BOSTON, Sporting Alert – Golden State is the most dominant team in American pro sports at the moment, but the NBA champion will not be over confident against the Boston Celtics on Friday night.
The Warriors have started the season with an NBA-best 23-0 record and are a 6.5-point favorite to beat the Celtics at TD Garden and take that winning streak to 24-0, which would also see them winning 28-0 regular season games, dating back to last season.
Last time out, Klay Thompson made 10 big-time 3-pointers and shot 62.5-percent from long range in leading Golden State to a 131-123 victory over the Indiana Pacers, but is a “game-time decision” for Friday’s game with an ankle injury he picked up in Tuesday’s game.
The star guard, who is averaging career-highs 18.2 points, 2.5 assists and 3.6 rebounds per contest, took part in practice on Thursday and did some “post-practice jumpers — reported Rusty Simmons of the San Francisco Chronicle, but he remains questionable to face Boston.
Interim Warriors head coach Luke Walton revealed about Thompson game status: “It’ll be a game-time decision. And if there’s any concern at all that his ankle is hurt, we’re not going to play him.
“If he feels good and the trainer say he’s good there will be a chance he’ll play.”
Team leader Stephen Curry wasn’t so much in the spotlight against the Pacers, but the reigning MVP did finish with 29 points (11-23 FG), 10 assists, seven rebounds, and three steals and if Thompson is unable to play, expect the All-Star to step things up another notch.
Missing again for Golden State is forward Harrison Barnes, who has been ruled out with an ankle injury.
Barnes is averaging 13.4 points and five rebounds and was able to do “some light jogging” on Thursday, reported Simmons of The San Francisco Chronicle.
This isn’t expected to be a cake walk for the Warriors, as the Celtics (13-9) have been in good form this season and have the talents to upset the visitors.
Despite being the favorites, Golden State is expected to face a rigid test against Boston’s defense, which is ranked 4th in defensive efficiency this season.
Isaiah Thomas leads the Celtics with 21-points and 6.3 points per game.
Also in the NBA on Friday night, the Miami Heat (12-8) will battle against the Indiana Pacers (12-8) with both teams looking to bounce back from losses in their last outing.
The Cleveland Cavaliers (14-7) take on the Orlando Magic (12-10), Thunder (14-8) taking on the Jazz (10-10), Spurs (18-5) versus the LA Lakers (3-19), while the Grizzlies (13-10) face the Hornets (13-8).
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