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2012 NBA schedule: Wizards look for first win in Boston rematch

The Wizards came close to knocking off the Celtics Saturday night. Can they get over the hump Wednesday in the Hub?

Mark L. Baer-US PRESSWIRE

The Washington Wizards are still winless after two games, but they'll have a rematch against a Boston Celtics team they nearly beat in their last outing.

Most would've expected the matchup between the Celtics and a Wizards team without John Wall and Nene to be somewhat of a blowout, but Washington bounced back from a single-digit first quarter to make the game very close down the stretch. Paul Pierce eventually won the game for Boston with a late three that the Wizards couldn't answer, but the effort was still impressive from a young team against one of the Eastern Conference's best.

Now the Wizards get the longest break of the month, three full days early in the season to tweak issues that caused them to start 1-for-14 from the field and fail to score for almost three minutes to close the game. Although the team got 19 points off the bench from Kevin Seraphin against a smaller Boston lineup and 21 more from Jordan Crawford, they'll look for better production from the ragtag bunch tasked with starting while the team copes with injuries if they hope to beat Boston.

Here's the info on the Wizards' next game:

Wednesday, Nov. 7

Washington Wizards vs. Boston Celtics, 7:30 p.m., CSN-MA

Courtesy of our content partners at Monumental Sports and Entertainment, here's a preview of Wednesday's game, as well as a video preview from Wizards radio voices Dave Johnson and Glenn Consor.