Klay Thompson

Klay Thompson

The Warriors reminded the Celtics on Friday why they’re one of the best offensive teams in the league en route to a 104-88 blowout win over the Celtics at TD Garden. 

Klay Thompson scored a game-high 28 points, while Kevin Durant flirted with a triple-double (23 points, 10 rebounds, 7 assists) and silenced the boos from the Garden’s faithful. Early on, boos rained down every time Durant touched the ball but that didn’t seem to phase him or his teammates by the second half when the Warriors took control of the game and handed the Celtics their sixth loss of the season. 

Isaiah Thomas scored a team-high 18 points and Avery Bradley finished with a double-double (17 points, 10 rebounds) for the Celtics.

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The Celtics closed out the first quarter with an 11-4 run, pulling them to within two points (29-27) before the Warriors found their offensive groove — finishing the half shooting 50 percent from the floor. The Celtics’ offensive rhythm came in spurts throughout the second quarter. Whenever the Warriors tried to pull away the Celtics responded with small scoring runs that kept the game close. 

The C’s were getting back defensively on the Warriors’ fast break but couldn’t put together a strong enough offense to give themselves a lead before the end of the half.  However, the Warriors did an excellent job of scoring off of the Celtics’ missed attempts in and outside of the paint. 

Although the Celtics weren’t too far behind at halftime (55-48), it sure felt like it in the second half when the Warriors went on a 24-3 run and grabbed a 28-point lead.

Golden State drained in five 3-pointers, while shooting 56.5 percent and forced five Celtics turnovers throughout the game-changing quarter.  The Warriors outscored the C’s 31-9 — giving them a 29-point lead, heading into the fourth quarter.

Despite scoring 31 points in the fourth quarter, it was too little, too late for the Celtics as they’re now a .500 team (6-6) before they head to Detroit to take on the Pistons Saturday night.

Stud of the night: Klay Thompson

With all the buzz surrounding Durant and how he would perform against the Celtics, Thompson put together one of his best games of the season. He finished with 28 points on 12-of-21 along with five rebounds and three assists. 

Dud of the night: Isaiah Thomas

Although he finished with a team-high 18 points, Thomas had a rough shooting night against the Celtics. Half of his points came from the free-throw line — where he made 9-of-9 — but he shot 4-of-12 from the floor, including 1-of-6 from deep. 

Reason why the game was lost: Warriors’ 31-9 third quarter

Golden State’s offense entered the second half completely dialed in and ran the Celtics out of their own building. Kicking off the half on a 24-3 run, the Warriors slammed the door on the Celtics’ hopes of keeping the game close before the final frame as the Warriors outscored the C’s 31-9 in the third quarter. Golden State also buckled down defensively and held the Celtics scoreless for almost half of the third quarter while their offense ran off with a huge lead (86-57) entering the fourth quarter. 

Blog Author: 
Josue Pavon

To Warriors coach Steve Kerr, the decision by Kevin Durant was all business over the summer. 

Specifically, two years and $54.3 million worth of business is what Durant signed for in Golden State, turning down the Celtics, Isaiah Thomas and Tom Brady in The Hamptons. 

The Warriors head coach said before Friday night’s game that while he understands the disappointment of many Celtics fans that their team was able to pair Durant and Horford with Isaiah Thomas and Avery Bradley for a run at a title, they should also not take his decision personally. 

That won’t be the case as Celtics fans turned out early and began booing Kevin Durant when he took the floor for warmups 15 minutes before tipoff. 

“My guess is it’s all in good fun, right? You come to a game, you’re Celtics fan, you know that you were close and didn’t get him. So, what do you do? You boo him,” Kerr said with a smile.

“But I think most of that stuff is tongue-in-cheek. People come to the game to be entertained and let their emotions out. I don’t think there will be heartfelt boos. I would be shocked. Maybe it’s different in Oklahoma City. 

“He did what he did, made a decision for himself and he lives with whatever comes his way. It would be pretty surprising to hear much venom tonight. He almost came here but he came to Golden State. We’re cheering.” 

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Blog Author: 
Mike Petraglia


The Celtics could be very close to getting two-thirds of their starting front court back.

Al Horford, who missed his ninth straight game Friday night with a concussion, will travel with the Celtics on their three-game road trip, which begins Saturday night in Detroit.

The Celtics could be very close to getting two-thirds of their starting front court back.

Al Horford, who missed his ninth straight game Friday night with a concussion, will travel with the Celtics on their three-game road trip, which begins Saturday night in Detroit.

Also on the trip will be Jae Crowder, missing his eighth straight game Friday night with a sprained left ankle.

