My prediction: the Celtics will fall to Golden State tomorrow night, and I really don’t think it’s a huge deal.
Let’s recap: The Celtics climbed their way to the top of the Eastern Conference at 13-2, with a jaw-dropping 13-game win streak. The Celtics have played 15 games this season and currently have the highest winning percentage in the NBA. Another random stat that I like (as a non-number oriented person) is that their record is the opposite of Dallas Mavericks, 2-13. Not helpful but interesting.
Why my prediction might be wrong: Kyrie Irving. One man, 11 letters (in case you haven’t caught that before). He’s back now after missing the game against the 76ers (0 points) and most of the game against the Hornets (0 points). He scored 35 the last time the Celtics played Atlanta, and 25 points last night against the Nets.
Let’s talk numbers: The Celtics face the Warriors tomorrow night, who have been blowing away their opponents. On Monday, they beat the Magic by 10, they beat the 76ers (Saturday) by 21, and the Timberwolves (last Wednesday) by 24. The Warriors average about 120 points a game, while the Celtics are at 103. However, the Celtics haven’t necessarily been winning by a ton. They beat the Nets last night by 7 points, the Raptors (Sunday) by 1, and the Hornets (Friday) by 3.
What happens after the Warriors: If the Celtics win, then awesome, they’ll try to continue their win streak. They’ll probably feel pretty confident for the rest of the season, too. If the Celtics lose, then they move on, they’ll be okay. 13-3 is still pretty great considering the injuries (and injury scares) they’ve had. The Celtics play the Hawks who are 2-12 and have a 4 game losing streak (as of right now.) I feel bad for the Hawks, as they aren’t losing in horrible blow-out games, like they are genuinely trying. They lost to the Pelicans on Monday by one point, and to the Wizards (Saturday) and the Pistons (Friday) by less than 10. When the Celtics played them on November 6th, it was only by 3. I would say that the game on Saturday would be a nice post-Warriors relaxation game, win or lose, but I don’t believe in over-confidence leading to success, even if I am a cheerleader.
To quote my older brother: “Sometimes good teams need to lose every once in a while to see what they need to work on to get better.” Or something like that.
Nina is a 20 year old college student from Massachusetts. She loved playing and analyzing sports her whole life and is an avid fantasy football and basketball player. Nina is also the captain of the Lesley University Lynx Cheer team. Her favorite teams are the Patriots and Celtics and wherever Aaron Rodgers and Kelly Olynk are playing!