When: Wednesday, Nov. 13 at 7:30 p.m. ET
Where: TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
How to watch: NBC Sports Washington
Wizards: Ian Mahinmi (Achilles, Out), John Wall (Achilles, Out)
Celtics: Gordon Hayward (Hand, Out)
In case you have been living under a rock, or just haven’t been following this team closely, the Wizards are bad defensively. Like, really bad. Washington heads into this game giving up 117.5 points per contest to go along with the third worst defensive rating in the league. On the flip side, the Celtics surrender a stingy 104 points per game and fall in the top-10 as far as defensive rating goes.
If the Wizards are going to be competitive against the best team so far in the Eastern Conference, at some point they’re going to have to somewhat care about playing defense. This isn’t about X’s and O’s nor is it about defensive execution - the Wizards just aren’t interested in that side of the court right now.
If Washington locks in defensively, they’ll give themselves a fighter’s chance to stay in this ballgame. But if they don’t, expect yet another team to hang 70 on them by halftime and 125+ for the game.
Isaiah Thomas returns to Boston
Isaiah Thomas returns to Boston to play against the team who did him dirty and as you can imagine, he has revenge on his mind.
I’m all for guys doing whatever they have to do to hype themselves up and Thomas has looked a bit rejuvenated so far in his short stint in Washington. But hopefully what he told Chris Miller was just ‘soundbite talk’ because Thomas coming out and chucking up shot after shot isn’t a winning formula especially against a team like the Celtics.
Random moment in Wizards-Celtics History: John Wall’s shot against the Celtics in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Semi-finals. What else would it be?