See, now THAT wasn't so hard, was it? Actually...it kinda was. This was one of those classic "Hey, their best players are out so it’ll be a cakewalk, right? So, why am I fighting for my life?" games.
With Nene and John Wall watching the game as well-dressed spectators, the Celtics decided to keep the game interesting, taking it down to the last ticks of the clock before securing a three-point victory over a feistier-than-expected Washington Wizards led by guard Jordan Crawford (21 points) and promising big man Kevin Seraphin (19 points,7 boards).
On the downside, Jason Terry struggled, shooting 2-8 as he continued to look for his comfort zone in the Celtics offense; the Celtics were out-rebounded by 11; and Washington’s bench scoring eclipsed Boston’s 62 - 27. For the most part, though, the Celtics got essentially the shots they wanted, but failed to put the rock in the bucket with consistency.
The Celtics get the next three days off then host the Wizards for the second half of the home and home set before the Philly 76ers come to town on Friday. Then, the Celtics get an early shot at revenge down in Milwaukee against the Bucks on Saturday where they hope to show that they no longer have to Fear The Deer.