The Boston Celtics and Golden State Warriors meet in the second game of a TNT NBA doubleheader on Tuesday night. In the first matchup, we have an elite showdown between the LA Clippers and Brooklyn Nets. That’s a must-watch game from the Barclays Center. If you like fireworks, you’re probably going to like what you see from the Clippers and Nets tonight. It should be one of the more entertaining games of the season.
Certainly don’t overlook the Boston Celtics and Golden State Warriors from the Chase Center, which immediately follows the Clippers and Nets. The Celtics are coming off a nail biting loss against the LA Lakers at home on Saturday night. It was an old school rivalry in primetime on ABC. The Lakers were able to hold on, but barely by a score of 96-95.
They coughed the ball up twice in the waning seconds of the game and just about threw the game away with it. Fortunately for the Lakers, Kemba Walker couldn’t buy a bucket, enabling them to survive with a win at TD Garden. Walker capped off a brutal night with a miss at 2.7 seconds, and then Daniel Thies missed a tip-in at the buzzer. The Lakers were begging the Celtics to win, but they failed to seize the opportunity.
Their first game since the loss will be on Tuesday night at the Chase Center in San Francisco. This is the first outing for the Celtics since that tough loss. They head on the road for what is likely going to be another tough matchup. Boston is on the road for the next five games. Following their five-game road trip, the Celtics will welcome the Toronto Raptors to TD Garden on February 11.
Going into San Francisco on Tuesday, the Celtics own a record of 10-8. They take on a Warriors squad that is coming off an easy win over the Detroit Pistons on Saturday. The Warriors received a standout performance from Stephen Curry and Andrew Wiggins, as those two are beginning to really gel together.
I’ve criticized Wiggins for being inconsistent before, but he’s been much better in that regard compared to his days with the Timberwolves. Jordan Poole and Kelly Oubre Jr. both had productive showings as well. Poole put in 16 points, while Oubre chipped in with 18 points in the 118-91 win for the Warriors. Head below for our free Celtics vs. Warriors pick on February 2, 2021.
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The Celtics have to regroup and forget about their loss against the Lakers. They put a lot of effort into that game, especially defensively, where the Celtics did a fine job containing Lebron James and Anthony Davis. Boston will have to go about their trip to San Francisco without the services of Marcus Smart. Smart has a Grade 1 calf strain and will be unavailable for 2-3 weeks.
In other words, Smart will be on shelf for the road trip. Tough loss for the Celtics. Shortly after they got healthy, Smart gets injured and the Celtics will be down a pivotal defender. Along with being an all-star defensive player, Smart has scored 13.1 points and 6.1 assists per game. His absence will be missed against the Warriors on Tuesday night. Expect it to feel like there is a hole in the Celtics.
Sharpshooter Steph Curry, along with Andrew Wiggins should be able to post another productive night. The Celtics have been a top-10 defense in the NBA. They’re allowing 109.2 points per game for a more than respectable effort defensively. However, subtract Smart from the equation this season and they would not be a top-10 unit defensively.
Draymond Green’s injury and absence earlier in the season showed how much one player can make a difference. Golden State were a bottom-tier defense without him. With Green back, much has changed for the Warriors. The Dubs are second in the league, holding teams to a lackluster 44.2% shooting from the field.
They’ve looked much crisper at home as well, allowing teams to record over 115 points per game on the road, but just 108.4 points a game at the Chase Center. Overall their productivity has been better at home, with a record of 8-4 as opposed to 3-5 on the road. Conversely, the Celtics are sitting at .500 as a visitor at 5-5. It’s hard to ignore the Warriors as a home underdog in this spot.