If the Celtics truly are the best team in the NBA, there’s no time like now to prove it — as they visit the Warriors on Saturday night in a Finals rematch.
Boston is an NBA-best 21-5, including a fantastic 10-3 mark on the road (Saturday’s game is at Golden State).
Meanwhile, the Warriors have had an up-and-down season, and it seems everyone is waiting for them to get their act entirely together. At 13-13, they currently sit in 11th place in the Western Conference.
For the Celtics, Jayson Tatum has looked a lot like the very early NBA MVP. Jaylen Brown has been his usual self, and the likes of Malcolm Brogdon, Marcus Smart and the underrated Al Horford (when healthy) are as good as ever under first-year coach Joe Mazzulla.
All this and starting center Robert Williams III (knee) has yet to play a game this season.
But right now, the Celtics look even better than last year. Beating the Warriors on their own home court would help everyone believe the Celtics truly are.
- Speaking of looking as good as ever, Steph Curry is averaging 30.0 points, 7.0 assists and a career-high 6.6 rebounds. All at the age of 34. There’s a reason he said he is not thinking about retirement, given that he’s showing no signs of slowing down.
- Curry is also shooting 50 percent from the field, his best since the 2015-16 season when the Warriors went 73-9.
- The problem with the Warriors, it seems, is that Curry is largely becoming a one-man show. If he doesn’t go nuts, then the Warriors generally lose.
- Meanwhile, the Warriors are practicing patience with young forward Jonathan Kuminga, writes Brad Botkin of CBS Sports.
Shooting guard Anthony Edwards has been quietly having a great season amidst all the other things that have been a disappointment with this year’s Timberwolves.
The former No. 1 overall pick is averaging a team-best 22.8 points, as well as 5.7 rebounds, and is proving to be Mr. Reliable in an otherwise uneven start for the team.