December 29, 2012; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry (30) dribbles the ball during the fourth quarter against the Boston Celtics at ORACLE Arena. The Warriors defeated the Celtics 101-83. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Boston Celtics Try to cool off the Golden State Warriors Tonight in The Garden

The Boston Celticcs will take on the Golden State Warriors  and try to tie the season series against them tonight. The Warriors have been shooting the lights out in their last three games the Warriors shot 52.3% from three point range.

The Warriors have been scorching in the past three games. The only problem is that they haven’t been able to defend anyone. Over the past three games they’ve scored 106 points per 100 possessions but they’ve also allowed 108 points per 100 possessions on the defensive end. That’s why they haven’t been able to win.

Luckily for the C’s they’re catching the Warriors in the midst of this defensive slump. The Warriors are always better defensively at home, but tonight they’ll be in the Garden. The Celtics should have no problem scoring against these guys.

Shooting One: The Three Keys

The keys for the Celtics tonight are on the defensive part of the floor. They’ll have to stop these guys if they want to win. They aren’t keeping up with Curry and the Warriors offensively. Now, lets get into the keys:

  • The Celtics have to stay with Stephen Curry at all times. The Knicks learned this lesson the hard way when Curry embarrassed them for 54 points. They were letting him shoot the three ball and then he caught fire. If Curry catches fire from deep, you aren’t stopping him. Let him take the ball to the rim. Curry is only shooting 58% at the rim. That’s down from the league average.
  • The Celtics have to watch out for the Warriors pick and role attack. The Warriors are going to kill them if they don’t guard the role man while fighting over the screen. That means that the help is often going to have to come from off the wing or from the side. The Celtics have to be judicious with who they leave because the most of the Warriors squad lights things up from deep.
  • The Celtics are going to have to watch out for Jarrett Jack coming off of the bench. He’s a leading candidate in the sixth man of the year conversation and he’s going to be hard to stop. The Warriors are going to throw him out there with two shooters in Curry and Klay Thompson–the C’s have to do everything in their power to stop that lineup.

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