Boston: 102.9 points/100 possessions (22nd)
Golden State: 106.6 points/100 possessions (11th)
Boston: 103.9 points allowed/100 possessions (10th)
Golden State:104.4 points allowed/100 possessions (13th)
Probable Warriors Starters:
Stephen Curry (PG), Klay Thompson (SG),Harrison Barnes (SF), David Lee (PF), and Festus Ezeli (C)
View From The Opposing Bench: Warriors World
First things first, in a bit of breaking news, Rajon Rondo will NOT play tonight against the Warriors, as Celtics PR has announced he is out with a right hip/quad injury. There is no further information on that for the moment, but we will keep you posted at CelticsHub for any further developments.
Without the team’s All-Star point guard, the Celtics face quite the uphill task this evening against the upstart Warriors, who sport one of the best backcourts in the league with Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and an underrated Jarrett Jack coming off the bench to play major minutes.
Leandro Barbosa is also still not with the team, (although he should be rejoining them soon) meaning the Celtics are down to two active guards tonight with Courtney Lee and Jason Terry. This is pretty brutal timing personnel-wise for the C’s to defend such a speedy Warrior group, but look for both guys to see at least 30-35 minutes tonight, and perhaps more. Paul Pierce, Jeff Green and perhaps Kris Joseph could see some minutes at the two in a pinch, but Thompson will be a tough mismatch for any of those guys. The C’s are certainly capable of some effective big lineups, but the athletic Warriors aren’t the team you want to go big against most nights.
Fresh off a dismal effort against the high-octane Los Angeles Clippers, the C’s face off with another team that likes to push the pace (6th in league) tonight in the Golden State Warriors. There isn’t as much talent in Oakland as there is in LA, but there are still a variety of studs to deal with for Boston tonight, starting with David Lee who is playing the best basketball of his career. KG will have to try to keep the former Knick under control on the glass, while the C’s need Brandon Bass and Jared Sullinger to have strong nights on the offensive end and the glass in order to keep pace with Golden State.
Not enough offense for Boston and too much firepower in the backcourt for GSW.
Warriors 102, Celtics 95