Warriors Vs Celtics: The 23-0 Golden State Warriors are shattering all NBA records. But their 27-game winning streak is most likely to end against the Boston Celtics come Friday night.
The Warriors Streak is in danger for a number of reasons. First, the Celtics have been really good at home this season (8-4 at home, 13-9 overall). Second, Warriors will be without key starters Klay Thompson (sprained ankle) and Harrison Barnes (ankle injury). And finally, the undefeated Warriors are on a seven-game road trip which began two weeks ago, and won’t end until December 13.
During their ongoing road trip, Warriors became the first team ever to start 13-0 on the road. One wonders how long they can remain undefeated on the road. Warriors have already withstood Barnes’ six-game absence due to an ankle injury. Can they survive without Thompson, too? Don’t bet on it.
“One of the great things about this team is our guys are confident all the way down the line,” interim coach Luke Walton said after his team’s scrimmage in Boston. “We’ve seen that consistently with Brandon (Rush) and Ian (Clark) filling in for Harrison.”
Warriors Vs Celtics: No Klay Thompson
Thompson would be tougher to replace, however, especially with the All-Star coming off a season-high 39 points against Indiana Pacers on Tuesday. To make matters worse, Backup guard Leandro Barbosa is also questionable with an illness that kept him out against Indiana.
At 13-9, the Celtics are comfortably placed in the race for playoff spots in the grueling Eastern Conference. They are only one game behind Toronto for the Atlantic Division lead.
On a 27-game winning streak, the Warriors are just six wins shy of matching the ’71-72 Los Angeles Lakers for the greatest streak in pro basketball history. If you’re a betting person, it’s a great opportunity to bet against the Warriors tonight. That is, if you want to take our word for it.
Luke Walton said Klay Thompson will be a game-time decision.
— Rusty Simmons (@Rusty_SFChron) December 10, 2015