There are two ways you can look at the Golden State Warriors' 111-107 loss to the Boston Celtics Tuesday night. Either it was a positive that they were able to hang with an obviously good Boston team despite playing without a center for the entire second half. Or, if you're less inclined to take your tea from a half-full glass, you can say this was a game the Warriors actually should've won, and likely would've won if not for the all-too-familiar theme of Kelly Oubre Jr. laying an egg.
In truth, the answer in somewhere in the middle. The Warriors had every chance to win this game almost entirely on the back of Stephen Curry, who finished with 38 points on seven 3-pointers, but they were also kind of lucky to be in it given the size deficit at which they were operating.
With a sprained wrist sidelining James Wiseman and Kevon Looney missing the second half with a sprained ankle, the small-ball Warriors could've gotten blown out as Boston pounded them on the boards to the tune of a 51-26 differential, including 12 offensive rebounds that deflated way too many of Golden State's gritty defensive possessions.
But they didn't get blown out. They fought. As usual. Truth be told, you haven't been able to question the competitiveness of the Warriors, in years when they've had the talent edge and years when they haven't alike, for the past nine years. That foundation of grit goes back to the Mark Jackson era. It was there again Tuesday night, and it's been there all season.