UPDATE (3:20pm on Friday) -- Warriors shooting guard Klay Thompson will not play tonight against the Celtics, Luke Walton told reporters a little over an hour before tipoff.
Ian Clark will start in Thompson's place.
The absence of Harrison Barnes hasn’t slowed down the Warriors, but things will be considerably more perilous if Klay Thompson joins his teammate on the sideline.
The Warriors say Thompson, who sprained his ankle Tuesday at Indiana, will be a game-time decision Friday night when they seek to extend their multiple win streaks against the Celtics at TD Garden in Boston.
Though it would be a surprise if Thompson is cleared, a final decision will be made after the Warriors arrive at TD Garden for the game.
“(Thompson) will get his treatment and then he’ll probably come here and get shots up and then when he comes back in from that he’ll let us know how he’s feeling,” Walton told reporters in Boston. “We’ll have backup plans for if he is playing or if he’s not playing, and we’ll take it from there."
The Warriors opened the season with 23 consecutive wins (a record), 13 consecutive road victories (a record) and also are the third team in NBA history to win 27 in a row overall.
The Celtics (13-9) are playing well, winning four of their last five, with the only loss (108-105) coming at San Antonio. Boston ranks among the top 10 in assists (fourth), scoring (seventh) and in team defense (seventh).
Warriors by 6.
MATCHUP TO WATCH
Stephen Curry vs. Avery Bradley and Isaiah Thomas -- Curry and Thomas are familiar with each other, dating back to Thomas’ days in Sacramento. Thomas always perceives Curry as something of a test of his own ability. The little guy is Boston’s spark plug and he does not back down. Curry tends to get the better of him, mostly because Thomas, like many others, struggles to defend the reigning MVP. That’s where Bradley comes in. It’s logical to think he’ll get plenty of Curry.
Warriors: G Klay Thompson (R ankle sprain) and G Leandro Barbosa (illness) are listed as questionable. F Harrison Barnes (L ankle sprain) and F Kevon Looney (hip surgery rehab) are listed as out.
Celtics: G R.J. Hunter (L hip flexor strain) is listed as questionable. G Marcus Smart (L leg injury) is listed as out.
The Warriors have won the last four meetings, their first four-game streak over the Celtics since moving to the Bay Area in 1962-63.
“They’re in the same league as us. They get paid on the first and 15th, just like us.” – Celtics center Jared Sullinger, on the Warriors