After six weeks of intense playoff motion, the 2022 NBA Finals matchup is lastly set, and two of the league’s oldest franchises will vie for the Larry O’Brien Trophy.
The Golden State Warriors will host the Boston Celtics in Game 1 of the Finals at San Francisco’s Chase Center on Thursday, and there are weighty stakes on either side. Stephen Curry and firm are searching for their fourth title since 2015, and Jayson Tatum is eying the Celtics’ 18th championship, which might transfer them one previous the Los Angeles Lakers for the NBA document.
While the Warriors, who had been then situated in Philadelphia, and the Celtics joined the Basketball Association of America (which later merged with the National Basketball League to turn into the NBA) in 1946, they haven’t squared off within the Finals since 1964. That yr, Hall of Fame heart Bill Russell led the Celtics previous his rival Wilt Chamberlain’s San Francisco Warriors in 5 video games.
Persistence has paid off for the Warriors and the Celtics. Two years in the past, Golden State completed with the NBA’s worst document following Kevin Durant’s free-agency departure and long-term accidents to Curry and Klay Thompson. The Warriors bounced again by cruising by means of the West with a 12-4 postseason run, knocking off the Denver Nuggets, Memphis Grizzlies and Dallas Mavericks.
Boston has reached its first Finals since 2010 after making the Eastern Conference finals in 4 of the previous six years. To get there, the Celtics knocked off the Brooklyn Nets, Milwaukee Bucks and Miami Heat with a 12-6 document.
Golden State enters the Finals with the top-ranked offense within the playoffs, and Boston boasted the NBA’s No. 1 protection within the common season.
The Finals additionally characteristic a training showdown between Golden State’s Steve Kerr and Boston’s Ime Udoka, each of whom had been assistants below Greg Popovich for USA Basketball’s gold-medal-winning staff on the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.