John Wall has wanted these playoffs to bring him and the Wizards more respect. They want to be seen as one of the best teams in the East.
He took a step that direction Friday night, knocking down a game-winning three to give Washington a 92-91 win over the Celtics and force a Game 7 Monday night back in Boston.
The Celtics were up two with 7.7 left after Al Horford summoned the ghost of Tim Duncan and hit a 16-foot bank shot from the wing (you can debate amongst yourselves whether he meant to bank it). Wall had sprinted out high to get the inbound pass, took a couple of dribbles to size up Avery Bradley, then took the three from about three feet behind the line. He drained it.
“Don’t come to my city wearing all black talking about it’s a funeral,” Wall said in a televised interview from the court after the game. “We’ve worked too hard for this. All we asked for was a Game 7, 50/50.”
It had been a sloppy, inefficient, gritty game that in a lot of ways favored the Celtics, but it was Wall and the Wizards who got the win. It was also a close and entertaining game in a series — and a playoff round — that has seen more than its share of blowouts.
Bradley Beal had 33 and for much of the game saved the Wizards. John Wall finished with 26 points and eight assists but was off for the first three quarters (he started 1-of-9 and shot 6-of-20 until the fourth), Marcin Gortat had four points and 13 rebounds while spending much of the game in foul trouble, while Otto Porter was scoreless in 36 minutes.
It was also a game all about the starters as neither bench did much — Washington got 13 from its (led by Ian Mahinmi with six points) while Boston only got five points from non-starters.
Lakers fan hits halfcourt shot to win $100,000 (VIDEO)
Spencer Dinwiddie was once a member of the Detroit Pistons. They traded him to the Chicago Bulls back in 2016 for Cameron Bairstow, and the Bulls promptly waived him less than a month later. That same day, Bairstow was waived by the Pistons.
On Sunday, Dinwiddie got his revenge on Detroit by ending their matinee matchup with a step-through jumper that two Pistons failed to defend.
The play came with 4.7 seconds left and the Brooklyn Nets trailing, 100-99. Dinwiddie ran across the far side of the floor to receive the ball from the sideline, then to the near elbow before putting on a series of moves to get his shot off.
The play gave Detroit just 0.09 seconds left, and they couldn’t get an attempt off.
Brooklyn beat the Pistons, 101-100.
Meanwhile, Dinwiddie continues to have the best season of his career. He’s averaging 13.2 points, 6.5 assists, and 3.3 rebounds per-game, all career-highs. He’s also boosted his VORP to 1.1, another personal best.
Enes Kanter’s teammate told him “You’re about to get 50 dropped on you” after LeBron troll
So it wasn’t too much of a surprise when Kanter had something to say on Twitter about his former team, the Oklahoma City Thunder, dropping 148 points during a win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday. Heck, even former Cavaliers coach David Blatt jumped in on that one, albeit immediately before his own team got 151 scored on them.
Kanter took to Twitter, using LeBron’s own catchphrase against him:
Of course, that’s probably not the best idea. Kanter is a role player and LeBron is one of the best who ever played. Even if the Cavaliers are stinking it up lately, you can’t go after the King like that. You just might miss.
“One texted [teammate] me just to say — I’m not going to say who — but he texted me ‘You’re about to get 50 dropped on you, boy.'” Kanter said before Sunday’s matinee against the Los Angeles Lakers. “I responded something back, but I’m not going to say what it is.”
Kanter added that he’s just “having fun” and wanting to put “a smile on people’s face” with his constant prodding.
We’ll see if he ends up smiling the next time Cleveland and New York meet on April 9 at MSG.
David Blatt’s troll on the Cavaliers backfires when opponent scores 151 (VIDEO)
Blatt was also coaching Team Europe vs. Team Asia in the Turkish BSL All-Star Game on Sunday. During the game Blatt joked during a TV interview that he was just hoping his team didn’t give up as many points as the Cavaliers did to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday. That game ended with a score of 148-124.
Step 1: David Blatt says "I hope we won’t give up as many points as Cavs did last night"
Step 2) David Blatt's team gives up 151 points in a loss.