The Celtics have blitzed through their first 15 games of the 2017-18 NBA season, going 13-2 with a league-high 13 game winning streak. Boston has benefited from great performances by Kyrie Irving, Al Horford, Jaylen Brown, and Jayson Tatum (among others), and show no sign of slowing down anytime soon. Remarkably, the team has been able to move past key injuries, such as Gordon Hayward’s season-ending leg injury, Horford’s concussion (which caused him to miss a few games), and Irving’s facial fracture. Boston’s ‘youngsters’ have definitely stepped up, allowing the team to continue winning.
The Celtics’ path to their 14th straight victory will not be easy, as they welcome the defending champs, the Golden State Warriors, for tonight’s game at the TD Garden. Golden State is also scorching hot, having won 7 straight games after starting the season with a 4-3 record. Two-time MVP Stephen Curry continues to perform at a extraordinary level, and he is aided by other All-Stars in Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green. The ‘Dubs’ are the NBA’s gold standard at the moment, so a victory would mean a lot for the Celtics.
Although the Celtics do have the NBA’s best record, there are still many skeptics who don’t believe that this team will be able to win the Eastern Conference, or more specifically, get past LeBron James and his Cavs. Beating the Warriors would be a statement win for the Celtics, as it would show the league that they are not to be trifled with. This game will also how the Celtics will match up against the best the NBA has to offer. An interesting fact to note is that the Celtics have split the season series with the Warriors over the last two seasons, with both wins coming on the road. However, that was with Isaiah Thomas’ scrappy underdog team, so it will be interesting to see how Kyrie plays against his old foes alongside his new team.
It’s bound to be a hard-fought game in Boston, with the NBA’s top two defenses facing off. Will it be a Golden State blowout, or a statement win for the young Celtics? Either way, it should be fun watching a likely preview of the 2018 NBA Finals.