Boston Celtics (30-4) at Wizards (18-16)
7:30 PM ET
Game #35, Road Game # 18
TV: NBA LP ch 751, CSN HD, CSN
Wizards Coverage Bullets Forever
Jamison and Butler are the league's highest scoring forward tandem, averaging 44 points between them per game. They have raised their games to pick up the slack from losing Arenas. They will be a tough matchup for Pierce and KG.
The Celtics are playing in the second of back to back games. They have had 8 sets of back to back games and have not lost in a back to back situation yet this season. The Wizards will also be playing in the second of back to back games as they won a tough overtime game in Atlanta on Friday night. Four of the Wizards' starters played over 40 minutes including over 48 minutes from both Daniels and Jamison. The Celtics starters were all kept under 40 minutes with Pierce playing the most at 39:30.
Paul Pierce vs Caron Butler
Pierce PPG 21.2 RPG 5.70 APG 4.9 EFF + 21.00
Butler PPG 21.9 RPG 6.80 APG 4.6 EFF + 24.22
Kevin Garnett vs Antawn Jamison
Garnett PPG 19.2 RPG 10.00 APG 3.6 EFF + 26.73
Jamison PPG 21.6 RPG 10.60 APG 1.5 EFF + 22.27
Keys to the Game
1. Play team defense. The Celtics have allowed way too many easy baskets in their last two games. They came back in the 4th with good defense against the Nets but allowed the Bobcats easy baskets the entire game. They have to get back to playing good team defense for the entire game.
2. Control the Boards. For the second game in a row, the Celtics were out-rebounded. They need to put out the effort to grab the rebounds. They need to stop allowing second and third chance baskets.
3. Play 48 minutes. The Celtics need to come out with energy and give a solid effort for 48 minutes. Their recent habit of getting into a hole and then tightening the defense to pull it out in the end is a dangerous habit that they need to get out of.