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Celtics (20-2) at Wizards (3-15) 12/11
« on: December 08, 2008, 05:23:29 PM »

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Boston Celtics (20-2) at Washington Wizards (3-15)
Thursday, December 11
8:00 PM ET
Game #23, Road Game #10
TV:  TNT, CSN HD
Radio: WEEI
Verizon Center




ProbableStarters
PG   Rajon Rondo 10.3 PPG  7.6 APG  2.3 SPG

SG    Ray Allen 19.2 PPG  2.7 APG .393 3P%

SF Paul Pierce 18.2 PPG  6 RPG 3.5 APG

PF Kevin Garnett  16.4 PPG  9.4 RPG  1.4 BPG

C Kendrick Perkins  8 PPG  8.1 RPG  1.8 BPG

Key off the Bench


T Allen/Davis/House/Powe/Scalabrine

Other Reserves
Patrick O'Bryant
Gabe Pruitt
Sam Cassell

D League
Bill Walker
JR Giddens

Injured
None




Probable Starters
PG  Juan Dixon  6  PPG  3.4 APG .393 3P%

SG Deshawn Stevenson  8.3 PPG  3.7 APG .291 3P%

SF Caron Butler  21.9 PPG  6.8 RPG  4.3 APG

PF Antawn Jamison   20.7 PPG 9.6 RPG  .4 BPG

C Javale McGee 7.9 PPG  4.7 RPG  1.3 BPG

Key Reserves

Blatche/Songalia/Young/Daniels/McGuire

Other Reserves
Etan Thomas
Juan Dixon
Oleksiy Pecherov

Injured
Gilbert Arenas  (knee) out
Brendan Haywood (wrist) out

Key Matchups
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Paul Pierce vs Caron Butler
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Kevin Garnett vs Antawn Jamison
Even though the Wizards are at the bottom of the Eastern Conference, it isn't the fault of Butler or Jamison.  Both have been playing very well and  they are currently 1st in the league in combined starting forward scoring.  Both of these matchups should be very good and Pierce and KG will need to work on the defensive end.

Honorable Mention
Rajon Rondo vs Dee Brown
Brown was signed as a 3rd string point guard but because of injuries he got the chance to start.  Rondo should be able to dominate this matchup. 

Game Notes
The Wizards are 2-8 at home and 1-12 against Eastern conference foes.  They have lost 3 in a row while the Celtics are going for their 13th straight win.

Last season, the Wizards won the series 2 games to 1.  The Celtics won one in Boston while the Wizards won one at home and a second game in Boston. 

Team Connections
Caron Butler and Ray Allen are former UConn Huskies
Nick Young and Gabe Pruitt were teammates at USC
DeShawn Stevenson played for Doc in Orlando
Darius Songalia was drafted by the Celtics with the 50th pick in 2002
Antonio Daniels and Ray Allen were teammates in Seattle
Brian Scalabrine played for Eddie Jordan in NJ while Jordan was an assistant there.
Tom Thibodeau was set to join the Wizards last season as an assistant but left the club after his first practice with them. 

X-Factor
Trap Game
The Wizards are last in the Eastern Conference with a 3-15 record but yet they have the highest scoring forward duo in the league.  This team gave the Celtics problems last season and if the Celtics take them for granted and look past them to the Hornets game, the Wizards may be able to pull off an upset. 
« Last Edit: December 10, 2008, 08:54:35 PM by FLCeltsFan »

Re: Celtics (20-2) at Wizards (3-15) 12/11
« Reply #1 on: December 08, 2008, 05:56:31 PM »

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Re: Celtics (20-2) at Wizards (3-15) 12/11
« Reply #2 on: December 08, 2008, 06:26:45 PM »

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hey hey now, they were one FG away from taking out the Lakers last week, and other than that opening night blowout last year, we had problems with this team last year.
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Re: Celtics (20-2) at Wizards (3-15) 12/11
« Reply #3 on: December 08, 2008, 07:47:13 PM »

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They have gotten better over the last few weeks... we had problems with the Wizards last season,even though they had more of their guys healthy.A.Jamison is a handful usually,because he has as consistent 17-18'jumper as KG(imo)... C.Butler plays well aganist us too.It might not be an easy night.

Re: Celtics (20-2) at Wizards (3-15) 12/11
« Reply #4 on: December 08, 2008, 07:49:32 PM »

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Re: Celtics (20-2) at Wizards (3-15) 12/11
« Reply #5 on: December 10, 2008, 03:36:54 PM »

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I'm guessing the starting line-up just changed considerably with the trade that just went down.

I'm not sure what this means for the Wizards tomorrow night - I'm assuming the new guys will play.  Otherwise it will be a very short bench for them.

Re: Celtics (20-2) at Wizards (3-15) 12/11
« Reply #6 on: December 10, 2008, 04:28:22 PM »

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One game that's taking way too long to get here.

I'm hoping Rondo bounces back after the stinker he just had. If he brings it the Celtics should blow the doors off the Wiz. Giggle, Giggle, Giggle to Arenas on the bench and his 3-15 Wiz.

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Re: Celtics (20-2) at Wizards (3-15) 12/11
« Reply #7 on: December 10, 2008, 05:01:22 PM »

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the wizards site says that they waived dee brown, so he wont be starting.
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Re: Celtics (20-2) at Wizards (3-15) 12/11
« Reply #8 on: December 10, 2008, 05:14:30 PM »

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Excuse my ignorance but... then... do the Wizards even still have a point guard they can play?

Re: Celtics (20-2) at Wizards (3-15) 12/11
« Reply #9 on: December 10, 2008, 05:38:19 PM »

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Excuse my ignorance but... then... do the Wizards even still have a point guard they can play?

Valid Question... If they have waived Dee Brown and Crittenton isnt on the team yet, I can hardly see anyone. Nick Young?

Thanks again FL for the game thread!

Re: Celtics (20-2) at Wizards (3-15) 12/11
« Reply #10 on: December 10, 2008, 06:23:11 PM »

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Wizards may be the best 3-15 in the history of the NBA. Seems like they are always in basketball games. If the Celtics come out flat and play sloppy, they stand a good chance of losing this game.

These kind of games make me nervous.
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Re: Celtics (20-2) at Wizards (3-15) 12/11
« Reply #11 on: December 10, 2008, 06:33:16 PM »

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If they've waived Brown, does that mean Juan Dixon starts at the point?

Re: Celtics (20-2) at Wizards (3-15) 12/11
« Reply #12 on: December 10, 2008, 07:55:05 PM »

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Wizards may be the best 3-15 in the history of the NBA. Seems like they are always in basketball games. If the Celtics come out flat and play sloppy, they stand a good chance of losing this game.

These kind of games make me nervous.

Thing is alot of bad teams are competitive. The difference is good teams know how to close a game out.

Re: Celtics (20-2) at Wizards (3-15) 12/11
« Reply #13 on: December 11, 2008, 11:49:31 AM »

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This game better not come down to the wire. The Celtics need to bring their A game tonight. The Wizards have the confidence that they can beat us. If we get off to a slow start we might not be able to crawl ourselves back into the game. We'll have no crowd support in DC so I think it's crucial for us to start off well.

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