Game 78 Preview: Washington Wizards vs. Boston Celtics
Welcome to the Wizards-Celtics game preview. To start……
Wizards Game 2 in Boston: Celtics 103-83: Gilbert talked pre-season smack then got his name chanted (a la Dar–ryl Strawberry) and booed by the playoff atmosphere in Beantown. The Kevin Garnett block on Gilbert Arenas typified the night.
Wizards Game 35 in DC: Washington 85-78: Shocker in DC! (I’m talking about a win vs. the Celtics, not the fact that the Verizon Center crowd was actually *cough* good). Caron Butler and Paul Pierce had an intense 3rd quarter battle. DeShawn Stevenson capped the game with a dunk and trash talk to the Celtics bench.
Wizards Game 36 in Boston: Washington 88-83: Shocker Part II! Tuff Juice was all over the court in the late going…..hitting a double-clutch shot AND1 to put the Wiz up one with 40 seconds left, playing insane D on Paul Pierce, hitting a scoop shot to again put the Wiz up one with 19 seconds left, rebounding a KG miss and hitting FTs to put the Wiz up 3 with 8.6 seconds left, etc., etc…..
Sincerely From Boston.
I traded emails with Jeff from CelticsBlog.com earlier today, here are the results:
TAI: Saving themselves for the playoffs, Celtics starters played about 20 minutes each in a 3 point win against the Bucks last night….but considering how Gilbert ran his mouth before the Celtics blew the Wizards out on Nov. 2 (memorialized by KG’s monster block on Gil) — and then, the Wizards (sans Arenas) swept a 2 game, 2 night, 2 city series, is there any extra motivation to win tonight’s game, especially with Arenas back in the lineup?
CelticsBlog.com: This team has had its motor running all year, looking for all sorts of reasons to get motivated to play the next opponent. They took the foot off the gas in the last few games, resting starters and whatnot, but the Wizards and Hawks are the only playoff bound teams left on the schedule. So in the spirit of “gearing up for the playoffs” I think we’ll see an increased effort to win this game. And yes, I’m sure a little payback for the back-to-back sweep won’t hurt he motivation.
TAI: As a Celtics blogger, who would you rather your team face in the first round?
CelticsBlog.com: Whoever the worst team is. How about the Heat? I don’t mind playing the Hawks. They have lots of budding talent, but they still have room to grow and I think our defense will make life very difficult for them. The only thing that scares me is that they might be too young to realize that they should be losing these games and actually win a few. The Raps scare me a lot more because they can penetrate and find open shooters. If the shots fall, they can beat anyone.
TAI: Celtics Glue Guy:
CelticsBlog.com: I could cheat and say it is Kevin Garnett because he absolutely changes the mindset of everyone, but I’ll say James Posey. He’s the kind of guy that doesn’t show up in the box score much, but he’s an emotional leader on the court and a top notch defensive player who finds a way to hit an occasional 3 point “dagger” (as Buckhantz might say) to shift the momentum our way.
Many thanks to Jeff, check out the CelticsBlog.com preview of tonight’s game.
Other Game Bullets.
- Antawn Jamison practiced yesterday. [WashingtonWizardsBlog.com]
- AJ also participated in this morning’s shoot around and his sprained shoulder is good to go (despite having trouble lifting his arm over his head on Monday). Tuff Juice and D-Song should also be good after yesterday’s practice collision. [Wizards Insider]
- This 12 year old hates Soulja Boy, and perhaps DeShawn Stevenson as well. [Pantagraph.com]
- We already know that Celtic starters (much less the Big Three) were limited in Boston’s win against Milwaukee last night. Also……
- “With home-court advantage throughout the playoffs already secured, Boston’s big three of Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen were held out of Saturday’s win at Charlotte and Coach Doc Rivers indicated that he will rely heavily on reserves in the final six games. [Washington Post]
- “If the plan is to not allow Arenas to play back-to-back nights, do you hold him back Friday night so he can play Saturday against the 76ers? Philly’s press gave the Wizards fits the last time the teams met but Arenas is almost impossible to press and/or trap. He’s just too quick, even now. Strategically, it would make more sense for him to play Saturday night. [Wizards Insider]
- Another Celtics Blogger wants to write blog posts like Gilbert Arenas. [Green Bandwagon]
- Check out more links. [Bullets Forever]
- Gilbert Arenas likes to hug strangers. [Gilbertology]
- Nickname Contests are all the rage. [DC Sports Bog]
- Eddie Jordan: “We’re hunting for fourth,” he shouted. “We ain’t gonna’ be hunting sitting on our [rear ends]. We’ve got to be aggressive. Come on.” [Washington Post]