The Other Side Finale: Boston Celtics
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.
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