Washington Wizards (21-38) at Boston Celtics (39-21)
Sunday, March 7
Game #61, Home Game #29
TV: ESPN, CSN-NE, The Score, Comcast Sportsnet
Radio: WEEI, WJFK
Referees: Derrick Stafford, Brian Forte, Leon Wood
This is the 3rd of 4 meetings between these two teams with the Celtics winning the first 2 in Washington. The Wizards team that the Celtics will see in this game bears little resemblance to the team they played earlier in the season. Gone are Arenas, Crittendon, Butler, Jamison and Haywood.
The The Wizards are 4-6 in their last 10 games and just 9-19 on the road. The Celtics are 7-3 in their last 10 and 17-11 at home. The Celtics should have Michael Finley in uniform for this game. It will be interesting to see how Doc works him into the rotation.
The Wizards have lost 2 games in a row while the Celtics are on a 3 game win streak. The Celtics have started to show some of the swagger that we saw in the past two season which been missing for much of the season. Celtics fans are hoping that this is just the beginning of a big win streak. The Wizards did a big salary dump and are jockeying for position in the lottery.
But, as with any team in the NBA, it seems to get personal when they play the Celtics. The Celtics can't take this team for granted and must come out ready to play.
PG SG SF PF C
Rajon Rondo/Ray Allen/Paul Pierce/Kevin Garnett/Kendrick Perkins
PG SG SF PF C
Randy Foye/Mike Miller/Al Thornton/Andre Blatche/JaVale McGee
Rajon Rondo vs Randy Foye
As in most games, the point guard matchup is key. Foye has a height advantage but Rondo has a quickness advantage.
Ray Allen vs Mike Miller
Mike Miller is a scorer and is shooting 55% from the floor. Ray will need to contain Miller while hitting his shots to make Miller work on defense.
Nate Robinson vs Earl Boykins
This is a battle between two mighty might point guards and should be fun to watch. This may be the one and only time where Nate actually has a height advantage. Keys to the Game Defense - We are finally seeing a more consistent defensive effort from the Celtics over their last 3 games. They have to continue to to make defense a priority because defense wins games and championships.
Rebound - The Celtics are one of the worst rebounding teams in the league and because of that they give up way too many second chance points and fast breaks. They need to make a concerted effort to crash the boards.
Play 48 Minutes - The Celtics have been better recently about playing consistently. They need to continue to come out strong and not let up until the end. Celtics fans would love to see Gino again in this game.