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Warriors at Celtics preview: Boston’s not-so-secret scouting report

The Boston Celtics were one of the few teams to beat the Golden State Warriors last season. Can they do it again?

Golden State Warriors v Boston Celtics Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

Game Information

Golden State Warriors (9-2) at Boston Celtics (6-5)

How to Watch?

Date: Friday November 18, 2016

Location: TD Garden — Boston, MA

Time: 5:00pm PST

TV: ESPN, CSN Bay Area Radio: 95.7 THE GAME

Team Comparison

The second game of the Golden State Warriors’ first east coast road trip is an intriguing matchup with the Boston Celtics.

While there is no rivalry between the two franchises, Friday’s game could be a bit chippy given what happened this past off-season. The Celtics, for those of you who don’t remember, were among the losers of the Summer 2016 Kevin Durant Sweepstakes, and they were particularly salty about being passed on by Durant.

As one of the few teams that beat the Warriors last season — at Oracle Arena, no less — the Celtics, in an attempt to woo Durant to join them, supposedly shared their scouting report of how to defeat Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson.

After Durant’s decision to join the Warriors, a displeased Jae Crowder told the following:

According to Crowder, the Celtics had the keys to the kingdom, and on Friday they will get a chance to back up that talk. Well, the Celtics are possibly minus Al Horford — who has sat the last eight games after suffering a concussion — and Crowder himself — who sat the last seven games with an ankle injury. It remains to be seen whether those two will suit up for the game.

Even if the Celtics are at full strength, whatever script they had against the Warriors last year will be wholly outdated as both teams are very different with the respective free agent additions of Horford and Durant.

If the Celtics succeed in shutting down Curry and Thompson, they still have to contend with Durant and Draymond Green — no small task. And, oh yeah, talking about last season, in the one game that Durant played against the Celtics, he led the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 130-109 win, scoring 28 points with nine assists, seven rebounds, and two blocks.

The Warriors, after losing to the Los Angeles Lakers two weeks ago, have strung together five wins and the threes have started to fall. Both the offense and defense are not as fluid and effortless as last year but it’s starting to come together.

Coach Steve Kerr is still playing around with his lineups so look for some interesting player combinations during these early games of the season. Of note, Patrick McCaw is finding himself on the floor more and more these days and continues to be an effective and unselfish player. His continued development, along with the other key bench players, could spell trouble for the league, trouble for the Celtics, and trouble for Jae Crowder’s super-secret scouting report.

Jason’s predictions

Score: Warriors 124 - Celtics 108

High Scorer: Kevin Durant

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