The Washington Wizards easily won Game 4 against the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference semifinals 121-102. Defense was one of the more predominant themes of the game. The Wizards held the Celtics at 44.3 percent shooting from the floor in Game 4. The Celtics and Wizards had 13 steals and forced 20 turnovers each. The Wizards had a total of 6 blocks for the game as well as 54 total rebounds. They also shot 52.4 from the field in the match up.
This is great for the Wizards, they have completely shifted momentum of their match up against the Celtics. For the second straight game the Wizards have held all Celtics, including their franchise star in Isaiah Thomas, under 20 points.
This all relates back to John Wall in several ways. The first is that he rallied the troops. After two disappointing road losses Wall was able to bring together the demoralized Wizards roster to produce two very convincing home wins. In Game 4, Wall was able to elevate the level of play by other Wizards. Including himself the Wizards had five players in double digits, four of which were starters. Bradley Beal did lead the team with 29 points, 4 rebounds, and 1 steal; however, Wall stole the showing ending it with 27 points, 3 rebounds, 12 assists, 5 steals, and 1 block.
According to Basketball Reference, for the playoffs Wall has averaged 28.8 points, 3.5 rebounds, 11.1 assist, 2.2 steals, and 1.1 blocks. These numbers show that Wall is beyond just an average NBA Star stats, these are NBA Superstar stats. Wall is even getting national recognition from the likes of Stephen A. Smith on ESPN’s First Take.
What does Wall’s rise and the stellar defense at home mean for the Wizards as the series shifts back to Boston for Game 5? The Wizards must carry the momentum they built during the past two home games. Wall must continue to play at a superstar level. Finally, Washington must continue to play good defense. If the Wizards continue to do those things, then they will easily close out the series and meet the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals.