BOSTON -- Just 12 free throws after an intense, physical loss to the Boston Celtics finally drew the ire of Wizards coach Scott Brooks. His point guard is ailing, his shooting guard was taken to the floor but was assessed a technical instead of Marcus Smart, and they lost 117-108.
"The game turned when they put their hands on us and we allowed that," Brooks said. "It's not our job to keep them from putting their hands on (us). We need to get some calls. We don't get to the free-throw line. That's just the way it is. I'm not complaining about it. That's not the way basketball is supposed to be played. You're supposed to play it in a way that's supposed to be free-flowing. That wasn't the case in that second half."
The league office will have its hands full in sorting out the mess that happened after the final buzzer between Jae Crowder and John Wall. There also could be a review of Brooks' comments regarding the officiating crew of Mike Callahan, Tony Brothers and Leon Wood as these were the most stern comments he has made about the subject in his first season with the Wizards.
It's not that the Celtics were given more free throws than they deserved. There just weren't a lot of whistles, which can be a good or bad thing pending perspective. Boston only was whistled six times in the second half which led to five free throws. Washington was hit with five second-half fouls that produced six foul shots the other way.
For the game, the Celtics were only called for 10 total fouls -- four by Marcus Smart. The Wizards had 13, with Bradley Beal getting four of them. He was assessed a techical at 8:51 of the third quarter when Smart grabbed him and both players ended up on the floor.
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One of the best parts of the NBA offseason, behind free-agency and the draft, has to be the open run's that go on all summer long. These sessions give an opportunity for NBA players to team up with each other, while also playing alongside high school, college, and overseas talent.
Some new Wizards teammates, Isaiah Thomas and Thomas Bryant, made their way to the Rico Hines private run in Los Angeles, California to establish some chemistry before training camp opens in late September.
As seen above, IT is no stranger to sharing the sugar as he finished top 20 in the league in assists per game (5.9) in 2016, the last season he was fully healthy. While TB is one of the most efficient rim-runners in the league, leading the NBA in two-point field goal percentage (68.5) last season.
Could this be a preview of what to expect come season's tip? Wizards fans sure hope so.
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The Wizards sought to add an assistant coach with a strong defensive track record this offseason and they did just that Saturday evening by hiring Michael Longabardi, according to NBC Sports Washington’s Chase Hughes.
Longardi, 46, has spent the last three seasons as a defensive coach on the Cleveland Cavaliers' staff. He was initially hired by former Cavs' head coach Tyronn Lue in 2016 when the team claimed their first championship in franchise history.
Before joining the Cavaliers, Longabardi held assistant coaching roles with the Phoenix Suns, Houston Rockets, and most notably the Boston Celtics, in which he and Lue served under head coach Doc Rivers and Tom Thibodeau from 2007 to 2013.
Longabardi was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, and attended Xaverian High School, a private Catholic school. He then went on to play basketball at Newberry College where he earned the nickname "Mr. Defense."
Just a day after reports broke that Tommy Sheppard would be promoted to a permanent general manager position, the organization is making yet another move in hopes of improving overall culture and team defense.
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