Wizards: Rookie F Oleksiy Pecherov (sprained ankle) did not make the trip. Veteran C Etan Thomas is out indefinitely after undergoing open-heart surgery on Oct. 11.[an error occurred while processing this directive]
Celtics: The team played without veteran F James Posey, who was serving a one-game suspension for a reckless driving charge he picked up over the summer. . . . Rookie G Gabe Pruitt was a teammate of Wizards rookie G Nick Young at Southern California.
BY THE NUMBERS
Combined all-star game appearances by Boston's Kevin Garnett (10), Ray Allen (seven) and Paul Pierce (six)
Boston wins last season, the team's fewest since 1996-97
"He's holding some pretty good cards. I guess he should be excited."
Wizards Coach Eddie Jordan,
on Boston Coach Doc Rivers,
who said he was eager for his team's season opener