Celtics at a championship level

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There’s a certain amount of pride that goes along with NBA players and NBA games, but the Wizards had no problem with giving credit to the Celtics tonight.

“We couldn’t establish anything at all,” said Wizards coach Flip Saunders. “They challenged every pass, every dribble. It was like men playing against boys tonight. They just manhandled us at every spot.”

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Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas, as accomplished a player as there is on the Wizards, did not disagree with his coach’s assessment of men vs. boys.

“They’re built for a championship,” Arenas said of the Celtics. “We’re rebuilding. Until we feel we’re on that level, we have a long ways to go. The two championship caliber teams we’ve played, we’ve been blown out.”

The Celtics are now 9-2 and look as good as can be expected at this point in the season. Having handled their business against the Wizards, the Celtics face a tough test Friday night against Oklahoma City.