Boston: 98.4 points/100 possessions (25th)
Golden State: 103.9 points/100 possessions (7th)
Boston: 96.2 points allowed/100 possessions (3rd)
Golden State:103.7 points allowed/100 possessions (24th)
Probable Warriors Starters:
Nate Robinson (PG), Klay Thompson (SG), Dorell Wright (SF), David Lee (PF), and Andris Biedrins (C)
View From The Opposing Bench: Warriors World
Steph Curry and new addition Andrew Bogut are both hurt while Monta Ellis is Wisconsin bound. The Celtics should be a prohibitive favorite tonight, unless they play down to the level of their competition. In related news, coming off two big games in Los Angeles, the Celtics could be primed to play down to the level of their competition. Which means this one could be a lot closer than it should be. Also, expect at least one member of the roster to be playing his final game as a Celtic tonight.
Brian fielded a couple of questions on tonight’s game over at ESPN Boston. Have a taste here, and hit the link for additional thoughts on the trade deadline.
1. What should scare the Celtics most about the Warriors that weren’t traded to Milwaukee on Tuesday?
Chris Forsberg: Sure, the Warriors traded away Monta Ellis, but they are still one of the league’s elite offensive teams. According to Synergy Sports data, they rank fifth in the league averaging .942 points per play. What’s more, they thrive in a halfcourt set, ranking first in the league in spot-up shooting at 1.122 points per play (spot-up accounts for a team-high 19 percent of the Warriors’ plays). David Lee, Dorrell Wright, and Steph Curry (if able to suit up) give Golden State more than enough firepower. Brandon Rush is the type of bench spark the Celtics don’t have, while old pal Nate Robinson ought to be fired up (especially around the trade deadline given that the C’s shipped him out as part of the Kendrick Perkins deal last year after acquiring him at the deadline the year before). The shorthanded Warriors still put up 115 points and throttled the Kings by 26 points Tuesday night.
Brian Robb: High-energy offense and youth. Despite missing former teammates Ellis and Ekpe Udoh, as well as Stephen Curry (ankle injury) last night, Golden State blew out the Kings on the road thanks to a standout effort from Klay Thompson among other young role players. Despite the roster changes, Mark Jackson has this team playing well lately, winning four of its last five contests. High-powered offensive teams have usually been the demise of the C’s on these west coast trips and tonight should be no exception. Boston must be efficient on offense in order to keep up.
The Celtics come out soft, finish hard and walk away with the win.
Boston 101 Golden State 92