celtics were 23-24 after losing to Portland on January 21st.
Since then they’ve gone 26-6 and (as of now) are sitting as the East’s No. 2 seed with a 49-30 record. Just an incredible turnaround. – 3:19 PM
Ben Golliver @BenGolliver
NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar joined Deputy Commissioner Mark Tatum & designer @victorsolomon to unveil the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar trophy to honor league’s “social justice champion.” Lakers’ Carmelo Anthony is first recipient pic.twitter.com/IiF6Xn0ZBk3:15 PM

Washington Wizards @WashWizards
Tough one.
#DCAboveAll | @Ticketmaster pic.twitter.com/kDd4o1AoiJ3:15 PM

Nate Duncan @NateDuncanNBA
Watching Luka against some of the best defenses like BOS and MIL (with their best guys), I think he might be the most difficult guy to scheme against in the league. He’s got an answer against everything. – 3:15 PM
Sean Grande @SeanGrandePBP
Celtics shoot a season-high 61.5% and record their 3rd 40-point win, 144-102.
If the Bucks (down 8 with 5:00 left) don’t come back, Boston goes into 2nd in the East.
Updated magic numbers for the Celtics…
5-seed: 1 (Chicago)
4-seed: 2 (Toronto)
1-seed: 5 (Miami/Milwaukee) – 3:14 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Celtics win 144-102
Brown – 32/7/5
Tatum – 22/6/7
White – 17/5/3
Horford – 10/8/6
Grant – 16 points
Pritchard – 14 points
Nesmith – 11 points
Celtics – 61.5% FGs
Celtics – 23-44 threes
Celtics – 39 assists on 56 baskets
Celtics – 7 turnovers
Wizards – lost by 42 – 3:14 PM
Jay King @ByJayKing
The Celtics finished just one assist shy of 40. Their 39 assists still marks the franchise’s most in a single game since Jan. 27, 2017 against the Magic – also a team @joshuabrobbins covered. – 3:14 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
#Celtics beat #Wizards 144-102, in a momentum boost they needed after a couple of tough games post Robert Williams. Brown 32, Tatum 22, White 17.
#Celtics 23-43 from the 3-point line. – 3:13 PM
Josh Robbins @JoshuaBRobbins
The Wizards’ previous largest margin of defeat this season was 29 points, set in a 116-87 loss on Jan. 23 to these same Celtics. Today, the Celtics won 144-102, a margin of 42 points. So Washington’s two largest losses this season have occurred against Boston. – 3:13 PM
Chase Hughes @ChaseHughesNBCS
Wizards fall to the Celtics by 42 points, their biggest losing differential since 2017. – 3:13 PM
Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
Celtics beat Wizards 144-102 to move into a tie for the No. 2 seed in the East. – 3:12 PM
Brad Townsend @townbrad
Wizards trail Celtics by 39. The same Wizards who beat Dallas by 33 two days ago. Sheesh. – 3:11 PM
John Karalis @John_Karalis
nice to see Aaron Nesmith get a couple more 3-pointers to fall. Don’t want to overreact to it, but if he can get that shot to fall, he could be a playoff weapon – 3:09 PM
Josh Robbins @JoshuaBRobbins
With 2:52 remaining, the Celtics are shooting 61.2% from the floor. If that continues, it’ll be the highest field-goal percentage against the Wizards this season. The current high is 56.6%, set twice, most recently by the Kings on Feb. 12. – 3:08 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
No real ballhandler on the floor here for Boston for the final few minutes. This could be a really sloppy close. – 3:08 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
If Ish Smith showed all of his highlights against the #Celtics during his free-agency meetings, he’s sign a max deal.
#Wizards3:07 PM
StatMuse @statmuse
Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown have scored 20+ in 9 straight games.
They are averaging a combined 57.8 points in that span.
Celtics 8-1. pic.twitter.com/Xf0UrIvjr93:04 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Kornet’s bucket snaps a 10-0 Wizards run. Things were getting dicey for a minute there. – 3:03 PM
Chris Grenham @chrisgrenham
I was supposed to watch today’s Celtics-Wizards game with @Tom Westerholm and @nicolecyang and BOY am I glad that didn’t happen.
Much easier to just pretend this Wizards team doesn’t exist. – 3:01 PM
John Karalis @John_Karalis
Second half score through 16 minutes: Boston 54, Washington 22 – 3:00 PM
Chris Forsberg @ChrisForsberg_
Everyone knows Celtics have been lapping field in defensive rating for most of 2022.
With tonight’s offensive explosion, Celtics will likely have the best offensive rating in the NBA since January 23 (the Wizards game that lit Tatum’s second-half fuse). – 3:00 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Feels like a good time to note that Nik Stauskas is out for Boston today due to an ankle sprain. Matt Ryan and Brodric Thomas are inactive after playing for Maine last night.
Only guys who haven’t played yet are Malik Fitts, Sam Hauser and Juwan Morgan. That should come soon. – 2:59 PM
Chase Hughes @ChaseHughesNBCS
The Wizards are now down by 43 points to the Celtics, their largest deficit in a game since 2017. – 2:59 PM
Boston Celtics @celtics
Ladies and gentleman, Jaylen Brown pic.twitter.com/lXUzl5E55o2:59 PM

Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
#Celtics outscoring the #Wizards 54-22 in the second half, reminiscent of their play in March. – 2:58 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Fourth Quarter Pritchard is a thing.
Celtics are up 43. – 2:58 PM
John Karalis @John_Karalis
Payton Pritchard wants to push this thing to 50. It’s a 43 point lead for Boston – 2:58 PM
John Karalis @John_Karalis
Jaylen with the wild lefty finish and the free throw gets him to 32 points. Boston’s lead in now 38 and the bench is starting to empty – 2:56 PM
Neil Dalal @NeilDalal96
Not sure Deni Avdija has thrown Daniel Gafford an alley-oop before today and now he has twice in a 5 minute span – 2:56 PM
Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
Celtics would be wise to get their starters out here. Still have all their core rotation guys on the court up 34 with 9 to go in the fourth. – 2:55 PM
Wayne Cole @waynec0le
It feels like everything Boston is throwing up at the basket is going in on Washington. – 2:54 PM
Sean Grande @SeanGrandePBP
10th 30-point lead for the Celtics this year, their 2nd against the Wizards.
This was a 10-point game early in the 3rd, 43-19 since.
113-79, Boston, 9:38 to play.
Bucks down by 3 going the 4th, if those scores hold, Boston moves into 2nd in the East. pic.twitter.com/pX2Gdkh9wd2:54 PM

