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Friday Night GIFs From Boston: When Wizards Embarrass Washed Up Celtics

Updated: April 12, 2010

Friday night was hands down the best half of  basketball the Wizards have played all season, and a deserving treat for most Wiz fans. True, Washington winning by the skin of their teeth ultimately hurt Operation: Tank for Pick #1, a popular moment amongst big dreamers. But to think that this one game, and not cruel fate, will really affect the outcome of the Wizards’ draft lottery aspirations is being too meticulous. Taking it to a decrepit Celtics team was worth it. Below are some memorable moments from that first half, in GIF form so you can watch over and over again.

Andray Blatche puts the brakes on Big Baby

Nick Young hustles like his job is on the line

Shaun Livingston breaks down Rajon Rondo and throws a bullet to Blatche

Blatche gets physical against Kendrick Perkins and uses his body to gain position on an inside shot

Blatche again abuses Kendrick with a step back jumper

Andray makes a nice move against the washed-up Kevin Garnett, but misses …

Garnett proceeds to try to get in Andray’s face, but he’s having none of it

{Quotes & Links}

[Michael Lee – Washington Post]

Kevin Garnett moved closer to Andray Blatche and grabbed his arm to get his attention, but Blatche just slapped it away. Garnett then leaned into Blatche’s ear and started shouting, but Blatche turned his back and lifted his hand. After letting Garnett get under his skin during a fourth-quarter meltdown the last time the Washington Wizards were in Boston, Blatche vowed that he wasn’t going to engage in a trash-talking session with the future Hall of Fame power forward.

[Michael Lee – Wizards Insider]

But Livingston certainly provided the settling influence that had been lacking the last time the Wizards squandered a double-digit lead and broke down in a game-ending 20-4 run in Boston last month. Livingston was a spectator for that meltdown, as Randy Foye was unable to get the Wizards into any sort of offensive flow late in the game. But Livingston has learned what needed to be done should they be in that position again.

“There is no question that Shaun has grown from that,” Coach Flip Saunders said.


Livingston finished with 25 points – something he hadn’t done since 2004, when he was a senior at Peoria Central High, had two good knees and sported a ridiculously large Afro. He added seven assists and six assists in a season-high 42 minutes.

[Brian Jackson – CSN Washington]

JaVale McGee may have only registered five official minutes in the first quarter but he made a huge impact.  The official stat sheet credited him with three blocks but he disrupted and rerouted at least an additional four.  McGee has really grown into his role as the energizer off the bench.  He’s averaging 15.2 points and 8.4 rebounds in his past five outings.

Boston started the game by knocking down four of their first six attempts.  McGee’s presence in the lane was key factor in the Celtics missing 19 of their next 22 shots.  At the half the Wizards had more assists (18) than Boston had field goals (12).  At one point Washington led by as many as 28 before taking a three touchdown lead into halftime (52-31).  The Bostonians showed their disapproval by booing the home squad.

{Other Side}

[Brian Robb – Celtics Hub]

Kevin Garnett looked pathetic tonight. He missed several point blank opportunities around the basket, going 3 of 12 on the night for 8 points. His game has been chalk full of ups and downs lately, but this one might of been his biggest downer of the year thus far.

[Jimmy Toscano – Celtics Blog]

Fans came to tonight’s game expecting a win from the Celtics, and showed their displeasure with the Celtics’ performance throughout the game.

“Well I mean we are at home, we look for our fans to give energy, to give us a spark when times are tough,” said Garnett. “It doesn’t help when the boos happen, but we are a group of veterans and we are a group that is a real team, we aren’t fair weather. So when that occurs we all just get together and say we just have to grind this out.”

These comments are somewhat troubling coming from Garnett. Fans have every right to boo a team that they feel is underperforming and underachieving. By saying that the Celtics aren’t “fair weather”, is he implying that some Celtics fans are by booing the product put out on the floor? At what point does a fan cheer during a stretch in which his or her favorite team gets outscored 27-2? In fact, the fans did cheer this team numerous times tonight while still being down 15+ points.

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