Mar 4, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (11) makes the winning basket with .06 of a second on the clock against Indiana Pacers guard George Hill (3) at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Golden State defeats Indiana 98-96. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Boston Celtics - Golden State Warriors: Preview

The Boston Celtics take the hardwood for the first time since Saturday, and are hoping to take advantage of the extra rest to avenge an earlier loss this season to the visiting Golden State Warriors.

Jan 10, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Boston Celtics small forward Jeff Green (8) celebrates after a basket against the Golden State Warriors during the fourth quarter at Oracle Arena. The Golden State Warriors defeated the Boston Celtics 99-97. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

When last these two teams met, the Celtics were playing their fourth game in a brutal West Coast road trip that saw the Celtics play (and lose) five road games in seven nights.  Personally, I was expecting the Celtics to get thrashed in Oakland, but Boston gave the Warriors all they could handle, barely falling 99-97.

The Celtics will look a little different when they face the Warriors this team around, as Boston’s offense in the previous tilt was run through Jordan Crawford . . . who now comes off the bench for the Warriors.  Meanwhile, Boston has Rajon Rondo back in the starting line-up now, and if Rondo’s not fired up to go head-to-head with the Splash Brothers, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, then he needs to have his pulse checked.  Because he’s dead.

Seriously, this is the sort of game that Rondo should be chomping at the bit over, especially since the Warriors took down the might Indiana Pacers last night 98-96 courtesy of Thompson’s fall-away J with .06 seconds left on the clock.  The Warriors are 7-3 over their last ten, but are still sitting in just the 6th spot out in the ultra-competitive Western Conference, so every game counts now for the boys from the Bay.

Tonight’s game is set to tip-off at 7:30 p.m. Follow us @HoudiniCeltics over the course of the game, and as always, check in with us for our post-game reactions.  It should be a good one!


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