BOSTON – The Wizards’ season could end in several different possibilities, but all that matters to them is that a win will ensure they’ll finish no worse than sixth and won’t face the Miami Heat in the first round.
“Everybody is concerned about seven,” John Wall said. “We don’t want to play the defending champions, trying to go to their fourth final, but the way we’re play, if we’re making shots and playing defense, I like our chances against anybody. You want to stay away from them until you get to the second round.”
Washington (43-38) will go with its usual starting five of Wall, Bradley Beal, Trevor Ariza, Trevor Booker and Marcin Gortat as they attempt to win the season series against the Boston Celtics, three games to one. The Wizards can’t risk a loss because a Charlotte Bobcats win would knock them down to seventh.
But they have a chance to move up to the fifth spot with the Brooklyn Nets making it clear that they don’t care whether they get fifth or sixth. The Nets (44-37) plan to rest all of their starters on Wednesday against the Cleveland Cavaliers, basically conceding the fifth spot to the Wizards if they want it.
“It don’t matter,” Al Harrington said. “We ready for whatever. That’s how we’ve been approaching it every day. Whoever we get, we get. If we take care of business, we’ll be all right.”
If the Wizards defeat the Celtics (25-56) on Wednesday, they would record the fifth-highest road win total in franchise history with 22. Wall will also start all 82 games for the first time in his career.
“You look at all the good players, they play every game,” Coach Randy Wittman said. “It’s a good testament to John. Coming off a tough year, injury wise, to come back this year and play 82 games is a heck of an accomplish and one that he should be proud of, being an iron man guy that’s there for his teammates every night. That’s a great accomplishment for him.”
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