The Boston Celtics (20-40, 12-18 home) host the Golden State Warriors (37-24, 19-14 away) on Wednesday night at TD Garden (7:30 p.m., CSN). Here's what to watch for:
RETURN OF STEEZ: Jordan Crawford, dealt to the Warriors in mid-January, returns to Boston for the first time since the three-team swap that brought Joel Anthony and some draft picks to the Celtics. What did Crawford bring during his time in Boston? "I think his intensity," said former teammate Jared Sullinger. "He was intense every game. He made plays for us. When we needed something big, someway, somehow -- if it was a layup, a jumper, or a crazy assist, he always made it. I just think he was big time for this team, to get us where we’re at and for us to go forward." Since joining the Warriors, Crawford has averaged 7.2 points and 1.9 assists over 16.6 minutes per game in 20 appearances (down from the 13.7 points, 5.7 assists he averaged over 30.7 minutes per contest in 39 games with Boston).
REST VS. WEARY?: The Warriors will be wrapping up a six-game road trip on the tail end of a back-to-back after topping the league-leading Pacers on Tuesday night. How will that affect the visitors? "I don’t know that you ever know on a given night what’s an advantage and what’s not," said Celtics coach Brad Stevens. "Sometimes you’re riding the adrenaline of the trip, sometimes you have your games where you didn’t play as well earlier in the trip and you play great at the end. I don’t know that that stuff is predictable. I think the biggest thing is that they are a good basketball team who added to themselves and got better. Steve Blake and Jordan, when you look at those two guys, both playing guard minutes off the bench, and their ability to score. When we first played them, their ability to score off the bench wasn’t what it is now. ... But now you add two guys who are capable of going for 25 each in Blake and Crawford. And you’ve got a team that can really score the basketball -- [the Warriors are] 11 deep with the way that Jermaine O’Neal is playing as well." The Warriors are an NBA-best 13-5 on the road since Dec. 23.
LOOSE BALLS: This is the second and final meeting of the season. The Warriors posted a 99-97 triumph in January with Steph Curry hitting the winning jumper with 2.1 seconds to play. ... After missing the last two games with a sprained toe, the Celtics are hoping to have rookie Kelly Olynyk available. He went through practice Tuesday and was going to be reevaluated on Wednesday morning.
One other thing to watch today: The Celtics will welcome 12-year-old Louis Corbett, the New Zealand native with a rare genetic eye disease that the team helped bring to Boston to watch a game at TD Garden. It is Perkins School for the Blind Night and children from the Watertown school will sing the national anthem. Corbett arrived in Boston on Monday night and was scheduled to tour Fenway Park before meeting with Celtics players and staff before Wednesday's game. Before he loses his vision, Corbett is on a "bucket list" trip. Jump HERE to see video of him arriving in Boston on Monday night.