Curry: 'Very likely' that Warriors, Celtics face off in Finals
NBA.com Global on Nov 18, 2017 08:32 AM
FILE - DENVER, CO - NOVEMBER 4: Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors warms up before the game against the Denver Nuggets on November 4, 2017 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado.(Photo by Bart Young/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Stephen Curry knows who has owned the Eastern Conference for the last three years. After seeing the Boston Celtics snap his Warriors' seven-game winning streak -- and run their own win streak to a league-best 14 straight -- the All-Star guard was forced to admit the possibility that a new NBA Finals contender could be coming.
"Very, very likely, right?," Curry said. "They’re playing the best right now in the East. Obviously, until they beat Cleveland, who has done it three years in a row, we’ll see. I hear the weather's great [in Boston] in June, so we'll see."
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Reporter told Steph Curry he would be back here for Finals and then asked if he agreed: "I hear the weather is great here in June" <a href="https://t.co/iRLUHOlNZ8">pic.twitter.com/iRLUHOlNZ8</a></p>— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) <a href="https://twitter.com/anthonyVslater/status/931371956708040706?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 17, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
If the playoffs were to start today, the Celtics would have a healthy claim to the No. 1 seed. They currently hold the best record in the league at 14-2, and boast the best defensive stats in the league. Boston has accomplished this despite losing All-Star free agent signee Gordon Hayward to a broken ankle on opening night. They have also endured shorter-term injuries to Kyrie Irving (facial fracture) and Al Horford (concussion).
The Celtics have risen above those challenges, enough, even, to erase a 17-point deficit to the defending champs on Thursday night (Friday, PHL time) in front of a national television audience. That, mixed with Boston's hot start, has convinced Curry that the torch out East may have been passed.