On Friday, the Golden State Warriors go for a record 24th straight win since the start of the NBA season, and fans can watch live online for free as they face the Boston Celtics — a team that, at least some basketball experts believe, could be the one to put an end to the Warriors run at the 1971-1972 Los Angeles Lakers all-time best 33-game regular season winning streak. Going back to the 2014-2015 season, Golden State has won 27 consecutive regular season games.
The surging Celtics, led by 26-year-old point guard Isaiah Thomas in his first full season with Boston, and winners of four of their last five, say they are not intimidated by the undefeated, defending NBA champions who will be playing the sixth game of a seven-game toad trip.
“They’re in the same league as us,” Boston center Jared Sullinger said on Thursday. “They get paid on the first and 15th just like us.”
If reigning league MVP Stephen Curry — the NBA’s leading scorer with 32.2 points per game — and the Warriors can beat the Celtics Friday followed by a win over the Milwaukee Bucks the next night, they become the first NBA team to sweep a road trip of seven games or more.
In fact, as part of their 23-0 mark, Golden State has already set the record for best start to a season on the road, winning all 13 of their away games so far in the 2015-2016 season.
The Celtics come into the marquee contest with a 13-9 record, placing them seventh in the Eastern Conference, but just one-and-a-half games behind the East-leading Cleveland Cavaliers in a tightly-bunched conference where the top 10 teams are separated by no more than three games in the standings.
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To find out how to watch the undefeated Golden State Warriors vs. Boston Celtics game live online, free and legally, see the streaming information at the bottom of this article. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts, 4:30 p.m. Pacific Time.
Watch what the ESPN First Take crew had to say about the Celtics chances to end the Warriors streak, in the video below.
ESPN TV commentator and former head coach of the New York Knicks and Houston Rockets Jeff Van Gundy is one NBA expert who has the Celtics picked to win on Friday.
“I think Boston will get ’em on Friday,” Van Gundy said earlier this week. “I think Boston is such a great defensive team, with a great home court. But the truth be told, I thought Toronto would get them as well.”
The ESPN Basketball Power Index gives the Celtics a 32 percent chance of pulling off the stunning upset.
If the Warriors are indeed going to extend their 23-game undefeated streak to start the season, they may have to get it done without 25-year-old, 6-foot-7-inch shooting guard Klay Thompson, who left Tuesday’s 131-123 win over the Indiana Pacers with a late ankle injury. The Warriors now say that they’ll wait until game time to decide whether Thompson will see his name in the lineup in Boston.
Klay Thompson did some shooting in practice and is considered gametime decision #Warriors
— gary washburn (@GwashburnGlobe) December 10, 2015
“If there’s any concern at all that his ankle is hurt, then we’re not going to play him,” Warriors Interim Head Coach Luke Walton said on Thursday.
Can the Warriors stretch their historic undefeated record to 24-0 with a road win over Boston on Friday night? Or, can this young and energetic Celtics team make a little history of their own by ending the Golden State dream run? To find out, watch the game streaming free and legally live online with the current weekend free trial of NBA League Pass. Go to this link to sign up for a free NBA League Pass membership ID, then click on “Watch Games” to find the live stream of the Warriors vs. Celtics game — as well as every NBA game on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, December 11-13.
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