When the Celtics first matched up with the Golden State Warriors this season, they gave them their toughest test of the year up to that point.
Steph Curry and the boys were not just undefeated, they were off to the best start in NBA history at 23-0. Boston was able to take them to two overtimes, and although they came up short they pushed one of the greatest teams of all-time to lose their first game of the season the next night against the lowly Milwaukee Bucks.
Their first rematch since the double OT thriller will take place Friday night in Oakland, so Comcast SportsNet New England recently put together this video to get you hyped up:
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Obviously the biggest difference this time around is the C’s playing in the toughest arena in the NBA currently aside from the AT&T Center in San Antonio.
There’s also the fact that the Warriors were without Klay Thompson the first time, but the Celtics were a different team then too. They were four games over .500 at 13-9 and were only a couple weeks away from their late December/early January collapse where they lost 6 of 7 to fall to 19-19.
Since then they’ve gone 24-13. They’re only 5-7 in their last 12, but Jae Crowder is back and has a game under his belt so he should be ready to make a big difference Friday night, especially at the defensive end of the floor.
I’m not saying the Celtics will beat the Warriors at Oracle, I’m just saying it’s possible. I fully expect to be writing about a loss tomorrow. If not, I’ll be decked out head to toe in Celtics gear, writing a recap of our biggest win of the year with a giant smile on my face. That sounds like my kind of Saturday.
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