Game Preview: Wizards vs. Celtics


November 7, 2012 | 7:30 pm | TV: CSN | Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM | Gameday Blog | Game Notes | Live Chat

Preview

After another three day break, the Wizards return to action on Wednesday night for a rematch with the Boston Celtics. The Celtics hung on to beat the Wizards, 89-86, on Saturday night in Washington and now the Wizards will look to return the favor and take down the Celtics on their home floor.

It was the Wizards second unit who did most of the damage on Saturday night, as Jordan Crawford and Kevin Seraphin came off the bench for a combined 40 points to lead the team. Crawford tweaked his ankle in Saturday night’s game and the team will make a game-time decision on whether or not he can play in Boston.

The team has stressed getting off to a better start and not waiting to let the opponent dictate the tempo out of the gates. It will be critical for the Wizards not to fall too far behind early against a veteran team like the Celtics playing in their home arena.

If Crawford can't go, it will take someone else to step up and fill that void offensively, as Crawford has led the team in scoring through the first two games. It could take a collective effort with contributions coming from a few different players, but regardless the Wizards will need to execute on offense to be successful.

The action kicks off at 7:30 pm on CSN or listen live on 106.7 FM/1500 AM.

Wizards (0-2)

vs.

Celtics (1-2)

85.0
PPG
94.7
42.5
RPG
37.3
23.0
APG
23.3
.393
FG%
.464
.442
OPP FG%
.481
.269
3PT FG%
.396
.649
FT%
.790
14.0
TO
14.3
0-2
Last 10
1-2

Key Matchup

Emeka Okafor

vs.

Kevin Garnett

6.5
PPG
13.0
7.0
RPG
7.7
0.5
APG
1.3
2.5
BPG
1.7

Kevin Garnett has spent much of his career playing the power-forward position, but now has shifted into the center spot, while the Celtics use a smaller and quicker lineup. This means he will see a lot of Emeka Okafor on the low post which should be a marquee matchup to watch. On Saturday, Okafor struggled offensively, shooting 1-6 from the floor, but did pull down seven boards and had a blocked shot. He did have some good looks on the low post, so tonight it will just be a matter of knocking those shots down.

In the below clip from Saturday, Okafor works Garnett on the low post and uses his body to get into good position and force a goaltending call on KG.

The Wizards players and coaches talk after practice about playing against a player like Garnett

Celtics Projected Starters


G - Rajon Rondo | 6-1 | 186 lbs
PPG: 15.3 | RPG: 5.3 | APG: 12.0


G- Courtney Lee | 6-5 | 200 lbs
PPG: 7.3 | RPG: 1.7 | APG: 1.0


F- Paul Pierce | 6-7 | 235 lbs
PPG: 20.3 | RPG: 6.0 | APG: 3.3


F- Jared Sullinger | 6-9 | 280 lbs
PPG: 4.0 | RPG: 5.0 | APG: 0.0


C- Kevin Garnett | 6-11 | 253 lbs
PPG: 13.0 | RPG: 7.7 | APG: 1.3

Wizards Projected Starters


G - A.J. Price | 6-2 | 185 lbs
PPG: 7.5 | RPG: 3.0 | APG: 5.0


G- Bradley Beal | 6-5 | 207 lbs
PPG: 5.0 | RPG: 2.0 | APG: 2.0


F- Trevor Ariza | 6-8 | 200 lbs
PPG: 4.5 | RPG: 3.0 | APG: 4.0


F- Trevor Booker | 6-11 | 240 lbs
PPG: 7.5 | RPG: 5.5 | APG: 0.5


C- Emeka Okafor | 6-10 | 255 lbs
PPG: 6.5 | RPG: 7.0 | APG: 0.0

Wizards Injury Report

Out

  • John Wall (knee)
  • Nene (foot)

Questionable

  • Jordan Crawford (ankle)

Celtics Injury
Report

Out

  • Avery Bradley (shoulder)
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