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Game 61/82: Wizards (21-38) @ C’s (39-21)

 

Washington at Boston
8:00 P.M. EST.
TD Garden
Local TV/Radio:ESPN/WEEI

Offensive Efficiency:

Boston: 107.1 points/100 possessions (13th)

Wizards: 104.9 points/100 possessions (23rd)

Defensive Efficiency:

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

Injury Report

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.

  • I love Green

    Lets go Cs! Lets go Cs!

  • Jim Weeks

    I love this old, awkward Washington themed commercial:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b1qEBvPmI1s

  • I love Green

    Celts blow right now. Looks like were losing another at home

  • joe

    this team sucks…please stop talking like they have a chance at a title…get rid of alllen and trade pierce in the offseason…time to rebuild

  • I love Green

    Guess I spoke too soon. Shuttlesworth just did what he does at the end of games. Good comeback

  • Sean

    who is the taller player in that pic?

  • Dan

    Manute bol

  • aka

    I agree with Joe. Please don’t resign Pierce. Stop getting mushy about Pierce retiring a Celtic–even Jordan didn’t retire a Bull. He’s lost a huge step, he’s a good piece but not a starter anymore. Cash in Allen before the chips are down. It’s not just the numbers, this team can’t win with the chemistry that basically is resting on their laurels. I mean, I know people probably disagree about how much to tear down this team in the offseason, but you have to agree that keeping a lot of the components just means mixed aspirations next season. I don’t see any hungry players on this team–no killer instinct. They’re old, beat up, washed up, some shouldn’t be starters. Rondo and Perk are good pieces but that’s it–good pieces. They’re not 2/3 of the “next big three.” That’s ridiculous. This team is pathetic with this line up.

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  • Mike

    aka – I am a huge Celtics fan but you are showing how obnoxious Boston fans can be. The C’s are 40-21 right now. That is a very good record. Just because they haven’t blown teams out of the building every night is no reason to be so upset and act like we need to hit the panic button. They are a veteran team and extremely capable of hitting their stride and winning the championship. And as for the offseason, Danny will worry about that when we get there. Rondo and Perk are a pretty good duo to build around, I don’t get what your beef is there. Of course they will need to make some moves and think about the future and rebuilding. But you can’t complain about it when we haven’t even got to that step yet.

  • Mike

    And as for Pierce, he has a player option for next season of $21.5 million, so I don’t see him passing that up. That isn’t up to the C’s. And can you honestly imagine seeing Pierce in anything other than Celtic green?

  • Jim MacIndoe

    I think the old Celtics made a huge mistake by keeping Larry, Robert and Kevin together until the end. The team was awful for years afterward. It is a business. Pierce and Garnett look old and it will only get worse. I still think Ray Allen is amazing and he proved it again tonight. I love the guy!! I love the Celtics but honestly I do not think we are going far in the playoffs. So aka I agree with you except for Ray!!

  • rav

    gotta love that picture. the best bit is how muggsy’s legs are twice as thick as Manute’s even though he’s more than 2 feet shorter.

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