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Stephen Curry: ‘Very, very likely’ Warriors will face Celtics in NBA Finals (vid)

It would appear that the remainder of the 2016-17 NBA regular season is a mere formality. At least that’s how Stephen Curry sees it, as the superstar point guard essentially stated a Golden State Warriors-Boston Celtics match-up in the NBA Finals is a foregone conclusion.

Curry and the Warriors ran into the buzz saw that is the red-hot Celtics on Thursday night and lost by a score of 92-88. The home-court win marked the Celtics’ 14th consecutive victory after starting the season 0-2.

Boston without question is the hottest team in the NBA at the moment. While it’s only November, Curry implied the Celtics are playing so well they might as well be penciled in as the representatives for the Eastern Conference in the NBA Finals.

Against Curry’s own Warriors, of course.

“Very, very likely, right?” Curry said after the game, via CBS Sports. “They’re playing the best right now in the East. Obviously they need to beat Cleveland, who’s done it three years in a row. We’ll see, but I heard the weather’s great here in June.”

Curry ultimately may be proven correct that the Eastern Conference is a two-horse race between the Celtics and Cavaliers. But there’s obviously a lot of basketball left to be played. Even the best teams on paper face injuries, slumps and myriad other setbacks as possible obstacles on the road to postseason glory.

And those potential potholes even could confront Curry and the Warriors. Although it’s nearly a universally-held belief that the Warriors will indeed make their fourth-consecutive trip to the Finals come next June. But as the old adage goes, that’s why they play the games.

And let’s be honest, the weather in June typically is pretty nice everywhere; in Boston, Cleveland, Oakland or otherwise.