“Al had, by far, his best day [Thursday],” Brad Stevens said before Friday’s game with the Warriors. “He did on some 3-on-3, some 1-on-1, went up and down [the court]. Felt pretty good. Hopefully, barring no setbacks, we’re closer than further with him.”

With Horford and Crowder out against the front court of Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and Zaza Pachulia, the Celtics are in the position of possibly having to put 6-foot-4 Marcus Smart in a mismatch.

“We’ll mix up matchups all over the place. I think some [switching],” Stevens said. “Obviously, the biggest thing is you can’t get caught up in is you’ve got to have a body, you’ve got to be on them. You have to be able to contest their shots. They’re going to hit some shots other people don’t hit. You’ve got to be able to go down and score. That’s what you have to do when you’re playing a team like this.”

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Blog Author: 
Mike Petraglia

He had to know it was coming.

Kevin Durant (Kyle Terada/USA Today Sports)

Kevin Durant (Kyle Terada/USA Today Sports)

He had to know it was coming.

Once Kevin Durant emerged for the shootaround at TD Garden prior to Friday night’s tilt between his Warriors and the Celtics, the questions started flying. Why the star forward has already addressed how the Celtics courted him this offseason, this would be the first time he would be coming face-to-face with the team he designated as an almost, but not quite.

“Do we really want to open this back up?” Durant said at one point during his gathering with the media. adding, “I have much respect for everybody on their team. I know AB, I know Isaiah. Marcus Smart, Jae Crowder and those guys came and we had a nice talk. They were very impressive. The city of Boston is one of the best cities in the league. I really respect how they approach the game and how they play the game.”

So, how close was he to picking the Celtics?

“I met with them, they were really good. I was really impressed by them,” the forward said. “It’s hard for me to say how close each team was. I’m not going to go into that. But they were very impressive.” And what about that presentation in the Hamptons, which included Celtics players, front office types, ownership and even Tom Brady? “It was pretty good,” he said. “I’m not going to go into depth everything they said, but it was pretty good.”

Durant comes into Friday night playing for a Warriors club that is second in the Western Conference, standing at 9-2. He is sixth in the NBA in scoring, averaging 27.7 points per game, just slightly ahead of teammate Steph Curry (27.2). The Celtics, meanwhile, are in sixth-place in the Eastern Conference at 6-5, and will head into the showdown with the Warriors without both Al Horford and Jae Crowder.

“I don’t know. I expect them to cheer on their team like they always do,” said Durant when asked about what type of reception he expected from the TD Garden crowd. Outside of that, I don’t know. I’m trying to lock in and focus on our team, our game. The fans are going to be the same, they’re going to enjoy the game. As the game goes along they’re going to boo, they’re going to cheer. It is what it is.”

Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford

Kevin Durant feels it’s time for the Celtics and their fans to just get over it. 

Kevin Durant

Kevin Durant

Kevin Durant feels it’s time for the Celtics and their fans to just get over it. 

There have been few courtships in the history of the NBA like the pursuit of Kevin Durant this past offseason. And while the Celtics locked down a solid player in the frontcourt in Al Horford, questions still remained. 

Why didn’t Durant choose Boston? Why wasn’t Tom Brady enough in the Hamptons? What went wrong? Why can’t Boston draw top free agents?

The Celtics put everything they had into Durant, who instead elected to join the force that is the Golden State Warriors. What ensued in Boston was frustration, and in Jae Crowder’s case, a few off the cuff remarks.

This Friday will mark the first time Durant faces off against the C’s as a member of the Warriors. For Durant, it was just business.

“Nah, it don’t bother me,” Durant said of Crowder’s comments to ESPN.com’s Chris Haynes. “All these guys that you ask the same questions, you know what you’re going to get from them. So you’re [asking] the same questions. Why am I going to be mad about a guy who has an opinion? I respect all these players. If they don’t respect what I did, I can’t control that.”‘

“I got nothing but love and respect for Jae Crowder and how he approaches the game and how he plays, but we disagree on me coming here,” Durant said. “That’s just how it is. It’s all good. We’re going to compete no matter what. That’s one thing — you can say a lot of stuff in the media or wherever you are, but we’re going to compete when we’re in between the lines. That doesn’t change anything.”

Durant acknowledged the logic of the frustration of the players and fans, but brings up a valid point — he never actually played in Boston, and he never said he was going to play in Boston.

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“What can they be mad about?” he said. “I never played there. I never said I was going there. But they’re going to support their team. It’s one of the best fan bases in the league — top-five, easily. So no matter who goes in there, they’re going to boo them. But I have no attachment to Boston at all.”

For the Celtics, they’re past the decision, happy with where they’re at now, with maybe one exception.

“Nah, I’ve been past that. Maybe for Jae, Jae still might be mad but I’m past it,” Isaiah Thomas quipped when asked about any leftover animosity towards Durant. 

