Boston: 100.3 points/100 possessions (27th)
Washington: 100.5 points/100 possessions (26th)
Boston: 99.8 points allowed/100 possessions (3rd)
Washington: 108.5 points allowed/100 possessions (28th)
Probable Washington Starters: John Wall, Jr. (PG), Jordan Crawford (SG), Chris Singleton (SF), Trevor Booker (PF), Kevin Seraphin(C)
Injury Update: Nene is out tonight with back spasms.
View From The Opposing Bench: Truth About It
Thumbnail: Friday night was terrible for a lot of reasons. Right when it seemed as though Boston was finally going to take it to the Sixers, Mickael Pietrus went down with that near-horrific closed head (whatever that means) injury and the Celtics were right back in their comfort zone: getting crushed by Philadelphia. To make matters worse, Avery Bradley had been key to slowing down Lou Williams until he tweaked his ankle and couldn’t return to the game. At the beginning of the night, the Celtics seemed to be in good shape to claim the top spot in the Atlantic Division. By the end there was a feeling that the Celtics should just call it quits on the season.
In a weird twist of scheduling fate, the Celtics are back feeling optimistic. The Celtics face the bottom of the league with a game tonight against Washington and tomorrow at Charlotte. Meanwhile, the Sixers have a tough one in San Antonio tonight and play a Cleveland team on Tuesday that is capable of beating anyone. It’s weird to think that if the Celtics take care of business tonight, they could be right back where they were before the Sixers game. It may be short-lived, but the Celtics could get back into a position to get to that top spot.
This favorable two game stretch isn’t the only reason for optimism. It appears Pietrus will be able to return this season as the injury has been diagnosed as a concussion. Bradley is also ready to play after that ankle tweak and is starting in the place of Ray Allen tonight. With both Allen and Pietrus out, Celtics coach Doc Rivers hinted that rookie E’Twaun Moore will get some time tonight as well. Check out the rest of Doc’s pregame talk below: