Coming off of the long All-Star weekend the Golden State Warriors look to extend their three-game winning streak to four as they host the Boston Celtics at Oracle Arena Tuesday night. Aside from Stephen Curry and Dorell Wright, who competed in the Rookie Challenge and 3-Point contest respectively over the weekend, The W's had five days of R & R before getting back to work to face the reigning Eastern Conference champions. The Celtics on the other hand were very busy in L.A. this past weekend, with Ray Allen, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Rajon Rondo taking part in the All-Star Game Sunday night, as well as Allen & Pierce competing in the 3-Point contest Saturday.
The C's are on a two-game winning streak of their own, beating the Miami Heat and New Jersey Nets their last two games before the break. But Boston has lost their last six meetings with the Warriors at Oracle Arena, and with their big four staying busy during the break; Maybe Golden State can catch Boston off guard and make it seven straight losses at Oracle.
Currently sitting at 26-29, 4 games out of 8th place in the Western Conference, the Warriors need to keep stringing together wins if they want to get back into the playoff race. Hopefully they can continue their improved play against the Celtics.
Key(s) to the Game: Defense & Monta. The Warriors have a 15-2 record when they hold their opponent to 100 points or fewer. It will also be a matchup of two talented guards in Monta Ellis and Rajon Rondo. The W's are 16-5 when Ellis scores 27 or more, but who's style will be victorious? Ellis' run-and-gun approach or Rondo's dish first, ask questions later mentality?