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05 March 2024

A Boston Celtics Blog: 17 Banners and Counting
  • Jayson Tatum named Player of the Month for February
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    Jayson Tatum helped Boston to a 9-1 record throughout February.

    Jayson Tatum has been named Player of the Month for February. The Boston Celtics star has been performing at an elite level, as we’ve come to expect from him at this juncture of the season.

    Tatum played in 10 games throughout February, averaging 27.2 points, 8.9 rebounds and 6.7 assists. He shot 48% from the field and 35.1% from 3-point range. The Celtics won nine of those 10 contests, with their only loss coming against the Los Angeles Lakers on Feb. 1. Boston’s winning streak has continued into March, where they have beaten the Dallas Mavericks and Golden State Warriors.

    This is the second time Tatum has been named the Player of the Month this season. He won the award for October/November, too, after averaging 27.7 points, 8.8 rebounds, and 4.1 assists throughout Boston’s opening 18 games. Tatum has been named as Player of the Month on four occasions throughout his career, meaning he has doubled his tally this season.

    Jaylen Brown joins Tatum in earning some wider recognition. He was named the Eastern Conference Player of the Week on Tuesday, having enjoyed a stellar three-game stretch that culminated in an offensive explosion against the Golden State Warriors on Sunday.

    Since returning from the All-Star break, Tatum has found himself thrust into the MVP conversation. After all, he’s the best player on the team with the best record in the league. It’s only natural that his name is mentioned as a front-runner for the coveted individual accolade.

    Interestingly, Luka Doncic — a direct rival for the MVP, was named the Western Conference Player of the Month, having produced exceptional counting stats on the offensive end.

    Still, Tatum’s season stands out when you add the context of sacrifice. He’s on a roster teeming with All-Star-level talent. He’s playing elite-level basketball on both sides of the ball while still allowing his teammates to shine. Nevertheless, the goal for Boston remains a championship.

    Any individual awards along the way won’t be truly celebrated until the season draws to a close and a banner is being raised in the TD Garden.

  • Jaylen Brown named Eastern Conference Player of the Week
    Jaylen Brown dribbles against the Golden State Warriors on Sunday. | Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

    He averaged 28.3 points over three wins.

    Someone forgot to tell the Warriors that the All-Star break was over and they were allowed to guard Jaylen Brown.

    Golden State’s bold strategy backfired, as Brown erupted for 29 points in the Celtics’ 140-88 shellacking Sunday afternoon. He probably could have dropped a relatively stress-free 40 if he continued to play.

    This was simply his latest masterful performance in a string of strong showings. Brown averaged 28.3 points, 5.3 rebounds, 3 assists and 1 steal this week, guiding the Celtics to a 3-0 record and garnering Eastern Conference Player of the Week honors in the process.

    This is Brown’s fourth career weekly honor and his first nod since collecting player of the Week in March of 2023.

    Brown poured in 31 (11-of-14 shooting) against the 76ers, becoming the first Celtic to score more than 30 points on fewer than 15 shot attempts at TD Garden since Paul Pierce in 2008.

    He added 25 against the Mavericks and set the tone against the Warriors.

    On the week, he was only player in the NBA to average at least 28 points while shooting better than 60 percent from the field and 45 percent from 3-point range (minimum three 3-point field goals attempted).

    LeBron James received the honor in the Western Conference.

    Brown and the Celtics, who have won 11 straight, face the Cavaliers on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in Cleveland.

  • There’s something special about this Celtics team
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    The vibes have shades of the Celtics ‘86 and ‘08 title teams

    I’m not going to spend a whole lot of time on yesterday’s game. The Celtics were flawlessly dominant, but the Warriors also just had “one of those days” (which Boston has had this year, too - though not THAT bad). As usual, I’m trying to zoom out and think about what this recent win streak means to the big picture.

    I have to keep reminding myself that NBA titles aren’t won in March. Plenty of teams have peaked too early only to find themselves stumbling when it mattered the most. Just last year, the Celtics peaked before Christmas, but when the temperatures and stakes rose, they couldn’t beat the Heat.

    With that caveat firmly acknowledged and affirmed, I must say that this team has immaculate vibes. Like, historically relevant vibes. Like, vibes that remind me vaguely of the 1986 and 2008 Boston Celtics.

