The Golden State Warriors and Boston Celtics are two teams heading in completely opposite trajectories at this juncture in the 2013-14 NBA season. While the Warriors just ended a 10-game winning streak, the Celtics had lost five-straight games and the first three games of their five-game west coast road trip heading into the two teams matching up on Friday night.
To their credit, the Celtics didn’t just get into the fetal position and take a beating from Golden State. Thanks to a big push from Jeff Green and Jared Sullinger, the Celtics were in this game from start to finish. However, Stephen Curry delivered a dagger with 2.1 seconds remaining, as Stephen Curry tends to do, and handed the Celtics a 99-97 loss and extended Boston’s streak to six consecutive defeats.
The Celtics were once the leaders in the Atlantic Division and seemed like they could be a surprise playoff team out of the East. Now, after losing six straight and going 1-9 in their last 10 games, the Celtics sit at a meager 13-24 and are two games out of the postseason at 12th in the conference.
Boston has benefited this season from having a new coach inject life into a lackluster roster and catching opponents by surprise. However, now that they are in a pretty difficult stretch of their schedule this season, now that some players are starting to regress, and now that teams pretty much know what to expect, they are struggling. In actuality, though, this Celtics team is becoming the team we expected them to be this season.