NBA Preview from The Sports Network|
Wednesday, April 2nd
(All times Eastern)
Boston Celtics (23-51) at Washington Wizards (38-36), 7 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Washington Wizards have the playoffs in sight and
look to achieve their goal Wednesday versus the Boston Celtics.
The Wizards can wrap up a postseason berth with a win over Boston or a loss by
the New York Knicks. The Knicks host the Brooklyn Nets Wednesday.
Washington hasn't been to the playoffs since 2007-08 and is sixth in the
Eastern Conference -- two games ahead of Charlotte and 2 1/2 games in back of
the Nets. The Wizards had a two-game win streak stopped by the Bobcats in
Monday's 100-94 loss at Time Warner Cable Arena.
Bradley Beal scored 20 points, Martell Webster added 14 off the bench and John
Wall ended with 10 points in the loss, Washington's fifth in the last eight
tries. Trevor Ariza had 11 points and Marcin Gortat posted six to go along
with 11 rebounds.
A 30-14 fourth quarter by the Bobcats put the game away, while the Wizards
posted a 40-19 advantage in the second stanza for a 60-44 halftime lead. But
the Wizards blew two 16-point leads.
"We shot nearly 50 percent from the field and over 50 percent from three,"
Wizards forward Drew Gooden said. "One of the things that stood out to me was
their 15 offensive rebounds, and I think those were mostly in the second half.
When you give a team two or three looks in one time down the floor, eventually
they are going make one."
Gortat's 32 double-doubles are the most by a Wizards player since Antawn
Jamison had 38 during the 2008-09 season, one year after the team's last
The Wizards, who are 19-17 at the Verizon Center, currently rank second in the
NBA in 3-point field goal percentage (.387) behind San Antonio.
Boston will try to stop a 10-game road losing streak Wednesday in D.C. and
hasn't won as the guest since Feb. 10 at Milwaukee.
The Celtics have dropped five ion a row overall and 10 of the last 11 games,
including Monday's 94-80 loss to the Chicago Bulls in the back end of a home-
and-home series from the United Center.
Brandon Bass and Jerryd Bayless led the way with 18 points apiece and Kris
Humphries finished with 11 for the Celtics, who shot 40 percent from the field
and made only 7-of-25 3-pointers. The Celtics also had 18 turnovers and scored
just 10 points in the fourth quarter (23-10).
"We looked heavy-legged the whole second half," Celtics head coach Brad
Stevens said. "That's no excuse because they played last night, too."
Boston is 8-28 away from TD Bank Garden, but has a 5-2 road mark against teams
from the Southeast Division. Celtics guard Avery Bradley (sore Achilles) is
listed as questionable against the Wizards and is averaging 14.2 points.
The Celtics and Wizards have split two matchups this season. Boston has won
eight of the last nine games in this series and is unbeaten in the past four
trips to the nation's capital.
04/02 10:28:19 ET