Coming off a thrilling OT win in Washington, Boston takes on the very best in the west and the leagues best scorer.
The Thunder are on an absolute roll right now. They’ve won 5 in a row and 7 out of their last ten games. Durant has spent the entire month of January making everyone question whether or Lebron is the unquestioned best player in the league. Lebron may still be the better player but it’s hard to make an argument that anyone is having a better season than Kevin Durant. Durant has scored 30 or more point in 9 straight games and in that span he has three games of 46 or more points. It’s astounding how much of a scoring load he’s taken on while still remaining one of the most efficient players in the league. Asking anyone on this team to stop him may be too much of an impossible task to complete.
The Celtics have had some injury problems lately and as a consequence had to sign D-Leaguers Chris Johnson and Vander Blue. With Avery out a couple of weeks with an ankle injury and Rondo still trying to find his rhythm on the court, the backcourt has suffered some major hits. Pressey had a standout game against Washington but to expect him to perform anywhere near the level he played on Wednesday is just a bit of a reach. Rondo will probably play tonight but they’ll still need more contributions from Blue and Johnson, both of whom seem to be genuinely trying to work their way towards long term deals in the NBA or just making a name for themselves on a bigger stage than their used to. We’ll see how they stack up again Reggie Jackson, Sefolosha, and Lamb tonight.
Expecting a Celtics win tonight would probably be too hopeful but crazier things have happened in this weirdly confusing and bad season.
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