It’s a potential NBA Finals matchup, between the team the runs the West and the team they perceive to be the biggest threat in the East. It’s also a case of two streaks meeting head-to-head, as the Warriors have won nine games in a row, while the host Celtics have won their last 10 games at TD Garden. After tonight, one of those streaks will live on, and one will wither and die.
There’s also a little history on the line, as NBC Sports Bay Area notes. Steve Kerr is sitting on 299 career wins - with a victory tonight, he would become the quickest coach in NBA history to hit the 300 mark. The record is held by current Miami Heat team president Pat Riley, who needed just 416 games to win 300. Tonight’s contest is Steve Kerr’s 377th as a coach, meaning he could best the record by a good margin.
It’s also a great test for DeMarcus Cousins. After facing mediocre defenders in his first three games, Boogie will be matched up against Al Horford, a reigning All-Defensive selection. Cousins’ effectiveness could show a lot about where he is with regards to washing off the rust.
Finally, any contest pitting Steph Curry against Kyrie Irving is absolute must-see basketball. They’ve been the two best point guards in the league this year, and are among the most entertaining players to ever step on a basketball court. You don’t want to miss this.
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