Celtics fall behind early, lose to Wizards, 118-93

Celtics fall behind early, lose to Wizards, 118-93

It was hard to imagine the Boston Celtics would get off to a worse start than the one we saw on Sunday against Denver. 

And then they returned the floor and unfortunately for the Celtics, picked up where they left off by digging themselves an early hole and never recovering against the Washington Wizards who went going away, 118-93.


The Celtics (3-4) have now lost three straight and fall below .500 for the first time since ... last year when they began the season with a 3-4 record. 

And while they struggled during stretches in all four quarters, it was their feeble play in the first that ultimately sealed their fate. 

Washington (2-5), losers in five of their first six games, had a decisive 34-8 lead after the first. 

According to NBA statistics guru Dick Lipe, the 26-point deficit was the largest faced by the Celtics in franchise history after one quarter of play. And on top of that, the eight points scored by Boston in the first quarter was the second-fewest points scored in the first quarter by the Celtics. 

It was yet another dismal performance by the Celtics defensively with too many Celtics showing little fight on so many levels defensively. 

And it added up to a struggling Wizards team enjoying the best game of their still-young season. 

Otto Porter Jr.  was especially impressive as he had a double-double of 34 points and 14 rebounds. The 34 points were a career high for Porter, and was the second straight game the Celtics allowed a player to score 30 or more points against them. 

On Sunday, Denver’s Emmanuel Mudiay had a career high-tying 30 points. He was especially impactful in the first quarter when he had 13 points in just seven minutes of court time. 

Following Washington’s first quarter dominance, Boston could not get any closer than 15 afterwards, but for the most part spent the game facing a deficit that hovered around 20 points. 

Not only did Boston have trouble executing the basics defensively like keeping their man in front of them, the Celtics continued to struggle mightily when it came to limiting second-chance opportunities. 

Washington absolutely crushed the Celtics on the offensive glass which paved the way for a dominant 33-10 advantage on second-chance points. 

Isaiah Thomas had a double-double for Boston with 23 points and 10 assists. The Celtics also got a solid performance from Avery Bradley and Marcus Smart who had 21 and 20 points, respectively.

NBCSB Breakfast pod: How Jayson Tatum compares to Paul Pierce

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NBCSB Breakfast pod: How Jayson Tatum compares to Paul Pierce

1:25 - With half of the Celtics roster on the shelf, we’ve been able to see just how great a scorer Jayson Tatum can be. A. Sherrod Blakely, Mike Girardi and Trenni Kusnierek discuss how Tatum compares to Celtics legend, Paul Pierce.

5:35 - The NFL Competition Committee is giving it their best shot at modifying the ‘catch rule’ and Tom Curran, Kyle Draper and Hardy try to wrap their heads around the proposed changes.

11:02 - The Bruins clinched a playoff berth despite losing to the St. Louis Blues in overtime. Joe Haggerty joins Tom Giles to break down the game, which included another goal by Ryan Donato and a questionable call on a high hit on David Krejci.

Report: Kyrie Irving to undergo knee exam Thursday


Report: Kyrie Irving to undergo knee exam Thursday

The second opinion on Kyrie Irving’s sore left knee will be done on Thursday, according to the Boston Herald's Steve Bulpett.

Irving, who has missed the last four games, is expected to decide between having a surgical procedure performed to help alleviate some of the soreness, or continue to manage it with rest.


During the 2015 NBA Finals, Irving suffered a fractured left kneecap injury which was the beginning of Irving’s left knee issues.

While Irving has had soreness of some form during various stretches of play this season, Celtics coach Brad Stevens has seen him making progress recently.

“That knee is still sore,” Stevens said. “He’s worked really hard to manage it throughout the entire season. He’s had some pretty good days recently. I’m encouraged by the big picture.”

But Stevens has made it clear that he supports Irving getting a second opinion, adding that Irving’s absence is due to the knee being too sore for him to play at a level he’s accustomed to.

“He’s out because of knee soreness, not because we’re choosing to rest him,” Stevens said. “That’s the bottom line. Again, we want him to feel 110 percent. He wants to feel 110 percent. Obviously, we’re fortunate we created a cushion early on in the year with playoffs and everything else. This is not one of those situations where we’re choosing to rest someone; it’s because he has a sore knee.”