Celtics embarrassed in DC, #1 seed chances dwindle

The Boston Celtics took on the Washington Wizards Tuesday night, losing by a final score of 130-111. The defense that had been so strong the past 3 games since Rob Williams III returned from injury was nowhere to be found, as Boston allowed Washington to get whatever they wanted all night long.

This loss is especially painful because it means the C's are now 3 games behind Milwaukee in the loss column with just 6 games left in the regular season. All things considered, it will be practically impossible to snag the #1 seed at this point unless Milwaukee tanks down the stretch and we win out, which basically locks Boston into the #2 seed in the East.
While they did have their full lineup available tonight, the energy on the defensive end was nowhere to be found. Jayson Tatum played well returning from injury, scoring 28 points and recording 9 rebounds on 11/19 shooting, but it wasn't nearly enough.

Kristaps Porzingis destroyed the Celtics all night, finishing with 32 points and 12 rebounds on 67% shooting. Deni Avdija had one of the best games of his young career, recording a 25 point double-double on 10/16 from the field. After such a strong 3 game stretch, this outing was nothing short of shocking in what felt like a must win game. Boston still has a 2.5 game lead on Philly for the #2 seed, but they will need to focus and make sure not to slide to the #3 line in the East.

Boston will return to action in Milwaukee on Thursday night in what will be a game they have to win to have any sliver of a chance at the top seed.