By: Evan Singleton
The Boston Celtics and the Golden State Warriors have played each other 105 times. Formerly the San Francisco/Philadelphia Warriors played the Celtics 231 times on top of that. The overall record between the two franchises leans towards Boston at 201-135.
Now, as knowledgable basketball fans we know that the 59-43 type final score games in the mid-1900's don't carry too much weight near 70 years later. However, recent history is surely something to consider when looking at and comparing these two teams.
In the last 7 years, these two teams have almost split their matches. Golden State has won seven, while Boston has won six. The overall score between the two is 1333-1316 in favor of Golden State. Only 17 points divided the two teams in all of those games played and points scored.
That said, seven years is also an incredibly large sample size. Hell, neither team had Brad Stevens nor Steve Kerr on the sidelines for much of it, Steph Curry was just a young and questionable player back then, and Paul Pierce was still wearing green and wearing it well.
So like the title states, let us look at the actually recent history where we can really get a sense of these two teams and how they compare.
In their past four meetings (past two years), the Boston Celtics and Golden State Warriors have split wins. Each going 2-2. Points scored shapes out to be 420-415 in slight favor of Golden State. Looking at that, I am getting a sense that these two teams, no matter the coach or players, seem to play each other pretty closely. In seven years there was a 17-point differential. In two years there was a 5-point differential. Pretty close.
So if these two teams are that even, who has the edge in their showdown on Thursday night? Well, simply put no team really has the edge. I could sit here and make the argument that the Celtics have won the last two of last three against the Warriors. However, someone could come right back and state that Golden State has won the last two in Boston (where the game is being played).
So what does recent history tell us? What is the tale? This game is going to be close. This game is a near toss-up.
This season, the Celtics are 13-2 and have won 13-straight. The Warriors on the other hand, are 11-3 and have won 7-straight. Again, you'd go crazy attempting to connect all of the parallels between the two.
Right now, the Warriors probably hold the slight favor in terms of their roster composition. Especially after the Celtics lost Gordon Hayward. However, if the Boston bench continues to play the way they have, that roster composition of Golden State loses it's edge.
The Celtics had the last laugh when these two teams previously met. They beat the Warriors in Golden State 99-86. So as Celtics fans, let's hope that carries some weight and the green team can stretch both their season win streak to 14 games and their Golden State match up win streak to two games.