And so Looney found himself guarding an inchoate superstar and did a solid job from the outset. The Warriors supplemented the effort by sending double-teams at Towns, bothering him until Looney sat. “Yeah, Looney was great,” Kerr said after the game. “He gave us the minutes we wanted, excellent defense. He’s just a guy who has a good feel for the game.” Kerr added, “He understands NBA defense. Stays high with his hands, and he doesn’t bite on pump fakes.”

On not falling for the array of Towns pump fakes, Looney said, “They Steven Nelson Authentic Womens Jersey gave me a good scouting report before the game. Karl’s really skilled, real crafty, and he’s strong. So, just tried to play solid and stay on the ground.”

“If I could go back and do it again, I would have probably tried to come in, in better shape, and that’s that. There’s nothing that I can do about it now but just try to make that same mistake in the future.”

Lee said he has kept in touch with many of his former Boston teammates and maybe tried to win back some of their fans after Friday’s game.

“Most importantly, [the Celtics] organization is in a great spot,” Lee said. “Great group of guys and obviously well-coached. I think that they are one of the best teams we’ve played this year and should do great things.”

The Celtics, healthier and playing better than at the start of this season, still lack a truly defining win. Victories on the road against potential East playoff foes like Charlotte and Detroit were nice, but Boston got blown out in the second half against Golden State and couldn’t hold its early lead against San Antonio.

“Miscommunication,” Thomas said when asked about the play. “I had thought Smart said switch, but Tamba Hali Authentic Womens Jersey those are little mistakes that we made that those type of guys in that organization are going to capitalize on.”

Durant, who also had to pitch in with defense on Towns for stretches, said of Green’s absence, “We missed Draymond. We were a little stagnant early because we’re so used to having him up top facilitating offense.”