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Game 81/82: Celtics (55-25) @ Wizards (22-58)

 

Boston at Washington
Verizon Center
7:00 PM EST
CSNNE

Offensive Efficiency:
Boston: 106.4 points/100 possessions (19th)
Washington 102.5 points/100 possessions (28th)

Defensive Efficiency:
Boston: 100.4 points allowed/100 possessions (2nd)
Washington: 110.4 points allowed/100 possessions (28th)

Probable Wizards starters: John Wall (PG), Jordan Crawford (SG), Maurice Evans (SF), Andray Blatche (PF), JaVale McGee (C)

View from the opposing bench: Truth About It

Thumbnail: The Celtics will be calling off the dogs tonight, benching Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, Rajon Rondo, and potentially Paul Pierce as well for rest purposes, with Jeff Green, Glen Davis, and Delonte West all earning starts. Given the lack of confidence of positive play by Davis and Green yesterday, giving them some major minutes tonight, while giving the starters a blow seems to be the best way to go at this point. In the meantime, it’s kind of pathetic how much of Friday’s preview I can literally just cut and paste, so if the C’s are mailing this one in, I’m going to as well, instead using Ryan DeGama’s sweet words:

After being humbled by the Bulls Heat last night on national TV, the Celtics have to deal with a second game less than 24 hours later. The prognosis for this kind of thing is not good, as we all know, but at least this is the second last back-to-back of the season. But Boston has to have this game if they want (to still have a chance) at the second seed.

Or if they don’t, perhaps the Wizards will lose it on their own.

Of course… you may remember this non-classic from earlier in the season.

They haven’t changed since Friday, so let’s stick with the Ryan theme here:

WHAT THE WIZARDS DO WELL:

Scoop up some opportunistic wins against bad teams playing out the stretch. Washington has won three of its last four games, taking down Charlotte, Cleveland and Detroit. Although the Pacers pulverized them 136-112 on Wednesday.

WHAT THE WIZARDS DO POORLY:

Most other things. The Wiz are 26th in the league in defensive efficiency. If the Celtics move the ball the way they did last night, they’ll score easily against this team. They Wiz are also 28th in the league in offensive efficiency. Boston’s effort against Chicago was woefully insufficient but Washington’s predilection to take bad shots might bail them out.

It’s kind of depressing. A decent effort should easily shut down this Wizards team. No idea if that’s coming tonight or not.

PLAYERS WHO MAKE ME WORRY:

Blatche has put up some big numbers recently. He’s averaging 24.8 points and 12.8 rebounds over his last five games. But it’s Andray Blatche, you say. Of course, he’s going off in meaningless games. That won’t happen against the Celtics. Will it?

Boston’s shorthanded and softened frontline is actually a perfect target for him. It wouldn’t be a surprise if he kept up his box-score stuffing ways. Sadly enough, it’s now reasonable to ask if Boston’s bigs will be able to match his aggression inside.

PLAYERS WHO DO NOT MAKE ME WORRY:

Pierce. Back to Brian here. I hope he plays tonight. He’s the only one (besides KG) that actually showed up to play yesterday and is still playing tremendous basketball. Keep him in the game tonight, on the off chance Miami trips up against Atlanta, and the C’s can swoop in for the two seed.

WHAT WE WANT TO SEE FROM BOSTON TONIGHT:

Try hard. Find a rhythm/confidence for the inept bench unit. Keep hope alive for a second seed.

(NOT THAT CONFIDENT) PREDICTION:

Celtics 99, Wizards 97 If they have any pride left, they will pull this out. I’m grasping at straws here I know.

  • Batman

    Nooo Rondo has lost his assist tittle

    • Chris O

      That happened like 3 weeks ago

      • Batman

        :(

  • Chris O

    I am not watching the game today boys (and girls), I will not even look up the box score or try to find out who won, instead I will come on here and read your comments to see what happened lol. Should be fun times lol

    • Batman

      "Rondo down the middle, just what I thought a hook shot at 12, GOOD!"

  • Batman

    Um we r raping the wizards
    yaaaaaaay………

    • Zee

      It's not 4th quarter yet.

    • Zee

      See what I mean…

  • Zee

    Glad to see Von back in the game! Really like that dude. I'm glad our 2nd unit is getting to play.

    I would like to see how our starters would do with West as the starting PG.

  • I_Love_Green

    The offense blows no matter who is out there.

    • someguyinsac

      But they started really well and then got lost soon after.

  • stephen

    This is the bench we are relying on going in to the playoffs. What a joke. Has Jeff Green made a shot yet? Dude has given us absolutley nothing.

  • stephen

    Wait—-Green just dunked it— Am I seeing things?

  • Zee

    Doing much better now. Just had to regroup. I'm glad the guys are getting a game in…

  • Zee

    WAY TO GO J.O.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • stephen

    Problem is Heat up on the Hawks by 16 at the half. Depending on what happens tomorrow night in the Lakers-Spurs game Doc may have to play the starters on Wednesday against the Knicks.We must have home court against the Fakers. I'm looking ahead a bit, however you never know.

    • Zee

      Lakers aren't making the Finals. Why do you speak so confidently that they will? They are on a 5 game losing streak and it may be six tomorrow. The Lakers have NEVER made a finals in a season where they lost 5 consecutive games.

    • Mike

      No they shoud still rest. No need to risk it. As long as they are willing to play , i.e. Rondo (and defense as a team too), they've shown that they can beat anybody with or without HCA.

  • someguyinsac

    Big ouch for Delonte., just can't get away from injuries at all this year it seems.

    • jack

      what happened?

      • someguyinsac

        Looked like he rolled it and then a Wizard player landed on it too. It was his right ankle again.

