On Tuesday night the Boston Celtics will take on the warriors first the first time in over a year. The last time these two teams met was January 30th when the Celtics won 119 to 104.
A lot had changed since then. Not just a giant Pandemic that suspended all play for over 5 months, but the players on both sides two.
This game will symbolize the change in which both teams have encountered. However, more importantly, the want and hope for both to return to the Finals once again
Going into this one there are injuries on both sides. For the Celt’s, they have Payton Pritchard, Romeo Langford, and Marcus Smart all out. Smart who was all-defensive first team, went down against the Lakers Saturday night. He is out for two or three weeks with a calf injury.
The Warriors on the other hand only have one injury that is recent and that is Eric Paschall. Paschall did not play in the second half of the game against Detroit on Saturday, as he was suffering back spasms. Paschall is day to day and is questionable for this one.
Warriors Steph Curry
The Warriors Steph Curry has been an insane shooter throughout his Career, Everyone knows this. In case we forgot, Curry reminded us earlier this year when He surpassed Reggie Miller for second-most Threes ever made in NBA history. If Curry can stay healthy for a good part of the rest of his career, he will likely have the most all-time as well.
However, this isn’t what’s on Curry’s mind. Steph Curry wants to prove that he can lead a team to the NBA finals. With Klay Thompson out for a second straight season, Curry will be the lone star to try and lead the Warrior’s past the best in the west and into the finals.
Curry’s play has definitely not lacked this year in his return as he averaging 27.7 a game while dishing out six assists. If anyone is gonna have a great game on Tuesday, Id bet my Money that it’s going to be number 30.
Celtics Jaylen Brown
As good as Curry has been there’s a guy on the Celtics putting up identical numbers. That guy is Jaylen Brown. In his 5th season, Brown has become one of the most rising lethal threats in the NBA.
Averaging 27 a game, Brown has shown that his growth didn’t just stop last year where he put up 7 more points than the year before.
The scariest thing about Jaylen Brown’s play, is his shot percentage. Brown’s Field goal percentage is 53 percent which is 23rd in the league and his Three-point percentage is 44 percent which is 18th in the league.
If Brown keeps this up on Tuesday night, then the Celtics could find themselves in a good position up against the Warriors
Authors Prediction: Celtics win
Celtics 116 Warriors 107
Without Marcus Smart, the Celtics defense is going to struggle. However, with good play on offense and hopefully a better game from Kemba, the Celtics should be able to hold off the Warriors and win their eleventh of the season.