Brooks jokes he might double-fist White Claws after win originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington
NBA coaches: They’re just like the rest of us.
After a wild, heart-stopping and sometimes downright silly game ended in a 118-114 victory for the Wizards over the Warriors on Wednesday at Capital One Arena, it’s natural for those involved to need to decompress after a long day at the office.
In Scott Brooks’ case, he joked it’s time to get back on the White Claw train.
“I’ve tried to stop — but the grapefruit’s going to be pretty good tonight,” the Wizards’ coach joked postgame. “Might be double fisting tonight.”
The Wizards turned the ball over 22 times and saw an 18-point first quarter lead evaporate to a seven-point deficit entering the fourth quarter. That deficit turned to a lead once again in the closing minutes, as the Wizards stormed back to retake a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.
There was a sobering reality check in the second quarter, however, as the Wizards lost forward Deni Avdija to a right ankle injury. According to a report from Adrian Wojnarowski, Avdija will be out for the season.
And while the game was billed to be a matchup of Bradley Beal vs. Steph Curry in their race for the league’s scoring title with fans in the building for the first time this season, it ended up as so much more than just a battle between two of the NBA’s best scorers. It turned out to be one of the craziest games of the season, good and bad in all.
Curry was held to just 18 points, his lowest point total in more than a month, as it was truly impossible to predict anything that happened on Wednesday night.
“That was one of the wildest games I’ve coached,” Brooks said. “We had everything clicking, defensively, offensively, ball movement, taking care of the ball, extra shots, 50-50 balls, and then 12 minutes later, they had everything. Then we didn’t have anything in that third quarter, then defensively in the fourth quarter we woke up.”