Golden State Warriors vs. Boston Celtics: 3 big questions and a prediction

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How big is Boston willing to play?

Throughout the playoffs, the Boston Celtics have been one of the prototypical “big” teams. They’ve consistently started Al Horford and Robert Williams in the frontcourt. The only time that the Celtics have not started one of their two “bigs” is when Williams has been hurt.

The expectation is that the Celtics won’t change that philosophy heading into the NBA Finals. The Warriors are almost the complete opposite. The Warriors play relatively small and the only “true big” that they really play is Kevon Looney. And he’s only 6-foot-9.

It’ll be interesting to see if the Celtics are forced to play small against the Warriors or if the Celtics will punish Golden State in the paint. It’s an early-series storyline to watch that could determine which team gets the initial advantage.