Tip: 7:00 PM Court: Verizon Center Watch it: CSN Hear it: WEEI
Referees: Joe Crawford, David Guthrie, Derek Richardson
The Celtics won all four meetings with the Wizards last season. Paul Pierce averaged 21 points, 7.5 rebounds and 5 assists against Washington.
Get it to: Kevin Garnett and Brandon Bass
According to the ESPN Insider scouting report, Emeka Okefor “isn’t adept at chasing stretch 4′s around the perimeter.” I’d like to see a steady diet of pick and pops with Garnett and Bass. While I’m typing this, I’ve just learned that Jared Sullinger will start for Boston. I still expect the Celtics to work Okefor and Trevor Booker on the perimeter. Washington’s front line is thin. Nene is out and Kevin Seraphin is a game-time decision.
Gotta stop: Bradley Beal
With John Wall rehabbing a knee injury, the Wizards top offensive threat might be rookie Bradley Beal, the #3 pick from Florida. Despite shooting 2-8 in the opener against Cleveland, Beal is an athletic guard who can get to the rim. Courtney Lee should be able to handle him, but
The Wild Card: Jason Terry
JET is averaging a pedestrian 9 points in 25 minutes. We’re all waiting for Terry and the vaunted Celtics bench to break out.
How we see it goin’ down
No way the Wizards can beat the Celtics without John Wall. Right? Right??
I’m dusting off last night’s predicted score and going with it tonight: