The Philadelphia 76ers have been a thorn in the side of the Wizards all season, winning 2 of 3 meetings. Sunday, they did them a big favor by coming from 13 points down to upset the Boston Celtics.
This sets the stage for Monday’s pivotal matchup when the No. 3 Wizards play at the Celtics. They lead the season series 2-1 and a victory would give them the tiebreaker in the event they have the same records going into the playoffs.
“We were talking about, a few guys overlooking this game. I think so, looking forward to the Washington game,” Jae Crowder told reporters after a 105-99 loss for Boston. “That’s what happens when you overlook an opponent, especially these guys.”
The Wizards (42-27) lost 96-93 to the Charlotte Hornets on Saturday to drop two games out of the No. 2 spot occupied by Boston. But the loss to the Sixers puts the Celtics (44-26) just one game ahead in the loss column.
Boston played the last two games without Isaiah Thomas who stayed behind on the road trip because of a bruised knee.
The Sixers had to make the third-quarter comeback without Jahlil Okafor, who left with soreness in his right knee.
According to CSNPhilly.com’s Jessica Camerato, the Sixers Insider, Okafor will be further evaluated.
Okafor is traveling with the Sixers to Orlando. He’ll be further evaluated when the team gets there.— Jessica Camerato (@JCameratoCSN) March 19, 2017
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