The Warriors are in Boston to tackle the Celtics for the second and closing assembly between these two groups this season. The Celtics beat the Warriors 111-107 in California on February 2. The Celtics received the collection 2-0 final season and have received the final 4 video games between these two groups. That is the third recreation of a 5 recreation highway journey for the Warriors.
The Celtics simply returned from a profitable 3 recreation highway journey and can play the subsequent 3 video games and 6 of the subsequent 8 video games at dwelling. After 3 video games at dwelling, they may take a 2 recreation highway journey to Brooklyn and Charlotte after which return to Boston for 3 extra dwelling video games. The Celtics are 206-137 all time towards the Warriors and they’re 113-37 all time in Boston.
Simply because the Celtics have been trending up and rounding into type over their 5 recreation win streak, the Warriors have been trending up over their 4 recreation win streak. The Warriors are averaging 126.8 factors and are permitting simply 106.5 factors. As a staff,they’re capturing 52% from the sphere and 42% from past the arc over their final 4 video games. The Celtics might want to play properly as a way to get a win.
The Celtics are fifth within the East. They’re tied with Atlanta (4th) and half a recreation recreation forward of New York (sixth). They’re 2 video games forward of Miami (seventh) and a pair of.5 video games forward of Charlotte (eighth). The Celtics are 7-3 of their final 10 video games. They’re 17-10 at dwelling and have received 5 straight video games. They’re 12-12 vs Western groups.
The Warriors are ninth within the West. They’re half a recreation behind Memphis (eighth) and three video games behind Dallas (seventh) and 4 video games behind Portland (sixth). They’re half a recreation forward of San Antonio for tenth, and the ultimate spot for the play-in video games for the playoffs. They’re 2.5 video games forward of New Orleans (eleventh). They’re 6-4 of their final 10 video games and 11-18 on the highway. They’ve received their final 4 video games and are 13-14 vs Japanese groups.
Evan Fournier remains to be out with Covid. Robert Williams missed Friday’s recreation vs the Lakers and also will miss this recreation with knee soreness. The Celtics signed Jabari Parker on Friday, however it’s unlikely that he’ll play on this one however it’s all the time attainable. Moe Wagner was waived to make room on the roster for Parker. Jaylen Brown was added to the harm checklist on Saturday with a non-covid sickness. His availability shall be a recreation time choice. If Jaylen can’t play, I anticipate that Romeo Langford will get the beginning in his place.
For the Warriors, Klay Thompson stays out as he rehabs from an Achilles tear. Eric Paschall is out resulting from a hip harm. James Wiseman simply underwent profitable surgical procedure to restore a torn ACL and is out. Kelly Oubre, Jr has missed the final 4 video games with a wrist sprain and is questionable for this recreation. If he is ready to play, he’ll probably return to the beginning lineup rather than Kent Bazemore.
Possible Celtics Starters
PG: Kemba Walker
SG: Marcus Good
SF: Jaylen Brown
PF: Jayson Tatum
C: Tristan Thompson
Evan Fournier (covid) out
Robert Williams III (knee) out
Jabari Parker (not harm associated) questionable
Jaylen Brown (sickness) questionable
Possible Warriors Starters
PG: Stephen Curry
SG: Kent Bazemore
SF: Andrew Wiggins
PF: Draymond Inexperienced
C: Kevon Looney
Gary Payton, Jr
Kelly Oubre, Jr (wrist) questionable
Eric Paschall (hip) out
Klay Thompson (Achilles) out
James Wiseman (knee) out
Kemba Walker vs Stephen Curry
This can be a very robust matchup for any staff. Curry is averaging 30.7 factors, 5.5 rebounds and 5.9 assists. He’s capturing 48.9% from the sphere and 42% from past the arc. He’s averaging 41.5 factors, 6.0 rebounds and 5.5 assists whereas capturing 59% from the sphere and 53% on threes over his final 9 video games. Within the first recreation vs the Celtics he had 38 factors, 11 rebounds and eight assists. The Celtics want Kemba to play properly on the offensive finish, however we should always see Good on Curry on the defensive finish. Slowing Curry will go a good distance towards getting a win on this recreation.