John Karalis @John_Karalis
Grant Williams is now 4-4 from 3. Boston’s bench trio of Grant/Pritchard/White is now 9-10 from 3. – 2:53 PM
Steve Bulpett @SteveBHoop
Celtics up 28 on the Wizards with 10:30 left. Fans at Garden, apparently bored with the lack of competitiveness, doing the wave.
So far, Celtic players on bench haven’t joined in.
So far. – 2:53 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
The “take your soul in a blowout” Celtics are back, for at least one day.
Boston leads by 34. – 2:52 PM
Adam Himmelsbach @AdamHimmelsbach
Grant Williams is now 4 for 4 from three, possibly snapping out of a month-long slump just in time. – 2:51 PM
Chase Hughes @ChaseHughesNBCS
The Wizards are down 31 points to the Celtics and Boston fans are doing the wave. – 2:51 PM
Ava Wallace @avarwallace
Boston makes a paltry attempt at a wave. It is nothing – nothing – compared to Portland’s wave on Josh Hart night – 2:49 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Minutes for the Celtics so far:
Tatum – 29
Horford – 26
Brown – 25
Smart – 24
Theis – 24
Let’s see how long the regulars run here in Q4. – 2:49 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Celtics lead 104-79 after three
Brown – 29/6/4
Tatum – 22/6/7
White – 14 points
Horford – 10/8/5
Grant – 10 points
Celtics – 60.3% FGs
Celtics – 14-27 threes
Celtics – 26 assists
KCP – 17 points
Porzingis – 17 points
Smith – 10 points
Wizards – 46% FGs
Wizards – 6-14 threes – 2:48 PM
John Karalis @John_Karalis
Video review confirms… no basket for Tatum. 104-79 Celtics after 3. C’s win the 3rd Q 34-20, so nice defensive bounce-back – 2:47 PM
Mark Murphy @Murf56
The Celtics now have three straight 30-plus quarters. – 2:44 PM
Steve Bulpett @SteveBHoop
Derrick White came in shooting 38.1 percent (26.3 pct on treys) since coming to the Celtics. Today against Washington, he is 5-5 from the floor (2-2 on 3’s) late in the third quarter. – 2:43 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
The Celtics bench is 11-for-12 shooting. The only miss was Pritchard’s contested buzzer beater to end Q1. – 2:39 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Derrick White is 5-for-5… – 2:38 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Marcus Smart has played this entire half with a big smile on his face. – 2:37 PM
Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
Celtics bench is 10-of-11 from the field. – 2:36 PM
Sean Grande @SeanGrandePBP
With his first 3 today, Jayson Tatum just passed Antoine Walker for the 2nd most in Celtics history.
He would need to make 23 over the final 3-plus games to break Isaiah Thomas’ franchise record. pic.twitter.com/mZM9ynfcVY2:36 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Ime Udoka talked pregame about getting Tatum some in-game rest and limiting his minutes where possible. Might be approaching that point this afternoon. – 2:33 PM
Chase Hughes @ChaseHughesNBCS
The Wizards are now down 21 points to the Celtics in the third quarter. Stops have been hard to come by. – 2:32 PM
Jim Owczarski @JimOwczarski
Giannis Antetokounmpo has passed former #Celtics all-star Antoine Walker (@Antoine Walker) for No. 84 on the all-time defensive rebounds list. – 2:32 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Theis has taken a few buckets away from Tatum over the years with illegal screens. Only fair that Tatum takes one away from Theis. – 2:31 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Much better defense here in the third by the Celtics than any point in the second. – 2:30 PM
Boston Celtics @celtics
Ben Sullivan joins us to talk ball movement in the first half and how we can close out strong.
📺: @NBCSBoston pic.twitter.com/nx6wGGQh2H2:30 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
I think Horford might have fouled Tatum on that one. He wasn’t expecting Tatum to spin like that. – 2:28 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Nothing fancy in that last find by Brown to Theis, but it was beautiful in the simplicity of it. Theis ran the floor, sealed off KCP under the rim, Brown pushed in transition and got it right to him.
Finding easy offense like that is going to be huge in the playoffs. – 2:26 PM
John Karalis @John_Karalis
Al Horford is slinging it today, folks – 2:23 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
What a pass by Horford. Runs the break like only a few other big men can. – 2:23 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Washington switched KCP on to Brown to open the second half. Satoransky has Tatum. Kispert still checking Smart. – 2:22 PM
John Karalis @John_Karalis
Marcus Smart just executed the slowest Eurostep I’ve ever seen – 2:22 PM
Mark Murphy @Murf56
Celtics had a pair of 35-point quarters in the first half. – 2:21 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
I don’t think I’ve ever seen Tatum miss a shot that badly. Did someone leave the door open? – 2:21 PM
Greg Dickerson @gregdickerson13
Love the 70 the Celtics just put up in the 1st half, but I’m having a hard time turning away from Luca vs giannis..I already know how the celts game is going to turn out – 2:19 PM
Washington Wizards @WashWizards
Second half coming right up! – 2:19 PM
Brad Townsend @townbrad
Mavs rally to take a 57-55 halftime lead behind 51% shooting. Bucks have cooled off to 42%. Where this Mavs defensive team was against Washington, and in the first quarter today, is anybody’s guess. – 2:08 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
20 assists on 28 baskets against just 4 turnovers in the first half for the Celtics. – 2:07 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Celtics lead 70-59 at the half
Brown – 19 points
Tatum – 15/5/6
Grant – 10 points
White – 9 points
Celtics – 63.6% FGs
Celtics – 9-18 threes
Celtics – 20 assists on 28 baskets
Porzingis – 13 points
KCP – 11 points
Smith – 10 points
Wizards – 51.2% FGs
Wizards – 6-12 threes – 2:07 PM
Washington Wizards @WashWizards
Down but not out.
Porzingis: 13 PTS, 2-3 3P, 5 REB
KCP: 11 PTS, 3 REB
Smith: 10 PTS, 5-5 FG, 5 AST
#DCAboveAll | @CapitalOne2:06 PM
Chase Hughes @ChaseHughesNBCS
It’s 70-59 Celtics at the half. Rough defensive game for the Wizards so far. Boston is shooting 63.6%, 9-18 3PT. – 2:06 PM
Josh Robbins @JoshuaBRobbins
Halftime: Celtics 70, Wizards 59
Porzingis: 13 pts., 5 rebs.
Caldwell-Pope: 11 pts., 3 rebs.
Brown: 19 pts., 4 rebs., 2 assts.
Tatum: 15 pts., 5 rebs., 6 assts.
FG%: Celtics 64%, Wizards 51%
3-point shooting: Celtics 9/18, Wizards 6/12 – 2:05 PM
John Karalis @John_Karalis
70 points for Boston is great. 59 for the Wizards isn’t even though they’ve been putting up a lot of points lately. Tatum has 15p 6a 5r at half. JB has 19p, so they can easily combine for 60 again – 2:05 PM
Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
Celtics shoot 63 percent in the first half on their way to 70 points. – 2:05 PM
Chase Hughes @ChaseHughesNBCS
The fact Jayson Tatum can pass like this is scary pic.twitter.com/Ot347ZB9HS2:05 PM

