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Welcome to TD Garden for Celtics-Warriors

Posted by Gary Washburn Globe Staff  March 5, 2014 07:16 PM

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The Celtics continue their five-game homestand with another difficult game, this time against the Golden State Warriors, who over the past few years have emerged as one of the more entertaining teams in the NBA. Stephen Curry leads the league in assists (8.8) and 3-pointers made (195) and seventh in scoring (24.0). Klay Thompson drained the winning jumper with 0.6 seconds left Tuesday to beat the Indiana Pacers.

Boston will welcome back Kelly Olynyk, who missed the past two games with a sprained left big toe. The Celtics lost to Golden State in January in Oakland on a Curry 3-pointer, 99-97.

STARTING LINEUPS
BOSTON CELTICS (20-40)

PG Rajon Rondo
SG Jerryd Bayless
SF Jeff Green
PF Brandon Bass
C Kris Humphries

Inactives: Keith Bogans, Vitor Faverani, Avery Bradley

GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS (37-24)
PG Stephen Curry
SG Klay Thompson
SF Andre Iguodala
PF David Lee
C Andrew Bogut

Inactives: Festus Ezeli, Ognjen Kuzmic, Nemanja Nedovic

Officials: Derrick Collins, Eric Dalen, Rodney Mott

TV, radio: 7:30 p.m., CSNNE, WBZ-FM (98.5)

Pregame notes:

•Jordan Crawford is back in Boston for the first time since being traded to Golden State along with MarShon Brooks in a three-team deal that netted the Celtics Joel Anthony. Crawford is averaging 7.2 points and shooting 38.6 percent in 21 games.

• Avery Bradley underwent an MRI on his right ankle Wednesday and will be re-evaluated Friday before the team determines when he can return. He has missed 15 of the past 18 games with a sprained ankle.

• The Celtics will practice Thursday before taking on the Brooklyn Nets with Garnett, Pierce and Collins on Friday night at TD Garden.

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