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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.

Report: Thomas won't need hip surgery

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Report: Thomas won't need hip surgery

Danny Ainge told the Boston Globe Wednesday that Isaiah Thomas will not need surgery on his right hip after being hampered late in the postseason. 

Thomas originally suffered the injury March 15 against the Timberwolves and missed two games before reaggravating it in Game 6 of the second round against the Wizards. He played the first two games of the Eastern Conference finals but was shut down for the final three. 

“Isaiah is making good progress,” Ainge told the Globe. “He’s out on the court; he’s shooting. He’s full-speed ahead on the stationary bike and working in the swimming pool. He’s progressing nicely.”

The Globe’s Adam Himmelsbach wrote that the team waited for swelling to go down before determining whether surgery would be needed, and that “barring any further setbacks,” he will not. 

Thomas is coming off a career year in which he averaged 28.9 points a game. He is entering the final year of his contract.