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Game 58: Warriors (33-25) @ Celtics (30-27) Open Thread

 

http://a.espncdn.com/combiner/i?img=/photo/2009/1118/bos_g_rondo1_sw_576.jpgGolden State at Boston
7:30 P.M. ET
TD Garden

CSNNE

Offensive Efficiency:
Boston: 100.5 points/100 possessions (21st)
Golden State:
104.3 points/100 possessions (9th)

Defensive Efficiency:
Boston: 99.8 points allowed/100 possessions (7th)
Golden State:
 103.7 points allowed/100 possessions (17th)

Probable Warriors Starters:
Stephen Curry (PG), Klay Thompson (SG), Harrison Barnes (SF), David Lee (PF), and Andris Biedrins (C)

View From The Opposing Bench: Warriors World

Thumbnail: Just two days after Stephen Curry dropped a career-high 54 points on the Knicks at Madison Square Garden, he will be taking his talents to Boston. While the biggest story in the world of sports on Wednesday was Curry’s huge performance, the Warriors’ recent struggles have been swept under the rug. With that 109-105 loss to New York, Golden State finished February with a 4-8 record, by far their worst month this season. In addition, the Warriors gave up 109.4 points per game in those 12 games after giving up about 10 fewer points per game from October to January.

Although Golden State has played poorly recently, the team still has experienced a lot of success against the Eastern Conference. They sport a 15-7 record against those opponents in 2012-13 in comparison to the Warriors being 18-18 against the Western Conference. However, the Celtics will hope that their home cooking will be able to counteract the Warriors’ strong interconference performances, including handing the Celtics on their worst losses of the season. Boston hopes to seek revenge against Golden State at TD Garden, where the Celtics have won their last seven games.

The Celtics’ have also played well at home against the Warriors in the Kevin Garnett era. Rebounding could be key in this matchup as Boston hopes to make it a perfect 5-0 against Golden State since 2007-08. Less than one year ago, Mark Jackson’s Warriors set a futile offensive rebounding record for the last decade. They let their opponent secure more offensive rebounds in 17 consecutive games, the longest NBA streak since 2004-05. Doc Rivers’ squad could make it 17 games against these very Warriors on Friday.

Prediction: The Celtics win their eighth consecutive home game, tying their longest regular season home winning streak over the last four seasons.

Celtics 103, Warriors 99

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  • janos

    hi adam is janos
    i am agree your predicts this game but score is to close is better ones boston 104 88 defense takes over them. what are you thinks on this guys come to team new? am not hear them myself. looking forward watch game on tv tonight and have a meal

  • Run Tommy Run

    I'm a little surprised Crawford is playing over TWill.

  • Kafel

    Terry needs to stay away from any fridge, he is ice cold..

  • Danny

    Wow what a surprise refs fucking up obvious calls. The NBA should have some kind of challenge system like the NFL. I don’t know how it would work but on a play like that ball that was clearly off curry’s leg you should be able to review that. Also curry drops 50 so no he starts to get the Michael Jordan calls that’s just typical.

    • jman

      Very true on the refs and the curry calls. However the boys beat the refs and golden state. Good job tonight. Glad to see doc integrate Wilcox more into the game. He did real well especially when kg looked like shit early on. Should of brought him in in the fourth though for a few minutes to give kg relief. Wilcox allows the offense to run faster. His defense is stepping up to. Glad to see that. If his defense continues to improve, we'll be looking real good for playoffs.

  • High Rollers

    That's a good win against those youngins. C's brought it tonight.

  • KillerGymRat

    AB continues his streak of rips and run out baskets. And tonight does it for an "and-1". Sad the refs were so bad. Avery spent most of the game on the bench for a bunch of phantom fouls.

    Have to say I lost a lot of respect for Curry tonight. Always thought he was a really solid player and a class act…but after watching him repeatedly pull a Reggie Miller by kicking his legs out in hopes of forcing a foul call when you couldn't buy a basket was really sad. Add that to the cheap theatrics he pulled against Indiana and I'm starting to see the makings of a cheap and dirty player who will do anything to win.

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