During the sweep of the perimeter-oriented series against the Toronto Raptors, Sessions provided an option that Andre Miller would not have. He was fast enough to track Lou Williams, the league’s Sixth Man of the Year, when he played next to Kyle Lowry. At 16.5, his minutes weren’t hefty, but he shot a solid 44.4 percent and his flexibility has helped.
Though hackathons are ugly, they haven’t led me join the outcry for modified rules. We should be extremely cautious before eliminating one of the game’s fundamental acts — just because some players are terrible at it.
That Wizards team that limped down the stretch? Nowhere to be found. The outfit that blew big leads and fumbled away victories? Just a bad memory. Sunday night’s performance was the best all year.
Sunday night’s 125-94 win over the Raptors put the Wizards into the Eastern Conference semifinals for the second consecutive season, leaving them to face either the Hawks or the Nets.
Pushing the Toronto Raptors to the brink has placed the Washington Wizards in a dominating spot. No team has rallied from a 3-0 deficit in NBA playoff history.
They were beaten badly in the regular season and were losing by a little in the playoffs.
Vaulting in front of the Raptors 3-0 has placed the Wizards in a place of joy and power. No NBA team has rallied from three games down to win a best-of-seven series.
The game was filled with tension, but the Wizards never got tight. Some of the sloppiness that plagued them at points resurfaced, they were determined to play as if their season, and not Toronto’s, was on the line.
Wall drew choruses of “M-V-P!” from the crowd by producing 19 points and 15 assists, Pierce hit two key late 3-pointers, and the Wizards closed in on a first-round playoff sweep by beating the Raptors, 106-99.
Last year, the Wizards ripped home-court advantage from the Bulls. They did it again this year to the Raptors and have an opportunity on Friday night at home for a historically insurmountable series lead.
When Wall and Beal play like they did Tuesday, combining for 54 points, and the team out-rebounds the opponent, 45-28, Washington can have supreme confidence entering any matchup.
Nothing has been more lopsided than the fight for rebounds during the first two games between the Raptors and Wizards, who Toronto playing a rough-and-tumble brand of basketball the Raptors, to this point, can’t handle.