Phoenix, then Washington. The Boston Celtics won't have a chance this weekend to defeat a winning opponent for the first time this season, but they do have two golden opportunities to accumulate much-needed victories.
The Celtics begin the weekend Friday night at the TD Garden when they host the Phoenix Suns at 7:30 p.m. The Suns have struggled to a 2-5 road record, but Rajon Rondo's injured wrist could allow Steve Nash to run free. Rondo's considered doubtful for Friday -- if he sits, the Celtics will likely start second-year pro Avery Bradley, who is to Nash what a grade school music teacher is to Mozart.
After hosting Phoenix, the Celtics will travel to Washington to face the Wizards on Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. Two of Boston's five wins have come against the Wizards, who unfathomably outlasted the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday, 105-102. The Wizards are led by John Wall. They lose most of the time and are also known for providing amusing anecdotes, such as the following from Washington Post reporter Michael Lee's Twitter feed:
Flip said speech from Marine helped Wizards upset OKC. Jordan Crawford said it was something else. "They played some Tupac before the game."