Boston, MA - On Saturday night, the Boston Celtics were given an opportunity to face off against the Golden State Warriors, the reigning champions of the NBA and the odds-on favorites to win it again this year. In recent years, the Celtics have been one of three teams (along with the Houston Rockets and the LeBron James-led Cleveland Cavaliers) who have actually been able to go toe to toe with the Warriors. They've just never gotten the opportunity to do so in the NBA Finals.
The Celtics and Warriors clashed again on Saturday, but the Warriors came out with the win by the close score of 115-111. Golden State's quartet of stars led the way as Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant combined for fifty-seven points, Klay Thompson delivered the game's dagger, and Draymond Green carried the Warriors in terms of rebounds and assists. Kyrie Irving put up a double double of his own, with thirty-two points and ten assists, while Al Horford added twenty-two points and thirteen rebounds.
Boston definitely came close, but in the end, the same problems that have been plaguing them all season resurfaced, chief among them being Gordon Hayward's shell of his former self. He scored just two points for Boston all game. And they came on free throws.
Boston did manage to bounce back, though, against the Brooklyn Nets, who have been dealing with injuries, with a solid 112-104 victory. The charge of this game was led by Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart, who each went for twenty-one. It was reassuring to see that Boston had the mental toughness to rebound from a loss that came from the clutches of victory against the league's best. But it remains demoralizing to note that Brad Stevens has yet to truly maximize the talent on the Celtics roster.
In an additional bit of fun news, this talent has manifested further in Irving, who starred in Uncle Drew over the summer, taking another role in an Oklahoma City-set haunted house movie that is set to film soon!