Ava Wallace @avarwallace
Halftime: Celtics 70, Wizards 59
Porzingis: 13p
KCP: 11
Smith: 10
Brown has 19 for the Celtics, who have 9 three’s. – 2:05 PM
Adam Himmelsbach @AdamHimmelsbach
Wizards with the 51.2/50/100 first-half splits that result in….an 11-point deficit. – 2:05 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Oooo a little late-clock bully ball from Tatum to draw those free throws. That was a playoff play there. – 2:02 PM
Adam Himmelsbach @AdamHimmelsbach
I’d bet Ime Udoka is glad the Celtics are going to play the Bucks, Bulls and Griz before the playoffs start because this Wizards defense, as Isaiah Thomas would say, ain’t it. – 2:01 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Good timeout by Ime Udoka. PnR defense getting a sloppy on these pop-outs by Porzingis. – 2:00 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Tatum with another high-level find. This time to Brown on the backdoor cut. – 1:59 PM
John Karalis @John_Karalis
Smart hit the ground hard after running into Porzingis. he’s staying in the bench area trying to loosen up his right hip – 1:57 PM
Washington Wizards @WashWizards
Defense ➡️ Offense ➡️ Easy Bucket!
#DCAboveAll pic.twitter.com/shyEUwCtRB1:57 PM

Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
At what point do the Celtics sign Ish Smith this offseason just so he doesn’t have these games against them? – 1:56 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
I really enjoy watching Derrick White every day. He’s such a smart player. – 1:55 PM
Chase Hughes @ChaseHughesNBCS
Ish Smith against the Celtics today pic.twitter.com/BofUlRVjsO1:54 PM
Ava Wallace @avarwallace
Your reminder that Ish Smith is randomly always good against the Celtics – 1:52 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Celtics lefty finishes are a thing now, huh? – 1:51 PM
Sean Grande @SeanGrandePBP
The Ish Smith Wizards are 8 of 9 in the quarter…and have only shaved one point of the deficit.
55-43, Boston, mid-2nd.
Celtics, the NBA’s #1 offense since the all-star break, are shooting 66% from the floor. – 1:48 PM
John Karalis @John_Karalis
12-5-5 for Tatum now after that dunk. Grant Williams also hit a second corner 3 to join Tatum and Brown in double figures. Grant has 10 – 1:48 PM
Tom Westerholm @Tom_NBA
Having a big who brings the ball up and draws his defender away from the rim makes life a little easier for Jayson Tatum. – 1:48 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Tatum explodes to the rim sometimes like a running back hitting a wide-open hole. Sees that daylight and he’s gone. – 1:47 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Ish Smith = Michael Jordan against Boston. It’s annoyingly funny. – 1:45 PM
Neil Dalal @NeilDalal96
Deni Avdija picks up his 3rd foul in 9 minutes early in the second quarter
The last one was highly suspect as Avdija barely touched Derrick White, if at all
Brutal for the fans in Israel getting a chance to watch the Wizards at a reasonable hour – 1:45 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
This could have been reviewed. Looked like Tatum kicked the leg out. – 1:44 PM
A. Sherrod Blakely @ASherrodblakely
UNC’s Caleb Love and #Celtics All-Star @Jayson Tatum have more in common than Tatum’s dad Justin, who was Love’s high school coach. Each has been unleashed this season following one very specific change in their respective basketball lives.
fullcourtpress.bulletin.com/the-caleb-love…1:42 PM
Neil Dalal @NeilDalal96
Anthony Gill is not under contract next season, but will be a restricted free agent that the Wizards should absolutely try to retain – 1:41 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
If he plays long enough today, Jayson Tatum is going to get a triple-double. – 1:40 PM
John Karalis @John_Karalis
Early triple-double watch for Tatum, who has 7 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 assists early in the 2nd quarter – 1:39 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Jayson Tatum is really displaying his improved passing skills. #Celtics #Wizards1:38 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Boston’s PnR defense looked a lot more like normal. Good switching. Good switching away from the play to get out of mismatches. Much better than the last few games. – 1:37 PM
Washington Wizards @WashWizards
Through 12 minutes in Boston.
#DCAboveAll | @CapitalOne1:37 PM
Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
10 bench points for Celtics in first quarter, with Derrick White and Grant Williams going a perfect 4-of-4 from the field. – 1:37 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Celtics lead 35-22 after one
Brown – 13 points
Tatum – 5/5/3
Grant – 5 points
White – 5 points
Celtics – 58.3% FGs
Celtics – 6-10 threes
Celtics – 8 assists
KCP – 6 points
Porzingis – 5 points
Avdija – 5 points
Wizards – 40.9% FGs
Wizards – 1-5 threes – 1:37 PM
Boston Celtics @celtics
End of 1️⃣
C’s on top ☘️ pic.twitter.com/cd8sh72HD51:36 PM

