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Wizards vs. Celtics preview: Hobbled Washington squad looks for big win over hobbled Boston squad

NBA: Boston Celtics at Washington Wizards Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Game Info

When: Wednesday, December 11 at 7 pm Eastern Time
Where: Capital One Arena in Washington DC
TV: NBC Sports Washington

Injury Report

Wizards: Otto Porter Jr. (Questionable, Knee Contusion), John Wall (Questionable, Bone Spurs), Dwight Howard (Out, Back)

Celtics: Al Horford (Questionable, Knee), Aron Baynes (Questionable, Ankle), Gordon Hayward (Doubtful, Illness), Guerschon Yabusele (Out, Ankle), Jabari Bird (Out, Personal)

What to Watch for

Which team can win the battle of attrition?

The Wizards have been fairly healthy this season, save for Dwight Howard’s back issues, but that’s changed quite a bit over the past few days. Now, Wall and Porter are both hampered with different issues, which means Bradley Beal and Markieff Morris are the only two from the team’s projected starting lineup at the start of the season who are healthy at the moment, and Morris isn’t even in the starting lineup.

Thankfully for Washington, the Celtics are going through their own issues. Their two best big men are dinged up, Gordon Hayward may not play, and although Kyrie Irving is expected to play on Wednesday, he’s been dealing with shoulder issues that kept him out of Monday’s game against the Pelicans.

The bad news is one team is handling their injury issues better than the other. Washington has lost two in a row, while Boston has won six in a row, including a 13-point win over the Pelicans on Monday in which featured contributions from guys like Brad Wanamaker, P.J. Dozier, and Daniel Theis.

A random moment in Wizards - Celtics history: Gilbert Arenas and Paul Pierce battle it out in overtime thriller

The Wizards lost this game, but it was nice to see Paul Pierce hit a fadeaway in the corner before the buzzer went off. Wild finish.