1. Paul Pierce heading to old stomping grounds
For most of us, it's still a weird feeling to see "Pierce" on the back of a red, white, and blue jersey with "Wizards" on the front. His name was surrounded by green for the first 15 years of his career and that's how everyone still imagines it. Now, though, he's a Wizard with his eyes set on bringing this team to the Promised Land.
2. Kris Humphries will remain as starter
For the time being, at least. With Nene on a minutes restriction due to plantar fasciitis in his foot, Humphries will continue to be the starting power forward. And it's merited. He's been incredibly efficient in Nene's absence, recording, in back-to-back games, season highs of 20 rebounds and 20 points, respectively. This is what he was brought here for and now that he's rounding into top shape following preseason pinky surgery, he is establishing himself as an important piece in Wittman's rotation.
3. Wizards have championship qualities
And that acknowledgement came from someone who's been on championship-winning teams -- Pierce.
"I was telling Brad [Beal] on the bench in the fourth quarter that when I look at this team from top to bottom, our depth, when guys get hurt… You see similarities to teams that have made long playoff runs and made it to the finals."
But they'll get a better idea of where they stand among the entire NBA by the time the New Year rolls around, as they will have made their first west coast road trip by then.
"We just have to keep building on what we have and continue to get better," Pierce said. "We are work in progress. We know it is early in the season. We know we have to go out west and take on those teams but we like where we are at right now."
4. Back to Boston
Pierce made a video for his return to Boston on The Players' Tribune site. Check it out here.
5. Wizards face Celtics today
I'm not sure if it was made all that clear by now, but, yes, the Wizards (13-5) and Celtics (6-11) will meet today in a 1 p.m. matinee in Boston. The Wizards will look to extend their current four-game winning streak, while the Celtics will be looking for their third straight victory.
While the storyline of the game will be Pierce's return to Boston, John Wall, fourth in the NBA in assists per game (9.8), will face Rajon Rondo, the league leader in assists per game (11.3), in battle of two crafty, quick point guards.
Tip off is set for 1 p.m. today at Boston's TD Garden. The game can be seen live on Comcast SportsNet and heard on 99.1 WNEW.