The Washington Wizards play the Boston Celtics on Sunday evening right after defeating the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday. Here’s the preview.
When: Sunday, February 28 at 7 p.m. ET
Where: TD Garden, Boston MA
How to watch: NBC Sports Washington, NESN
Wizards: Anthony Gill (Illness, Day-to-Day); Ish Smith (Quad, Out); Thomas Bryant (Knee, Out)
Celtics: Jaylen Brown (Knee, Day-to-Day); Daniel Theis (Finger, Day-to-Day); Marcus Smart (Calf, Questionable); Tacko Fall (Ankle, Day-to-Day); Romeo Langford (Wrist, Out)
The Wizards are on a roll, winning their last seven of eight games. Last night, they beat Minnesota 128-112 at home. Bradley Beal, of course, led Washington with 34 points. Russell Westbrook and Garrison Matthews added 19 and 18 points respectively.
Now, it’s back to business. Washington is facing the Boston Celtics on the road for the second time in two weeks and a third time this season. The Wizards and Celtics are split this season. On Jan. 8, the Celtics beat the Wizards 116-107, in a game where Beal put up 41 points. Their Valentine’s Day match-up resulted in a 13-point win for the Wizards. The Celtics shot 35.6% from the field, only made 60% of their free throws, saw just 8 points from Jayson Tatum, and looked very sluggish for their 1 PM game at Captial One Arena.
Unlike the Wizards, this game won’t be a back-to-back matchup for the Celtics. While they might have energy on their side, it is unclear if key players Marcus Smart or Jaylen Brown will be suiting up due to injuries so they could be at a real disadvantage facing Washington.
Tatum is going to have to show up for Boston if they want to compete with this Wizards squad. He seems to have hit a small slump, scoring 13 and 9 points in his last two games. The 22-year-old is averaging 25 points, 6.9 rebounds, and 4.5 assists per game so don’t count him out this game.