Washington at Boston
6:00 P.M. ET
Boston: 100.6 points/100 possessions (22nd)
Washington: 97.7 points/100 possessions (30th)
Boston: 100.0 points allowed/100 possessions (7th)
Washington: 99.9 points allowed/100 possessions (5th)
Probable Wizards Starters:
John Wall (PG), Garrett Temple (SG), Martell Webster (SF), Nene Hilario (PF), and Emeka Okafor (C)
View From The Opposing Bench: Truth About It
Thumbnail: Even if Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce return for Sunday night’s game, it will not be as effortless as most think for the Celtics to win their seventh straight game against the Wizards. If the men in green are victorious, they will have swept the season series from Washington in consecutive seasons for the first time in franchise history. In addition, Boston is hoping to gain some momentum as the playoffs draw near, but Avery Bradley has been the newest addition to the Celtics injury report as he sustained a bruised collarbone on Friday against the Raptors. He has played 37 straight games for Boston, but sat out practice on Saturday. Fortunately, Bradley said that he was fine while Garnett and Pierce returned to practice.
The Celtics will not be facing the easiest team in this matchup. Washington is surprisingly one of the league’s best defensive teams. In the 43 games that John Wall has played this season, the Wizards own a 24-19 record. Moreover, when Wall records a double-double, they are 8-3 in 2012-13. Although Bradley Beal is out for the rest of the season with multiple ankle injuries, Wall has stepped up recently with three performances of more than 30 points. One of those impressive games came Saturday night in a 104-85 win over the Pacers. Wall dominated George Hill for a game-high 37 points while Hill scored only 11. Both Courtney Lee and Bradley, who have recently suffered injuries, will hope to contain Wall on Sunday.
The last time Wall faced the Celtics was more than a year ago when Wall struggled and shot 5-of-17, scoring just 12 points. Avery Bradley had a fantastic contest, putting up a game-high 23 points as a part of an 88-76 Celtics win. The highest scorer for the Wizards that night, Jordon Crawford, is now in green and will really enjoy sticking it to his old team for the first time. However, he recently said that he does not remember playing for the Wizards. Coming off of one of his worst shooting performances as a Celtic, Crawford will look to bounce back on Sunday.
Prediction: Crawford has a strong game against his former teammates and helps the Celtics get their 40th win of the season.
Celtics 99, Wizards 91
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