The Washington Wizards and Boston Celtics just got an unexpected boost for this coming season. Not only are the two teams fresh off a 7-game series in the Eastern Conference Semifinals a year ago, but they will not have twins on either side when they square off.
The Wizards have Markieff Morris and the Celtics acquired Marcus Morris from the Detroit Pistons this offseason, an interesting dynamic that’s not lost on one of the stars of the rivalry, point guard John Wall.
“I told him ‘man, I know that’s your brother and you do everything alike, but he’s our enemy when we play them those four games.’ He’s cool with it,” Wall said on Friday at his charity event at Rosedale Community Center in Northeast Washington.
Making matters even more compelling is that all four regular season matchups will be on national television.
“Remember what I [said] last year when we got in that little altercation? I said that every game from now on should be on TV. It wasn’t. Well, now every game this year is on TV, so. I’m fine with that,” he said.
“It’s kind of crazy [Marcus] got traded to the team we have a rivalry now with in this league. It should be fun,” Wall said.
The Celtics got the best of the Wizards in the playoffs last year, winning that decisive Game 7 and advancing to the Eastern Conference Finals, where they’d lose to the Cleveland Cavaliers in five games.
With the Cavs’ future foggier than expected, teams like the Celtics and Wizards will be looking to take that next step, something that could cause the rivalry to become that much more heated and important.