Josh Robbins @JoshuaBRobbins
End of the first quarter: Celtics 35, Wizards 22
Three-point shooting: Celtics 6/10, Wizards 1/5
Caldwell-Pope: 6 pts., 1 reb.
Brown: 13 pts., 3 rebs. – 1:35 PM
Ava Wallace @avarwallace
After one, the Wiz trail the Celtics 35-22. Jaylen Brown has 13 points and three of Boston’s 6 three’s – 1:35 PM
Chase Hughes @ChaseHughesNBCS
The Wizards trail the Celtics by 13 after one. Jaylen Brown has 13 points and Boston already has 6 threes. – 1:35 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Derrick White is starting to hit some shots… – 1:34 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
The game has slowed down for Tatum so much. He sees all the reads now. And his rebounding and putbacks have been excellent lately too. – 1:33 PM
John Karalis @John_Karalis
Grant Williams hitting his first corner 3 of the game is a nice development. He shot 31% from 3 last month so getting him going again is pretty important – 1:32 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Grant complains way too much for a role player. Every play he has something to say to the officials. It doesn’t help out guys like Tatum and Brown when Grant already pisses off the refs. – 1:28 PM
Boston Celtics @celtics
We’re honored to host the most winningest head coach in Ivy League history and recently retired @HarvardWBB head coach, Kathy Delaney-Smith ☘️⛹️‍♀️ pic.twitter.com/KcDJZC1e1T1:27 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Two early fouls on Marcus Smart. That gets Payton Pritchard some earlier minutes than usual. – 1:26 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Brad Stevens needs to sign Ish Smith next year just so he can’t drop 20 on the Celtics four times per season. – 1:24 PM
Chris Forsberg @ChrisForsberg_
10+ point first quarters for the Celtics this season:
Jaylen Brown: 20
Jayson Tatum: 15
Everyone else: 9 (shoutout that one Jabari Parker game) – 1:24 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Ime sticking with the new rotation. Tatum and Theis out first for Grant and White. Then Tatum and Theis will come back around 2 minutes or so for Horford and Brown. Smart usually goes the full first quarter, with Pritchard opening the second quarter. – 1:23 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
13 points for Brown already and he left all the Wizards staring on that drive. – 1:21 PM
Boston Celtics @celtics
We are locked in and ready for our final home game of the regular season.
Catch the action on @NBCSBoston pic.twitter.com/pXlCsx6hYk1:21 PM

Washington Wizards @WashWizards
The hot streak continues for KCP!
He gets our first bucket of the day to fall.
#DCAboveAll | @DraftKings Daily Fantasy pic.twitter.com/3tLUwTgcSg1:20 PM

A. Sherrod Blakely @ASherrodblakely
Daniel Theis with the up-and-under lay-up? pic.twitter.com/8vzItCSUAP1:20 PM
A. Sherrod Blakely @ASherrodblakely
Jaylen Brown coming out knocking down shots like he’s got somewhere to be by halftime. He’s got 11 points (4/4 shooting) in less than four minutes, Boston out to a 13-6 lead. Time-out, Washington. pic.twitter.com/gTWx7rRV9B1:17 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Celtics are so good when they get out and run. Great hit-ahead by Brown to Tatum, then Horford made the rim run and Tatum dimed him up for the layup. – 1:17 PM
Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
A 13-2 run for the Celtics has them out in front 13-6 early here in Boston over the Wizards. Some highlight passes early on, including a Marcus Smart alley-oop to Jaylen Brown for a layup and a slick pass by Jayson Tatum to Al Horford for a dunk. – 1:16 PM
Chase Hughes @ChaseHughesNBCS
Jaylen Brown: 11 points
Wizards: 6 points – 1:16 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Porzingis is playing a mile off Theis. That’s how teams will play Theis until he starts hitting jumpers. – 1:15 PM
Ava Wallace @avarwallace
Ok well Jaylen Brown is more awake than the rest of us – 1:14 PM
John Karalis @John_Karalis
KCP hits his first 2 jumpers but then Jaylen Brown matches that and then some with 3 3-pointers and he’s got all of Boston’s points in the opening minutes – 1:14 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
First Quarter Jaylen Brown is here. – 1:14 PM
Ava Wallace @avarwallace
It’s an early one for the Wizards in Boston today. Same starters:
Satoransky
Kispert
KCP
Hachimura
Porzingis – 1:09 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Rui Hachimura has been playing the best basketball of his career this season. He’s shooting the three really well. Curious to see if Theis or Horford checks him to open sets.
Also, Wizards are big across the board. One of the few teams Cs will play that is bigger than they are. – 1:08 PM
Sean Grande @SeanGrandePBP
Wizards at Celtics – TD Garden – April 3, 2022 – Starting Lineups
Boston – Smart, Brown, Tatum, Horford, Theis
Washington – Tomas Satoransky, Corey Kispert, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Rui Hachimura, Kristaps Porzingis
OUT: Boston: R. Williams, Stauskas Washington: Beal, Kuzma pic.twitter.com/yWT2YQk53a12:50 PM

