The Golden State Warriors are the worst team in the NBA. With just 10 wins to their 38 losses, it is getting increasingly hard to find silver linings as the losses continue to pile up. So we can point (yet again) to the improved odds of a top draft pick, and yearn wistfully for the return of Stephen Curry - but the core truth remains the same: night in and night out, Golden State is getting smashed by superior teams.
Tonight should be no different as they head to Boston to take on the Celtics, a team with one of the top-ranked defenses, and serious playoff aspirations.
WHO: Golden State Warriors (10-38) at Boston Celtics (31-15)
WHEN: Thursday January 30, 2020; 5:00 pm PST
WHERE: TD Garden, Boston, MA
WATCH: TNT; NBC Sports Bay Area (?)
The Celtics - Balanced and dangerous
The Boston Celtics and coach Brad Stevens share the egalitarian ethos that has been at the center of much of the recent success the Warriors have enjoyed. Led by newcomer Kemba Walker, and homegrown talent Jason Tatum, Boston currently has the 4th best net rating in the NBA.
Though they don’t move the ball as much as Golden State does, they’ve got a well balanced team that ranks in the top 10 both offensively and defensively. It’s a team that works well together, rather than riding their stars at the expense of everything else. It’s a big reason why disgruntled star Kyrie Irving is no longer with the team, and I think that’s why a lot of Warriors fans find a warm place in their hearts for these Celtics.
For Golden State, the Celtics Big 3 of Tatum, Hayward, and Kemba Walker is going to be nearly insurmountable. Tatum is currently listed as “Questionable”, but even if he can’t go, the remaining Celtics should have ample ammunition to put away a Golden State squad that is softer than a peeled grape.