AllvertaGlobal – The highly anticipated NBA Finals kicks off tonight. The Golden State Warriors played all the way to the final from 2015 to 2019. The Boston Celtics hadn’t been this far in a dozen years, but this year they could make it to the final.
This is a battle between great teams and giants — Cuisinart vs. woodchipper, as David Thorpe of True Hoop puts it—both have been going strong since the playoffs began.
Neither team was seeded to get here — the Celtics, WGBH record, with a poor 20-21 record mid-season, and the Warriors only seeded No. 3.
But the Warriors held steady as they battled past Ja Morant’s Memphis Grizzlies and Luka Doncic’s Dallas Mavericks.
The Celtics were able to clear Brooklyn in the first half, and showed incredible resilience against the Milwaukee Bucks and Miami Heat,
“They have won three elimination games, won seven away games – including last Sunday in Miami for a place in the final.
Golden State will be led by a core trio who have both led them to round five and won three games since 2015.
Draymond Green, guard Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry reunited this year, Thompson has been out of the game for 2 seasons due to injury. experienced, but is now playing again with his partner.
Forward Andrew Wiggins, the former top pick has provided an extra defensive defense and offensive threat in the playoffs. The Boston Celtics finally made it through on their fourth trip to the 2016 Conference finals, when it was led by guard Jayson Tatum and forward Jaylen Brown.
Marcus Smart, this season becoming the first guard to win Defensive Player of the Year since Gary Payton in 1996, will be tasked with holding Curry’s range indefinitely. Game one will start in San Francisco tonight at 9 p.m. ET, aired on ABC.