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C's Look to Continue Streak In DC

20-2 Bos_medium @ Was_medium 4-15
Thursday, December 11, 2008
8:00 pm ET
Verizon Center (Washington, DC)

Game Thread | Chat

Boston's winning streak is at 12 and counting, and tonight in Washington, D.C., they're set to go up against the worst team (record-wise) in the Eastern Conference.

The Wizards stand at just 4-15, and with a bottom-feeding record like that, the organization felt that it was finally time to make some changes. Roughly two and a half weeks ago, Eddie Jordan was relived of his duties as the team's head coach after a five-year stint, in which he held an overall record of 197-224 (.468). Replacing Jordan on the bench is Ed Tapscott, who had previously served as Washington's Director of Player Development.

Since the coaching change, the Wizards have gone 3-5, as they begin to search for a true identity. Tapscott has emphasized that he would like that identity to begin on the defensive side of the ball, where the Wizards have struggled mightily in recent years.

Yesterday, Ernie Grunfeld decided to shake up the roster, as well. Washington was involved in a three-team deal, which reeled in Mike James from New Orleans and Javaris Crittenton from Memphis. Outgoing is savvy veteran guard Antonio Daniels and future draft considerations.

As for tonight's game, let's not fall into any traps.

Projected Starters

Team Leaders
PPG: Ray Allen (19.2)
RPG: Kevin Garnett (9.4)
APG: Rajon Rondo (7.6)
SPG: Rajon Rondo (2.3)
BPG: Kendrick Perkins (1.8)

Projected Starters

Team Leaders
PPG: Caron Butler (22.5)
RPG: Antawn Jamison (9.6)
APG: Caron Butler (4.4)
SPG: Caron Butler (1.7)
BPG: JaVale McGee (1.2)

Key Matchup

Pts Reb Ast
2008 - Paul Pierce 18.2 6.0 3.5

Pts Reb Ast
2008 - Caron Butler 22.5 6.7 4.4

Injury Report
Gilbert Arenas (recovering from left knee surgery - out)
Brendan Haywood (recovering from right wrist surgery - out)
Mike James (pending team physical - doubtful)
Javaris Crittenton (pending team physical - doubtful)

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