Jaylen Brown vs Andrew Wiggins
Brown is coming off top-of-the-line video games of the season, scoring 40 factors on 85% capturing. Hopefully he can proceed the place he left off on this one. Wiggins is averaging 18.1 factors, 4.8 rebounds, and a pair of.4 assists per recreation. He’s capturing 47.5% from the sphere and 38.7% from past the arc.
Honorable Point out
Jayson Tatum vs Draymond Inexperienced
These two can proceed on the court docket the place their sub battle leaves off. Inexperienced is averaging 6.6 factors, 6.6 rebounds and eight.5 assists per recreation. He’s capturing 41.6% from the sphere and 26.3% from past the arc. Inexperienced is averaging 3.3 steals over his final 4 video games and so the Celtics want to concentrate on the place he’s to keep away from dropping the ball. Jayson additionally must play him for the move as a lot as for the shot.
Keys to the Recreation
Protection – Protection is the important thing to successful. The Celtics’ protection has improved fairly a bit over their 4 recreation win streak. They should proceed to make protection a precedence. The Celtics are thirteenth with a defensive ranking of 111.5 whereas the Warriors are ninth with a defensive ranking of 110.0. The Warriors are averaging 113 factors per recreation whereas the Celtics are averaging 112.6 factors. They should play robust protection in the event that they need to win this recreation.
Rebound – The Celtics are averaging 44.2 rebounds per recreation whereas the Warriors are averaging 42.6 rebounds per recreation. It takes effort to seize rebounds and the Celtics should make an additional effort to crash the boards and pull down rebounds. In the event that they put out additional effort on the boards, that normally carries by means of to the remainder of their recreation.
Take Care of the Ball – The Celtics had 21 turnovers towards the Lakers, with a lot of these unforced. They’ve to scrub that up in the event that they hope to maintain successful. The Warriors common 17.2 factors off turnovers and so if the Celtics get sloppy on this one, the Warriors will make them pay with factors on the different finish.
Transfer the Ball – The Celtics ball motion over their win streak has been good. That they had 33 assists towards the Lakers. The Celtics must proceed to maneuver the ball and that offers them a significantly better likelihood to attain. The Celtics additionally must run and get their offense earlier than the Warriors can get their protection set. Ball motion and transferring with out the ball are massive causes that the Celtics have received 5 straight and they should proceed doing each.
Be Aggressive for 48 Minutes – The Celtics have to be the extra aggressive staff from begin to end. They have to be aggressive in going to the ring and never simply accept 3’s particularly in the event that they aren’t falling. They should be aggressive in crashing the boards, in preventing for free balls and in operating the court docket. Additionally they should be extra aggressive on protection. They’ve to come back out robust and play laborious proper up till the ultimate buzzer. The way in which the Warriors have been taking part in, if the Celtics slack off for any time period in the course of the recreation, they could lose the sport.
Momentum – The Celtics have received 5 video games straight whereas the Warriors have received their final 4 video games. Each groups come into this recreation with momentum. It helps that the Celtics are at dwelling, however the Warriors have received their first 2 video games on this highway journey and so are taking part in properly on the highway proper now. The Celtics must experience their momentum and play laborious and play tougher than the Warriors.
Residence Recreation – The Celtics have performed properly at dwelling and they should proceed their robust play on the Backyard on this recreation. The Celtics lastly have followers within the constructing and hopefully the Backyard crowd, though small, shall be loud and provides them a lift. The Warriors haven’t performed properly within the Backyard in current video games and hopefully that may proceed for this recreation.
Officiating – Officiating isn’t all the time an element however it all the time has the potential to be an element. Each officiating staff calls the sport in another way. Some name it tight and others allow them to play. Some are tech joyful whereas others let extra go. Some favor the house staff whereas some name is straight. Nonetheless the sport is named, the Celtics should alter and never enable the officiating to mess with their focus.