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Game 6/66: Wizards (0-4) @ Celtics (2-3) Open Thread

Update from TD Garden: Jermaine O’Neal is out with a sore hamstring, so Greg Steimsma will get the first start of his NBA career. In addition, Chris Wilcox is back from his bruised shoulder injury and Ronny Turiaf is out for the Wizards with a broken hand.

Washington at Boston
7:30 P.M. ET
TD Garden
CSNNE

Offensive Efficiency:
Boston: 104.4 points/100 possessions (10th)
Washington: 87.4 points/100 possessions (last)

Defensive Efficiency:
Boston: 104.2 points allowed/100 possessions (22nd)
Washington: 103.7 points allowed/100 possessions (21st)

Probable Washington Starters: Johnathan Hildred Wall, Jr. (PG), Nick Young (SG), Rashard Quovon Lewis (SF), Andray Blatche (PF), JaVale McGee (C)

View From The Opposing Bench: Truth About It

The Celtics face the Wizards for the second night in a row, which means, of course, some great opportunities for science. We’ll get an almost pure look at the impact of back-to-backs on the Celtics, minus what’s compensated for by the home crowd. If the Celtics take this one by less than eight or, yikes, lose, then we’ll have a better understanding of how vulnerable this team is to the rigors of the compressed schedule. If it’s a blowout, then we’ll have some evidence that home court will be an influential variable (this is only the C’s second home game, and last night was their first road win). Science surrounds us.

There are some other variables out there, though, that could keep the Celtics from crushing .500 tonight. Even though Doc managed to minimize his starters’ minutes last night, he could try to do the same again regardless of game situation, especially for Paul Pierce’s on-court rehab. Mickael Pietrus won’t play for a couple weeks, so the small forward position could be shallow again, and we may see the triumphant return of Sasha Pavlovic. Jermaine O’Neal is also hobbled by a hammy injury; he’s expected to play, but not much. The Stiemsroller¬†should get a few more minutes after some encouraging play last night.

Luckily, the most important player last night is the best equipped to withstand extended minutes in a back-to-back. Rajon Rondo was a completely nuts +26 in his Washington triple-double, and there’s going to be very little to stop him from taking advantage of the Wizards’ poor defensive rotations at home.

3-3! .500! Sweet mediocrity, come to me!

  • Batman

    Lol flip went crazy
    Reminded me of us vs Pheonix last year

  • Batman

    HOMELESS MAN’S MARK EATON STRIKES AGAIN

  • Batman

    Ok it’s official Ray hates Rondo
    Or he doesn’t trust him

    • Jon Mullen

      evidence?

    • I_Love_Green

      I was seriously thinking the same thing.

      • JCP

        wait… you were thinking "Ray hates Rondo" or "evidence?". I'm thinking "evidence?".

        • I_Love_Green

          No, that he hates him. I was joking, but there were a few times he ignored Rondo on offense.

  • Batman

    Bradley sucks at a lot of things but his defense is. Legit

  • Batman

    Ok this is ridiculous our guys steal rebounds from each other

  • guest

    Worst friggin phantom foul on Bass I've ever seen. Good thing Ray and Paul kept us up.

  • ElRoz

    The team looked tired, as expected…but thanks to the very very short training camp and pre-season, and new faces (Steamer, Dooling, Wilcox) the offense is struggling…I expect it to pick it up as the get in sync.

    JO is ALREADY HURT?

  • Glad to see Ray stroking the three and very happy to have Paul back in the lineup.

  • LACelticsFan

    Big Greg got the start, yeah he got dunked on but it was worth the 2 block shots he got. Yes maybe seriously he should be the starter. The starters did need more rest as most played around 30 minutes on a back to back series. But that means the bench has got to score a bit more. 23 pts off the bench tonight. We sorely need about 30ppg off the bench. But lets give it time. I'm game.

    • JCP

      Don't forget that little streak of 6 points he put together, too, when they really needed while McGee was clogging the lane.

  • guest

    Stiemsma! Nice line.

  • janos

    Lets play bullits every night!

  • 13 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 blocks for Steimsma. I'll happily take that. O'Neal may put up some better numbers, but Steimsma plays a lot harder and has worlds more upside.

  • red

    Oneil doesn`t put up better numbers

  • smalltownID

    So is that why Bradley is on the team? Still trying to figure that one out. I think he is only delaying Etwaun's progress. Does Dooling have an assist yet this year? Delonte's been great starting for Dallas.

  • smalltownID

    Can someone please enlighten us on the disrespect from Ray toward Rondo?

  • Anthony

    Have only watch 1 game (celts vs knicks) thus far but I feel pretty optimistic about the celts this year. I've always thought Bass was a really good player, even during the playoffs when orlando wouldnt play him despite him giving us lots of problems. He's probably my favorite player since posey left. Just an easy guy to root for.

    Just a few thoughts comparing the current roster with the 07-08 roster that won banner 17.
    +Ray is arguably as good if not better than the 07/08 season (base on the 6 games at least)
    +Rondo is much better and has improved every aspect of his game.
    +Bass is improvement over Powe/Baby
    =Pierce not as good but still super effecient
    =Dooling is just as capable a shooter as House and is better ball handler/ defender too
    -Garnett obviously not as good as before but hopeful that his conditioning will only get better.
    -Marquis/ Sasha is dramatic drop from Posey and Tony Allen. Maybe Pietrus can even the disparity somewhat.
    ?O'Neal/ Stiemsma/ Wilcox can probably provide the same efforts that Perkins/ PJ provided

    Offense should be fine now that Pierce is back. Defense should only get better as the season progresses. Knowing DA, he will probably make trade(s) before the deadline. I wish he can trade Bradley, JO and Wilcox for Josh Smith and Jason Collins. Just some random early season thoughts.

    Go Celts!

  • lakershater13

    Bradley is a good defender but he plays way too soft on offense. The guy gets his shots blocked more than anyone I have ever seen. A guy as athletic as he is should take it strong to the hoop. Non of these week flip shots that get swatted at the hoop.

  • jj mm

    what s goin on here at celticshub? Where is the postgame post? All respect to you guys, but I have the feeling that you guys are not posting things a much as you used to. Lock out's over! :)