Last season the series was split and Warriors head coach Steve Kerr is expecting another hard one as he feels the Celtics have built a team that matches up well against his Warriors. "We did everything we needed to do". Al Horford also played one of his best and most well-rounded games of the year, defending DeMarcus Cousins capably in several moments-no easy feat-and ending the night with 22 points, 13 boards, 3 dimes, a steal and 2 blocks. Marcus Smart rimmed out on a 3-pointer, Irving airballed a fadeaway from the baseline and Marcus Morris was short on a 3.
After the game, one Golden State player said the forward is "not Gordon Hayward right now" and "he's a liability on both ends of the court", according to National Basketball Association reporter Jeff Goodman. The crowd included several New England Patriots on the eve of their departure for the Super Bowl, including owner Bob Kraft and twin defensive backs Jason and Devin McCourty.
"Boston is clearly a great two-way team, and that's what it takes in the playoffs", Kerr told reporters. "We bring the best out of each other". The Celtics scored the next 10 points to erase it. "Pretty lucky? I don't know what that means, in terms of just forcing them into tough shots, I mean, they could have made them".
Kerr was impressed by the Celtics, who lost 115-111 to reigning National Basketball Association champions the Warriors on Saturday.
"Gordon Hayward is not Gordon Hayward right now, ' said the player to Goodman". "So probably going to be a little loud in there tonight". "'He's hurting them. He's a liability on both ends of the court'".
The Celtics are on a five-game winning streak and are fifth in the Eastern Conference, while the Warriors have gone nine games undefeated and sit atop of the Western Conference. But the big man turned the ball over three times and picked up five personal fouls.