After the defeat, Russell Westbrook (Russell Westbrook) said in an exciting mid-season speech for the Washington Wizards that despite the many injuries, the COVID-19 outbreak and the team’s losing streak, they will still enter the postseason. In the match Westbrook kept his promise on Thursday night, scoring 18 points, 15 assists and 8 rebounds, defeating Washington 142-115 to win the Indiana Pacers’ decisive victory and secure a seed for eighth place.
The Philadelphia 76ers got first seed in the first round on Sunday, having not reached a playoff spot for 25 consecutive years. When they played between 17 and 32 on April 5, the Wizards were the first ball to enter the playoffs after 15 games under .500 this season since the Phoenix Suns (1996-97). team. Since 1984, this has only been achieved six times.
When Westbrook and Bradley Beal (25 points) overwhelmed Indiana, the Wizards fell behind them with point difference of 30 and 14 in third quarter. Bill scored 16 points in the fourth game, including a big dunk from Westbrook to the back door bounce. When Bill dangled from the rin, Westbrook turned to the court, uttered a primitive scream, and raised his hands. The 5,333 fans who participated in the game pointed out that the team has entered the playoffs for the first time since the 2017-18 season.
Before Washington’s victory on Thursday, Washington played its worst game in months on Tuesday, losing 118-100 to the Boston Celtics and losing to Indiana to reach the playoff finals. Including Westbrook (Westbrook), who eventually scored 20 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists, scored 6 of 18 points, and he made none of the four three-pointers. The point guard does not look good, nor does he have the same energy and aggressiveness.
Westbrook will participate in the playoffs for the 11th time in 12 years. He admitted that he did not feel a 100% himself and is dealing with scars and injuries.
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