C's practice before facing off against Warriors
WALTHAM, Mass. (WHDH) -- After two much-needed days off, it was back to work Thursday for Doc Rivers and the Celtics.
And with just one game over a seven-day stretch, the Celtics are getting a nice break in the schedule at the perfect time.
The team practiced at Healthpoint in Waltham for the first time in nearly two weeks Thursday -- and the first time together with a few new additions including Jordan Crawford and D.J. White.
“Just coming in and getting comfortable with the system -- I think that’s the most important thing, learn how they play and learn how they go about every day,” said Jordan Crawford, Celtics Guard.
“Come in and defend the rebound. I think that’s what they’re looking for. I just want to come in and play hard,” said D.J. White, Celtics forward.
It will likely be all hands on deck -- including the new guys -- trying to defend Golden State Warriors’ point guard Stephen Curry at the TD Garden Friday night.
Curry had 54 points against the Knicks Wednesday, prompting Celtics Head Coach Doc Rivers to say, “Make them all -- that’s my thought. Make them all. It’s like golf; when a guy shoots a 61 (which none of us could do) but they don’t hopefully follow up with another one.”
Although keeping Curry from making them all against the Celtics will be no small task, because when a guy gets hot -- 54 points hot -- there's not much you can do.
“Great offense trumps great defense any time. When you got a special player like that, it’s pretty tough,” said Paul Pierce.
You can bet Avery Bradley will draw the tough assignment of checking Curry for most of the night.