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Breaking down the Wizards' incredible 26-0 run vs. Celtics in Game 4

Breaking down the Wizards' incredible 26-0 run vs. Celtics in Game 4

Coming out of halftime of Game 4 on Sunday night, the Celtics appeared to be in control. After a 48-48 tie at the break, the Celtics got five quick points in :50 seconds. They had the momentum. 

Within a matter of seconds, everything changed. Washington ignited into a five-minute mushroom cloud of threes, three-point plays and fastbreak wizardry. Just over five minutes later, after trailing by five, the Wizards were up by 21.

It was a 26-0 run and later head coach Scott Brooks described it as "probably our best stretch of basketball" of the season. Somehow, everything clicked for the Wizards and there was nothing that could stop them.

The run began at the 10:41 mark and ended at 4:42 when Al Horford scored an alley-oop layup out of a timeout. That finally stopped the bleeding, but by then it was far too late for Boston.

The Wizards' starting lineup of John Wall, Bradley Beal, Otto Porter, Markieff Morris and Marcin Gortat were on the floor during the 26-0 run and all of them contributed. Beal scored eight points, Wall had seven, Morris had five, Porter four and Gortat had two. The Wizards shot 10-for12 and made eight straight before the Celtics finally scored. Washington also made all four of their free throws.


The Celtics blamed turnovers afterwards for why things slipped away and the numbers back that up. Boston had seven turnovers during that stretch and Isaiah Thomas had three himself.

"We turned the ball over," Thomas said. "And then they got a few offensive rebounds where there were kick out threes, those kill you. That's what happened in the third quarter."

Many of the turnovers during that stretch were forced. The Wizards clamped down and earned a shot clock violation. Wall and Porter each had one steal and Morris had two.

Much of those five minutes was played in the fastbreak and the Celtics committed five fouls as they tried to slow the game down. That allowed both Wall and Beal to earn and-1 calls on layups and each of them hit their free throws.

The Wizards nearly had a 26-0 run in Game 3 when they outscored the Celtics 22-0 during one point in the first half. On Sunday, they became the first team with two runs of 20+ points to zero in the postseason since the 2010-11 Spurs.

Several players were surprised that the number on Sunday reached 26-0. They knew they were playing well, but that well? They were just that locked in.

Morris, however, found some words to described what happened and produced what was quite easily the best quote of the night.

On what was going through his mind during the 26-0 run: "Blow them the f--- out. Just keep pressing them. Go up by 50 if we can. That's the mindset I feel like all of us had."

No need for numbers when you can sum it up that well.

[RELATED: Thomas not happy with refs after Game 4 loss to Wizards]

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2018 NBA Draft: A list of Green Room attendees

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2018 NBA Draft: A list of Green Room attendees

The NBA officially announced a list of 20 players invited to the Green Room at the 2018 NBA Draft. Provided that all attend, here's a list of who'll be there.

  • Miles Bridges, Michigan State
  • Mikal Bridges, Villanova
  • Marvin Bagley III, Duke
  • Mohamed Bamba, Texas
  • Collin Sexton, Alabama
  • Jaren Jackson Jr., Michigan State
  • Lonnie Walker IV, Miami
  • Donte DiVincenzo, Villanova
  • Zhaire Smith, Texas Tech
  • Aaron Holiday, UCLA
  • Deandre Ayton, Arizona
  • Wendell Carter Jr., Duke
  • Luka Doncic, Slovenia
  • Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Kentucky
  • Kevin Knox, Kentucky
  • Michael Porter Jr., Missouri
  • Robert Williams, Texas A&M
  • Trae Young, Oklahoma
  • Chandler Hutchison, Boise State
  • Jerome Robinson, Boston College

There are two players each invited from Villanova, Michigan State, Duke and Kentucky.

The 2018 NBA Draft will be Thursday, June 21 at 7 p.m. at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. It will be broadcast on ESPN and streamed live on WatchESPN. The Wizards have Nos. 15 and 44 picks.


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The 2018 NBA Doomsday Mock Draft: A comical look at every team's worst-case scenario


The 2018 NBA Doomsday Mock Draft: A comical look at every team's worst-case scenario

The 2018 NBA Draft takes place on Thursday, June 21 and once again provides a glimmer of hope for even the most downtrodden franchises.

The NBA Draft is where teams can prepare for the future; where teams can rebuild and reload.

But the NBA Draft is often a crapshoot. Teams waffle on taking the best fit versus the best available player. Teams often panic and rest on laurels of draft years past. Fans like to build draft stereotypes for individual franchises, and while a lot of that is stupid Internet conjecture, it's fun to talk about and is often some actual truth to it.

So what follows is a look at the Doomsday Mock Draft. What your favorite team is likely to do if all else fails, which it often does.

1. Phoenix Suns: A franchise center who spends his first contract working with the Suns' medical staff more than his teammates.

2. Sacramento Kings: Someone who won't be a member of the Kings by the time 2022 rolls around.

3. Atlanta Hawks: Someone that will make Dennis Schroder unhappy.

4. Memphis Grizzlies: A Mike Conley Jr. repair kit.

5. Dallas Mavericks: Not the heir apparent to Dirk Nowitzki.

6. Orlando Magic: A reach that won't pan out.

7. Chicago Bulls: Someone from Iowa State, probably.


9. New York Knicks: /inserts .GIF of Spike Lee looking disappointed/

10. Philadelphia 76ers: Another big man because HINKIE 4 LYFE.

11. Charlotte Hornets: A North Carolina Tar Heel.

12. Los Angeles Clippers: A playmate for the head coach's son.

13. Los Angeles Clippers: DeAndre Jordan 2.0.

14. Denver Nuggets: Yet another athletic guard.

15. Washington Wizards: Nope. Not touching this one.

16. Phoenix Suns: Someone to pass Devon Booker the ball.

17. Milwaukee Bucks: Wingspan. Nothing but wingspan.

18. San Antonio Spurs: One of the Space Jam villains who conveniently falls to the Spurs (See: Leonard, Kawhi. Anderson, Kyle. Murray, Dejounte)

19. Atlanta Hawks: Someone to replace Dennis Schroder.

20. Minnesota Timberwolves: Someone who Tom Thibideau can play 60 minutes of a 48-minute game.

21. Utah Jazz: A real glue guy. A gym rat. A high-motor guy. Intangibles. Grit. Moxie. 

22. Chicago Bulls: A two-way player who will ultimately get punched in the face by Bobby Portis.



25. Los Angeles Lakers: The subject of Lonzo Ball's next diss track.

26. Philadelphia 76ers: A pallet of knockoff burner phones.

27. Boston Celtics: A draft night trade for more draft picks they probably won't use.

28. Golden State Warriors: An unfairly good player.

29. Brooklyn Nets: An unfairly bad player.

30. Atlanta Hawks: We ran out of Dennis Schroder jokes.