A few quick thoughts on the Wizards close-out 125-94 win over Toronto.
1. Sizzling shooting. Did they miss? What an incredible shooting display. 55% from the floor and a ridiculous 15-26 from the 3-point line even though they missed their last 3. Pierce went an incredible 14-24 from behind the arc in the series. Gooden went 7-14 on 3’s. Ramon Sessions for pete’s sake was 5-9 in the series on 3-pointers. Gortat went 8-9 tonight….29-39 from the floor for the series….74.3%.
2. John Wall’s team. If you’re nothing more than a box score reader, you’d have no concept of how good John Wall was tonight. His 14 points/10 assists don’t come anywhere near telling the tale of how he set the tempo from the start. He had just 5 shot attempts but was the best player on the floor. Pierce, Beal, Gortat, and Gooden were all very good….Wall was the series MVP.
3. Wittman shortened bench again. Wittman went with an 8-man rotation for the 2nd straight game until the lead was insurmountable. Gooden, Porter, and Sessions were used with no Seraphin in the meaningful portion of the game.
4. Wittman was the superior coach. Randy Wittman had a defensive plan from the beginning of this series that worked throughout including tonight. His decision to go small in key spots most notably in Game 1 was huge. His team was totally energized for each game. He added a new wrinkle tonight by trapping the ball out of timeouts when Toronto had the ball. It caused two turnovers tonight.
5. Ernie Grunfeld deserves some credit. Getting Pierce was a perfect post-season answer to losing Ariza. The addition of Humphries paid off through mid-season and the trade deadline acquistion of Ramon Sessions has really paid off. Sessions has defended well and is shooting it well too.