After the Washington Wizards overcame a 16-point deficit at home against the Charlotte Hornets, the Celtics now know they’ll face the eighth-seeded Wiz within the play-in event.
During the last fifteen video games, Boston and Washington have been a story of two cities. The Wizards went 10-5 to shut out the season and have stormed again after beginning off the yr 3-12. Their resurgence has been unexpectedly fueled by former MVP Russell Westbrook who has once more averaged a triple-double and will garner All-NBA consideration.
Conversely, the Celtics are limping into the playoffs. After getting as much as #4 within the East, they’ve battled damage, COVID, and inconsistencies and completed the yr 5-10. They’ll be with out Jaylen Brown for the postseason and Robert Williams continues to be a query mark with reoccurring turf toe.
Outdoors of the apparent reward of clinching the seventh seed within the Japanese Convention, the matchup is narrative-rich. Jayson Tatum and Bradley Beal’s long-time friendship will now be examined within the playoffs and their very own postseason resumes cast by that fireplace. Veterans Kemba Walker and Evan Fournier may have an opportunity to make a deep playoff run, alternatives that alluded them in Charlotte and Orlando respectively.
The Japanese Convention play-in event begins Tuesday evening with the tenth seeded Hornets in Indiana to face the Pacers at 6:30 pm with the Celtics and Wizards tipping off at 9 pm. The loser of the 7-8 recreation will face the winner of the 9-10 recreation on Thursday.