Wizards Game 7
By Kelsey Nicole Nelson
One of the most prolific sayings you can hear in sports. The anticipation that leads up at any Game 7 is unfathomable. Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas said it best. “Game 7's are where legends are born.”
As Washington Wizards Kelly Oubre Jr. and Daniel Ochefu entered TD Garden sporting “Death Row DC” t-shirts, all Wizards fans could think is who this be the year the Wizards overcame Brad Stevens and the Boston Celtics in a hostile environment for opponents.
Carrying the weight of the entire city on their backs, the Washington Wizards came up short on the road and were unable to get a win in Boston to advance to face the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference finals. Boston handed Washington a 115-105 victory Monday in Game 7 to send them home for good this season. The hands down leader of the team guard John Wall finished with 18 points and 11 assists and had assistance from Markieff Morris who added 18 points as well as Otto Porter who finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds.
Home-court advantage proved superior as Boston’s bench contributed 48 points with only 1 turnover.
The last time the Wizards won in Boston, you have to go all the way to April of 2014. It's no secret that “The Garden” is a hard place to win in.
Wizards shooting guard Bradley Beal’s career playoff high 38 points was not enough to get the Wizards past a dominant off the bench clutch star that arose in Kelly Olynyk. Thomas’ team-high 29 points and Olynyk’s 26 points led them to the history books as they are the first Celtics duo since Larry Bird and McHale who scored 25 plus points each in a Game 7, as Bird and McHale did during the1988 semi-finals.
The Celtics dominated the second half and all Wizards fans could do is become spectators to a game that they knew continued to get out of reach for the Wizards.
The Wizards still have much to be proud of. Remember before the start of this season many were uncertain about how this season would go for the Wizards unquestioned leader John Wall, who came off a double knee surgery and began the season playing limited minutes. At the beginning of the season, many questioned if the Wizards would even be able to get to the .500 level. But, what a turnaround season it was for the Wizards as they became one of the most exciting teams in the East and gave the world high caliber games as they fought for respect this season.
Who can forget the Wizards overtime thriller against Cleveland where the Wizards proved to be the biggest threat against a complete Cavs team. The Cavs went on to win 140-135, but the Wizards dominated headlines as after that game many said that the Wizards would be the best matchup against the Cavs in the playoffs.
John Wall finished this season in the record books, breaking franchise records and making new ones in the playoffs to join elite company. Otto Porter was league's most efficient three-point shooter. Big trades during the season added depth to the Wizards bench such as the edition of Bojan Bogdanovic from the Brooklyn Nets.
The Wizards organization has a lot to think about this offseason with free agent moves and how to add the best additions to the backcourt of Wall and Beal. Wizards fans will continue to wait on this team that they believe in.
As a city that has long gone without a championship parade, DC is thirsting for the Wizards to bring back the glory days, and a championship for the pride of the city.
LONG LIVE DC SPORTS.