What’s next for the Boston Celtics?
The Boston Celtics are a bit of a mess right now, but their playoff hopes are still alive and well.
The Celtics have lost to the Los Angeles Lakers and Toronto Raptors and will face the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday night at TD Garden.
Boston has won two straight games, but it’s been hard to see them get past the Warriors and Cavaliers this early in the season.
Here are the key storylines from the Celtics-Warriors matchup.
The Warriors don’t get it going This is the Warriors’ first road game of the season, and the Celtics have been playing much better in the paint, particularly when they’ve had more time to get into the paint.
With the Warriors having won three straight road games, and even beating the Los Vegas Clippers in Oakland on Sunday, this is a game the Celtics could have won.
They’re averaging a league-best 87.7 points per game, which is tops in the league.
But the Warriors are getting stops.
They’ve had their way in the first quarter, and they’ve only lost three times in six games.
It’s just been a lot of bad shooting and turnovers.
The Golden State Warriors are averaging 86.5 points per contest, but the Boston Celts have won seven straight games.
Kevin Durant is finally playing again?
After two straight months of sitting out, Kevin Durant returned to action on Sunday after missing the previous five games due to a right hamstring injury.
Durant scored 17 points on 4-of-8 shooting with six rebounds and three assists.
But KD didn’t have a huge impact, as he finished with five points on 3-of_6 shooting and two turnovers.
His teammates struggled, too.
The Cleveland Cavaliers had a much more dominant start to the season (22-0) with a win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday, but Golden State has won four straight and six of its last seven.
The Cavs also beat the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday.
Boston is playing without Kyrie Irving, Isaiah Thomas and Jayson Tatum Kyrie has missed five games with a right shoulder injury.
Isaiah Thomas has been out since Feb. 22 with a sprained left ankle.
Thomas will have surgery Monday to repair a torn ACL.
The rest of the Celtics lineup is set, with Isaiah Thomas at power forward and Kevin Garnett at small forward.
Tatum has been sidelined since Feb