Washington Wizards started the regular season of the NBA With five consecutive defeats, he finished January with a record of four wins and 12 losses and by the end of March, he had 29 losses. The qualification to the PlayOffs seemed utopian. However, by the hand of an inspired Russell Westbrook, the capital team had 12 victories in April and finished with five victories in May to qualify for the Play-In and have a great chance of reaching the postseason when they face the Boston Celtics tonight. El Comercio spoke with the coach Scott Brooks about what this challenge represents and what it means to have a player like Russell Westbrook.
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Washington Wizards will face in the TD Garden Boston Celtics (today at 8:00 pm) for a playoff spot. The winner of this match will face in the first round of the PlayOffs to the Brooklyn Nets from Kevin Durante, Kyrie Irving and James Harden. For his part, the loser will have one more chance when he faces the winner of the Charlotte vs. Indiana.
The season has been shaping what will be a postseason that promises to be epic. Wizards started the regular season badly: five consecutive losses in the first month of play, poor individual performances and a series of injuries that prevented him from Scott Brooks capture what he was looking for on the pitch.
On January 28, I consulted Bradley Beal out of frustration with being the best player on a losing team. That night, Beal converted 47 points but Wizards fell before Pelicans. After the game, I asked the following: “Brad, you played very well again, however, you are the best player on a losing team, how do you reverse this situation?”
The forward, with a very good demeanor despite the defeat, said the following: “Leonardo, I swear to you that if I had an answer I would be considered a genius. If we had an answer as a team we wouldn’t play so bad every night. I don’t have an answer, I don’t know how to change the team’s situation. There are many things that affect us. It’s not as easy as getting together, talking about it and playing better in the next game, it doesn’t work like that”.
With this it was possible to denote that things were not well in the team; however, the coach Scott Brooks He did not give up and promoted the team under the leadership of a stellar player: Russell Westbrook. The point guard put the team on his shoulder and broke the record for triple-doubles in NBA history with 184. Based on this, the capitalists earned their right to play the Play-In against Boston Celtics.
I spoke with the coach Scott Brooks about this important challenge in the pre-match against those led by Brad Stevens. The coach said the following: “Play-in is great for us, for the NBA, for everyone who loves basketball. I think it was a great idea, he kept it excited until the end. Regarding what it represents for us, I am happy to have made it this far, it was not an easy season, but we never gave up. I am confident I can beat Boston and make the PlayOffs. ”
I also asked him about the historic season of Russell Westbrook. The coach stated: “He has completed a memorable season, but it is not something that surprises me, I see him every day. I want to highlight his leadership, it is something that few talk about. It pushes our young people and helps them develop their potential. I have always said it, for me, it is one of the best in history”.
I spoke with Scott Brooks, coach of #DCAboveAll, on what play-in means to him: “It’s great, both for me and for the #NBA. It’s a great opportunity for us, I trust my team and I know we will do very well. ”
– Leonardo Torres (@LeoTorres_C) May 17, 2021
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