Celtics sound off on the hype surrounding their matchup with the Warriors

With the Golden State Warriors in town, Celtics fans have been buzzing about their matchup against Golden State ever since they defeated the Pacers on Tuesday night to ensure their undefeated record. However, the Cs themselves were not overlooking the Bulls last night and put together a tremendous effort team wise to pull out a win against one of the better teams in the Eastern Conference.

After the game, Jared Sullinger commented on the upcoming matchup on Friday night and tried to downplay the excitement and hype of playing against the NBA's best team this year. Via Jay King of masslive.com:

"We're going to take it as another game," said Sullinger, who notched 10 points and 16 rebounds against Chicago. "I know they're coming in with a hot streak. They're undefeated. But we can't look at it as a Super Bowl. We've got to look at it as, it's another game, another chance to get another win, and carry ourselves like that. Because if we get over there and try to get too excited, they're just going to blow us out."

While Sullinger and the rest of the squad may downplay the hype and significance of Friday night's game, the city of Boston has been getting excited about Friday night's matchup against the NBA's best. Isaiah Thomas and Evan Turner also chimed in on the hype surrounding the game:

"It's definitely another game, but you know the situation," said Isaiah Thomas. "We want to be the first team to beat them and end their winning streak, and we know how good they've been playing. They're the talk of the NBA. We're the next game, and hopefully we can get one."

Turner has gotten so many ticket requests during the last week that he made a rule to decide who will get them.

"If you don't come to a Sixers game, then you don't get tickets to the Warriors," he said. "I just tell people that I can't get them tickets. I've been hearing from a lot of people, they don't even live in the state and they're trying to get tickets and come to the Warriors game."

"This one will just be one of out of however many," Turner stressed.

But he admitted, "It's a great opportunity, as you guys already may know. And they play great. Any time you play the defending champs, you want to have an opportunity to play great.

Friday night is indeed just another game on the NBA's 82-game regular season schedule but there's no denying that the Celtics will be looking to end the Warriors historic streak in Boston. We all can remember the playoff atmosphere of the TD Garden when the Miami Heat came into Boston with a 22-game winning streak on the line almost three years ago. While the Cs did end up losing the game in a thriller, they without a doubt gave the Heat their toughest fight during their winning streak. I expect the same type of effort when the Warriors take to the parquet floor tomorrow night.

The national spotlight will be shining on Boston tomorrow night and Celtics fans are beyond excited. The ticket prices for the game at their cheapest are going for $168 on StubHub which are easily the most expensive seats for any Cs game this year. Boston is excited, the fans are charged up, and while the Celtics may verbally downplay the matchup, there's no doubt they will be ready to try and take down the mighty Warriors in front of a raucous crowd.

In the words of the 70's cult classic film, The Warriors, "Warriors, come out to play!".

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