Game Thread: Protect home court!
Warriors host the Celtics, but don't want to be too nice
Get ready for an intense couple of hours as the Golden State Warriors and Boston Celtics come smashing back together for game five in this best-of-seven series. Tied up at two games apiece, there’s no clear overwhelming inertia at play ahead of tonight’s pivotal battle.
Starters and injury updates
With Robert Williams III leaving Game 4 limping, there was some question about his injury status. Well, Celtics coach Ime Udoka says he will be starting and playing his normal minutes so we can just say both teams will have their key players available.
For the Warriors, both Andre Iguodala and Otto Porter will be available despite injury concern.
If you’re looking for something to read to get yourself hyped up before the game, check out this article from The Athletic — Jared Weiss does a really good job exploring the ins and outs of the Celtics’ defensive strategy, which Udoka (justifiably) still believes in going forward. We’ll see what adjustments, if any, they decide to make tonight.
Let’s get this win tonight!