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Celtics President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge knows all about making shots.
Over his 14-year NBA career, he made 1,002 3-pointers. He led the league with 148 treys in the 1987-88 season (Steph Curry has already made 119 through 23 games this year).
Boston hosts the 23-0 Warriors on Friday night, and Ainge knows his Celtics will need a little luck to beat Golden State.
"I know it's simplicity, but you just gotta hope that they miss some," Ainge told "Toucher & Rich" on 98.5 The Sports Hub on Thursday morning.
The Warriors haven't done a lot of missing this year.
Golden State leads the league in field goal percentage (49.6) and 3-point percentage (43.8). (The Warriors are 19th in free throw shooting at 74.7)
The Warriors are No. 1 in offensive rating (114.5) and assist percentage (67.9).
But Boston is third in defensive rating (97.0), and Top 10 in both field goal defense (43.6) and 3-point defense (33.3).
The Celtics are No. 1 in turnovers forced (17.9) and steals (11.1).
The one negative for the Celtics on the defensive side of the ball, is they are third worst in defensive rebounding percentage. The Warriors have the fourth best offensive rebounding percentage (26.2), so even if Golden State misses a bunch of shots, Boston needs to secure the rebound.
And the Celtics can't let the Warriors thrive on the fastbreak.
"They're unbelievable in transition. They’re one of the best transition teams I’ve ever seen," Ainge said. "In the half court, at least you have a chance to match up 5-on-5 and contest shots. But when they get the ball in the open court it's tough, so we have to take really good care of the ball and have good shot selection."
While the Celtics have beautiful defensive numbers, the offensive statistics aren't as pretty.
Boston is 15th in offensive rating (101.8), 22nd in field goal percentage (43.6) and 23rd in 3-point percentage (32.9) and turnovers (15.5).
Harrison Barnes will not play, and Klay Thompson is questionable.