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The Other Side Finale: Boston Celtics


If we don't have KG in the playoffs, it's going to hurt like my elbow to Varejao. (AP Photo)


Surely, when the NBA schedule-maker decided to have the Washington Wizards face the Boston Celtics in the season finale, the intention was that this would be a really competitive game between teams with something to play for. Instead, the Wizards are playing to avoid the embarrassment of matching the record for fewest wins in 82 games, while Boston is playing to avoid any more injuries before the playoffs.

The Wizards will be without Antawn Jamison, Gilbert Arenas and everybody else that hasn't played the past few weeks. With the No. 2 seed locked up in the Eastern Conference, the Celtics will be without Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen, with the Big Three resting for the postseason. Should be a thriller, huh?

The Celtics have destroyed the Wizards in two games this season, winning by an average of 29.5 points. Boston is coming off a 100-98 win in Philadelphia on Tuesday night, a game when Ray Allen was suspended for an ill-placed elbow. This will be the final regular season game at TD Banknorth Garden, with the name changing to TD Garden in July.

Here's what else you should know about the Celtics as they prepare to host the Wizards at TD Banknorth Garden:

1. The Truth Is Never Scared
The Cavaliers humiliated the Celtics on national television on Sunday, with a 107-76 shellacking in which Boston scored just nine first-quarter points. The Cavaliers were dancing and partying as the game wound down, but Paul Pierce said he still believes the loss will not shake his confidence. He responded with a great game in Philadelphia yesterday.

2. Championship Hopes Hinge on Kevin Garnett's Knee
The Celtics have five fewer wins than last season, but their chances of winning back-to-back NBA titles for the first time in 40 years seem pretty grim if Kevin Garnett cannot return to form from a strained right knee. Garnett has missed 21 games with the injury and the team is 17-7 overall without him this season. Garnett is in charge of his decision to return. He is not close to being 100 percent.

3. Ray Allen Is No Fan of Anderson Varejao
Allen has a reputation for being one of the classiest guys in the league, but he lost his cool after Cleveland's Anderson Varejao tossed him to the ground on Sunday. Allen responded by trying to hamper Varejao's ability to have children. He had even more to say about the Cavaliers afterward.

By Michael Lee  |  April 15, 2009; 5:36 PM ET
 
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Comments

JAVARIS CRITTENTON is the future of PG on this team as long as ERNIE G. is GM. And I think he will excel if given burn and support, but not next year. If GIL is down we've got to have a two year short-term solution in the form of a major talent at the #1. MIKE JAMES? Only in his own mind. NO.

And THABEET declared for the draft today. Since our karma would never allow a first pick, he's as good as gold. Oh, I forgot. WIZ retired those jerseys.

Posted by: glawrence007 | April 15, 2009 6:20 PM | Report abuse

JAVARIS CRITTTENTON is the future BACKUP pg of this team.

Posted by: Barno1 | April 15, 2009 7:00 PM | Report abuse

The Wizards will be without Antawn Jamison, Gilbert Arenas.

By Michael Lee | April 15, 2009; 5:36 PM ET

Hey Mike, You might want to put this news in its own blog entry, since this has not been reported anywhere else until now, instead of burying it in the middle of an entry about the Other Side...

Posted by: Barno1 | April 15, 2009 7:02 PM | Report abuse

JCRIT runs the point and Gilbert shoots first and takes no prisoners at the two.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | April 15, 2009 7:22 PM | Report abuse

So.......no starting lineups tonight Mike? I know it's the season finale and all but...?

Posted by: Barno1 | April 15, 2009 8:06 PM | Report abuse

Gilbert is in charge of his decision to return.

Oh! Oh! Oh! Daggumit.' My bad.' Garnett is in charge of his decistion to return.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | April 15, 2009 8:20 PM | Report abuse

What happened to Juan Dixon?
He looks worse than he did as a rookie. He used to be a heady player; always under control and a very good shooter. It's difficult to watch him play now.

Posted by: bozomoeman | April 15, 2009 9:20 PM | Report abuse

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