Celtics stay red-hot
The Boston Celtics defeated the Golden State Warriors in the Chase Center on Wednesday, 110-88.
This was Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green’s first time playing together in an organized game in over 1,000 days, but it was the red-hot C’s that came away with the victory, their 17th in the last 20 games.
Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown scored 26 points each, while Marcus Smart finished with 20 points and eight assists. Boston is now fourth in the Eastern Conference, one game behind the Philadelphia 76ers and four games out of first place.
Boston rains on the parade
This game was not close at any point; the Celtics had already jumped out to a 48-32 lead at halftime, at which point Steph Curry had been ruled out indefinitely with a foot injury. The Warriors’ long streak without their three best players was only momentarily broken as Curry is now out from anywhere between a week and the entire season, depending on the severity of the injury.
Back on the court, the Celtics did a stellar job once again defending against the three-point shot. Klay Thompson was held to just 1-11 shooting from outside, leaving Jordan Poole (29 points, 6-13 3PT) mostly to fend for himself in Curry’s absence.
The ever-efficient Robert Williams III did a nice job capitalizing on Golden State’s lack of interior presence, racking up eight points, nine rebounds, and four blocks. He and his partner in the frontcourt, Al Horford, had a fairly easy night, with Tatum, Brown, and Smart all taking turns lighting up the scoreboard.
Derrick White was one of the only disappointments of the night for the boys in green and white. The recent trade acquisition went 0-8 from the field and 0-5 from outside and was blanked in the score column. The former Colorado Buffalo is now only shooting 38.0% on field goals and 22.6% on three-pointers, both far cries off of his career 44.2% and 33.6% averages.
The rise continues
The Boston Celtics are on a historic rise right now, and nobody seems to be talking about it enough.
The New England faithful are 25-9 since the new year and have rounded into the shape of a team capable of dethroning any opponent in its way.
The Celtics have a realistic path to the NBA Finals, assuming they can continue their current level of play or remain anywhere near it. Both the Brooklyn Nets and 76ers are wildly inconsistent, the Chicago Bulls have a dreadful record against top teams, and the Miami Heat, as solid of an outfit as they are, are very similar to Boston in the sense that they prioritize being a “team,” just with less talent than their rivals in Boston.
What once looked like a team caught in dissension and a need for trades now looks like the primary contender in the East. This has been an incredible turnaround, and it has a chance to continue when the Celtics take the court against the Sacramento Kings on Friday night.
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