"I guess it was just one of those games for all of us". In the teams' third meeting in January 2016, Celtics forward Jae Crowder - who many regards as the central protagonist in this entire rivalry drama - got tagged with a technical foul in the final minute of Boston's 119-117 victory in Washington.
The Washington Wizards are battling for the second seed in the East but have lost three of their last four games. The teams engaged in some heated matchups earlier this season while jockeying for position behind the front-running Cleveland Cavaliers, with the second-place Celtics entering this one 1 1/2 games up on the Wizards after Sunday's 105-99 loss in Philadelphia.
The Washington Wizards take on the Boston Celtics in one of the National Basketball Association games on Monday, start time at 7:30 PM ET. However, the Wizards have performed well against the C's, as they've won two of the three meetings between the two teams this season. That five will start Monday's game. The atmosphere will be electric tonight in Boston as both teams along with the fans know what's at stake, so expect a playoff-like crowd in this one.
The Boston Celtics are also looking for the second seed in the East and have split their last eight games.
All of those potential advantages become moot though if the Celtics don't take care of business Monday.
So with the momentum of playing well, a favorable schedule primarily at home and now the extra confidence that comes with beating a good team like Washington, the Celtics have every reason to feel that they are closing in on being at or near the top of their game come playoff time. The Washington Wizards have won 10 of their last 13 road games.
"We're getting there, but we have to get better", Isaiah Thomas told CSNNE.com following the win.
For Boston to have the kind of season they're more than capable of having which is to get to the Eastern Conference finals, chances are high that they'll have to go through Washington to do so.
"Those guys don't like us, we don't like them, that's what it is", Thomas said.
"It was pretty cool", Thomas said.
Six players are averaging at least 11.2 points per game for Washington, they are: Bradley Beal (23.1), Wall (23.0), Bojan Bogdanovic (15.4), Markieff Morris (14.1), Otto Porter Jr.