Rejoice! The Celtics will not go 0-82 this season.
Boston won its first game of the season in Washington, D.C. Saturday night -- but it was closer than it should have been. After jumping out to an early 16-point lead, the Wizards came all the way back to take a lead in the fourth quarter.
Cedric Maxwell joined Lou Merloni on CSNNE's Sports Sunday to discuss the team's play up to this point, and notes that the C's bench is still very much a work in progress.
"Well they start off early on, you think about playing defense, they did a lot of good things," Maxwell said. "They really shut down Washington, didn't allow them to score any points early in the game. After that, the problem with the Celtics so far is going to the bench. When KG comes out of the game the Celtics have had some difficulties and some problems."
It was the same problem at times last season with Garnett on the bench: the Celtics couldn't compete. The team's second unit is said to be one of the deepest and best in the NBA, but they were outscored 62-27 against the Wizards bench.
With Garnett's minutes plan set for five-minute intervals, others must step up. But it's obvious that he can't be fully replaced.
"I think the thing about KG, KG is the engine," Maxwell said. "You can have the keys -- Rondo has the keys to everything -- but KG is the engine and when the engine is going the car is going the right way. KG rebounds effectively and defensively he is the captain of what they do really well. When he's been out of the game, they have struggled."
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PHILADELPHIA - Carson Wentz tossed four touchdown passes, and the Philadelphia Eagles overcame losing nine-time Pro Bowl left tackle Jason Peters in a 34-24 win over the Washington Redskins on Monday night.
Wentz threw for 268 yards and ran for a career-best 63 after a shaky start to lead the NFL-best Eagles (6-1) to their fifth straight win. But the victory was costly because Peters was carted off the field with a knee injury in the third quarter.
Kirk Cousins had 303 yards passing and three TDs for the Redskins (3-3).
The Eagles went three-and-out three times in their first four drives and had only 57 total yards before Wentz hit Mack Hollins in stride with a perfect 64-yard TD pass to tie it at 10.
That got the offense rolling.
Wentz connected with Zach Ertz for 46 yards on the next series and found him again for a 4-yard TD pass to make it 17-10.
After getting the second-half kickoff, the Eagles drove 86 yards for another touchdown. Peters was injured during the series, and fans chanted his name while teammates surrounded the cart.
Wentz finished the drive off with a play that Peters would appreciate.
While being hit by two defenders and falling forward, Wentz lofted a 9-yard TD pass to Corey Clement.
Wentz fired a 10-yard TD pass to Nelson Agholor to expand the lead to 31-17. Wentz kept that drive alive by escaping a sack and running 17 yards on third-and-8.
Cousins tossed a 7-yard touchdown pass to Chris Thompson to give the Redskins a 10-3 lead. He connected with Jordan Reed on a 5-yard TD to cut the deficit to 24-17 and threw a 12-yard pass to Reed to cap the scoring.
The Eagles were penalized on four straight plays to start their first possession before Wentz was intercepted by Quinton Dunbar on a deep pass to Torrey Smith on second-and-31.
Philadelphia swept Washington for the first time since 2013 and has a commanding lead in the NFC East. The Cowboys and Redskins are tied for second place.