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The Golden State Warriors to take on the Boston Celtics at 8pm ET Thursday on TNT.

Warriors to Test Celtics, Rockets Get Boost From CP3

Biggest Game of the Week: Warriors vs Celtics

The Celtics have won 12 straight since dropping their first two, despite a recent spate of injuries that saw AL Horford miss two games with a concussion and Kyrie Irving missing time with a “minor facial fracture.” But Boston should be at full strength for their biggest test of the season when the Golden State Warriors come to town for a battle between the two best records and point differentials. The Warriors have been white hot since falling to 4-3, winning their last seven by an average of 19.9 points-per-gain. The two teams split last season’s match ups, with the road team coming out on top each time, but the Celtics are a totally different team – almost literally — this year. A win by the Celtics would be a statement that Boston is legit and the title is up for grabs.

Biggest Injury: Rudy Gobert

The Utah Jazz’ Gobert is going to miss four-to-six weeks after Miami’s Dion Waters barreled into his right knee while diving for a loose ball, leaving the French big man with a tibia contusion. Gobert accused Waters of playing dirty, watch and decide for yourself:

Biggest Return from Injury: Chris Paul

The Houston Rockets have gone 11-3 despite the fact that newly minted point guard Chris Paul hasn’t played since the season opener, a 122-121 squeaker over the Warriors, due to a knee contusion. Now the future Hall-of-Famer is tan, rested, and ready to join the fray Thursday against the hapless Suns. James Harden has averaged 30-5-10 in Paul’s absence, it’ll be a lot of fun to see what he can do playing alongside a truly great point guard.

Making History:  Lonzo Ball

The Los Angeles Lakers rookie became the youngest player in NBA history to drop 19 points, 11 rebounds, and 13 assists on the Bucks. Ball was 20 years and 15 days old at the time, besting LeBron James’ mark by five days.

Weird Stat: DeMarcus Cousins leads the league in turnovers

Boogie’s never been a ball handler, averaging 3.5 turnovers during the previous seasons, but this season he’s gone next level, coughing it up 5.4 times per game – only Kobe Bryant, James Harden and Russell Westbrook have ever averaged as many as five times a game for a season.

 

Wednesday
Cleveland Cavaliers vs Charlotte Hornets
8pm ET on ESPN

 

Philadelphia 76ers vs Los Angeles Lakers
10:30pm ET on ESPN

 

Thursday
Golden State Warriors vs Boston Celtics
8pm ET on TNT

 

Houston Rockets vs Phoenix Suns
10:30pm ET on TNT

 

Friday
Oklahoma City Thunder vs San Antonio Spurs
8pm ET on ESPN

 

New Orleans Pelicans vs Denver Nuggets
10:30pm ET on ESPN

 

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All stats courtesy ESPN and Basketball Reference