This was a fun game to watch. I love how the other teams always talk about how old the Celtics are and how they are going to get run out of the building. I also loved how they start out complaining about how the Celtics always get the calls and end up with a 28-11 free throw disparity in their favor. Horrible one sided officiating but the Celtics didn't let that stop them. My favorite comments were the ones about leaving Ray Allen open being like playing Russian Roulette with all chambers full. The Warriors fans were very upset about Ray's comments to his team before the game... but they had to admit by the end that he was right... Enjoy!!
This could be a really good game. But I am banking on a win. 4 of their guys are not going to be resting, they are going to be at the all star activities, and most of our guys will be rested and ready to play. I think Boston is older and comes out flat.
I like the Warriors chances, but if it comes down the refs in this game, we lose. The Celtics almost always win the FT battle because they know how to yell and flail and get the refs attention. Pierce does this almost constantly. If we lose because Pierce was a bitch and shoots 10+ FT's I will be royally pissed.
I'll root for the warriors like I always do. But I don't see the warriors pulling this one off
Celtics play great def and they executes their plays it going to hard for warriors to get a win. It will be a test for warriors def to stop their team play
at Boston Celtics (40-14) at Golden State Warriors (26-29)
Tuesday, February 22
10:30 PM ET
Regular Season Game #55, Road Game #25
TV: CSN-NE, CSN-BA, NBA LP 764/765
Radio: WEEI, KNBR
Referees: Ed Malloy, Michael Smith, Haywoode Workman
After taking some time off for NBA All-Star Weekend, the unofficial second half of the season starts on Tuesday for the Boston Celtics as they travel to Oakland to play the Golden State Warriors. Many of the Celtics were able to rest up and heal some nagging injuries but 4 of the Celtics starters were in LA partying and playing in the All Star festivities, although they played limited minutes in the All Star Game. They should be ready to get a win in this game as they didn't have much success over the weekend with the East losing to the West and Paul Pierce and Ray Allen coming up short in the 3 point shootout.
On the other side, the Warriors sent Stephen Curry and Dorrell Wright to the All Star festivities. Wright narrowly missed reaching the finals in the 3 point shootout and Curry won the Skills Challenge. Both teams entered the break on a win streak with the Warriors winning their last 3 games and the Celtics their last 2 games and both will be looking to pick up where they left off.
The Celtics have been very successful over the past 3 seasons but the Warriors have had their number at the Oracle Arena. They have won each of their last six home games against the Celtics and if the Warriors play like they did in the games leading up to All-Star Weekend, they are certainly capable of extending that streak. The Celtics can't come in and expect to win just by showing up.
The Celtics have been staggered by injuries but are starting to get some of their wounded back for the stretch run. Delonte was hoping to return just before the break but suffered a setback in practice. West's ability to come back from his injury and play will be huge for the Celtics postseason hopes. The Celtics have also been very thin up front with both O'Neals and Semih Erden out with injuries. Both Delonte and Semih practiced yesterday and are expected to make a return to game action in this game.
The Warriors can be a dangerous team. They rank second in the league in steals, fast break points and forcing turnovers. If the Celtics get sloppy, the Warriors will certainly make them pay. It will be important to get this road trip off to a good start and so the Celtics need to come into this game focused and ready to play 48 minutes of Celtics basketball.