    The elements are all there that we’ve been talking about all season long. The overwhelming waves of talent on both sides of the ball. The buy in to team-first, play-the-game-right mentality. The focus that comes from understanding the moment and this window of opportunity. The determination that comes from coming up short in the recent past. All signs are pointed in the right direction.

    Of course, things can happen. I am doubling down on my efforts to not jinx this thing. Any number of things could go sideways and there are other very talented teams out there aiming for the same prize in June, including the defending champion Denver Nuggets who have dominant vibes of their own.

    But the Celtics are developing wonderful habits at the moment. There have been several games recently that could have gone either way in the 3rd and 4th quarters. Games that might have been nail biters or gut punches in previous years. Instead, this team has hiked up their shorts, crouched down, eyes focused, nostrils flared, and went to work.

    We’re still a little under the months away from the playoffs even starting. The Celtics next opponent, the Cavs, could be in their path during those playoffs. The game after that is against the aforementioned Nuggets (who already beat the Celtics once this year). There’s still plenty of work to do.

    But man, this is fun right now.

  • Jaylen Brown thoroughly enjoyed burning the Warriors’ defensive game plan 
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    Brown exploded for 19 first-quarter points after Golden State opted to leave him open, helping lead to a dominant 52-point victory. 

    Jaylen Brown had never seen anything like it before. To begin Sunday’s nationally-televised match-up against the Warriors, he was left wide-open nearly every possession.

    Midway through the first quarter, the Celtics called a timeout, and immediately, his teammates swarmed him. They only had one message: keep shooting. Every single time.

    So, he did. Brown hit three consecutive three-pointers in a 40-second span, and finished with 19 points in the first period – the most he’s had in any first quarter this season.

    “We were really grateful for that,” Joe Mazzulla said of the Warriors game plan. “Teams are going to guard us in different ways. We just got to stay open-minded to what gives us the best chance to win. There’s a game plan, but then when the game starts, the game will tell us what we need to do.”

    Brown said after the game he thought the decision to sag off him was a little disrespectful, but not one that he took personally.

    “I’m sure they thought that’s what their best chance was, whoever came up with that defensive concept,” Brown said. “So, it’s not personal. It was a little disrespectful to me, but it is what it is. I came out and I do what I do best.”

    Turns out the game plan was a last-minute decision — at least that’s what Draymond Green told reporters after the game: “I don’t think we really played a full defensive strategy to kind of dive into that. We implemented our strategy 15 minutes before we left the locker room.”

    The Celtics came away with a dominant 140-88 win, and Brown finished with 29 points on 11-19 shooting in just over 22 minutes.

    “It didn’t work. Oh well, we move on,” Green said. “It’s okay. I thought it was fun, trying. I was actually all for it – let’s try it, see if it works. If it don’t, oh well. But if it does, we found something.”

    But the Warriors did not find a reliable game plan. Instead, Brown hit five first-quarter three-pointers, a mark that only Ray Allen has achieved as a Celtic. Brown’s now hit that figure three times in his career, per NBC Sport Boston’s Dick Lipe.

    “You try different things, you got to pick your match-ups,” Steve Kerr said after. “We wanted Draymond to be able to help on drives and make sure that we weren’t giving up easy stuff in the paint.”

    Steph Curry finished with 4 points and shot 0-9 from downtown. He told CLNS Media afterwards that the defensive plan was an attempt to throw off a Celtics team that had won ten straight.

    “A team that has that many threats, you try to find some weak spot to see if it’ll throw them off a little bit,” Curry said. “Obviously, it didn’t work.”

    Derrick White, like the rest of the team, seemed surprised when asked about the defensive scheme.

    “JB’s probably never been guarded like that in his life, and just tried to kind of mess with him, kick us out a little bit,” White said. “We had that timeout, and he just came out and made them pay for it, so credit to JB for sure.”

    Al Horford and the rest of the Celtics made sure to communicate to Brown he had the green light.

    “My teammates empowered me – they were like, ‘we don’t care if you shoot every shot down’,” Brown said. “On this team, it’s about making the right plays, letting guys feel involved, and I feel like I’ve been doing that all season long, and Imma keep doing that. But, don’t get it twisted.”

    Mazzulla echoed that sentiment: “I just kept saying ‘thank you,’ and kept empowering Jaylen. Credit to his teammates for empowering him to continue to play.”

    In turn, the Celtics had one of their most dominant wins of the season. They entered halftime leading by 44 — the largest halftime lead in franchise history.

