SAN FRAN — The Celtics continued their late season success with a road win over the Golden State Warriors 110-88 last night. And although Steph Curry went out in the first half—there’s still a few negatives and positives for the C’s.
After losing a close game at home to the Mavericks, the C’s got back to playing team basketball.
The Celtics put together a nice offensive outing as a unit. They jumped to an 11 point lead midway through the first quarter, and held on to it. The lead once reaching 24.
Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum each finishing with 26 points. Marcus Smart dropped 20 points with four three’s. Post game—Tatum interrupted Smart’s interview to call him, ‘defensive player of the year.’
Robert Williams and Al Horford worked together on the boards for a combined 14 rebounds. Tatum also finished with 12 rebounds. The whole starting lineup crashed and contested shots. Smart dove for loose balls and R. Williams blocked four shots. They held the Warriors to under 90 points. Even without Curry, in this day and age of the NBA, that’s tough to do.
Curry went out in the first quarter (left foot soreness) after Celtics guard Marcus Smart dove for a loose ball. Curry went to the floor, and tried to walk it off before eventually heading to the locker room where he wouldn’t return. Nonetheless, Jordan Poole took over the scoring for the Warriors as he’s been doing all season by dropping 29 points. Klay Thompson finished with 18 points.
The Warriors did however fight back. Once brining the lead down to 10 points in the third quarter. But they couldn’t keep up the momentum as Tatum began to make shots and close the game out. The C’s emptied their bench and won in a blowout fashion.
As far as Curry’s injury, his exams came back negative, but will be out indefinitely. The Boston Celtics will continue this west coast stretch in Sacramento tomorrow against the Kings. C’s now sit at the fourth spot in the conference.