The Oklahoma City Thunder travel to Boston, taking on the Celtics in a key inter-conference NBA matchup that will stream live amidst swirling rumors that Thunder superstar Kevin Durant may be headed to Boston once he reaches the unrestricted free agent market after this season wraps up, rumors that Durant himself — making only his sixth trip to Boston as a visiting player and first since 2012 — appeared to go out of his way to perpetuate.
“I like the city a lot,” Durant said earlier on Wednesday, after a team practice session on the TD Garden floor in Boston. “It’s cold but they love sports here. It’s a family atmosphere I feel when I walk around the city. So yeah, I like it a lot.”
But Durant didn’t stop there in his effusive praise for the team that later on Wednesday he would do his best to defeat.
Kevin Durant on the Celtics: “I’ve been watching this team a lot. They’re scrappy. They play hard.”https://t.co/eJEkEfaQcn
— Boston Globe Sports (@BGlobeSports) March 16, 2016
“Marcus Smart, he’s a terrific competitor,” Durant said, singling out the second-year point guard whom the Celtics made the sixth overall pick in the 2014 draft. “He plays hard. He’s a little guy that can defend three positions so I have my work cut out for me. I’m looking forward to it. I’ve been watching this team a lot. And they’re scrappy. They play hard. They love their coach, they love their system, and especially in this building they play with a lot of energy.”
Durant was watching, injured, from the bench when the Celtics came into Chesapeake Energy Arena on November 15 of last year and sent the Thunder packing with a 100-85 defeat. So perhaps he has reason to be impressed.
Watch highlights of the Boston Celtics defeating the Oklahoma City Thunder earlier this season, in the video below.
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Unlike the November 15 game, this time around the Oklahoma City will have a healthy Kevin Durant on the court. At the same time, Boston will be without arguably the most important player on the Celtics, six-foot-six, 25-year-old swingman Jae Crowder, who left last Friday’s game against the Houston Rockets with a right ankle sprain. The Celtics dropped the decision in that game, then went on the road Tuesday and without Crowder, lost again, this time to the Indiana Pacers — the first time Boston has dropped back-to-back games since January 18 and 20.
Crowder is now expected to miss two weeks, and against the Thunder on Wednesday, the Celtics are in serious danger of losing three in a row for the first time since a losing spell in early January that saw them defeated in four straight games, and six out of seven.
Otherwise, the Celtics have suffered just one other three-game losing streak this season, as they dropped three in a row after winning their season opener back in late October and November.
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The Celtics fell into a tie with the Miami Heat for third place in the Eastern Conference by losing to Indiana. Their record now stands at 38-29. Oklahoma has a better mark at 45-22, but in the West, that record is also good enough only for third place.
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