Wizards Survive as Jazz Push the Grizzlies to Brink of Elimination
We had yet another unfortunate fan moment on a night where the NBA had two more crucial playoff tilts.
Starting off in Washington, the Wizards did everything they could, including employing the hack-a-Simmons concept in order to extend their best of seven series to at least one more game.
Russell Westbrook led the way with yet another triple-double albeit on a terrible 3-for-19 shooting night. Rui Hachimura added 20 points and 13 rebounds, while Bradley Beal led all scores with 27 points. On the night, the Wizards had seven different players finish the night in double-figures.
The Wizards were also somewhat aided by Joel Embiid’s departure in the first half. The Sixers big man left the game after falling on his tailbone with what the team described as knee soreness. The team is hoping to receive news on Embiid status in the coming days prior to their Game 5 tilt in Philadelphia.
“Each guy thought they had to win the game for us,” 76ers coach Doc Rivers said on his team’s play following Embiid’s injury. “You’ve still got to play right. … Tonight we didn’t play right, on either end.”
With the Series now at 3-1, the Sixers will look to close out the Wizards on Wednesday evening.
In the night cap, the Utah Jazz pushed the Memphis Grizzlies to the brink of elimination as the Jazz improved to 3-0 in the playoffs in games in which Donovan Mitchell has played.
The Grizzlies had no answer for the Jazz star guard who exploded for 30 points and eight assists in the winning Game 4 effort, while the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year added 24 points on the night. The Jazz also received secondary help from the likes of Rudy Gobert, Mike Conley, and Bojan Bogdanovic as they now take a commanding 3-1 series lead over the Grizzlies.
”We have to go there and take care of home court back in Utah, and I think that’s where our head is at,” Mitchell said.
On the Grizzlies side, Ja Morant led the way with 23 points and 12 assists as Memphis will once again count on their budding star if they hope to have any chance of extending their first round series any further.
The NBA playoffs continue on Tuesday night with three more big games!