Boston: 107.1 points/100 possessions (13th)
Wizards: 104.9 points/100 possessions (23rd)
Boston: 102.0 points allowed/100 possessions (1st)
Wizards: 109.2 points allowed/100 possessions (21st)
Probable WAS starters:
Mike Miller, Randy Foye, Al Thornton, Andray Blatche, Javale McGee
Wizards: OUT: Josh Howard (torn ACL), Gilbert Arenas, Javaris Crittenton (guns)
Thumbnail: The Celtics try to extend their 3 game winning streak by hosting Washington who is surprisingly 4-5 after trading half their roster before the trade deadline last month.Skipping over what this team does well lately, since well they traded and bought out half of their team in the last couple weeks and I haven’t been able to see what the new guard have been doing well. Luckily, I can safely say these guys have not improved on the defensive end. Their offensive rebounding is likely still strong but their best interior rebounder (and defender) for that matter in Brendan Haywood is now helping Dallas tear it up.
PLAYER/S WHO MAKE ME WORRY:
*Andray Blatche. The hidden gem on this team that has had the opportunity to bloom once the roster has cleared out. He is averaging 23 points and 10 rebounds a game since his insertion in the starting lineup including a 36 point performance in New Jersey last week. At only 23 years old, his potential is encouraging and Kevin Garnett will have his hands full tonight trying to keep the athletic big man in check
PLAYER/S WHO DO NOT MAKE ME WORRY:
* Randy Foye
He’s been playing fairly well in his last 10 games, but is the least of the C’s offensive worries tonight. Rondo should do well to contain him.
WHAT WE WANT TO SEE FROM THE C’s TONIGHT:
Continued consistency. It’s quite simple really. The Celtics clearly have the talent to win this game if they want. They just need to bring it, especially on the defensive end. It’s been easier said than done lately, but with three straight wins in the books, it’s clear this team is playing with a bit more purpose lately. Let’s hope it continues tonight.
PREDICTION: This Celtic team is on a bit of a roll now. The inferior competition has helped. Meanwhile, The Wiz have played better lately but were blown out in their last 2 contests by the reenergized Bucks. C’s contain Blatche and Mike Miller and bring home their fourth straight W C’s 108, Wizards 97.