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Ish Smith cooks the Celtics in another unfathomable Wizards win

Ish Smith cooks the Celtics in another unfathomable Wizards win

Two nights after toasting the Nuggets for a career-high, Ish Smith went off again against the Celtics to give the Wizards back-to-back wins over two of the best teams the league has to offer. 

There must be something about Smith playing great teams because he's been unstoppable as of late. On Monday, he finished with 27 points on 12-18 shooting to go along with four assists.

We typically give you the top Wizards moments from after every game, but for this one, it just felt right to dedicate the whole thing to Smith. Here are his best moments from the game. 

Moe losing his mind

As the Celtics stormed back in the fourth quarter after falling behind by 11 points at halftime, Smith took matters into his own hands to keep Boston at arm's length down the stretch. 

When he started to cook and hit a bunch of jumpers in a row, Capital One Arena started to get loud. Once he hit another pair of jumpers, it went nuts.

And then Moe Wagner lost his mind. 

Shiftiness in the lane

Before he went berzerk in the fourth quarter, Smith was giving the Celtics' bigs fits on switches. 

Smith is already incredibly tough to contain off the dribble if you're a big man, but when he starts changing speeds? Forget it. 

Without Bradley Beal and basically every other offensive weapon the Wizards have, Smith stepped up big to deliver consecutive wins against two of the best teams in the NBA.

MVP chants

When you dominate two top defenses in back-to-back defenses on a team decimated by injury, it's perfectly appropriate to get some MVP chants in front of your home crowd. 

Smith missed the free throw unfortunately, and probably because he was distracted by the love, but the best part of this might have been Beal's face on the bench.

There's a zero-chance Smith actually wins the MVP award, but there's no question he's the team's MVP over the last week or so.

If it weren't for him, where would this Wizards team be? Certainly not 12-24.

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Rui Hachimura bluntly describes Wizards' defensive struggles this season

Rui Hachimura bluntly describes Wizards' defensive struggles this season

The Wizards didn't just drop their third straight to fall to 2-7 Wednesday night in Boston, but they again gave up an obscene amount of points. 

Washington fell 140-133, marking the fifth time in the first nine games in which they've given up more than 120 points. They've held an opposing offense under 100 twice. 

After the loss, Scott Brooks said the team's defensive issues started with the scouting report. Players weren't familiar enough with the Celtics' tendencies so when Washington needed a stop, they couldn't get one. 

Rookie forward Rui Hachimura put it a bit more bluntly. 

“From the beginning of the season, our defense has been no good," he said. 

With Hachimura, Bradley Beal and Isaiah Thomas, the Wizards shouldn't have any issue scoring this season. They have the sixth-ranked offense in the NBA, but the fact that they still have a -4.4 net rating is telling to how bad they've been on the other end.

The Wizards are in the midst of a rebuilding year. The goals for teams like these are to acquire young talent and hope they develop into foundational pieces. As important as obtaining talent is, building good habits can make or break a young player's development, especially in the age of the one-and-done.

They'll have to commit more to the defensive end if they have any hopes of putting multiple wins together. The question is whether they have the personnel to do it. 


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Isaiah Thomas drains three-pointer, pats Marcus Smart on the butt

Isaiah Thomas drains three-pointer, pats Marcus Smart on the butt

Isaiah Thomas was definitely enjoying his first taste of big minutes against his former Celtics teammates Wednesday night. 

Towards the end of the first half with the Wizards down five, Bradley Beal found Thomas on the kick out. Thomas rose up, buried the three in Marcus Smart's face and gave his former teammate a nice pat on the rear end before running back to play defense. 

Thomas got plenty of cheers from the Boston faithful when he was introduced and wasted no time getting his first bucket for the Wizards. 

Little defense was played in the first half of this one, with both teams scoring over 30 points in each of the first two quarters. 50 points was probably too ambitious a goal to set before the game for Thomas, but you can't say he didn't put on a good show.