    It wasn’t just Jaylen Brown either. Jayson Tatum finished the night with 27 points, 20 of which came in the second quarter. White added 14 points and 8 assists, Payton Pritchard exploded for 19 off the bench, and the Celtics put together an all-around masterpiece on both ends of the floor.

    But the story of the night remained the perplexing decision to sag off of Brown, who shared after the game he’d be more than glad to see other teams adopt that defensive philosophy.

    Brown said he was surprised, and that he’d never been guarded like that before. A 35.2% three-point shooter this season, he’s had a handful of tough nights from the perimeter but has otherwise been pretty consistent. He said after the game that his mindset is generally to get to the paint and open things up for everyone else.

    “But if you want to dare me to shoot, we can do that too. I thought it was a little disrespectful, but we took advantage of it, and we didn’t look back.”

  • The road to redemption: 1 takeaway from Celtics/Warriors
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    The Celtics finally banished the memories of the 2022 NBA Finals, and sent a message to the entire NBA: we’re coming for that chip.

    On Sunday, the Boston Celtics and Golden State Warriors faced off for the fourth time since their 2022 NBA Finals series. Coming into the game, the Warriors held a 2-1 lead over Joe Mazzulla’s team.

    However, this isn’t the same Celtics team that lost that playoff series. They’re older. They’re more focused. Simply put, they’re better and not just because of the recent additions to the roster. Yes, Jrue Holiday makes this team better. And yes, if he were on the floor, Kristaps Porzingis would have melted the Warriors' minds on the defensive end. But they’re better because of their loss in that series. They’ve grown. They’ve improved. And now, they’re hungry.

    The Warriors tried to bait Boston. They chose to sag off Jaylen Brown on the perimeter. From a basketball standpoint, you can see the thought process. Brown gets the majority of his offense in the paint or around the rim. Sag off, and those drives become more challenging to navigate.

    So the Warriors chose to dare Brown. Dare him to shoot. Dare him to try and take over. Dare him to be him.Golden State wanted to kill Boston’s ball movement. They wanted to test their commitment to playing for the team rather than themselves.

    “It’s the first time it’s ever happened to me,” Brown told the media after the game.“Honestly, I was a bit surprised. Took a little bit of adjusting. But I think we just took advantage of whatever that attempt was and just made the best of it...I get to the paint and I usually open it up for everybody else. But, if you wan’t to dare me to shoot, we can do that too. I thought it was a little disrespectful. But we took advantage of it.”

    Two years ago, that plan might have worked. Brown was younger then. Tatum was younger, too. The narrative surrounding the All-Star duo was still focused on whether they could play together. The media continually tried to drive a wedge between them. Fastforward to today and we know what this duo can do. More importantly, we know they can not only co-exist but thrive alongside each other. Daring Brown to slip into a bear trap was always a risk.

    Still, that defensive decision wasn’t the only talking point from the game. There were plenty more. Like how the Celtics suffocated Steph Curry’s space. How they got physical with him at every opportunity. They didn’t come into this game looking to make friends, or pay homage to a dynasty that is slowly watching the lights fade out. They came in to make a statement: there’s a new juggernaut in town, and you helped create it.

    We’ve seen Curry’s movement cause havoc throughout his career. His non-stop running often creates confusion among the defense. However, the Celtics continually found ways to keep track of him. They clogged his airspace, got hands in his release area, and ensured he was consistently off balance when getting his shot off. This happens when a team has been learning from what you did to them. The Celtics know how the Warriors play. They’ve suffered against Curry on the biggest stage. They didn’t want to allow them to happen again.

    On offense, the Celtics went against the grain. Coming into the contest, the Warriors were the sixth-ranked perimeter defense in the NBA. Yet, they sat 21st in the league for defending the rim. Golden State lacks size in the middle of the floor. Logically, you would assume the Celtics adopt a gameplan similar to the one we saw against the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday, Feb. 27, where they took just 22 threes and dominated in the paint.

    Nope. You can’t send an emphatic message by attacking a weakness. If you want to be taken seriously, you need to hammer your point home. What is the best way to do that? Beat someone in an area they excel. Go against where they’re at their best and dominate. So, that’s what the Celtics did. They cooked the Warriors from three. They did what Golden State has done to teams on countless occasions.

