The Washington Wizards cruised past an injury-riddled Boston Celtics lineup Tuesday night, in what could be a first-round playoff matchup starting this weekend. The win moved the Wizards into a tie for seventh-place, which would pair them with Boston, who is already locked in to the No. 2 spot, for a first-round playoff series.
Bradley Beal and the Wizards travel to Orlando to conclude the regular season in a tilt against the Magic on Wednesday. If Washington wins that game, they could find themselves traveling to Boston to meet up with the Celtics again.
Tuesday’s game in Capital One Arena proved that the Wizards, led by Brad and John Wall, have the ability to do some damage in the playoffs. Despite struggling as a team in recent weeks, the Wizards proved that they can play with a top team in the East in their 113-101 victory over the Celtics.
The Wizards trailed 30-22 after the first quarter but outscored Boston in each of the final three quarters on their way to a comfortable win.
The Panda recorded 19 points, four rebounds and three assists in the win, while Wall posted 29 points and 13 assists. Perhaps more importantly, the Wizards are entering the postseason healthy, with Wall returning to action last week.
The Wizards will have their All-Star backcourt available to carry this team throughout the playoffs, and they will be supported by the contributions of Otto Porter Jr., Markieff Morris, Kelly Oubre Jr. and Tomas Satoransky, who all gained valuable experience playing for long stretches without Wall this season.
The Wizards regular-season finale against Orlando tips off at 8pm ET on Wednesday. The date and time of their first playoff game is still to be determined.