Washington Wizards @WashWizards
The Latvian fans in Boston were excited to see @Kristaps Porzingis!
#DCAboveAll pic.twitter.com/0qAWoBp9Tn12:46 PM

Mark Murphy @Murf56
Though the Jumbotron just listed Jayson Tatum as out, the posting was a mistake. Per the Celtics, Tatum is available. – 12:43 PM
Boston Celtics @celtics
Starters for this afternoon ⤵️ pic.twitter.com/kQn32t1Hzm12:41 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Celtics starters today:
Daniel Theis
Al Horford
Jayson Tatum
Jaylen Brown
Marcus Smart
Wizards starters:
Kristaps Porzingis
Rui Hachimura
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
Corey Kispert
Tomas Satoransky – 12:40 PM
Boston Celtics @celtics
Happy Fan Appreciation Day ☘️
Shoutout to @TDBank_US for hooking up the best fans in the league with rally towels to celebrate! pic.twitter.com/dD8We3UbS312:30 PM

Washington Wizards @WashWizards
Sunday starters 👇 #DCAboveAll pic.twitter.com/KF49pIMQnP12:30 PM

Washington Wizards @WashWizards
Deni knocked down three triples on Friday, how many will he get tonight?
#DCAboveAll | @CaesarsSports pic.twitter.com/9b53uRhCN712:28 PM

Joe Cowley @JCowleyHoops
Games that matter today for the idle Bulls:
Heat at Raptors
Wiz at Celtics
Mavs at Bucks
76ers at Cavs
Toughest schedules left for those that matter in the East: 1. Boston, 2 BULLS, 3. Milwaukee, 4. Cleveland, 5. Toronto, 6. Miami, 7. Philly, 8. Nets – 12:22 PM
Washington Wizards @WashWizards
Wait for it… 😂
#DCAboveAll | @CaesarsSports pic.twitter.com/JwdvtkIDEY12:16 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Jayson Tatum has been upgraded to available to play today. – 12:12 PM
John Karalis @John_Karalis
Ime Udoka wants Derrick White to be more aggressive: “Our physicality is different than some places, notably San Antonio. So we tell him we don’t mind him getting a foul every now and then, being aggressive, more so than laying back.” – 12:12 PM
Boston Celtics @celtics
#NEBHInjuryReport update:
Jayson Tatum – AVAILABLE – 12:11 PM
John Karalis @John_Karalis
No surprise, but Jayson Tatum is officially available after testing his right knee pregame. – 12:07 PM
Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
The Celtics say Jayson Tatum is available to play today against the Wizards. – 12:06 PM
Marc Stein @TheSteinLine
The Celtics say Jayson Tatum is available to play today against
Washington.
More NBA from me: marcstein.substack.com12:06 PM
Mark Murphy @Murf56
Tatum was cleared to play after testing his sore right knee. Won’t his affect post-season minutes load. Udoka: “Depends on the game honestly. He’s not as big a concern because he’s already at 37-minute range, and given the up in the 40s for playoff games isn’t too much of a jump. – 12:00 PM
Boston Celtics @celtics
#JetBlueRunway on Fan Appreciation Day ☘️ pic.twitter.com/8NKGGy2Dgg11:54 AM

Washington Wizards @WashWizards
Keeping it cozy.
#DCAboveAll | @MichelobULTRA pic.twitter.com/sjDPnHYwIf11:51 AM

