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Warriors believe they could see the Celtics in NBA finals

Warriors believe they could see the Celtics in NBA finals

OAKLAND, Calif. – When you've won a pair of NBA titles within the last three years, it's hard to get too psyched up about a regular season game regardless of the opponent. 

But the Golden State Warriors made no secret about how they view the Boston Celtics who gave them all they could handle before the Warriors ultimately escaped with a 109-105 win to avoid being swept by Boston for the first time since 2012. 

“It was playoff intensity, back and forth,” said Warriors guard Stephen Curry after dropping 49 points on the Celtics. “It was a fun game, it was intense, it was hard fought through, all forty-eight minutes so that is kind of what you expect in the playoffs for sure.”

Golden State coach Steve Kerr echoed similar sentiments.

“It just felt like a playoff game. High-level stuff, great defense, both teams playing incredibly hard and smart,” Kerr said. “Not a lot of turnovers. Some tremendous individual performances. The guard play was just amazing back and forth.”

For Boston, it was Kyrie Irving leading the way with 37 points while the Warriors countered with Curry dropping 49 points.

Warriors guard Shaun Livingston was not surprised to see Curry have such a big game scoring.

“Kyrie always brings out the best in him,” Livingston told NBC Sports Boston’s Kyle Draper. “He’s one of the best point guards in the league and Boston’s one of the best teams in the league. Steph is one of the best shooters ever. As a shooter, it’s what you do. You put it up even if it’s not going in. HIs confidence is at an all-time high. We’re trying to be as good as we can be around him.”

The Celtics have a similar approach to dealing with Irving who was recently named to the league’s all-star team for the fifth time.

You can count Jaylen Brown among those not the least bit surprised at how well Irving scored the ball most of the game before finishing with 37 points.

“I’ve seen Kyrie do that against a lot of teams,” Brown said. “That’s what he does. He had a godo game tonight. He’s one of the best players in the world-type of player so he can get it going against anybody, just like Steph did.”

Indeed, the play of role players has been instrumental to both teams being at the top of their respective conferences this season.

And it’ll be a factor if they both wind up in the NBA Finals,  something the defending champion Golden State Warriors are quite comfortable discussing.

The Celtics?

Not so much.

I asked Brown about possibly seeing the Warriors down the road in the playoffs which would mean the Celtics have advanced to the NBA Finals.

“I just focus on what’s in front of me, and our team focuses on what’s in front of us,” Brown said. “That’s a long way from now, we have a lot better to get. We’ll see when we get there.”

Livingston was a bit more forthcoming when asked about the possibility of tonight’s game being an NBA Finals preview.

“They’re a good team,” Livingston said. “This is a good matchup for us. Looking at it, it’s obviously a team we could see in June. These type of tests in the season are good.”


Steph Curry comes out on top of duel with Kyrie Irving

Steph Curry comes out on top of duel with Kyrie Irving

OAKLAND, Calif. – Kyrie Irving was having a special game on Saturday night, the kind of game that’s usually good enough for a Boston Celtics win or at the very least, re-establish Irving as the best player on the floor that given night.

The Celtics’ all-star guard came up short on both fronts with Stephen Curry leading the Golden State Warriors to a 109-105 win.

Irving led Boston wit h37 points, only for Curry to see those 37 and raise it by a dozen as he finished with a game-high 49 points on just 24 shot attempts.

“For the most part he’s lights-out,” Irving said of Curry. “But when he’s shooting like that, taking some deep bombs … I felt we did a great job of sticking to our game plan but he was unbelievable. Gotta give credit where credit is due. When he’s making shots like that, it makes it easier for the team to create separation. That’s a tell-tale sign of a great player.”

And Curry was doling out similar praise for Irving.

“I just know what he’s about,” Curry said of Irving. “He’s an amazing player. The way he saw the game tonight was pretty crazy. I felt like we were defending pretty well. He just made some tough shots; a lot of tough shots and gave his team a lot of momentum but we try to bring the best out of each other and tonight was kind of one of those nights. Just a fun way to play, obviously we want to try and slow him down a little bit next time but it was fun.”

Here are the Stars, Studs and Duds from Boston’s 109-105 loss to the Golden State Warriors.


