With the regular season winding down, both teams will be looking to get back in the win column in order to bolster their postseason push.
Okafor, who was unavailable for comment afterward, accompanied the Sixers on their charter flight to Orlando for Monday night's game against the Magic and "will continue to be evaluated upon arrival in Orlando", according to a team spokesman. Both of them have same stats in the last ten games, Wizards and Celtics have won six games and lost their most recent games. This is the first game since the Wizards pulled off a major attention-grabbing stunt and then followed through with a double-digit beatdown of a very good Celtics team.
The Celtics, still with a nice lead in the Atlantic Division, won the first three games of the season against the Sixers.
"It's a big game", Thomas said.
Brett Brown's squad is playing good basketball right now. "With that team it's always going to be a physical game, always going to be trash talking and things like that". And worry about Washington. "You've got guys who have come before us and played 82 games and they have their opinions. I'm getting exhausted of it".
What to Watch For Playoff Implications Tonight's game won't just be one of 82 for these teams as this one could really play a big role in seeding in the Eastern Conference. A win tonight would be huge for Boston because it would add momentum to the start of a six-game home stand.
The Washington Wizards have come a long way during the 2016-17 season. A win by the Celtics would also tie the series at 2-2 and give Boston the tie-breaker over the Wizards because they have a better Conference record. The Sixers rallied from a 13-point deficit in the third quarter for the upset win over the Celtics.
The Wizards were able to get by without Morris against Chicago with help from Jason Smith and Ian Mahinmi, who each had season-highs in points. The Wizards are two games behind them at 42-27.
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"I think there's a lot to be learned from them", he said.
Marcus Smart ran the offense well with eight assists, but couldn't get his shot going, as he shot just 3-12 for the game.
It seemed that the Celtics gravitated away from doing the things that helped them pull ahead by as many as 13 points, chief among them was playing nearly exclusively through Horford who also had eight rebounds, six assists and two blocked shots along with his 27 points.
T.J. McConnell provided much-needed stability at a crucial point in the season and might be the most clutch Sixer of the post-Iverson era, but MVP is a little tough a sell for a starter who routinely goes weeks in between double-figure scoring nights.