Smart's injury seems like something which 3 days of rest could do wonders for. Not sure about TL. Rest up fellas!If the Celtics were healthy I think they'd mop the Warriors up but they aren't.
The Warriors started out great in the reg. season, hit a skid and seemed to obviously bounce back. Going to be tough.The Celtics will win. The Warriors are about to get dragged into an alley and stomped to death. Steph’s ankle won’t come out of the locker room after six quarters. This is team came from The Big Three, and passed every test.
This was a Game 7 ALCS type of win. Bring on the San Francisco Warriors
I get the advanced metrics, but that stat right there says it’s broken.FWIW, 538 gives the Celtics an 83% chance to win the title.
Isn't that just where the number starts at with now expected Boston money coming in after they've won tonite?Warriors open as big favorites at -160. That’s an injured Rob number.
Yet they are only -3 in Game 1…weird?
You don’t understand. The Celtics are fine. It’s the Heat that has 27 guys on their death beds but still playing, valiantly. (Well, they were playing.)If the Celtics were healthy I think they'd mop the Warriors up but they aren't.
Interested to see how the two bigs match up. Al is going to be put in the pick and roll a bunch.Can we spend the whole series chasing them off the 3pt line? Them splashing consistently is my biggest fear.
Yeah.. this is the key. The one major difference in the Celts favor is that they are tall. So their closeouts on threes should be a lot different than what GS has seen so far. GS beat Dallas, but they were exploitable on D.. and Dallas isn't nearly as good as the Celtics usually are/can be on offense. Should be/ hopefully it is/ an interesting series.Can we spend the whole series chasing them off the 3pt line? Them splashing consistently is my biggest fear.
Celtics are 7-2 on the road in the playoffs.The C's were more talented than Milwaukee (sans Middleton) and Miami, and still needed 7 games to get rid of them. Now, the talent gap is smaller and the other team is healthier, better rested, more experienced, and has home court. Unless the C's figure out how to figure things out, they are dogs. But this season is now a success no matter what. They've answered three really hard questions and taken another step.
And so close to 8-1
Their home record on the other hand..
The Warriors' defense is better than Miami's (#2 v #4 in the season); and they're getting two good-to-great defenders back for the Finals in Payton and Porter, plus possibly a third in Iguodala. And their offense is obviously much better than Miami's.can’t wait - very confident against GS. The Celtics have great match ups and GS is nowhere near as good as the Heat on defense.
Everybody will pick GS but that’s just a recency bias - nobody has played a tougher road than the Cs
They had the Warriors as a 0.1% shot going into the season (i.e. 1 in 1000, or 30x less likely than the Blazers).I get the advanced metrics, but that stat right there says it’s broken.
All friend we are wait so long for Finals game . is most excite time for all . is time for new 18 towel put in roof .
I haven’t stopped laughing at this since he posted it. Outstanding.
18 Towel in roof is pretty amazing. How does one so consistently have this much success posting nonsense that is fairly hysterical?I haven’t stopped laughing at this since he posted it. Outstanding.
I think Pritchard should have better use in this series? Poole seems like a pretty meh defender, so they need to just constantly attack on that end.If they pull this off, it would be an absolutely legendary run with who they went through, but I think the health just isn’t there (Timelord looks cooked), they’re too worn down, and they’re likely to give away a game somewhere where things go off the rails. Great season regardless, but I have Golden State in 5. The emergence of Wiggins and Looney has changed my opinion on this matchup.
That's a match-up overall that favors the Warriors imo. The Cs are almost certainly going to go at Poole hard. But ditto the Warriors and Pritchard. Poole is more likely to get it back on the other end.I think Pritchard should have better use in this series? Poole seems like a pretty meh defender, so they need to just constantly attack on that end.
And they’re finishing 10-3 on the road this year.
I'll be crushed if the Dubs lose, but the Cs regaining their rightful spot alone at the top of the all-time mountain (with no near-term prospects of the LOLakers joining them) would be as good as it gets, consolation-prize-wise.I haven’t stopped laughing at this since he posted it. Outstanding.
Difference is that the Celtics aren't particularly obliged to play Pritchard while the Warriors are still going to want Poole out there, often alongside Curry, for thirty minutes a game. In other words, Poole-Pritchard ain't the matchup, it's more like Poole-Brown or Poole-White.That's a match-up overall that favors the Warriors imo. The Cs are almost certainly going to go at Poole hard. But ditto the Warriors and Pritchard. Poole is more likely to get it back on the other end.
Agree with all the above. Two bigs bogs the Warriors down - its been a subtle subplot that has been lost because it didn't matter in the end. Also, Looney had success but he has yet to face a frontcourt as tough as Boston's, even with a hobbled TL. He may be exposed as well.Celts have been my team since birth, but I moved to the Bay Area in 2000 and have followed and rooted for the Warriors that whole time.
The Warriors have some weaknesses:
(1) they are super-sloppy with the ball for long stretches (but usually tighten things up when the chips are down);
(2) they struggle against teams that protect the rim. They killed Dallas on drives to the hoop and rebounds, while they really struggled against Memphis on both scores;
(3) their defense is good, but not what it once was. Klay in particular is not the guy he used to be on D; and
(4) Draymond can be nearly unplayable on offense. You can sag off of him as long as you are prepared to defend him driving and dishing.
Looney's emergence and Wiggins playing up to his potential make the Warriors a very tough squad. If Payton and Porter can come back, the Warriors have 12 playable guys (and Kerr will go 12 deep if it suits him). Also, Curry is still an all-time superstar who can carry the Warriors and border on being undefendable.
Initial thoughts about the Celtics:
(1) Jaylen is going to have to protect the ball better. Iguodala has taught the whole team all his tricks and they are very good at knocking the ball loose without fouling.
(2) I expect the Warriors to dare everyone but the Jays and White to shoot 3s until they prove they can hit them.
(3) The Mavs had some luck trying to hunt Steph, forcing the Warriors to switch Steph onto Luka. I assume the Celts will try to get Klay matched up with Tatum or Steph on Jaylen as much as possible. Even though Luka scored a lot of points, Wiggins did a pretty nice job on him. Celts need to get Wiggins switched off of the Jays.
For all the talk about the Conference Final taking a lot of out Boston, there is a risk for GS that the Mavs may have given the Warriors a little false confidence. The Mavs just don't have much other than Luka.
There is no outcome from this series that will surprise me other than one team blowing out the other for four straight games.
And younger and probably stronger as wellCeltics are much, much, much bigger. Hope they use it to their advantage.
Tonight was one of the few games I can remember this year where they won despite TL, not because of him. I agree that they need to figure something out with him because tonight's version isn't going to cut it. Stashing him in Boston and saving the flights seems reasonable.Maybe it’s worth just keeping Time Lord out until game 2 or 3? I feel like 4 games of potentially 90% TL is better than 6 games of whatever we’ve been watching.