Stephen Curry: The two-time league MVP delivered a masterful performance in leading the Warriors to a hard-fought win over the Celtics. He scored a game-high 49 points on 16-for-24 shooting from the field, to go with five assists and two steals.

Kyrie Irving: Similar to Curry, Irving spent most of the game carrying the weight of his team on is shoulders. He would finish with 37 points on 13-for-18 shooting from the field.


Jaylen Brown: Kudos to Brown for playing at a high level at both ends of the floor for most of the game. In addition to being one of the many Boston defenders who made life tougher than usual for Kevin Durant (7-for-18 shooting) and Klay Thompson (3-for-12), Brown also had 20 points with 14 coming in the first quarter.

Kevin Durant: He struggled making shots most of the game, but he was indeed a factor during Golden State’s second half surge towards victory. Durant finished with a near double-double of 20 points and nine rebounds in addition to having a team-best plus/minus of +9.

Draymond Green: It wasn’t one of Green’s better games shooting the ball, but he still managed to put his imprint on the game in several categories, tallying a double-double of 15 points and 11 rebounds while dishing out five assists and blocking three shots.


Jayson Tatum: It was another rough night for the rookie, tallying just four points while missing seven of his nine shot attempts.

Klay Thompson: The all-star guard was a non-factor most of the game offensively, scoring just seven points on 3-for-12 shooting from the field.


Celtics fall just short in 109-105 loss to Warriors


Celtics fall just short in 109-105 loss to Warriors

OAKLAND, Calif. – The Boston Celtics got off to one of the best starts we’ve seen from them all season.

But the finish wasn’t quite what they were hoping for.

Golden State’s Stephen Curry broke open a 95-all game with five straight that set them up for a nail-biting 109-105 win.

Boston trailed 105-101 when the Celtics drained a 3-pointer to make it a 105-104 game with less than 10 seconds to play.

Following a Golden State time-out, Boston fouled Curry with 6.9 seconds to play.

Curry, who finished with 49 points, made both free throws.

And Kyrie Irving, who led the Celtics with 37 points, made the first of two free throws while intentionally trying to miss the second.

He missed, but the Celtics were unable to get the ball back and were forced to foul which essentially ended the game.

Boston seemed on the verge of folding, only to find a way flourish.

Trailing 88-81 with the shot clock about to go off, Daniel Theis drilled a 3-pointer to make it a four-point game.

After getting a defensive stop, Shane Larkin scores on a lay-up that made it a one-possession game, 88-86.

And then there was  Irving, continue to play at the highest of levels against the best team in the NBA, delivering one big shot after another to keep Boston within striking distance down the stretch.

As good as Irving was, Curry was even more impressive,  scoring a ton of points in a highly efficient manner.

Irving put the Celics on top for the first time in the fourth quarter witha hard, 1-2 Euro-step to the basket with 4:26 to play that gave Boston a 93-92 lead.

But a pair of free throws by Draymond Green 10 seconds later put the Warriors back on top.

Boston could not have scripted a better start to the game.

Not only did the Celtics shoot the ball at a ridiculously efficient clip, but they also managed to get Kevin Durant to commit two personal fouls in the first quarter which ended with Boston ahead 37-27.

But the second quarter began with the Warriors reeling off 10 straight points, fueled by strong play defensively and Golden State being the aggressor.

Even after Brad Stevens called a time-out with 8:47 to play in the half, it was going to take more than a stoppage of play to slow down the Warriors who were making an impact at both ends of the floor.

Boston finally got on the scoreboard in the second quarter when Marcus Morris converted a 3-point play with 7:46 to play that put Boston back on top.

And with Kyrie Irving back in the game, it didn’t take long for him to pick up where he left off in the first quarter when he scored 14 points on a flawless five-for-five shooting performance.

That shot was soon followed by another 3-pointer, leading to Steve Kerr calling a time-out with 6:38 to play in the half with Boston leading 45-38.

Golden State would continue to chip away at Boston’s lead which stood at 54-50 at halftime.

The Warriors continued to rally and went ahead 59-57 following a dunk by Kevin Durant for their first lead of the night.

They would take a double-digit lead in the third quarter which ended with Golden State ahead 80-73.