Jan 19, 2014; Orlando, FL, USA; Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo (9) shoots over Orlando Magic small forward Tobias Harris (12) during the second half at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

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Following last night’s spirited, yet ultimately fruitless, battle against the Miami Heat, the Boston Celtics head into the nation’s capital

Dec 21, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Washington Wizards center Kevin Seraphin (13) works the ball against Boston Celtics center Kelly Olynyk (41) during the first period at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

tonight to take on the Washington Wizards.

Boston not only lost the game last night, but it also lost shooting guard Avery Bradley to an injury in the process.  The good news is that Bradley is only expected to be out for 1-2 weeks.  The bad news is that Bradley is the Celtics’ second-leading scorer, putting up 14.5 points per contest.  In an effort to make up for the loss of Bradley, the Celtics have signed guard Vander Blue to a ten-day contract . . . but while Blue has put up 19 points and 2 dimes per contest in the D-League, Celtics fans should not expect the 6;5″ guard who played his college ball at Marquette University to fill the void, especially when on the defensive end.

Th first time Boston played the Wizards this season, Boston raced out to a 16-point first quarter lead, only to have Washington outscore the Cs every quarter thereafter en route to a 106-99 loss.  The Capitals got huge games from Trevor Ariza (27 pts.) and point guard John Wall (20 points, 9 assists), while the Celtics were led in scoring by . . .  Avery Bradley‘s 26 points.  I’ll give anyone who seriously predicts that Vander Blue can match that total a free Fansided t-shirt if he actually does it tonight.

The Wizards come into this game having won four out of five games, while the Celtics are in a terrible slump, losers three straight and 15 out of their last 17.  Of course, the good news for the Celtics is that they have Rajon Rondo back in the lineup, tonight’s game being his fourth of the season.  Every fan of the green and white is hoping that Rondo’s return will be enough to help this team begin playing the sort of basketball we have come to expect from the Celtics; namely, winning basketball.  So far, Rondo has been as rusty as one would expect from a guy who missed nearly a year of basketball due to a torn ACL, but we would all love to see tonight be the night that he shakes off most of that rust and lead his team to victory.

Tonight’s game is set to tip-off at 7 p.m.  Follow me on Twitter throughout the game – @theamazingMrS and @HoudiniCeltics – and as always, come on back for my thoughts following the action!  Go Boston!

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