        • Batman

          Rojan Rando tripped him

          • someguyinsac

            Gave up on hacking you and decided to hack Delonte instead, eh?

  • I_Love_Green

    Guys, Jeff Green and Jermaine each have 8 boards. This is fantastic.

  • stephen

    @Zee— I hope your right!!!! —However, who are we going to count on to take the Fakers out besides the Thunder— San Antonio—I doubt it— Seriously doubt it. Yes, the Fakers have been stinking it up as of late but who is going to take the Fakers out unless it's the Thunder? Feed back ?

    • Zee

      The Thunder, Spurs and Blazers ALL give LA a run for their money. Thunder and Blazers just beat them during this 5 game losing skid.

    • Zee

      And Spurs may kick them while down tomorrow! :-)

  • Batman

    Oh god Delonte….

    • someguyinsac

      Think positive man, think positive!

  • Morpheus

    Please keep us updated on the Delonte injury. What have we done to deserve this, seriously. Basketball Gods are not on our side.

    • kricky

      Bad Karma for the way we treated players that gave their heart and soul to the team: Leon,Perk.

  • james patrick

    this game is a suck fest btw. wow. jeff green a a starter isn't much better than jeff green the back up pf. and bbd never fails to disappoint! lol

  • stephen

    Oh,Delonte's hurt now, what the hell is next?

  • Mike

    I feel Von should be part of the bench in the playoffs. Do it Doc. Give major part of BBD's minutes to him and JO.

    • Zee

      Agreed.

      • james patrick

        Ahh, he just missed a dunk then bumped into J.O. causing two turnovers in less than 10 seconds. lol

  • Urbeltic

    Celtics = Clippers

  • stephen

    That's harsh — But good intensity —Dam'n good.

  • stephen

    Our bench against there starters–What do you think happens in the 4th quarter? Class– Class?

    • someguyinsac

      Overtime!

  • Mike

    and gets 2 rebounds!!!

  • stephen

    Game over—It's done —Over–Prove me wrong C's

  • Rachel

    Does Avery Bradley have a single FG this season? I know he's only played about five minutes. But he can't seem to sink anything.

  • someguyinsac

    Come on Hawks!

  • I_Love_Green

    Greenie with 14 boards!!

  • Mike

    Man I just saw the refs give the heat the w against the hawks with thw most bogus charge ever…..

  • Guest

    Gotta love how the crowd is booing the phantom foul on the visiting team.

  • someguyinsac

    What'd I tell you stephen?

    • Mike

      aha you did call it. xD

      • someguyinsac

        Now if they can just keep us perfect in OT's this year.

  • Zee

    I-DID-NOT-WANT-OVERTIME. I-REPEAT. I-DID-NOT-WANT-OVERTIME. S-I-G-H.

    "And can I get a hot tub!" LOL!

    • someguyinsac

      Regular hot tub or time machine kind?

      • Zee

        The State Farm Insurance one! LOL!

      • kricky

        Time machine so we can go back to the time before the trade.

  • stephen

    I said they would fuckin blow it !!!!===What did I say!!!!!

    • Zee

      Why so negative? You blow the game by losing, not by going into OT.

  • ego roots

    Von Wafer for dumbest Play of the Year! Hahahaha

    • Morpheus

      No one tops the Nate

  • James Patrick

    Whoah, I took a nap and woke up to Celtic's Basketball 2006! What a nightmare! lol

  • Zee

    Way to block BBD!!!!!!!!

  • Zee

    Glad McGee is out of the game!

  • Zee

    And now Blatche is out! Yes!

  • someguyinsac

    Next up a double overtime?

    • stephen

      What did you tell me!!! This fuckin team sucks. We are finished!!!!

      • someguyinsac

        Dude you should relax, it was the bench players tonight.

  • James Patrick

    This game is pure comedy. At least it's not because of our starters.

    Bring on the Knicks.

  • Janos

    OVERTIME IS EXCITE!

  • someguyinsac

    Well the end sucked, but it was an entertaining game by our bench.

  • Janos

    Wizard fan – take note: if celtic starters play, this game is not for you Win! Not for you win. Boston is better team. Just look at record.

  • Batman

    I am laughing so hard at this game it was like watching me play nba2k11

  • Batman

    Also good to see Jermaine take 30 minutes he needs to be a workmule for us in the playoffs

  • kehn

    As a Laker fan, we've been trying *really* hard to give you guys home-court advantage against us – why won't you take it? :(

    • someguyinsac

      We would never accept charity from the Lakers, let alone anyone else.

      • Batman

        Holy tater tots Robin, a non shouting lakers Fan

    • Janos

      is both team struggle right now, like struggle women make when want to vote back in olden time

  • stephen

    We won't because we fuckin suck—Pure and simple===We are finished—Season over—Done–We are through—

    • Batman

      Our season is done cause we lost to the wizards? Our season isn’t done until the buzzer of a fourth loss Ina series in the playoffs babe

      • someguyinsac

        Diaper change needed for someone maybe?

        • kricky

          He's wrong but I can understand why feels like he does about the team.

          They have finished the 2nd half with no effort and disappointed their fans.

          The pressure is now on them to flip the switch for the playoff run.

  • Zee

    Exactly.

  • Bill

    That's a win if Carlos doesn't hump John Wall's leg with 18 seconds left when the Celtics are up by 4 … that's why you ride the pine, chump.

  • rob

    celtics are gonna feel really dumb for resting the starters when they play game 7 of the finals on the lakers court

    • Batman

      With shaq manning the middle we don’t give about HCA

  • I_Love_Green

    Von Wafer played himself out of the playoffs tonight. Missed free throw, loses the ball out of bounds, misses dunk, but thinks he makes it, then he runs back in bounds and makes JO travel.

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