He also lightheartedly added that he’s “not getting [his] hopes up” to see Durant in green this time next year if he decides to opt-out of his contract, thus utilizing his player option for year two of his contract.

The Celtics have every intent of treating Friday like any other game, but with the history between the two teams of late and the Warriors 9-2 start, even Thomas couldn’t hide that it’s going to be an intense game.

“It’s a good one,” Thomas said. “This is what you live for, this is what you want, to play against the so-called best team in the NBA. And we’ll be ready though, we’ve always been good about these games, we’ve just got to do our job, worry about what we do and protect our home court.”

Blog Author: 
Logan Mullen

Nov 16, 2016; Boston, MA, USA;  Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas (4) drives to the basket past Dallas Mavericks forward Dwight Powell (7) during the second half at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Isaiah Thomas took matters into his own hands Wednesday night. (Bob DeChiara/USA Today Sports)

Crisis averted. 

Entering the fourth quarter, Isaiah Thomas was having a rough night, finagling just eight points to that point, going 3-for-13 from the field and 1-for-3 from the foul line.

What was worse, however, was the inability for multiple players to step up. Avery Bradley did, making his presence known with an 18 point, 13 rebound double-double. But otherwise, there was not much for the Celtics to hang their hat on. 

“I was afraid that we were going to have to really gut this one out,” coach Brad Stevens said. “We definitely stagnated quite a bit.”

Thomas ultimately went off in the final frame, dropping 22 points while going 4-for-5 from the field and 12-for-13 from the foul line

Kelly Olynyk was the only other player in double figures, netting 10 points. Otherwise, offensive production was subpar. Marcus Smart was 1-for-6 from the field, off the bench Gerald Green was 1-for-4 with, while most other while most everyone else off the bench was 2-for-3 or 2-for-4.

It has all been part of the process of learning to play without Al Horford and Jae Crowder, two player who conceivably will help pick up the slack when Thomas isn’t playing well once they return healthy. But as the team figures out how to step up in the meantime, Thomas indicated he’s going to keep rising to the pressure.

“I guess I just like that quarter. Sometimes guys get a little tired and the pressure gets a little tougher for them, I guess I just like the pressure,” Thomas said.

And while the numbers may indicate it was something of a one-man show, Thomas will be the first to say it wasn’t. He found vast success off the screen, and his teammates were integral in clearing the lane for the 5-foot-9 guard. This was especially true once Mavs big man Andrew Bogut fouled out.

To get the confidence and form back, however, it started with his first few fourth-quarter free throws.

“The first three quarters I wasn’t playing too well, and for whatever reason I wasn’t myself,” Thomas said. “I had seen the ball go in with a few free throws in the fourth quarter, and then I just felt better about myself. My teammates set up screens, my coach put me in position and I just took advantage of it.”

Since coming to the Celtics, late surges have been Thomas’ calling card, bailing the C’s out of multiple jams. For players like Smart who have seen it happen in front of him during Thomas’ tenure in green, it has never gotten less impressive — even when Smart is trying to do his job on the court.

“You can’t sit back and watch, you’ve got to be ready. Because of his size sometimes he does get in there and he gets clobbered by those bigs and needs a way out to refresh himself,” Smart said. “You can’t just sit back and watch, but you do find yourself going ‘wow’ it’s amazing the things that he can do.”

Off to a 6-5 start, the Celtics have been in a bit of a rut to start the season. With ugly losses to teams like the Nuggets, Wizards and Pelicans, there has been a bit of soul-searching going on as the C’s look to find their identity.

It got to the point in a practice after the Wizards game on Nov. 9 where the Celtics were candid with themselves about the way they were playing, holding a players meeting to try and sort things out.

“It was just something, no coaches, just us,” Smart said. “We just had to look ourselves in the mirror and come to the conclusion that were the ones out there playing, we’ve got to get it together.”

Added Bradley, “We need to hold each other accountable, we weren’t playing to our ability. We’ve got some guys who are, two or three guys playing hard on the defensive end, but the other three weren’t and we needed everyone plying hard consistently as a team.”

The Celtics will get a true test on Friday, squaring off against a 9-2 Warriors team that the Celtics have always shown good fight against. And whatever Thomas is called upon to do Friday and beyond, he’s ready to answer.

“I work too hard not to take advantage of the opportunity that I’m given, so I’m ready for whatever Brad and this team and this organization throws at me, and I’ve always wanted to be in this position,” Thomas said. 

Blog Author: 
Logan Mullen

Isaiah Thomas saved his very best for last Wednesday.

The Celtics superstar guard scored 22 of his game-high 30 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Celtics to 90-83 win over a pesky Mavericks team at TD Garden.