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Wizards vs. Celtics Pregame: Optimism!

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Boston at Washington

January 16, 2016 at 7:30 PM
Verizon Center, Washington, DC
TV: CSN Mid-Atlantic
Radio: 99.1FM


Last time they met was..

November 27, 2015 – TD Garden, Boston: Celtics 111, Wizards 78


What to watch

Being over 50% is a wonderful thing.

If you receive 51% of votes, you win an election (Al Gore vehemently disagrees).

If you’re given 51/49 odds to win something, you’re more likely to win than lose.

A glass half full is a glass half empty, but a glass MORE than half full can only be more than half full.

If you’re 51% right, you win an argument (unless you’re married, in which case you can be 100% right and still lose).

Most importantly, if you win more than 50% of you’re games, it means you’ve got more wins than losses.

Tonight, the Wizards look to climb back above .500 for the first time this season. (It actually won’t be the first time, it just feels that way).

In the process, they would extend to a season high 5 game win streak, climb firmly back in the playoff picture, and strengthen John Wall’s claim to an All-Star slot. Let’s get it.


Key Matchup

John Wall vs. Isaiah Thomas

Both teams realize the magnitude of this early season matchup. Playoff seeding could be affected, tie breakers could be secured, even playoff births in their entirety could be affected. Oh, and All-Star spots could be affected.

This won’t be the biggest game of the season, but it’s s big game nonetheless, and big games puts the onus on the stars to perform.

John Wall and Isaiah Thomas are the two stars of their respective teams, and will need to play like it tonight for their teams to have a chance.

Let’s hope John dominates this match-up, as he’s capable of. Thomas currently is scoring more points per game and posting a higher PER for the season than Wall, possibly giving him the inside track on an All-Star slot. However, a John Wall massacre bringing the Wizards virtually even with the Celtics while establishing complete dominance over Thomas? That would leave no doubt who’s a real All-Star, and who’s a pretender.


X-factor

Kelly Oubre

Kelly Oubre dropped the first points of his career by way of this alley-oop lobbed to him by John Wall back in November against these Celtics.

By virtue of this filthy dunk, I hereby contend that a solid night of production by Oubre, in the wake of a resting night for Bradley Beal, could be the deciding factor in a winning night for the Wizards. Kelly Oubre got the start last night for an ailing Otto Porter and made his presence felt fairly early, attacking the rim and drawing a foul on the game’s first possession, then coming away with a steal and breakaway dunk a short while later. With Beal out tonight, and with no latest word on Otto’s status, Oubre will most likely be reinserted into the starting lineup for the second game in a row. Oubre has proven to have all the potential to be a stat sheet stuffer, and with the way the Celtics have handled the Wizards this season (two wins by a total of 53 points), the Wizards could use any possible stat Oubre can offer them.


Fun factor

Optimism! We’ve won 4 straight games! We’ve reached .500! The playoffs are back in the picture! Bradley Beal is back and healthy! Kelly Oubre is actually pretty good! Watch out Eastern Conference!


Prediction

Boston brings bad luck with them, and instead of a pot of gold, we’re all reminded of The Golden Rule of DC Sports: Optimism = masochism.

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