The Boston Celtics earned their first victory in four games Monday night against the Washington Wizards, but not all was good news for the 30-16 veteran squad at the Verizon Center. Even with Kevin Garnett back in the lineup, the Celtics haven’t been able to catch a break with injuries. Captain Paul Pierce sprained his foot during the third quarter and was forced to monitor his minutes from there.
The rest of the C’s then picked up the slack, posting 25 points to Washington’s 10 in the final stretch to win 99-88. Pierce mentioned after the game that he’s been through a similar injury and hopes for a quick recovery. “I’ll get some X-rays tomorrow, but I think it’s not going to be too bad,” he said. “I would have known by now (if it was broken). I think I’ll be all right.”
Washington chose to call out officials instead of reflecting on their own mistakes in the remaining block. “You’re playing against the Boston Celtics, so you’re not going to get a lot of calls.” said Wizards center Brendan Haywood. “KG’s going to set illegal screens; they’re not going to be called. That’s just part of the game.”
Garnett took a different approach to the press with some encouraging words for the 16-31 Wizards organization. “Even though their record is dismal, they still have guys who can put the ball in the basket,” he said. “They have guys who are experienced. It wasn’t like it was going to be an easy night.” KG led Boston in scoring with 19 points while collecting six rebounds in the process. Ray Allen and Rajon Rondo followed up with 17 apiece, as Pierce contributed 12 in his 28 minutes played.
Washington will next matchup with the New York Knicks tomorrow night as the Celtics play host to Dwayne Wade and the Miami Heat at the TD Garden. Boston Celtics tickets are now available right here at Ace!
Rajon Rondo slammed home the go-ahead bucket with a minute left in regulation for the Boston Celtics to win over the Washington Wizards 104-102 Thursday at the Verizon Center. Ray Allen came up with 18 points to become the 32nd NBA player to score 20,000, while Paul Pierce collected 12 to reach the 19,000 total point mark. Allen and Pierce may have stole the show in regards to their career accomplishments, but it was Rondo who held them together to pull off their 9th straight victory.
“We believe we can win games in any situation, and that’s a good sign,” said Celtics head coach Doc Rivers. “Clearly their game plan was they weren’t going to guard him. They were going to give him shots, and he took them.” Boston was up as much as 14, collectively shooting 62.9 percent by the end of the half. Washington rallied back towards the end, but Boston’s veteran experience kicked in when it mattered to close out the game.
Wizards point guard Gilbert Arenas despite his 25 point effort isn’t happy with the way things are going in Washington. “We get up for games like this. It’s the other games we have to start getting up for,” said Arenas. “Right now, we’re a bottom-feeder team.” The Wizards are scheduled to host the Indiana Pacers on Saturday as the Celtics head to Chicago to matchup against the Bulls.
The 1-10 Washington Wizards have fired head coach Eddie Jordan. The Wizards’ director of player development Ed Tapscott has been selected to coach the team on an interim basis. The Wizards have struggled so far this year, without star Gilbert Arenas and role-player Brendan Haywood. Tapscott will make his coaching debut against the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday night at the Verizon Center in DC.
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The Washington Wizards are off to a 0-5 record to start the season. Superstar point guard Gilbert Arenas has been out since September after his third knee surgery procedure. Arenas will not return until mid-January at the earliest, and the future of the Wizards team without him is uncertain. Even Antawn Jamison, who played with a passion during Arenas’ absence least year, seems uninterested. The Wizards hope that a big pep talk will help them score a big win against the 5-1 Utah Jazz on Wednesday night.
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