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Posted by Gary Washburn Globe Staff  January 1, 2012 04:20 PM

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The Celtics are trying to change the trend of playing badly on the road against lesser teams and they need a victory tonight in the first game of a back-to-back against the Washington Wizards.

*Chris Wilcox is out with a strained left shoulder but Doc Rivers said he could return tomorrow night in the rematch.

*Paul Pierce came off his season debut Friday with his body sore but his bruised right heel fine. He will start.

*Washington's Jan Vesely is out with a sore right hip. He was the sixth overall pick in the draft.

STARTING LINEUPS

BOSTON CELTICS

PG Rajon Rondo
SG Ray Allen
SF Paul Pierce
PF Kevin Garnett
C Jermaine O'Neal

INACTIVE: Chris Wilcox, Mickael Pietrus

WASHINGTON WIZARDS

PG John Wall
SG Nick Young
SF Rashard Lewis
PF Andray Blatche
C JaVale McGee

INACTIVE: Hamady Ndiaye, Jan Vesely

OFFICIALS: Bill Spooner, Eric Dalen, James Williams

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