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How we see it goin’ down: Celtics vs Wizards

Chuck - Red's Army January 2, 2012 Uncategorized Comments Off

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The Matchup

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Record: 2-3 (3rd Atlantic, 10th East) Record: 0-4 (5th Southeast, 15th East)
At home: 1-0 On road: 0-2
Streak: Won 2 Streak: Lost 4
    Leaders  Leaders
Buckets: Allen (18.6 ppg) Buckets: John Wall/Nick Young (14.5 ppg)
Boards: Garnett (6.4 rpg) Boards: Javale McGee (10.3 rpg)
Dimes: Rondo (10.0 apg) Dimes: John Wall (6.0 apg)
For the Stat Geeks: For the Stat Geeks: 
Offensive Rating: 106.0 (11th NBA) Offensive Rating: 90.6 (30th NBA)
Defensive Rating: 108.2 (23rd NBA) Defensive Rating: 105.0 (19th NBA)
Pace: 90.4 (23rd NBA) Pace: 92.2 (13th NBA)

Last time

The Celtics beat the Wizards 94-86 last night in Washington. 

This time

Get it to: Rajon Rondo

He lived up to my nickname “The Maestro” last night, pulling all the right strings at all the right times. Why not go back to the well again? Rondo has averaged 16.6 points and 11.5 assists in the last eight games against Washington.

Gotta stop: Javale McGee

The Wizards big man put up 16 points and 14 rebounds (8 offensive) last night. Those numbers came against a relatively fresh Celtics front court. Am I crazy to think he’ll improve upon those numbers against a fatigued Celtics front court?

The Wild Card: The Celtics creaky joints

As much as the Celtics dominated the Wizards 24 hours ago, you can’t underestimate the back-to-back factor. It always affects Boston. Will Doc Rivers go to his bench early and often?

How we see it goin’ down

The Celtics may be tired in this rematch, but the Wizards are still bad. I’ll take fatigued over bad any day. Boston pulls away in the 3rd quarter and wins this one 101-91.

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