The Boston Celtics take on two of the Western Conference heavyweights this week, facing the San Antoino Spurs and the Oklahoma City Thunder at the Boston Garden. Both teams have given the Celtics problems over the past few seasons, especially at home where the Celtics have struggled to beat both teams.
The Spurs are off to another great start this season and appear poised to challenge again for the number one seed in the Western Conference. Their head coach, Greg Popovich, is one of the best coaches of all time and always has them in contention.
The Thunder look completely different from last season as they traded James Harden to the Houston Rockets before the season started. They received Kevin Martin back in return and the team has looked fairly out of synch during this young season.
How do the Celtics match up with both teams? I think they are more than capable of sweeping both this week and perhaps seeing one of them in the NBA Finals. If the Celtics were hoping to play one of the two in the Finals, I think they would much rather see San Antonio simply because they both play similar styles and are an older team than the Thunder. Oklahoma City obviously has the best player in Kevin Durant and he would be quite a handful for Paul Pierce over the course of a seven game series.
Both teams are certainly in the elite and will definitely be a challenge for the Celtics. The Celtics are on a nice roll and look to continue against two tough opponents.
Rob Lunder covers the Boston Celtics for Rant Sports. For all Celtics news go to the team homepage on Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @rlunder18