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Posted at 01:03 PM ET, 01/22/2012

Wizards vs. Celtics: Open thread for Game 16

The Wizards will conclude their four-game homestand against Boston. The Celtics have won the first two meetings, but they will be without all-star point guard Rajon Rondo, who will miss his second game in a row with right wrist injury. Avery Bradley – who actually was rated ahead of John Wall in high school – will get the start.

Andray Blatche has been booed the past two home games. He played through the jeers in the Wizards victory over Oklahoma City but was cleary affected on Friday in the loss to Denver, as he finshed 0-7 with five fouls and three turnovers. Coach Flip Saunders said he spoke with Blatche about the negative reaction.

“I told him, ‘You’re in a situation where you’ve lost some trust with the fans,’ “ Saunders said. “As a team, we can help too. Winning cures a lot of those things.”

When asked if was better to bring Blatche off the bench rather allow him to get booed during introductions, Saunders said he would put the best five players on the court based on matchups and productivity.

“He’s a big boy. He can deal with it,” Saunders said. “We’re not going to make a decision on whether he starts or not based on fan reaction.”

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Tipoff: 1 p.m. TV: Comcast SportsNet; Radio:106.7 (WJFK FM).

Check out a live box score for today’s game here.

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