This Thursday, NBA fans get to see a possible NBA finals matchup as the defending champion Golden State Warriors go up against the red hot Boston Celtics. This matchup is the first of two (or possibly more) this season.
The Boston Celtics (13-2)
Boston is unstoppable. After losing star forward Gordon Hayward to a gruesome knee injury on opening night, the Celtics lost their first two games of the season. The last 13 have been a different story.
The Boston Celtics have won 13 straight, and Kyrie Irving has been at the head of the Boston offense, averaging 20.6 points per game for the Celtics. Ever since leaving Cleveland, Irving has made his case early on as a favorite to win the MVP award this season. He has showcased that he’s just fine without LeBron James, not only showing it in the stat lines, but in the standings as well, given that the Cleveland Cavaliers are currently 8-7.
It isn’t just Irving’s performances that have cemented the Celtics as a powerhouse in the Eastern Conference, however. Center Al Horford has contributed over 15 points per game and over 8 rebounds per game for the Celtics. Along with him is a core of young, tough players, such as guards Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart and forward Jayson Tatum. With an average age of 24, this young team is going to keep improving as the season progresses, and there seems to be nobody that can stop them.
However, if nobody can stop the Boston Celtics, then it’s most likely that the Golden State Warriors are that nobody. This will be Boston’s biggest challenge yet, and the biggest threat to their current winning streak.
The Golden State Warriors (11-3)
The Warriors are on a streak of their own, having won their last seven games. The defending champions are on the trail to repeat, and their winning ways so far this season are just business as usual.
Golden State’s ‘Big 3’ of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant have been at the head of the Warriors’ offense, averaging over 20 points per game each so far this season. The trio easily toppled every playoff opponent last season, only losing one game the entire postseason.
Along with the trio of offensive powerhouses is forward and reigning Defensive Player of the Year Draymond Green, a tough player that accounts for a lot of the hustle on the team. Leading the team in rebounds per game and second in steals, assists and third in blocks per game, Green is one of the biggest underrated stars in the league today.
If anyone has a chance of standing up to the Golden State Warriors right now, it would be the Boston Celtics. Their young, defensive core matches up very well with the Warriors, and Kyrie Irving will be a big challenge to Curry and Golden State.
This has big potential to be the game of the year, and it should go down to the wire. In what will be a close finish, the Celtics will prove their current dominance over the league against Golden State.
When is the Game?
The game will be live Thursday at the TD Garden in Boston at 8 p.m. and will be broadcasted on TNT.