    “When you have a creative idea and it doesn’t work and you’re taking the ball out of the basket and they’re hitting 10 threes in the first quarter. That’s what we used to do to teams,” Curry told Bobby Manning and CLNS Media. “It’s kind of demoralizing … then you feel like you have to play home run basketball on the other end to try to make it up and that’s where the momentum shift kept going their way … every little play goes their way and you look up and you’re down friggin 40. It’s one of those nights.”

    The Celtics took 49 shots from deep in their win over the Warriors, converting 25 of them. That’s a 51% conversion rate.

    Everything came in rhythm. Everything was a product of attacking the defense. Even in the second half, when both teams emptied their bench, the Celtics stuck to the game plan. Oshae Brissett’s energy allowed the Celtics to pressure the rim. Sam Hauser and Payton Pritchard’s shooting continued to cook the Warriors from deep.

    Coming into the game, nobody expected such a dominant result or performance. Sure, there was hope and belief that the best team in the NBA would handle their business against an aging Warriors team. Yet, a beatdown of this magnitude certainly didn’t appear to be on the cards.

    The Celtics last beat the Warriors on January 19, 2023. That game was a hard-fought contest, with Boston securing the win by three points. Yes. that game likely helped erase some of the memories from 2022, but it didn’t make things right. Destroying Golden State on Sunday is the type of win this Celtics team needed. They’re been on a championship path all season. This win felt important. It felt like the platform to build everything around heading into the playoffs.

    Boston erased the demons of the NBA Finals past with this victory. However, their redemption arc won’t be complete until they’re holding the Larry O’Brien trophy in June and hoisting a new championship banner into the rafters. When that happens, we will be looking back on this win as the launching pad. The Celtics and their fans, needed this win. Now, they need to do the same to the Milwaukee Bucks when they face each other on Wednesday, March 20.

  • The Celtics are basketball robots
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    For Boston, there is no past, the present is most important, and the future only extends to the next game.

    On Sunday afternoon, the Boston Celtics blew the doors off the Golden State Warriors. It was 21-21 with 6:05 left in the first quarter, but by halftime, the Celtics’ lead had ballooned to 82-38.

    It marked their 11th game in a row and their second 50-point victory of the win streak. Boston has been completely rolling through the NBA for the past month.

    But they don’t care.

    “We show up here, and we play the game,” said Joe Mazzulla. “It’s the most important thing that we have to do, is play the game. And when the game’s over, nobody cares.”

    For Boston, the past is the past, the present is the present, and the future is whatever is right in front of their face. There is no dwelling on losses, and there is no skipping steps. They are wholly focused on the task at hand, no matter what game, practice, or opponent it may be.

    Mazzulla’s mindset-first mentality has been a theme for the whole year, from preseason to now. The Celtics are simultaneously level-headed and ready to embrace any adversity that gets in their way.

    “Next game mentality,” Jaylen Brown said. “What happened in the past is the past. It’s a new year, new team, and we’re focused on what’s in front of us. And every single day is a challenge, and as they present [themselves], we accept it and embrace it. So, tomorrow is going to present other challenges. And the day after, and next week, and so on.

    “So, I think we should just continue to focus on that. And that’s what we do, just focus on what’s next. And we’ve done a good job of that all season. And I think, when that adversity comes, we just got to be ready to embrace it.”

    Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

    Brown was the subject of Golden State’s questionable defensive experiment on Sunday, as they purposefully left him open. He scored 19 points in the first quarter, and helped the Celtics surge forward past a red-hot Warriors squad.

    In spite of Stephen Curry’s recent struggles, which continued against Boston with a four-point, 0-of-9 from deep showing, the Warriors had been rolling. Heading into their tilt at TD Garden, they had won 13 of their last 16 games.

    The game prior, Boston faced off against the Dallas Mavericks. They were one of the hottest teams in basketball throughout February.

    Two blowout wins over a bonafide playoff team and one of the hottest teams in the league. The Celtics refuse to get amped.

    In-game emotions spill out from time to time. Brown screaming and clapping his hands after forcing Curry into a backcourt violation. Luke Kornet getting fired up for a late-game Payton Pritchard-to-Svi Mykhailiuk alley-oop. Jayson Tatum doing his signature kiss celebration after a huge play.

    But as soon as the final buzzer sounds, they’re onto the next. Calm, cold-blooded professionals.

    “I think this is the best group I’ve been a part of in that department,” Brown said of the team’s next-game mentality. “I think that we have experience, we’ve grown, we’ve matured. To certain extents, we’ve seen a lot of different variations of a lot of different basketball. So, I think we are primed, and we’re ready.”

    Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

    The Celtics now have an 8.5-game lead over the Milwaukee Bucks in the Eastern Conference standings and a 6.5-game lead over any other team in the NBA.

    To the naked eye, talent is the most obvious factor behind their success, but their mental approach is leading the way behind the scenes.

    “They’re doing everything that, not that I ask, but they’re doing everything that we say we need to do,” Mazzulla said. “And so, like I said, we have a veteran team. We have a bunch of smart guys.

    “It’s not rocket science from the standpoint of what we know we have to try to work on every day. And so, they’re doing the things that they know are important for us to get to where we want to get to.”

    Boston’s current win streak is a testament to their steadiness.

    “They’re not doing better than I expected or worse than I expected,” said Mazzulla. “It’s just kind of like if we want to win and have a chance, [these are] the things that we have to do. And so, the guys, credit to them for making the choice every day to do it.”

    Boston isn’t surprised at their own success or disappointed when they lose. They’re stone-faced. Basketball robots.

    Expect it to stay that way.

  • Celtics claim statement win over Warriors 140-88
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    That was fun.

    Consider the demons exorcised. In a Sunday matinee, the Boston Celtics crushed the Golden State Warriors 140-88.

    Looking at the big picture, the Celtics have inarguably been the best team in the league. The numbers don’t lie. Prior to today, their record (47-12) and +10.9 net rating (121.5 offensive rating for first in NBA history, 110.6 defensive rating for third in the league) confirm that dominance. Spoiler alert: those numbers are going to be even better.

    But on a game-to-game basis, there are teams that can give Boston trouble — not just this year, but seemingly always. Enter the Golden State Warriors. Call it a hangover from the 2022 Finals or the clash of play styles, but this matchup has always been tricky in the Brad Stevens era.

    Most recently, back on December 19th, the four-time champions erased a 17-point lead at Chase Center only to beat Boston in overtime after some questionable (un)clutch play for the Celtics down the stretch.

    For the two highest volume three-point shooting teams in the league, it started out as a shootout and ended with Boston absolutely winning at the OK Corral. In their final game of the homestand, the Celtics hit 25-of-49 from behind the arc, including Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, and Derrick White combining for 13-of-20. The Warriors made just 7-of-41.

    However, so much of the damage was at the rim. Even without Kristaps Porzingis who is nursing a quad contusion, the Celtics attacked mismatches and pounded the paint. Whether it was Tatum or Brown taking smaller defenders off the dribble or jn the post or Al Horford and Luke Kornet taking advantage of switches and dump offs in the dunker spot, Boston outscored Golden State 30 to 24 in points in the paint in the first two quarters and outran them for the game with 42 transition points.

    Brown and Tatum were both on pace for 50 points, but finished the game with 29 and 27 respectively. White had 14 points and eight assists. Payton Pritchard mopped up with 19.

    With the Celtics registering the largest halftime lead (44) in franchise history, the Warriors waved the red flag, sitting Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green for the remainder of the game.

    Twelve of Boston’s next fifteen games on the road. After celebrating Tatum’s seventh 19th birthday tonight, the Celtics will launch a five-game road trip out west against some playoff contenders in Cleveland, Denver, Phoenix, Portland, and Utah.

  • Golden State Warriors (32-27) at Boston Celtics (47-12) Game #60 3/3/24
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    The Celtics aim to level the series against Golden State after securing their tenth consecutive victory on Friday.

    Sunday afternoon at the TD Garden, the Boston Celtics(47-12, 28-3 home) will welcome the Golden State Warriors (37-27, 16-12 away) for the final game of their regular season series. The Warriors currently lead 1-0. In their history of 349 regular season games against Golden State, the Celtics hold a commanding 209-140 record.

    Today’s game marks the conclusion of Boston’s short home stint, with victories over the Mavericks, 76ers, and Knicks.

    Although Golden State holds the 10th seed in the Western Conference, this matchup holds significant importance for Boston. Beyond aiming to prolong their winning streak, it’s a chance for revenge following the 2022 NBA Finals. Whenever these teams meet in a prime-time showdown, anticipation for an intense contest is guaranteed.

    In their initial clash on December 19, the Warriors secured a 132-126 victory over the Celtics in Golden State, despite the absence of Kristaps Porzingis, Derrick White and Jaylen Brown collectively contributed 58 points for the Celtics.

