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Kevin Durant says Celtics ‘going to be right there at the end’

Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving

When the Golden State Warriors host the Boston Celtics in the second and final matchup of the 2017-18 NBA season, it will mark the two best teams in their respective conferences. In their first matchup on Nov. 16, the Celtics came away with a thrilling 92-88 win in Boston.

Prior to their final matchup in what may potentially be a preview of the 2018 NBA Finals, Kevin Durant had high praise for his opponent according to
Connor Letourneau‏ of San Francisco Chronicle:

Through the first half of the season, it is difficult seeing any team dethroning the defending champions if they remain relatively healthy. Despite Stephen Curry missing 11 games due to an ankle injury, there was still plenty of firepower with Durant, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green.

As for Boston, they are considered one of the favorites to potentially end Golden State’s championship run along with the Houston Rockets. While the Cleveland Cavaliers are currently struggling, most wonder if any Eastern Conference team can actually defeat LeBron James in a seven-game series.

With the Warriors rolling in January with a 10-2 record, the same cannot be said for the Celtics. Despite a four-game winning streak to begin the month, the Celtics have lost four of their last five games, including to the Orlando Magic and Los Angeles Lakers.

The final matchup between the two teams takes place on ABC at 5:30 PM PST.