Game On: Wizards-Celtics preview

Game On: Wizards-Celtics preview
December 20, 2013, 9:00 pm
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Wittman pleased with effort in win

This will be the first meeting between the two teams as Washington aims to complete the week 3-0. Boston is atop the Atlantic Division and usually is successful by committee as rookie coach Brad Stevens will go as many as six deep into his bench. Conversely, Wizards coach Randy Wittman has tightened his rotation. 

TV: CSN, 1 p.m. ET at TD Garden. Radio: 1500 AM. 106.7 FM

Last game: Wizards (11-13) won at the Brooklyn Nets 113-107 on Wednesday, their second victory in a row; Celtics (12-15) lost at the Detroit Pistons 107-106 on Wednesday, their third loss in five games.

Projected starting lineups: Wizards –- PG John Wall, SG Bradley Beal, SF Trevor Ariza, PF Trevor Booker, C Marcin Gortat. Celtics –- PG Jordan Crawford, SG Avery Bradley, SF Jeff Green, PF Brandon Bass, C Jared Sullinger.

[RELATED: Nene's minutes continue to be monitored]

Entry passes: 1). Crawford, a former Wizard, has been converted to running the offense and undoubtedly will try to prove himself against Wall. 2). Gortat has been unsteady offensively when not playing next to Nene. 3). Wall's turnovers have been an issue with 32 in his last six games. 4). Imagine how good this team could be if rookie Otto Porter was up to speed. 5). Booker's activity on the offensive glass has manufactured offense.

X-factors: Reserves, PF Kevin Seraphin and G Garrett Temple, appear to have turned the corner and given the Wizards the depth they need. ... Nene is still being eased back and is expected to come off the bench for the second game in a row. 

He said it: “We felt like we could've won when we had Nene and Brad out. We just didn't do a great job down the stretch. It makes it a lot easier when those guys are back. ... Our team gets happy for (Nene). He passes the ball. He plays defense. He rebounds. He does all the little things. He made big free throws for us down the stretch (vs. Brooklyn). He made two or three layups and passes that got us the and-1." -- Wall 

Around the bend: The Wizards left for Boston after practice and will return immediately after the game Saturday. Their next game won't be until Dec. 27 at the Minnesota Timberwolves (CSN+, 8).