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Chris Haynes ESPN Staff Writer 

Golden State Warriors forward Matt Barnes (ankle) says he'll be ready to play on Tuesday when they host either Los Angeles or Utah.

Jeff Goodman ESPN Insider 

Celtics now 19 of 38 from 3. Not losing too many games doing that.

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

What is J.R. Smith's defensive game plan against DeMar DeRozan? "Making him take tough shots, keeping him off the free throw line," Smith said. "Not fouling. If you can get out of the game with probably a foul or two, him shooting five free throws or less, that's pretty good." DeRozan averaged 8.3 FTAs in TOR's 1st Rd win over MIL.

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

J.R. Smith guarded Kyle Korver in last year's CLE-ATL playoff series. Smith held Korver to just 7.5 pts per game on 10-for-23 shooting total. Now Korver sees Smith's D on his side. "I think people don't understand like how big he is," Korver said. "He's a really solid body and obviously he's a great athlete. But he's got great body control and balance and a lot of that in defense is being able to force a guy the way that you want them to go. So to have that sturdy base to be like, ‘OK, I'm forcing you this way,' … obviously he's still a great jumper and can get up to contest. He's a great athlete. I think he's always had the tools to be a really good defender. I think he's really locked in the last couple years to mentally keep on learning the game and being challenged to guard the best players. When you do that over the course of a couple seasons you really start to learn the game and he's done a great job with that."

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Bojan Bogdanovic got the Wizards within striking distance in the final six minutes. Now it's up to John Wall and Bradley Beal to try to take over the final minutes of the game.

Jeff Goodman ESPN Insider 

Al Horford, who chose the Celtics over Washington this past offseason in free agency, has taken over in last few minutes. Bucket in paint, tip and 3.

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

After averaging just 6.8 points in the first round vs IND (on 5 FGAs per game) while guarding Paul George, J.R. Smith is now tasked with stopping DeMar DeRozan. "My coaches challenge me to live and die with their best guy," Smith said Sunday. "I mean, I like that challenge. It's something I wish I would've took more pride in as a younger player. But, I'm extremely excited to be in that position."

Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

Rashad McCants was the No. 1 pick in the BIG3 league by Trilogy, captained by Kenyon Martin and Al Harrington and coached by Rick Mahorn.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Wizards completely unraveled in third with seven turnovers. Marcus Smart, Avery Bradley and Terry Rozier all making John Wall uncomfortable and unable to get to the rim easily. Smart and Bradley are much better and more physical defenders than anything Wall saw in first round against Hawks. Defensively, Wizards can't stop pick and roll or penetration and giving Celtics shooters too much space or rotating too late. Marcin Gortat's impact has been limited and the Markieff Morris (ankle) absence has allowed Boston to match up better and hide Isaiah Thomas on the likes of Kelly Oubre Jr. on defense.

Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

Mike Bibby is the captain of the Ghost Killers in the BIG3 league but could he still go in the NBA?

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Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

The Boston Celtics, who trailed by 17 midway through the first quarter, outscored the Washington Wizards by 20 points in the third quarter (36-16) and lead by 15 going to the fourth quarter. Isaiah Thomas with 31 points, his career postseason high is 42 points last year against Atlanta.

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The Celtics started off Game 1 with a 70 percent chance to beat the Wizards. After a strong first half from Washington, Boston's odds have fluctuated.

Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

Dr. J believes the BIG3 league will allow NBA players to continue playing after they are done in the NBA.

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