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Series Preview: Boston Celtics v Washington Wizards

Series Preview: Boston Celtics v Washington Wizards

Regular Season

The Celtics may have the number 1 seed but there was very little to separate the teams during the regular season.

It was a case of home dominance as Boston won both games at TD Garden while the Wizards repeated the feat the Verizon Center.

Otto Porter enjoyed facing the Celtics, averaging 17 pts and 6.8 reb, while shooting 67% from the field and 58% from downtown.

This could prove to be particularly important if lock-down defenders Avery Bradley and Marcus Smart have their hands full with John Wall and Bradley Beal.

Previous Round

Boston won 4 straight against the Chicago Bulls after losing the opening 2 games.

The Bulls were somewhat surprisingly driven by Rajon Rondo who averaged almost a triple double over the first 2 games with 11.5 pts, 10 ast and 8.5 reb.

However, a broken thumb ruled Rondo out of the series, Fred Hoiberg decided to play rotation roulette and Boston ground out the win.

Isaiah Thomas deserves a huge amount of respect for his performances while grieving for his sister who died in a car accident on the eve of game 1.

The Wizards also needed 6 games to overcome the Atlanta Hawks.  John Wall was the star of the series averaging 29.5 pts and 10.3 ast.

Dennis Schroder battled valiantly but eventually was no match for Wall’s all star performances.  Bradley Beal struggled from three point land shooting a poor 26.4%, the Wizards will need him return to his regular season 40%.

Key Match Up

While Marcin Gortat will look to exploit Boston’s weakness on the boards, this series is undoubtedly a battle of the backcourts.

While Isaiah Thomas may be one of the most explosive offensive talents in the league, his defense is a complete liability which Brad Stevens tries his best to hide.

There will be no surprises if Scott Brooks instructs Wall & Beal to go all-out attack on Thomas to exploit this weakness.  Isaiah will soon discover than facing Isaiah Caanan is no preparation for John Wall.

Prediction

This has all the makings of a very tight series with interesting match ups all over the court.  Boston have the number one seed and the all important home court advantage that it brings.  Celtics in seven.

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