With their first-round playoff matchup settled on the Philadelphia 76ers, the Celtics sat their most important players in Thursday’s regular season finale against the Washington Wizards. They ultimately dropped the game 96-90 in a final tuneup for the Celtics’ reserves before the start of the playoffs.
Kemba Walker, Jaylen Brown, Gordon Hayward, Jayson Tatum, Daniel Theis, and Marcus Smart all sat out for the Celtics. Enes Kanter, rookies Romeo Langford and Tremont Waters, Semi Ojeleye, and Javonte Green started. Green stood out offensively, with 23 points on 8-for-17 shooting.
“I thought we had a few guys today that played really hard. Javonte was obviously at the top of that list,” head coach Brad Stevens said after the game.
In a game like this, health becomes the most important factor. The Celtics could not escape without fresh health concerns, as Langford had to exit the game with a sprained right wrist.
The playoff matchups are set in the Eastern Conference. In addition to Celtics-Sixers, the Bucks will face the Magic, the Raptors play the Nets, and the Heat will square off with the Pacers. The Western Conference will require a play-in round this weekend to determine its final seeding.
The 2020 NBA Playoffs officially begin next Monday, August 17. Stay tuned to 98.5 The Sports Hub and 985TheSportsHub.com for the full Celtics-Sixers schedule.