On Monday, March 20, the Wizards and Celtics meet in the finale of their competative, contentious regular-season series.
While not yet true rivals, the Wizards and Celtics made it clear that the two teams do not like each other, and the previous matchups accentuated this fact.
With the two teams fighting for the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference Playoffs, the Monday night game will be of utmost importance, which is why the Celtics are leaving Isaiah Thomas behind in Boston when the team heads to Philadelphia and Brooklyn this weekend.
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Isaiah Thomas will not travel this weekend to NY and Philly. He's out with a right knee bone bruise. #NEBHInjuryReport— Boston Celtics (@celtics) March 16, 2017
Thomas has missed just four games this season, all coming between December 7 and December 14. The Celtics finished 1-3 over those four games.
But with the Wizards just 1.5 games behind the Celtics for the No. 2 spot, and both the Nets and 76ers at the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings, resting Thomas should not hurt the team all that much.
The Celtics are 1-2 against the Wizards this season, with Thomas averaging 28.6 points and 9.6 assists in those three games.