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Posted by Gary Washburn Globe Staff  November 3, 2012 05:58 PM

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WASHINGTON -- The Celtics will try not to follow the road of their archrival Lakers and go 0-3 tonight against the Wizards in Washington's home opener. The Wizards will be without John Wall, who is out with a stress injury to his left knee and Nene, who has plantar fasciitis in his left foot.

After going with Brandon Bass for the first two games, Doc Rivers has decided to start rookie Jared Sillinger for the first time against Wizards power forward Trevor Booker.


PG Rajon Rondo
SG Courtney Lee
SF Paul Pierce
PF Jared Sullinger
C Kevin Garnett


PG A.J. Price
SG Bradley Beal
SF Trevor Ariza
PF Trevor Booker
C Emeka Okafor

Pregame notes:

  • Doc Rivers said before the game that the Celtics have to come out with more passion but he isn't concerned about their mental approach.

  • Darko Milicic said he is trying to get into shape after missing preseason games with a sore right wrist but he is beginning to feel comfortable.

  • It could be another emotional game for Jeff Green, who is back in the arena where he played college ball, playing for the first time since his heart surgery in front of family and friends. Green has been inconsistent the first two games for the Celtics..

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