Tuesday, January 7, 2020
The Boston Celtics are one of three teams who have managed to stay under 10 loss thus far this season. Right now, they are on a three-game winning streak, trying to grab a fourth straight victory tonight. They will hope to do that against the Washington Wizards tonight at the Nation’s Capital.
As for the Wizards, they haven’t had a season to be proud of, mostly due to injuries. They grabbed just their 11th win of the season on Saturday against the Denver Nuggets. Tonight’s matchup between the Celtics and Wizards will mark the second of four times that these two teams play each other this season. The last time they met up was on November 13 when the Celtics came away with a 140-133 win. Kemba Walker finished that game with 25 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, one steal, and one block while Bradley Beal had 44 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists, and one steal.
A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:
The Wizards and the Celtics have met up a grand total of 328 times in the past as the Wizards won 123 games while the Celtics went on to grab 205 victories.
-Romeo Langford (illness; 2.3 PPG, 0.9 RPG, 0.2 APG, 38.9 FG%, 22.2 3P%)
-Vincent Poirier (finger; 1.7 PPG, 1.7 RPG, 0.3 APG, 50.0 FG%)
-Kemba Walker (illness; 22.5 PPG, 3.9 RPG, 5.2 APG, 43.2 FG%, 39.8 3P%)
-Robert Williams (hip; 3.9 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 1.1 APG, 67.3 FG%)
-Tacko Fall (G-League; 4.3 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 0.0 APG, 75.0 FG%)
-Bradley Beal (leg; 27.8 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 6.6 APG, 43.5 FG%, 31.5 3P%)
-Davis Bertans (quad; 15.4 PPG, 4.9 RPG, 1.7 APG, 44.9 FG%, 43.4 3P%)
-Thomas Bryant (foot; 13.9 PPG, 8.5 RPG, 2.7 APG, 54.9 FG%, 28.6 3P%)
-Rui Hachimura (groin; 13.9 PPG, 5.8 RPG, 1.6 APG, 48.2 FG%, 20.8 3P%)
-C.J. Miles (wrist; 6.4 PPG, 1.2 RPG, 1.2 APG, 32.2 FG%, 31.4 3P%)
-Moritz Wagner (ankle; 11.6 PPG, 6.0 RPG, 1.3 APG, 58.1 FG%, 39.3 3P%)
-John Wall (Achilles)
The Wizards would have control of the game in the first half as they shot forty-six percent from the field, keeping the Celtics to just twenty-nine percent. Both Jordan McRae and Isaiah Thomas scored 11 points each in the first half. McRae was able to knock down a three-pointer while Thomas had two treys.
Former Lakers’ point guard Isaac Bonga contributed with six points while Ian Mahinmi had four points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 blocks. Gary Payton was kept scoreless but was able to record three rebounds, two assists, and one block. Troy Brown played the most minutes off the bench but only had five points.
On the other end of the court, Jaylen Brown dropped 12 points while knocking down a three-pointer in the process. He also had 5 rebounds and one assist while Marcus Smart helped out with 3 three-pointers and one free-throw. Both Gordon Hayward and Jayson Tatum had six points each. Enes Kanter played 10 minutes off the bench but only had two points as the home team went into halftime with a 51-40 lead.
The Boston ball club would attempt to make a comeback in the second half as they went on a 54-48 run. During that run, both Brown and Tatum chalked up 11 points each while Hayward and Daniel Theis combined for 10 points. Grant Williams played 17 minutes off the bench as he had nine points.
The Wizards would end up hanging on to close it out behind Ish Smith’s 16 points. Isaac Bonga and Isaiah Thomas combined for 10 points as the Washington Wizards came away with a 99-94 win. Ish Smith finished the game with 27 points, 4 rebounds, and 4 assists while Jaylen Brown had 23 points, a season-high 12 rebounds, and one assist.
The Boston Celtics will host DeMar DeRozan (21.6 PPG, 5.2 RPG, 4.9 APG, 52.4 FG%, 27.3 3P%) and the San Antonio Spurs (14-20) on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. This will mark the second and final time that they play each other this season. The last time they saw each other was on November 9 when the Celtics defeated the Spurs, 135-115. Jaylen Brown finished that game with 30 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, and one steal while DeMar DeRozan had 22 points, 2 rebounds, and 4 assists.
The Washington Wizards will head to Florida to take on Evan Fournier (18.8 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 3.2 APG, 47.1 FG%, 40.7 3P%) and the Orlando Magic (17-20) on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. This will be the fourth and final time that they battle each other this season. January 1 was the last time they played each other as the Wizards fell to the Magic, 122-101. During that game, D.J. Augustin scored 25 points, grabbed 3 rebounds, dished out nine assists, and committed two steals while Bradley Beal had 27 points, 4 rebounds, and 5 assists.