Matchup: Washington Wizards (6-6) at Boston Celtics (8-7)
When: Friday, 7:30 p.m. (TV: CSN, CSNMidatlantic.com via NBC Sports Live Extra)
When last we met: Twice this season Wizards point guard John Wall committed a season-high eight turnovers. The first time occurred Nov. 6 in Boston as the Celtics hammered the Wizards 118-98 despite 24 points from Bradley Beal.
Streaks: Washington lost its last two games by at least 14 points. Considering the Wizards led by nine points with nine minutes, it's stunning they lost 101-87 to Charlotte Wednesday night. Scoring six points in the final quarter will swing a result. ...The Celtics' last game also involved a fourth-quarter comeback as they went from 11 points down to defeating the winless Philadelphia 76ers 84-80. Boston had lost three of four.
Three things to watch
Get a grip: The Celtics might not be the best team for John Wall to face in the midst of turnover woes. Including the first meeting this season, Wall is averaging 7.0 over his last four games against Boston. This season, his 4.5 turnovers per game represents a career-worst while his current average of 7.9 assists is clearly off from last season's career-best of 7.9. The season is early, but the frustration may be building. Contending with Avery Bradley, one of the top defensive guards in the league, won't make life any easier.
The IT guy: Boston's roster, while deep an versatile, lacks a superstar, a transcendent talent along the lines of Larry Bird or Paul Pierce. What they may have this season is an All-Star guard in Isaiah Thomas, who has flourished with the Celtics since coming over from in a trade with the Suns last season. In 15 games this season, the former second-round pick is averaging a career-best 21.2 points with 6.1 assists and 1.5 steals. The 5-foot-9 sparkplug is also finding his rhythm from distance. Over his last four games, Thomas is shooting 41.3 percent (12 of 29) on 3-point tries.
The Real Neal: Whatever is going on with the Wizards, Gary Neal's offense isn't too blame. Over the last two games, the veteran wing guard is averaging 20.5 points on 55.5% shooting (15 of 27) from the field including 7 of 11 from beyond the 3-point arc.