Gamethread: Jayson Tatum returns as Warriors visit Boston

The Golden State Warriors continue their road trip, facing the franchise with the most titles in NBA history, the Boston Celtics.

Stop me if you’ve heard this before: the Dubs are shorthanded tonight without Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. Judging from the team’s 10-38 record, the league’s other squads aren’t hesitating to kick the reigning Western Conference champs while they’re down.

Boston is currently the 4th seed in the Eastern Conference and are gunning to add an 18th championship banner this season.

A player to watch tonight from the guys in green will be Jayson Tatum, a disciple of the Mamba Mentality who is returning from a groin injury and just received his first All-Star game nod. Tatum will be on a minutes restriction for this contest; hopefully the Dubs take advantage of his rust.

The 21-year old Tatum has Boston excited about his future, and he reminds Dub Nation of the tantalizing possibilities of the upcoming draft if the Warriors keep losing at their current pace.

The last time these two teams met was in November, when Boston stole a 105-100 victory in a spirited battle in Chase Center. Kemba Walker, another Celtics All-Star, closed out Golden State that night, scoring 14 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter. D’Angelo Russell hurt his thumb and missed the finish of that game; who knows how it could have turned out if he were healthy.

Will the Warriors take the lessons they learned from that game and steal a victory of their own? Can anyone on this team guard Walker? How will Dubs’ rookie Eric Paschall fare in his first game on the Garden’s famed parquet floor?

SO MANY QUESTIONS! The answers are coming up, NEXT!