Washington at Boston
1:00 P.M. ET
Boston: 100.0 points/100 possessions (23rd)
Washington: 100.6 points/100 possessions (21st)
Boston: 101.4 points allowed/100 possessions (10th)
Washington: 102.7 points allowed/100 possessions (T-16th)
Probable Wizards Starters:
John Wall (PG), Bradley Beal (SG), Trevor Ariza (SF), Nene Hilario (PF) & Marcin Gortat (C)
View From The Opposing Bench: Truth About It
Thumbnail: For the first time in Jordan Crawford’s career, he will be starting against the Washington Wizards. After playing 133 games with the team from the nation’s capital, the Celtics acquired him exactly 10 months ago in exchange for Leandro Barbosa and Jason Collins. Crawford has put his Wizards’ type of play behind him, as he had three double-digit assist games in an 11-game stretch earlier this season after recording only three such games in his entire time with Washington.
On Wednesday, the Celtics faced Brandon Jennings, the second-highest time-of-possession player this season, according to the league’s new player tracking data. The top player in that category comes to the Garden for the Saturday afternoon contest: John Wall, who has yet to win in Boston in his NBA career, opposes his old teammate at the point guard position. Celtics fans do not want to see Wall duplicate Jennings’ performance from a few days ago though.
The Wizards hope to have Bradley Beal and Nene Hilario at full strength. They have already missed a combined 16 games this season. They have both been absent in the same game four times in 2013-14, and the Wizards lost each of those contests. In Wednesday’s victory at the Barclays Center, the second-year guard and the Brazilian big man each had new season-lows in playing time. However, they combined to be 10-of-20 from the field, including Beal’s 3-of-4 shooting from downtown.
Prediction: The Celtics move to 13-11 this season when having Crawford in the starting lineup after he posted a 20-42 record as a starter with the Wizards.
Celtics 97, Wizards 92
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