Preview: Boston Celtics vs. Washington Wizards

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Preview: Boston Celtics vs. Washington Wizards

By A. Sherrod Blakely
CSNNE.com

WASHINGTON These are the kind of games that are kind of scary if you're the Boston Celtics.

Yes, the Boston Celtics (33-9) have the best record in the Eastern Conference.

And the Washington Wizards (12-29) are the Washington Wizards.

You can break down their struggles on many levels, but easily one of their biggest problems has been their inability to finish games strong.

Washington comes into tonight's game having been outscored in the fourth quarter in each of their last seven games, the longest such streak in the NBA.

That helps explain why they spend so much time in Loser's lounge, while the C's keep throwing back one big win after another.

Boston comes into tonight's game with a five-game winning streak, a streak that includes them outscoring each of those teams in the fourth quarter which by the way, is the longest such current streak in the NBA.

As impressive as the C's ability to close out teams has been, equally important to their success has been starting off fast.

During its current five-game winning streak, the Celtics have finished the first quarter leading by an average of 4.4 points per game.

"When our starters get off to a good start, that helps us a lot," said C's swingman Marquis Daniels. "It makes our job a lot easier. All we have to do is just keep what they started, going."

A. Sherrod Blakely can be reached at sblakely@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Sherrod on Twitter at http:twitter.comsherrodbcsn.

How they match up: Celtics vs. Wizards

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How they match up: Celtics vs. Wizards

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More bad blood ahead for Celtics vs Wizards series?

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More bad blood ahead for Celtics vs Wizards series?

On this episode of "The Best of Boston Sports Tonight Podcast", Tom Curran, Michael Holley, Kayce Smith and Tom Giles break down the Celtics closing out the Bulls and preview the next round against Washington with Chris Mannix, Kyle Draper and A. Sherrod Blakely. Also, Mike Giardi and Phil Perry break down the Patriots two picks on Friday.

  • 0:41 - Tom Curran, Michael Holley, Tom Giles, and Kayce Smith discuss the Celtics defeating the Bulls 105-83, beating Chicago in 6 games to advance in the 2nd round of the playoffs.
  • 6:14 - Kyle Draper and Chris Mannix preview the upcoming series against the Washington Wizards and the bad blood between the two teams.
  • 10:19 - Mike Giardi and Phil Perry break down the Patriots first drafts picks, selecting DE Derek Rivers from Youngstown and OT Antonio Garcia from Troy in the 3rd round.
  • 15:45 - Hear what Jae Crowder and Avery Bradley had to say after the win. Also, A. Sherrod Blakely joins BST to discuss the feeling in the Celtics locker room after the win.