Wizards Bean Celtics 85-83 – Photos of The Game: Flying Cartiers & Finger Guns
Scenes from sitting on the baseline at a Washington Wizards 85-83 win over the Boston Celtics. -KW
Every team needs a Cartier Martin. The Wizards already have their Cartier Martin, a basketball player who will always do anything needed/asked of him … even if it’s going after an errant ball in the vicinity of a Kevin Garnett hip check.
I believe this is Garnett’s version of a sh*t-eating grin. Convincing.
Cartier was unscathed, but they awarded the ball to Boston.
A developing JaVale McGee hook shot is a thing of beauty … he made this one. His basketball technique is noticeably improving, it’s just the cognition and attention to detail which needs much further development.
Here’s McGee selling some extra action from Garnett and Pierce.
If I had a wrestling nickname for this duo, it would be ‘Dirty Work’ … and they’d be managed by Norm McDonald. ‘Shrug Life’ could be another one, managed by Gilbert Gottfried.
Paul Pierce has an even odder old man’s game now that he’s actually an old man. Pretty much every inch of his body is behind the backboard at this point … he missed the shot.
As physical as Boston was, the Wizards had to be physical too. Nick Young didn’t do much of anything on offense — six points on 1-13 shooting, and his head seemed to be out of it late — but he kept working hard defensively against Ray Allen for much of the game. Here’s Young’s preparing to chase Allen through screens. When you think about physicality in the NBA, you usually think about elbows being thrown, bodies flying and good rebounders … but having to chase a guy like Allen on defense, you’ve got to make contact with them, without fouling, and essentially wrap them up to get on their hip so as not to allow separation. Imagine getting open in your local rec league game with a guy like Nick Young’s arms around you. Here Nick is going in for the embrace.
John Wall seemed to make about a million gestures somewhere into the crowd after he banked home the game-changing three-pointer with 57.7 seconds left that put the Wizards up 84-81. I’ll leave it to the Internets to decipher them, but the most relevant to Wizards fans was none other than the double finger guns … but this time the Wizards shot down the Boston Celtics instead of their own feet.
[UPDATE: I will note, as a commenter points out, Wall is also making a 'W', which, is a letter that can be made several different ways using the hand(s) ... this way just happened to combine two finger guns to make a 'W' ... which could mean win or Wizards or whatever.]