Celtics' top 2 center out vs Wizards, gives Rui Hachimura a favorable match-up


If the Wizards had one advantage heading into their matchup with the Eastern Conference-leading Celtics Wednesday night, it was Rui Hachimura and Thomas Bryant against Boston's suspect front line

Now that Daniel Theis and Robert Williams, the Celtics' top two options at the center position are both sidelined with injuries, Washington could be in for a big night from their young frontcourt. 

Boston can turn to Enes Kanter, who just returned from injury, Jaylen Brown, rookie Vincent Poirier, rookie forward Grant Williams or even Tacko Fall to slow down Bryant and Hachimura. Marcus Smart is always an option to guard up a few positions, but there's a chance he'll already have his hands full with Bradley Beal. 

The Celtics have found success this season putting an emphasis on ball pressure to help negate a thin front line. No team has really taken advantage of their big men yet, so maybe the Wizards can give the rest of the league a blueprint on how to solve Brad Stevens' defense. 

Between the Wizards' edge in the frontcourt and the Celtics' league-best offense, we could be looking at a high-scoring affair at TD Garden.