“NBA Finals-A Shooters Matchup”
They’ve both been there alot, there being the NBA finals.
Golden State, led by the Splash Brothers. Boston led by a host of #1-draft picks, who finally became stars, surrounded by a pretty good supporting cast.
Both got there not with just faw shooting power, but in your face defense, and bench play that has added alot to the stars.
Boston, battered by injuries most of the year, has all hands on deck finally.
Golden State has done all this without any contribution from their injured #1 picks, the last two years, James Wiseman and Jonathon Kuminga. Add on the fact, it took nearly a full year for Steph Curry and Klay Thompson to come back from their career threatening injuries.
Here’s a preview. This will be an enjoyable one.
The last two teams standing have plenty of history in the NBA Finals.
The Celtics will be seeking to break their tie with the Lakers for the most NBA championships. They’ve both won it 17 times, though Boston hasn’t captured the Larry O’Brien trophy since 2008 and hasn’t reached the Finals since 2010.
The Warriors will be seeking their fourth title in eight years — they won it in 2015, 2017 and 2018.
Defense has been the calling card of both teams. They finished first and second in the regular season in defensive field goal percentage — Boston held opponents to 43.4% shooting, while Golden State limited opponents to 43.8% shooting. They are second and third in that category in the postseason behind Milwaukee.
Both teams have versatile players who can guard multiple positions. Boston has the 2022 Defensive Player of the Year Marcus Smart, Golden State has former DPOY Draymond Green.
Offensively, the Celtics rely on their wings while the Warriors lean on their guards. Boston’s Jayson Tatum (27.0 PPG in this postseason) and Jaylen Brown (22.9 PPG) are capable of taking over games at any time. Of course, Golden State has the Splash Brothers. Stephen Curry (25.9 PPG) and Klay Thompson (19.8 PPG) are just as dangerous as ever and they’ve got plenty of support from 22-year-old Jordan Poole(18.4 PPG).
The Smart-Curry matchup could set the tone for the series. Andrew Wiggins will draw either Tatum or Brown.
The Celtics’ frontcourt of veteran Al Horford and Robert Williams, with a big assist from Grant Williams, will go toe-to-toe with Green and one of the postseason’s biggest surprises, Kevon Looney.
With the home court advantage and championship experience, Golden State enters the Finals as the favorite. However, Boston’s defense and dynamic scoring duo can’t be underestimated.