This looked nothing like the Boston Celtics' smashing of the Wizards by 20 points three weeks ago. It was every bit worse because of what looked like a non-effort by the visiting team from the opening tip Friday in a 111-78 loss.
John Wall only played 29 minutes (4 of 11 shooting, 10 points, six assists), Kris Humphries failed to score for the third time in four games, the starting frontcourt of Humphries, Otto Porter and Marcin Gortat combined to score 10 points in their third loss in a row that dropped them below .500 for the first time this season.
The Wizards (6-7) were led by Jared Dudley's season-high 19 points off the bench and 16 from Bradley Beal.
Boston (9-7) dominated throughout, much like they did an a 118-98 victory on Nov. 6, behind Jared Sullinger (18 points, 15 rebounds), Isaiah Thomas (21 points), Avery Bradley (16 points) and David Lee and Kelly Olynyk (12 each).
Unlike the first meeting when the Wizards were torched at the three-point line by Sullinger and Olynyk, they were abused inside. The Celtics grabbed 19 offensive rebounds and ended with a 58-46 edge overall that was much wider until both teams emptied their benches.
Washington had just 16 assists against 22 turnovers.
- Dudley started the third quarter at power forward. It's not the first time that coach Randy Wittman has made this adjustment with uninspired play by Humphries. It's probably time to make that change, though this hardly will make up for all that has gone wrong. If Drew Gooden, who has been slowed by back spasms, is healthy enough, Humphries' minutes should be going to him off the bench.
- Nene was lost after just two minutes on the floor, limping to the locker room after re-injuring his left calf. It is being called a strain by the team. Nene missed practice on Monday because of the calf but hadn't missed a game because of it yet. He had a right calf strain during the preseason. DeJuan Blair was at least physical and making his presence felt when he stepped in. The Wizards can't run offense through him or rely on him to make the reads that Nene makes with the ball or his smart rotations on defense. The second unit, which has been the one shining spot with this team, had 37 points.
- Gortat often in the only person on the floor for the Wizards rebounding. Typically, when he goes for offensive rebounds he's going 1-on-3 or even 1-on-4. Gortat had seven rebounds in the first half then it was Blair coming off the bench for four. By the time they showed more effort in the second half with the guards also hitting the glass, it was too late.
- Porter was in foul trouble as he picked up his third with 9:34 left in the second quarter as he went over the back for an offensive rebound. He didn't get his first field goal until 3:59 of third quarter. Porter is taking shots falling away and with his body not squared up. It's not that he's missing, but that his shots look no good the second they leave his hand. He launched an airball on a fadeaway which resulted in Thomas getting out in transition for a layup. Boston led 10-4 and it continued to snowball. In this three-game losing streak, he's shooting 6-for-22.
- Wall, who was listless from the beginning, didn't get his first field goal until 5:15 remained in the second quarter. Beal started off aggressive by getting his first three field goals going to the basket and disappeared after that. The Wizards have lost by an average of 21 points this week, and for the third time in three games neither Wall nor Beal was the best player on the floor for the Wizards.
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