Morning sports update: Steph Curry says it’s ‘very, very likely’ the Warriors will face the Celtics in the NBA Finals

Stephen Curry takes a shot against Kyrie Irving during the first quarter at the TD Garden.

The Celtics won their 14th straight, the Bruins snapped a four-game losing streak, and the Patriots are prepping for their Sunday bout in Mexico City.

Steph Curry says it’s ‘very, very likely’ the Warriors will face the Celtics in the NBA Finals: Following his team’s 92-88 loss to the Celtics at the TD Garden on Thursday night, Steph Curry predicted that the Warriors might have more than one opportunity for redemption next spring. The league is only a month into its season, but the point guard has a good feeling that the two teams will be battling for a championship come June.


When asked about the likelihood of a Celtics-Warriors NBA Finals, Curry said the matchup was “very, very likely.”

“They’re playing the best today in the East,” the two-time NBA champion continued. “They have to beat Cleveland, who has done it three years in a row. We’ll see. I heard the weather is great here in June, so we’ll see.”

The Celtics, who are riding a 14-game win streak, will travel to Oakland for a regular-season game against the Warriors on Jan. 27.

Kyrie Irving leads Celtics to 14th straight victory: Playing his second game since suffering a facial fracture, Kyrie Irving shed his protective mask in the second quarter. Then, with the game tied at 88, he was fouled on a layup attempt and calmly made a pair of free throws. Kevin Durant then came up empty on his jumper on the other end as time expired. (, via AP)

Charles Barkley ripped into the Celtics during TNT’s halftime show: “I’m sitting here watching, and I’ve watched them play probably five times, and they would not be favored in the Eastern Conference,” Barkley continued. “And I’m not talking about Cleveland. I’m not even talking about Cleveland. I’m not sure they could beat Toronto or Washington.” (


Gordon Hayward was at the Celtics-Warriors game: “I think he always gives us all a lift,” Celtics coach Brad Stevens told reporters in his postgame press conference. “We see him every day at 10 a.m. at the practice facility when he goes through all his routines, but it’s great to see him in the building. And probably more so, it was great for him.” (

Red Sox prospect had a very rare, aggressive cancer, according to death certificate: The document states that Daniel Flores had metastatic choriocarcinoma, a type of cancer that represents less than 1 percent of all testicular cancer cases. (, via The Boston Globe)

Sergio Dipp resurfaces this weekend with Patriots coverage: Dipp’s first sideline report for ESPN “Monday Night Football’’ Chargers-Broncos matchup in Week 1 was so bewilderingly awkward — punctuated with a meme-worthy reference to Broncos coach Vance Joseph “having the time of his life’’ — that there was no second sideline report. He did not go on camera again that night, but he will be part of ESPN’s coverage of the Patriots-Raiders game in Mexico. (