Shaun Powell @Powell2daPeople
Giannis, Joel Embiid, Jayson Tatum, Nikola Jokic. One of them isn’t making first team All-NBA. – 11:48 AM
Josh Robbins @JoshuaBRobbins
The Wizards’ starters this afternoon against the Celtics: Tomas Satoransky, Corey Kispert, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Rui Hachimura and Kristaps Porzingis. – 11:39 AM
Steve Bulpett @SteveBHoop
In an interesting twist for Jayson Tatum, the guy who killed his Duke Blue Devils for UNC last night, Caleb Love, played his high school ball at Christian Brothers in St. Louis for Tatum’s father, Justin. – 11:29 AM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Ime Udoka said getting Daniel Theis and Al Horford playing together more remains a priority. Udoka added that Boston will continue to use both Theis and Horford in on and off-ball roles as defenders, pending what matchups dictate. – 11:22 AM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Ime Udoka said he’d like to find room to get Jayson Tatum a day off, or a day “off” where he could play him around 20 minutes or so. – 11:20 AM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Ime Udoka said Jayson Tatum is ok, but will test his knee once again during pregame before deciding if he can go. Tatum is expected to play this afternoon.
Udoka said this has been the same process before the last few games. – 11:19 AM
Boston Celtics @celtics
#NEBHInjuryReport Jayson Tatum (right patella tendinopathy) will test his knee before this afternoon’s game and will be a game-time decision, says Coach Udoka. – 11:19 AM
Jay King @ByJayKing
Ime Udoka said Jayson Tatum will test his knee before the game. Said Tatum is OK though and the assumption is he will play. – 11:19 AM
Sean Grande @SeanGrandePBP
Ime Udoka says Jayson Tatum will “test it” before the game, but is expected to play this afternoon. – 11:19 AM
NBA Math @NBA_Math
RPR MVP Predictor:
1. Nikola Jokic: 17.6
2. Giannis Antetokounmpo: 16.8
3. Joel Embiid: 16.5
4. Jayson Tatum: 14.7
5. Trae Young: 14.5
6. Luka Doncic: 14.5
7. DeMar DeRozan: 14.2
8. Devin Booker: 14.0
9. Ja Morant: 13.6
10. Kevin Durant: 13.3
https://t.co/onGqrEd9sz pic.twitter.com/o28gBYxvuG11:02 AM

Josh Robbins @JoshuaBRobbins
Rui Hachimura has made 48 of his 102 three-point attempts this season, a success rate of 47.1%. That’s the best percentage of any player this season who has at least 100 attempts. (To qualify as a league leader in three-pt. percentage, a player must have made at least 82 threes.) – 10:41 AM
Washington Wizards @WashWizards
1️⃣ vs. 0️⃣
Watch out for this matchup today!
#DCAboveAll | @CapitalOne pic.twitter.com/ZVb2YepZOT10:40 AM

Washington Wizards @WashWizards
🔥 Hot shooting 🔥
Over the last five games, we rank sixth in the NBA with a 60.9 true shooting percentage.
#DCAboveAll | @DXCTechnology pic.twitter.com/BZXV8MIWRF10:20 AM

Boston Celtics @celtics
TODAY ☘️ Celtics vs @Washington Wizards
⏰ 1PM
📺 @NBCSBoston
🎙️ @985TheSportsHub
Small Business of the Game: @bellinhand
#BleedGreen pic.twitter.com/4nCPvPrvYY10:10 AM

Washington Wizards @WashWizards
📝 GAME PREVIEW
Get prepped for this afternoon’s matchup in Boston!
#DCAboveAll | @CapitalOne10:00 AM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
With the Maine Celtics season over, Boston is expected to have the full roster available (minus rehabbing Rob WIlliams) for remainder of the regular season.
Juwan Morgan’s 10-day expires after Bulls game.
Matt Ryan & Brodric Thomas are not playoff eligible as Two-Way players. – 9:52 AM
Washington Wizards @WashWizards
Getting the road trip started!
📍 Boston
🎙 @Team980
📺 @NBCSWashington
#DCAboveAll | @CapitalOne9:05 AM

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