The Washington Wizards squandered a golden opportunity to even their NBA Eastern Conference semifinal series against the Boston Celtics.
The Wizards held a lead as large as 14 points in Game 2 at TD Garden on Tuesday night and even went up six with three minutes remaining in regulation. But, the Celtics roared back to grab the 129-119 victory in overtime.
Wizards forward Markieff Morris believes his team was doomed by lack of toughness as opposed to poor execution.
“We’re not playing tough enough,” Morris told reporters, as transcribed by USA Today. “We had the advantage late in the game and all we had to do was just play tough. We didn’t have to make shots. We didn’t have to get stops. All we had to do was play tough. We let them get offensive rebounds late in the game. Guys (were) just walking to the basket and we’re just worried about our own personal (expletive). It’s about the team.
“At the end of the day it’s about winning and we didn’t care too much about that tonight. We let them back in the game. We’ve got to regroup and get the next one.”
Washington will try to pick up its first win of the series in Game 3 on Thursday night at the Verizon Center.
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