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Celtics vs. Warriors preview: Boston looks to even up West Coast road trip in Oakland

Rajon Rondo and the Boston Celtics (14-14) square off against Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors (20-10) at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, CA.

Jason O. Watson-US PRESSWIRE

The Boston Celtics will continue their West Coast road trip, Saturday, when they travel to Oracle Arena in Oakland, CA to face off against the Golden State Warriors, 10:30 pm ET.

Boston has lost five of it's last six road games, as the Celtics continue to struggle to find their identity as a team.

Just days after allowing 106 points, and 42 points in the paint, to the Los Angeles Clippers, Boston will meet up with the sharp-shooting Warriors, who are averaging just over 100 points per game.

Golden State has won three of their last four games, with back-to-back wins over the Utah Jazz and Philadelphia 76ers.

David Lee is having arguably the best season of his career, scoring 20 points and grabbing 11 rebounds per game in an average 37 minutes a night for the Warriors.

As the Celtics prepare for Avery Bradley's return, who is expected to rejoin the team in January, they will look to fix their defensive woes by stopping Golden State's duo of Lee and point guard Stephen Curry led by veterans Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo.

Garnett is averaging 15 points and seven rebounds, while Rondo has notched 13 points, 11 assists and five boards per game.

Paul Pierce leads the Celtics with 20 points per game, but hasn't recorded more than 12 points in each of the last two games.

Leandro Barbosa will return to the Celtics following their road trip.

For the Warriors, Klay Thompson, who is averaging 15 points per game, is listed as day-to-day, but is expected to play.

Next Game

Boston Celtics
@ Golden State Warriors

Saturday, Dec 29, 2012, 10:30 PM EST

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