On Wednesday night, the Golden State Warriors will continue their road trip as they travel East to face Rajon Rondo and the Boston Celtics.
The Celtics are well-rested, having not played since their hard-fought defeat at the hands of the far superior Indiana Pacers on Saturday night. Boston is 3-7 in their past 10 games and have lost six of its last seven but is playing better basketball of late.
One of Boston’s biggest problems all year is its ability, or rather, inability, to close games. Only two teams in the NBA have played more games where they were either ahead or behind by five points in the final five minutes of a game. The Celtics have faced 35 such scenarios and are a dreadful 12-23 when placed in the predicament above. In that scenario they shoot a dreadful 33.8 percent from the field which is the worst in the league and an even worse 23.2 percent from three. All of that is a result of the Celtics lack of consistent offensive production and their blatent lack of talent compared to other teams.
The Warriors are coming off to physical games against two of the East’s best. After falling victim to Toronto Sunday night, (I personally am blaming the loss on Jermaine O’Neal for not being able to clear customs), the Warriors rebounded with a huge 98-96 win against the Indiana Pacers.
Wednesday night against the C’s is a trap game for the Warriors and if they don’t treat it like any other game they might be for another performance like the stinker they put up against the Bulls in late February.
Game time is at 7:30 EST and keep in mind that Wednesday night is not only a back-to-back for the Warriors as a team, but both the Pacers and Celtics are Jermaine O’Neal’s former teams, so be ready for a video tribute.
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