    Boston ultimately lost the game in overtime, ending their then five-game winning streak. Unfortunately, the Celtics couldn’t grab a crucial rebound in the final seconds, leading to a three-pointer by Steph Curry at the buzzer. Despite holding a 17-point lead, Boston couldn’t maintain it, allowing the Warriors to come back and secure the win.

    The team as a whole faced challenges, shooting only 41.2 percent from the field and 29.3 percent from beyond the arc. Golden State asserted dominance in rebounds and assists while boasting nearly a 40 percent success rate from three-point range. Steph Curry and Klay Thompson teamed up for a total of 57 points, while Draymond Green was absent due to suspension.

    Currently on a ten-game winning streak, the Celtics boast the NBA’s top record. With a remarkable +10 point differential, Boston recently secured a decisive 138-110 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Friday night.

    Leading the Cleveland Cavaliers by eight games, the Celtics maintain the league’s best offensive rating at 121.5 and rank among the top three defensively. Additionally, they dominate the boards, leading the NBA with an average of 47.1 rebounds per game. Through 59 games, Joe Mazzullas squad holds a league leading plus/minus of +10. Undefeated in their last ten games, Boston is 14-6 against Western Conference teams this season.

    Beginning on Tuesday, Boston faces challenging road matchups next weekend, squaring off against the Cavaliers, Nuggets, and Suns. Their clash with Cleveland kicks off a four-game road trip for the Celtics.

    With 23 games remaining in the regular season, it’s crucial to monitor how the Celtics will fare in their upcoming challenging five-game stretch. Golden State, boasting an 8-2 record in their last ten games, has hit their stride, making it intriguing to see how Boston matches up against them, particularly with the impressive performance of Steph Curry. As of right now, Curry is questionable to play.

    In this matchup, the return of Draymond Green to the lineup for Golden State is expected to have a significant impact defensively. Additionally, the potential inclusion of rookie Brandin Podziemski, who is a game-time decision, could be pivotal if he takes the court tonight. In the previous game against Boston, Podziemski exited to the locker room during the second half, which could affect his availability and potential impact in this game.

    Despite the Warriors being on a three-game win streak, they will be missing Andrew Wiggins, who has been exceptional over the last ten games. His absence will likely come as a significant relief for Boston, as Wiggins has been shooting an impressive 50 percent from beyond the arc during this span.

    In a way, I’d like to see Boston matchup with a fully healthy Warriors team, especially since Mazzulla has been experimenting with Xavier Tillman and different combinations of rotations. While this may not be possible, the Celtics only have so many games before they play several sub-.500 teams at the end of the year.

    For Golden State, they are on the last leg of their four-game road trip, after Sunday’s contest, they will host a mini home stand against the Bucks, Bulls, and Spurs.

    While the Celtics were fully healthy in their last game, Kristaps Porzingis is now listed as a game-time decision due to a quad injury sustained against the Dallas Mavericks. It’s worth mentioning that he hasn’t faced the Warriors this season, and there’s a risk he might miss another game. Whether Coach Mazzulla opts to rest him or not, the Celtics will prioritize his game management, especially with the playoffs rapidly approaching.

    Neemias Queta, who was recently with the Maine Celtics, is listed as out to a hyperextension of his knee.

    Probable Celtics Starters

    Celtics Regular Starters

    • PG, #4 : Jrue Holiday
    • SG, #9: Derrick White
    • SF, #7: Jaylen Brown
    • PF, #0: Jayson Tatum
    • C: #8: Kristaps Porzingis

    Celtics Reserves

    • G, #11: Jaden Springer
    • G, #50: Svi Mykhailiuk
    • G, #11: Payton Pritchard
    • G, #27: Jordan Walsh
    • G, #20: JD Davidson (2-way player)
    • F, #12: Oshae Brissett
    • F, #30: Sam Hauser
    • F #26: Xavier Tillman
    • F, #13: Drew Peterson (2-way player)
    • F, #42: Al Horford
    • C, #40: Luke Kornet
    • C, #88: Neemias Queta (2-way player)


    • Kristaps Porzingis: day-to day (quad contusion)
    • Neemias Queta: OUT (Knee hyperextension)

