The Washington Times - January 22, 2012, 12:09PM

An hour before the Celtics and Wizards were set to tip off at Verizon Center on Sunday afternoon, and an opinion was offered by a non-Wizards media member.

“This team [meaning the Celtics] can be had today.” 

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The Celtics will be without guard Rajon Rondo, who will miss the game with a sprained right wrist, making John Wall’s job much easier. It’s the kind of break the Wizards need to take advantage of whenever they can get it. 

Instead of guarding Rondo, the Eastern Conference leader in assists, Wall will be guarding backup Avery Bradley. 

The Wizards (2-13) played a close game against Denver, and won a stunner over the Thunder, but an experienced, veteran team like the Celtics (5-9) presents a difference set of challenges. Older, an a little bit beat up, the Wizards need to set the pace early if they want to put this one in the win column. 

“We’re playing pretty good right now, actually,” Wizards coach Flip Saunders said.

“We’re scoring more, we’re rebounding better, but even though we’re scoring more, we’re also giving up more. We’ve just played teams that are very much up and down, transition type teams. Boston is totally different. 

“It will be a test for us to see if we can control things, and play at the kind of pace we want to play.”