Golden State Warriors at Boston Celtics

Golden State Warriors Preview

The Golden State Warriors kicked off a five-game East Coast road trip with a 115-104 loss Tuesday at Philadelphia, and now they head to Boston for a meeting with the Celtics on Thursday. The Warriors have lost four consecutive games overall and 14 of their past 15 contests dating back to Dec. 28.

D’Angelo Russell, who had 28 points Tuesday, has averaged 28.8 points over his last five games, raising his season average to 24 points. The All-Star break can’t come soon enough for Golden State, and neither can March 1, which is the estimated date for Stephen Curry’s return from a broken left hand.

Boston Celtics Preview

The Boston Celtics return home for a Thursday matchup with the Golden State Warriors after an impressive 109-101 victory at Miami on Tuesday, just the third home loss for the Heat all season. The Celtics won without Jayson Tatum (groin) and Enes Kanter (hip). Tatum is due back either Thursday or else Saturday, for a game against the Philadelphia 76ers, but Kanter won’t face the Warriors, according to coach Brad Stevens.

Gordon Hayward (28 points) and Jaylen Brown (25) led the charge at Miami as the Celtics won for the fourth time in five games. Kemba Walker had just 16 points on 5-of-19 shooting from the field Tuesday, including a 3-of-13 effort from 3-point range.