    Boston Celtics Head Coach

    Joe Mazzulla

    Probable Warriors Starters

    Warriors Regular Starters

    • PG, #30: Steph Curry
    • SG, #2: Brandin Podziemski
    • SF, #22: Andrew Wiggins
    • PF, #00: Jonathan Kuminga
    • C: #23: Draymond Green

    Warriors Reserves

    • G, #3: Chris Paul
    • G, #0: Gary Payton II
    • G, #4: Moses Moody
    • G, #11: Klay Thompson
    • G, #25: Lester Quinones
    • G, #18: Jerome Robinson (2-way player)
    • G, #61: Pat Spencer (2- way player)
    • F, #20: Dario Saric
    • F, #12: Usman Garuba (2-way player)
    • F, #5: Kevon Looney
    • F, #32: Trayce Jackson-Davis
    • F, #15: Gui Santos


    • Steph Curry: day-to-day (knee bursitis)
    • Brandin Podziemski: day-to-day (knee)
    • Andrew Wiggins: OUT (personal)
    • Gui Santos: OUT (knee)

    Golden State Warriors Head Coach

    Steve Kerr

    Keys for a Cs win

    Home court advantage: I say this every time the Celtics are at home. They hold an NBA best 28-3 record at home, and once again have another prime matchup at the TD Garden. Boston has been spectacular at home, averaging 122.8 points, with a 8-2 record at home. In addition, Boston is shooting 49.2 percent from the floor, and 39.5 percent from deep at the garden. Once again, the numbers speak for themselves, and they need to take advantage of their home turf and fans.

    Rebounding:The Celtics’ dominance in rebounding is well-known throughout the league. However, if Porzingis is sidelined, they might face an even greater challenge. Should Curry and Podziemski be unavailable for today’s game, the Warriors are likely to deploy Green at the center position, opting for a smaller lineup. In such a scenario, Boston will need to capitalize on this size advantage.

    In their previous matchup against Golden State, the Warriors outrebounded the Celtics 59-55 and controlled the defensive boards.Over their ten game win streak, the green is averaging over 45 boards per game, and 50.8 rebounds in their last six games at the TD Garden.

    Second chance points:As mentioned previously, boxing out and grabbing boards are important in stopping second chance opportunities. Last matchup, Boston dominated in second chance points, and it will be vital that Al Horford, Tatum and the rest of the team steps up if KP is unable to suit up. The Celtics lead the league in 8.0 boxouts, and will need to continue that this afternoon.

    Paint touches: In their previous meeting, Boston managed to outscore the Warriors 56-54 in the paint. Even when their shots aren’t falling, the Celtics have shown resilience by finding alternative pathways to victory, often through strong interior play. In their recent matchup against the Mavericks, Boston scored a whopping 62 points in the paint, underscoring the importance of their inside presence in securing the win.

    Defense: Defense wins championships and games. Mazzulla and the Celtics pride themselves on defense, and that’s why they are a top five team in that category. Over the last ten games, they are holding opponents to just 106.2 points per game, and need to have that mindset heading into this matchup. In their last meeting, they allowed the Warriors to shot over 40 percent from the floor and beyond the perimeter, and couldn’t match them. Limiting points off turnovers, and locking up Curry will be key.

    Players to watch:

    Steph Curry(Golden State Warriors): Although he’s listed as questionable for today’s matchup, he’s playing incredible basketball this season, especially against the Celtics. In one game against Boston, he cooked up for 33 points, and 6 assists, on 54.4 percent three-point shooting, and 52.4 percent from the floor. If he’s able to suit up, it’s going to be difficult to contain Curry.

    Jaylen Brown (Boston Celtics):Jaylen Brown has been playing incredible basketball this season, and should have a decent matchup, especially if Curry and Podiemski are unable to play. In one matchup against the Warriors, he poured in 28 points, 7 assists, and 8 rebounds, on 45.5 percent field goal shooting. If Porzingis is out as well, expect Brown to be active on the rebounds as well.

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It is possible that the NBA with its broadcast partner TNT will offer a free streamed presentation of any particular game, subject to time slot and teams matched up. When checking whether your chosen team is to be streamed for a scheduled game, visit the site and find the scheduled matchup(s) found along the pages left column. Locate the "Watch" link to click on which will then present you with a "How To Watch" selection palate to choose from. If it is available you will see Video Streams... Watch TNT offered on the palate to select.

Also, check to see if the TNT Overtime option appears within the NBA League Pass selection box (depending on what teams are playing) which should allow you some free streaming options to select from.

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