Celtics (39-21) vs Wizards (21-38)
Game time: 8pm, TD Garden. TV – CSN, ESPN. Radio – WEEI-AM (850).
Bos: Pierce – 17.7 Wizards: Andray Blatche – 11.3
Bos: Perkins – 7.8 Wizards: Blatche – 5.9
Bos: Rondo – 9.9 Wizards: Randy Foye – 3.2
Who'll go off: Rajon Rondo is averaging 19.0 and 11.5 assists vs Wash. this season.
Who needs to be stopped: Andray Blatche. He's sixth in the league in scoring (25.5) since the All-Star break.
The C's will lose if… Since trading away Brendan Haywood, Caron Butler and Antawn Jamison, the Wizards might have the least amount of talent among all NBA teams. Yet, they were still able to beat the (road weary) Nuggets on Feb 19. An 80% effort on the defensive end should result in a Celtics victory.
Miscellaneous: The newly signed Michael Finley is expected to make his debut for Boston. Wiz F James Singleton is averaging 2.8 blocks per game in his last five games. The Celtics lead the season series 2-0 (104-102 on Dec 10, 99-88 on Feb 1).
Prediction: Celtics 109 – Wizards 89
Update: Michael Finley
is inactive for tonight's game. Doc said Finley arrived in Boston late Friday night and didn't spend much time today with the coaching staff. Finley may play Tuesday.