There are just 2 remaining games in the NBA Finals. Game 6 is taking place at the TD Garden where the Boston Celtics will have their fans supporting in the arena. The Golden State Warriors have one foot on the Championship already with a 3-2 lead in the series. But the Celtic will not be giving up that easy. With their fans behind them the Celtics are looking to level the series and force a Game 7.
The Boston Celtics went with their starting lineup of Marcus Smart, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, Al Horford and Robert Williams III. The Golden State Warriors started with Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Andrew Wiggins, Otto Porter Jr and Draymond Green.
With the opening tip, the Game 6 of the Finals commences with the Celtics earning the possession of the ball. The Celtics drew first blood as Al Horford gets fouled and scores the first points for the Celtics. The Warriors responded immediately with a floater for Green. But the Celtics then proceeded to go on a 14-2 run. The Warriors immediately took a timeout to snap the streak.
It looked like the Celtics will take the momentum of the game. But then the Warriors defense settled and their offense began running. The Warriors went on an 11-0 run to end the 1st quarter and possibly took the momentum of the game from the Celtics.
They did not stop there. In the start of the 2nd quarter, the Warriors continued where they left off and went on a 10-0 run again before the Celtics scored some points again. It was not as if the entire Warriors were scoring, Curry, Klay, Wiggins and Poole were the only ones.
The Celtics who have been backed to a corner in multiple situations during the playoffs had always maintained their composure. But the NBA Finals were unchartered territory for them and their nerves began to show as they kept falling behind. The Warriors took the lead in the 1st half with a score of 54-39.
As soon as the 2nd half commenced, the Celtics began to show their strength on offense as they were attacking the rim and scoring from beyond the arc. Jaylen Brown and Al Horford led the Celtics as their primary scorers. Jayson Tatum was nowhere to be seen however as he continued to struggle to shoot. He could not handle the pressure of Game 6 and having fallen behind with such a huge margin wasn’t helping at all.
For the Warriors, Stephen Curry stepped up and made the shots. But it could be seen that the Celtics defense was working well. The lead was cut to 10 points by the end of the 3rd quarter but it was obvious that the Celtics were frazzled still.
The Warriors had no intentions of slowing down and they did not want to drag it to a Game 7. So, Stephen Curry did the honors and continued to harass the Celtics defense. The rest of the players rallied to Curry and they kept the attack going.
The Celtics kept pushing through however even they knew it was already a bit late. They were down by 15 in the final minute and any chance of a comeback was long gone. They just kept the game going till the last whistle would ascertain the victor of the finals.
Jaylen Brown led the Celtics on offense with 34 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists and a steal. Al Horford followed Brown’s lead and put up a double-double of 19 points, 14 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals and a block. Jayson Tatum was a complete no show in the biggest stage of his career putting up just 13 points, 3 rebounds, 7 assists, 3 steals and a block on 33.3% shooting from the field.
Stephen Curry led the Warriors on offense with 34 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists, 2 steals and a block. Andrew Wiggins was the second in command contributing with 18 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists, 4 steals and 3 blocks. Jordan Poole came off the bench to put up 15 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists. Draymond Green came up huge as he put up a near triple-double 12 points, 12 rebounds, 8 assists, 2 steals and 2 blocks. Klay Thompson put up only 12 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals.
The Warriors earn their 4th ring in 8 years.
Congratulations to the Golden State Warriors as they have successfully completed the 2021-22 campaign with an NBA Championship. What’s even more amazing is the fact that they were hovering in the bottom half of the standings the past 2 seasons. The journey that they have gone through, sustaining their culture even during those rough times, has finally given them the results.
No mistakes were made this time as Stephen Curry deservingly receives the 2022 Bill Russell NBA Finals MVP. He kept the team going when Thompson was out and waited patiently for the young players to develop, all while not taking anything away from his very own game. He was doubted many times that he could not win without Durant and his status as an All-Time Great was questioned. But he rammed through those doubters and in the end he is holding is head high with the gold in his hand.
What this means for the Celtics
For the Boston Celtics, this is the end of their roller coaster of a season. They have gone through a lot as well. In the midst of their season, they were failing to win. But once they got their momentum back they went all the way. However, their inexperience finally caught up to them but that might have been a good thing. The players have learnt what they need and where they lack. They have the right attitude, they know they do. All that is left is to execute and maybe next season is where they hit the gold.