Boston Celtics at Washington Wizards
When: 7:00 PM ET, Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Where: Capital One Arena, Washington, District of Columbia
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WASH DC – The Boston Celtics’ injury report got a bit smaller and they figure to have point guard Kyrie Irving back in action when they visit the Washington Wizards on Wednesday. Irving (shoulder) was one of four regulars that sat and watched a makeshift lineup top the New Orleans Pelicans 113-100 on Monday for the Celtics’ sixth straight win.
Al Horford (knee) and Aron Baynes (ankle) are both questionable for this one while backup forward Gordon Hayward (illness) has been listed as doubtful as Boston seeks a fourth consecutive road victory. “I think that’s been one of the, kind of, trademarks of this group has been whoever’s not available, you don’t focus on that, you just focus on how to play to your strengths,” Celtics coach Brad Stevens told reporters after Monday’s win. “And the key is when everybody is available, getting the most out of ourselves, I think.” The Wizards dropped their final two games of a four-game road trip, capped by Monday’s 109-101 setback at Indiana. Star point guard John Wall missed the contest with a sore heel and is considered day-to-day.
TV: 7 p.m. ET, NBCS Boston, NBCS Washington
ABOUT THE CELTICS (16-10): Marcus Morris made his eighth straight start Monday and finished with a season-high 31 points on 10-of-15 shooting. “The first thing was be a leader,” Morris told the media of his mission. “We had a lot of guys down … and keep trying to play the right way with the guys out there.” Jayson Tatum finished with 21 points and Jaylen Brown added 19, giving him a scoring average of 21 in three games since returning from a back injury.
ABOUT THE WIZARDS (11-16): Bradley Beal scored 30 points and Kelly Oubre Jr. added 23 in the loss to the Pacers, while newcomer Sam Dekker made a splash in his team debut, fueling a late comeback and finishing with a plus-20 rating. “Effort and energy and his motor. That’s just how he plays,” coach Scott Brooks told reporters of Dekker’s impact. “He obviously got a little winded out there. He hasn’t played in a while. I liked what I saw. He plays hard. You can tell that he plays with a lot of enthusiasm and loves the game. And it shows.” Dekker, who had two steals and a fast-break dunk in his 10 minutes, was acquired in a trade with Cleveland last week and was playing for the first time since Nov. 5.
1. Beal is averaging 31 points over his last three games.
2. Celtics rookie C Robert Williams had career highs of seven points and 11 rebounds while tying his personal best with three blocks against New Orleans.
3. Washington took three of four meetings last season.