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  • Chappell Wilson

Washington could not stop the Celtics Big 3 in a 126-107 loss

The Washington Wizards entered Monday night’s game at home against Boston looking for their second straight win after they won their home opener against the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday. Jordan Poole also came into Monday night’s matchup looking to repeat his previous performance, which was arguably the most impressive as he scored 27 in Saturday’s win.

If Washington wanted to make the game competitive against the Celtics, they knew that they'd need to improve on the defensive end and also not turnover the ball as much. The first few possessions of the game were the most competitive of the night, as Jordan Poole responded to back-to-back scores by Boston with a three-pointer, but shortly after that, the Celtics took control of the first quarter and got hot from deep.

Washington looked to be very undersized and overwhelmed with the offensive talent that the Boston starting five had out there. The length of the Celtics played a huge role in getting a big first-half lead of 26 points. The Boston defense is now anchored by former Wizards center Kristaps Porzingis, who stands 7 feet 3 and is extremely active on the defensive end with big blocks and contested shots at the rim. At one point in the second, the Celtics led by 36 points, and they seemed to barely miss from deep as they made 19 threes and shot 35 percent from the three.

The Wizards forward Kyle Kuzma had a decent shooting night as he scored 21 points and went 9-15 from the field. Shit his co-star Jordan Poole only went 1-5 from deep and struggled to score as he finished the night with 11 points. The Wizards also allowed the two all-stars, Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, to combine for 69 points and 12 three-pointers, which just cannot happen if you expect to even stand a chance against Boston. Washington will have the entire Tuesday to maybe practice or come up with new defensive strategies as they will face another high-powered offense on Wednesday night, which will be the Trae Young-led Atlanta Hawks. Only time will tell if Head Coach Wes Unseld Jr. can find the right combination of guys to put on the floor that will produce better defensively and give better effort out there night after night.

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