The Boston Celtics play host to the Washington Wizards this Sunday. With just six games remaining in their season, the C’s are making a push for the 6th spot in the Eastern Conference and a win against John Wall and the rest of the Wiz can only help. Tip off is at 6pm at the TD Garden. (more)
The Boston Celtics just barely beat the Washington Wizards Wednesday night in a 100-94 overtime win. Bass scored five straight points in overtime, helping the Celtics win their second game of the season. (more)
The Boston Celtics will host the Washington Wizards this Wednesday night at 7:30PM. The two teams just faced off this past Saturday in Washington where the Celtics captured their first win of the season. The Wizards entered the game with a 0-1 record after dropping their season opener last Tuesday in Cleveland. The Celtics were 0-2 after losing to both the Miami Heat and the Milwaukee Bucks. (more)
Delonte West contributed 12 points, five rebounds and four assists in his long awaited return as the Boston Celtics cruised past the Washington Wizards 114-83 last night at the TD Garden. After pleading guilty to weapons charges, Delonte was released by the Minnesota Timberwolves and later picked up by the Celtics. The six-year veteran was thrilled to be back on the court following his 10-game suspension. “For a minute in the summertime I thought I’d never be on an NBA court again,” he said. “But the Celtics know what I’m about. They understand the difference between a bad decision and a bad person.”
Boston spread the ball around well as all five starters notched double-digit numbers. Paul Pierce led the way with 23 and Kevin Garnett followed up with 18 on 9-of-11 shooting. Rajon Rondo controlled the tempo with 12 points and 13 assists. Boston was up 91-69 when the second unit took over and continued to expand the lead from there.
“I know Rajon may have had 30 (minutes), but other than that I could take those every night. That would be terrific,” Celtics head coach Doc Rivers said. “You’ve got to get yourself thrown back into the season, but now it’s time to get our minutes to where we want them.” The Celtics are set to matchup with Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder this Friday at home. Boston Celtics tickets are now available!
Washington Wizards Rookie PG John Wall recorded 19 points, 10 rebounds, 13 assists and six deals in last night’s 98-91 victory over the Houston Rockets to become the third youngest player in NBA history to record a triple-double. Only LeBron James and Lamar Odom have been able to produce that type of stat line at a younger age. “I wasn’t forcing too much tonight,” said Wall. “Finding my teammates, making the right reads. Sometimes I get too excited trying to make a spectacular play instead of the simple play. Tonight I think I did the right thing with the simple plays.”
Al Thornton and Andray Blatche led the scoring campaign for Washington with 20 apiece. Yi Jianlian came off the bench for 13 points, seven rebounds and four blocks. The Wizards found themselves up nine after the first block while Houston center Yao Ming watched from the sidelines with a strained tendon in his right leg.
The Rockets chipped away at the deficit, eventually gaining the one-point lead courtesy of Kevin Martin finding Luis Scola for the layup with 5:52 remaining. Blatche then sparked a late-game run with three consecutive buckets to solidify the W for Washington. Houston will look to improve on Friday when they travel to Conseco Fieldhouse to matchup with the Indiana Pacers as the Rockets play host to the Charlotte Bobcats at the Verizon Center.
With the No. 1 overall pick in the 2010 NBA draft, the Washington Wizards selected Kentucky point guard John Wall with hopes to turn around the franchise after a frustrating season both on and off the court. Wall averaged 17 points and 7 assists during his time running the show last year for the Wildcats and is expected to make an immediate impact at the professional level.
“I feel like I had pressure since I became No. 1 in high school and was one of the top players,” he said. “I always got there hungry wanting to fight hard and compete in every game, so when I step on the court I’m going to take on any challenge there.” The Wizards also brought in Kirk Hinrich along with the 17th pick in light of the Chicago Bulls clearing cap space to sign one of the marquee free agents available come July 1st.
Kentucky became the first school to put five of their own players through in the first round between Wall, DeMarus Cousins (No. 5 Kings), Patrick Patterson (No 14. Rockets), Eric Bledsoe (No. 18 Thunder) and Daniel Orton (No. 29 Orlando Magic). Other notable selections are Evan Turner (No. 2 76ers), Derrick Favors (No 3. Nets), Ed Davis (No. 13 Raptors) and Avery Bradley (No 19. Celtics). Check for more 2010 NBA updates right here at Ace!
Ray Allen drained the go-ahead 3-pointer with 17 seconds left in regulation to rally the Boston Celtics past the Washington Wizards 86-83 yesterday at the TD Garden. The longtime sharp shooter netted 10-of-15 from the field to earn a game-high 25 points, sparking the Celts to rally in the final block to earn their fourth consecutive victory.
Wizards coach Flip Saunders was disappointed in regards to how his team acted in the final stretch against the veteran Celtics lineup. “Six minutes to go and we’re up 13 and we start talking to Garnett, start talking trash and everything else,” he said. “Got Garnett and those guys juiced up.”
Paul Pierce scored 17 points for Boston as Rajon Rondo and Kendrick Perkins followed up with 15 and 12, respectively. The C’s will look to continue their streak in Milwaukee against the Bucks before hosting the Memphis Grizzlies the following day.
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Carmelo Anthony scored 40 points to rally his Denver Nuggets past the Cleveland Cavaliers 118-116 in OT yesterday at the Quicken Loans Arena. LeBron James produced a game-high 43 points, 13 rebounds and 15 assists, two steals and four blocks. Despite the monster stat line, it was Melo who finished strong in the end to halt the Cavs win streak at 13.
“It’s finally me being on the other end I guess,” said James. “I’m so used to being on the other end making shots and looking at guys. It’s a great player and a great shot. If I got any closer, I was going to foul him. Big shot.”
Kenyon Martin and Chauncey Billups helped Anthony with 18 apiece for Denver. JR Smith shot 50% from the field to collect 14 points off the bench. Cleveland will next match-up with the Charlotte Bobcats as the Nuggets continue their east road trip to DC for a game against the Wizards.
The Cleveland Cavaliers just added forward Antawn Jamison to their roster after pulling off a three-team deal with the Washington Wizards and Los Angeles Clippers. The Cavs will also gain Sebastian Telfair from LA to further strengthen their back court. In return Cleveland was forced to send Zydrunas Ilgauskas to Washington along with a pair of future draft picks. The Clippers and Wizards have also agreed to swap Al Thornton and Drew Gooden.
Cleveland originally pushed for Suns forward Amare Stoudemire to give LeBron the necessary sidekick for their next title run. General Manager Danny Ferry believes this will be an easy transition for Jamison heading into the home stretch of the regular season.
“Antawn is a great pro. We are very excited to have an experienced all-star player of Antawn’s caliber and character join us,” said Ferry. “He has the ability to add a special, unique dimension to our team with a strong inside presence and the ability to stretch teams defensively, while impacting the entire court.” The Cavaliers are scheduled to host the Denver Nuggets at the Quicken Loans Arena tonight at 8:00 PM.
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!