The Warriors go for 24-0 tomorrow night in Boston. The Celtics are 13-9 after beating the Bulls last night, and people are getting excited for this game. Crazy, right? People are getting fired up for a Warriors game. That only happens before every single one of their games.
Just watched 4th quarter of Celts-Bulls on DVR. Pumped beyond pumped for Friday night. https://t.co/jHuRh40e3t
— Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) December 10, 2015
That’s pretty mild, especially coming from Simmons. He should be pumped. His favorite team is playing the best team in the league, a team that could end up getting compared with the top five teams of all-time. And while the Celtics are only seventh in the Eastern Conference, they’ve improved quite a bit over the last two years (no thanks to David Lee).
Speaking of Lee … oh man, check out how he dismissed his former team.
David Lee: “I think we match up well with Golden State. … Those guys are going to have a battle on their hands.”
— Jay King (@ByJayKing) December 10, 2015
Alright, that was pretty tame. Even Draymond Green would have a difficult time finding any motivation in that quote. Maybe Jae Crowder slighted the Warriors in some way.
“We’re a confident group and they’re a confident group,” Crowder said. “But we’re in the same league. We feel like we have a chance to keep our streak going.”
Hmmm … no, we’re going to need something spicier than this.
Ah, here we are! CSN Bay Area posted this quote today:
“I think Boston will get ’em on Friday,” Van Gundy told ESPN’s Zach Lowe on “The Lowe Post” podcast. “I think Boston is such a great defensive team, with a great home court. But the truth be told, I thought Toronto would get them as well … but the Warriors proved they could handle that too.”
The man who’s often partnered with Mark Jackson on ESPN/ABC broadcasts hedged at the end, as he also thought the Warriors’ historic streak would end on Saturday. But do you think Draymond will focus on the entire quote, or just the first two sentences? Yeah, I’m going with the latter, too. But he may ignore JVG entirely and focus on Boston’s starting shooting guard.
Avery Bradley on Warriors: “They’re not gonna go out there and just outscore us, because we’re a great scoring team as well.”
— Adam Himmelsbach (@AdamHimmelsbach) December 10, 2015
- The Warriors are averaging 115.8 points per game. Second place? OKC: 108.5 ppg.
- The Celtics are averaging 103.2 ppg, eighth in the NBA.
- The Warriors have an offensive rating of 116.4 (first in the NBA by a lot).
- The Celtics have an offensive rating of 104.9 (14th).
And what Bradley might not understand is he just challenged the Warriors’ defensive ability. If the Warriors hear what Bradley said, and it’s a lock they will between now and tomorrow evening, they’re going to want to prove that the Celtics can’t score 100 points. That is, unless the Warriors jump out to a 30-point lead and the subs come in and give up 40 points in the fourth quarter, which is what happened on Tuesday. Either way, don’t expect the Warriors to look past tomorrow’s game, even if Klay Thompson can’t play on his sprained ankle.