The NBA Finals have now entered Game 2. The Boston Celtics have clinched Game 1 in Oracle Arena where they fended off the Warriors against the hostile crowd. They need to get through this game in their opponent’s territory before heading to the TD Garden. However, this is an opportunity for the Celtics to extend the lead to 2-0 in the series which would place them at a huge advantage to win the title.
The Golden State Warriors need to shake off the Game 1 loss if they want to win a game at home. They will use any advantage they can get in the series if they do not want the Celtics to get ahead. Tying the series at home would put them in a favorable position before they arrive at the Celtics arena.
The Golden State Warriors went with their starting lineup of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Andrew Wiggins, Draymond Green and Kevon Looney. The Boston Celtics started with Marcus Smart, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, Al Horford and Robert Williams III.
With the opening tip, the Golden State Warriors scored the first points of the game with a 3-pointer from Andrew Wiggins. The Celtics immediately responded and scored 8 points. The duo of Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown took on the duty of carrying the Boston’s offense as they combined for 26 points in the 1st quarter.
The Warriors weren’t far away though as they made a last minute push in the first quarter. Stephen Curry was the focus of the offense as he led the last minute push to help the Warriors match the Celtics in the 1st quarter itself.
In the 2nd quarter, the scoring contributions from both teams dipped a bit thanks to their focus on the defense. The Celtics do not want to make it a shootout match as they won’t be able to outshoot Warrior’s terrifying marksmanship. Even the Warriors do not want the Celtics to do whatever they want to as it will end up costing them the game itself. The Warriors held the lead in the 1st half with a score of 52-50.
In the 3rd quarter however, the Warriors came in strong led by their ace Curry. He was confusing the defense and making shots from all over the place. Despite the Celtics putting multiple players on Curry, he continued to score almost as if it was a shooting game for him. The other Warrior’s rallied with Curry. However, the biggest impact for Curry was not on offense. Defensively, he took on Jaylen Brown and limited him to only 2 points in the 3rd quarter.
Jayson Tatum was scoring for the Celtics to keep them afloat but that did not help his team to shoot the ball well. On top of that they were missing a lot many 3-pointers which additionally was causing them missed opportunities. That is the difference between Curry and Tatum. Curry has the ability to lead his team and his team rallies back. Tatum is an elite scorer but he need more experience before he can lead.
Holding a 23-point lead entering into the 4th quarter, the Warriors’ head coach benched Curry and Wiggins and gave the young blood a shot. Despite that the Celtics could not recover much as Jordan Poole poured in some of his contribution. The Warriors secured their lead till the final whistle blew.
Stephen Curry led both teams in scoring with 29 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals. Jordan Poole came off the bench and followed up with 17 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals. Kevon Looney did a little bit of everything as he put up 12 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals and a block. Andrew Wiggins and Klay Thompson put up 11 points each.
Jayson Tatum led the Celtics in scoring with 28 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists and a steal. Jaylen Brown supported him with 17 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists. Derrick White came off the bench and put up 12 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, a steal and 2 blocks. None of the other Celtics scored into double digits.
Takeaways from Game 2
The Golden State Warriors destroyed the Boston Celtics with a scoreline of 107-88. They have now tied the series at 1-1, taking away the advantage that the Celtics had. Yet the ball is in the Celtics court as they are heading to TD Garden for Game 3 and 4. Either team winning both the games will put them just a step away from the NBA Finals. But if it ends up in a tie then there is a huge probability for the series to head to Game 7.