Game Preview: Wizards vs. Celtics

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WIZARDS PROBABLE STARTERS
#6 Mike MIller
Forward, 6-8, 218 lbs
2009-10 STATS
PPG
RPG
APG
10.6
6.4
3.9
#7 Andray Blatche
Forward, 6-11, 260 lbs
2009-10 STATS
PPG
RPG
APG
13.5
6.1
2.0
#21 Fabricio Oberto
Center, 6-10, 245 lbs
2009-10 STATS
PPG
RPG
APG
1.4
1.8
0.8
#1 Nick Young
Center, 6-6, 200 lbs
2009-10 STATS
PPG
RPG
APG
8.2
1.3
0.6
#2 Shaun Livingston
Guard, 6-7, 185 lbs
2009-10 STATS
PPG
RPG
APG
5.7
2.0
3.2
GAME NOTES
  • Tonight’s matchup is the fourth and final meeting of the season between the Washington Wizards and Boston Celtics. Boston currently leads the season series, 3-0.
  • Last game...The Wizards were defeated by the Orlando Magic, 121-94 on April 7th at Amway Arena in Orlando...Nick Young led all scorers with 21 points on 9-of-15 from the field...Mike Miller tallied 16 points, nine rebounds and five assists...Andray Blatche finished with 13 points and four rebounds...JaVale McGee added 10 points off of the bench.
  • Last time versus Boston…The Wizards fell to the Boston Celtics, 86-83 on March 7th at TD Garden in Boston...Washington held a 13-point second half lead but were unable to hold off the Atlantic Divison leading Celtics...Al Thornton recorded his second double-double as a Wizard with 24 points and 11 rebounds...Andray Blatche scored 23 points on 10-of-20 from the field and added nine rebounds...JaVale McGee scored 13 points and blocked five shots...The Wizards held Celtics forward Kevin Garnett to 0-of-7 from the field, this marked the first time since January of 1996 that Garnett was held without a field goal in a game.
  • Nick Young has scored 20 or more points in consecutive games for the second time this season (prev: 11/24 vs. PHI-20pts; 11/27 @ MIA-22pts). Young is averaging 19.0 points per game in his last four games.
  • Al Thornton is 14 points shy of 3,000 career points.
  • Shaun Livingston is averaging 14.8 points and 6.0 assists, while shooting 64.0 percent from the field in his last five games.
  • Blatche is averaging 16.3 points and 5.3 rebounds in three games versus Boston this season.
  • Wizards-Boston connections.... Wizards Head Coach Flip Saunders coached Celtics forward Kevin Garnett in Minnesota from 1995-2005, and Celtics forward Rasheed Wallace in Detroit from 2005-2008…Wizards assistant coach Sam Cassell was a member of the 2007-08 NBA Champion Boston Celtics squad, he played in 17 games for the Celtics during that season, averaging 7.6 points, 2.1 assists, and 1.8 rebounds per game…Sam Cassell and Celtics forward Kevin Garnett were teammates in Minnesota from 2003-2005… Wizards assistant coach Randy Wittman and Celtics Head Coach Doc Rivers played five seasons together with the Atlanta Hawks from 1983-1988.
  • CELTICS PROBABLE STARTERS
    #34 Paul Pierce
    Forward, 6-7, 235 lbs
    2009-10 STATS
    PPG
    RPG
    APG
    18.2
    4.3
    3.1
    #5 Kevin Garnett
    Forward, 6-11, 253 lbs
    2009-10 STATS
    PPG
    RPG
    APG
    14.4
    7.4
    2.7
    #43 Kendrick Perkins
    Center, 6-10, 265 lbs
    2009-10 STATS
    PPG
    RPG
    APG
    10.4
    7.6
    1.0
    #20 Ray Allen
    Guard, 6-5, 205 lbs
    2009-10 STATS
    PPG
    RPG
    APG
    16.2
    3.2
    2.7
    #9 Rajon Rondo
    Guard, 6-1, 186 lbs
    2009-10 STATS
    PPG
    RPG
    APG
    13.7
    4.4
    9.8