“There’s a reason they haven’t played a lot of close games, and it’s because they’re awfully freakin’ good,” Stevens said, which surprisingly wasn’t met with audible gasps by the collected media at the C’s practice facilities. “We just have to, again, possession to possession, stay poised and stay in the moment. If one thing doesn’t go our way, move on to the next. That’s what you try to build for because your margin for error is very small against a team of this caliber.”
It’s safe to say a close game is incoming for the Warriors tonight. Not just close, but an extremely intense game as one of the most hated teams in the league comes to the Garden against the 13-2 Celtics. This is probably the biggest game of the entire NBA season so far – especially since Boston/Cleveland opening night. All I want is to see Golden State lose by 30. That’s all, I don’t think that’s a huge ask. I personally hate Steph Curry and the Warriors more than anybody else – so a beatdown would be satisfying.
If the Celtics want to beat Golden State, slowing down the tempo and defending the three point line are the obvious musts. Golden State has the clear advantage with offense, and depth. But, the Celtics are #1 in defense – so they have to clamp up on open shots. Not only defend the shots, but knock down the open shots. It’s hard enough to beat Golden State, missing open opportunities or making mental mistakes makes it almost impossible.
If you live in Massachusetts, and you aren’t watching this game, I don’t know whether to feel sorry or shame you. Even if you aren’t a basketball fan – you will at least get a couple of yucks from the TNT halftime show. I’m actually anticipating what bit Shaq has planned already.