After Wednesday's 100-94 overtime win against the Wizards, Doc Rivers said his team should've beaten the undermanned and lowly Wizards since they were without their two best players, John Wall and Nene.
One of the youngest players in the NBA, Wizards shooting guard Bradley Beal had a different take. The 19-year-old taken third overall in the most recent draft out of Florida, believes it was the Celtics who were there for the taking.
"We know they're vulnerable," Beal said. "We know that they are an agressive team but they are a lot older than we are. So, we are going to try and wear them down. They have a decent bench and their bench comes in and gives them immediate scoring. Everybody has the green light. So, our plan is basically to wear them down and keep pushing the ball in transition and make sure our pick and roll defense is what it needs to be, especially on Paul Pierce."
Late in the first half, it was the 19-year-old Beal who blocked the shot of the 35-year-old Pierce as the Wizards outscored the Celtics 26-16 in the second quarter to take a 42-37 halftime lead.
Beal finished with 16 points on 3-of-8 shooting from long range as the Wizards came up just short for the second time in as many tries against the Celtics. For more, visit the Celtics team page at weei.com/celtics .