The Wizards and Celtics have taken part in some very competitive games that even got physical, such as Kelly Oubre Jr and Kelly Olynyk in the 2017 playoffs. As has been done with games that were supposed to happen against the Raptors and Nets, here are some of the best of the Celtics and Wizards from the past few years.
Head To Head Series: Boston Leads 192-115 (Playoffs: Boston Leads 13-9)
November 13th, 2019: This game was important for Jason Tatum, who only had 5 points on 1-18 shooting in the C’s previous game against the Mavericks. Safe to say Tatum rebounded well with 23 points against the Wizards in a shootout 140-133. Washington had a season defensively that they want to forget. Through the day the NBA was suspended, the Wizards allowed less than 100 points only four times. While all five starters for the C’s scored in double figures led by Kemba Walker, who had a team high 25 points, a bright spot was Carsen Edwards. He had 18 points off the bench, shooting 4-5 from the 3-point line. Bradley Beal (44 points) and Rui Hachimura (21 pts) did everything they could to stay in this one. But the three-point shooting was the difference, as the C’s shot 44% from the land of the three.
May 2nd, 2017: It wasn’t Game 7 of the NBA Finals, but looking back this game carried maybe just as much emotion. Isaiah Thomas played this game like a warrior after being in a dentist office because of Game 1 of the EC series when one of his teeth was knocked out. There was another reason this game will go down as one of the most emotional for green teamers. Thomas’ sister was killed in a car crash just weeks prior, and this playoff matchup took place on what would have been his sister’s 23rd birthday. Not surprisingly, Thomas played one of the most spirited games of his career. 53 points on 18-33 shooting, taking on one of the better point guards in the league in John Wall, who had 40 points of his own. The game was tied at 114 after IT hit two free throws with 14 seconds remaining, sending the game to overtime. IT had 9 in the extra session, capping off a memorable night that put him in exclusive company. He was one point away from John Havlicek’s franchise record for points in a postseason game.
May 15th, 2017: Game 7. You can’t find two words that mean more, and the thing about Game 7 is you never know who will stand out. Kelly Olynyk became a cult hero after his altercation earlier in the series with the Wizards‘ Kelly Oubre Jr. Olynyk had a career postseason high 26 points off the bench, and Isaiah Thomas had 29. This game turned a corner at the end of the third going into the fourth quarter. The Celtics went on a 22-5 run that had the Garden rocking. Bradley Beal played an epic game, with 38 points and a 5-10 performance from the three-point line, but the Celtics survived and advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals.
The C’s got smoked in the conference finals, but this was the Celtics team that proved they can stand with the best and hold their own. There are traits from the 2016-17 squad that you can see in this year’s team. The drive and always playing for one another stands out to a city that is hard-nosed and expects the same from its players. There wasn’t a banner from any of these games, but with the attitude the Celtics show night in and night out it can’t be far away.