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PREGAME: Wizards at Celtics

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Regular Season Game 13

Washington (6-6) at Boston (8-7)

November 27, 2015 at 7:30 PM
TD Garden, Boston, MA
TV: CSN Washington
Radio: 99.1FM


Last time they met was..

December 27, 2014 – Verizon Center, Washington, DC: Wizards 101, Hornets 88 (ot)
READ: Game Notebook 5, Wizards at Celtics: Bagged In Beantown


What to watch

PACE!! You know the Wizards play fast, currently sitting at 4th in the NBA in pace. Did you know the Celtics rank 5th?? The Celtics also score 103.7 points per game, good for 5th in the league. The Wizards sit at 103.6 points per game.

This will not be the slow-it-down, half-court game that we’ve become accustomed to in years past. Isaiah Thomas and John Wall will be going up-and-down, back-and-forth, mano-y-mano. In the half court, they’ll lock into a top-of-the-key screen battle, with Wall looking to create opportunities for everyone, and Isaiah Thomas looking to score at every opportunity.

Strap in.


Key matchup

John Wall vs. Everyone.

Isaiah Thomas. Avery Bradley. Marcus Smart. Jae Crowder. Everyone is going to take a shot at John Wall, and Wall needs to make everyone miss. The Celtics don’t have any intimidating or dominant interior defenders, which means he should be in attack mode with equal intentions to finish for himself as to set-up others. Look him for him to live in the pain all night long, resulting in lay-ups, FTs, or his beloved corner 3 assists.


X-Factor

Celtics 3 point shooting. The Celtics attempt 28.3 3FGs per game, good for 3rd in the NBA. They make 31.3% of those threes, good for just 23rd in the NBA. If the Wizards can hold them below this average, it should be a good night. If they shoot around 35% or better from long range, brace for the worst.


Fun factor:

John Wall vs. Jae Crowder, Round 2!

The first time they played, this happened:

That was never really settled. Tonight, they get to settle it!


Prediction:

Wiz #2 > Cs 3s

we are Hoop District

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