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24 thoughts on Game 1 of 2022 NBA Finals

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The Finals started off with a bang that did justice to 2 historic franchises.

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After a two-year hiatus, the NBA Finals are back within the Bay Area because the Golden State Warriors host the Boston Celtics in Game 1. Can the Warriors win their fourth title in eight years (and seventh in franchise history)? Or will the Boston Celtics win title No. 18 and break a tie with the Los Angeles Lakers for probably the most in NBA history? Step one toward the title will likely be taken inside Chase Center, which hosts its first Finals game on Thursday night.

Listed here are 24 thoughts on Game 1 because it unfolded within the Bay.

24. Before the sport even suggestions off a little bit of history has been made because the ABC broadcast will feature the primary all-black TV announcing crew in NBA Finals history. Salute to Marc Jones, Mark Jackson and Lisa Salters. Have an amazing call!

History on the mic tonight within the #NBAFinals 🎙️@MarkJonesESPN@MarkJackson13@saltersl

(h/t @MarcJSpears) pic.twitter.com/jPgQB1T8HD

— ESPN (@espn) June 3, 2022

Also: so comfortable for @MarkJonesESPN and @saltersl, teaming with @MarkJackson13 tonight for Game 1 on the ABC team (and sorry that Mike Been and JVG are sick). Three great people, and great broadcasters.

— David Aldridge (@davidaldridgedc) June 3, 2022

23. Yet another before things get underway: we’ve to debate the pre-game matches, including a press release blazer from Jayson Tatum.

Tatum’s fit for Game 1 ✨ #NBAFinals pic.twitter.com/OlaUBu9dVX

— ESPN (@espn) June 3, 2022

@nba

Who’s rockin’ your favorite Game 1 fit? #NBAFinals presented by YouTube TV #nba #celtics #warriors

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22. It is a battle of the highest two defensive teams within the league this season, so we’ll be watching individual matchups, how often teams are switching, how they are going to handle pick-and-rolls. A number of chess moves to be made.

As expected, the DPOY Marcus Smart starts the sport defending Stephen Curry. Curry gets the primary bucket of the sport — a 3-pointer — off an offensive rebound from Kevon Looney (because the Chase Center crowd chants LOOOOONNNN)

Steph Curry opens up Game 1 in Steph Curry fashion 💦

Game 1 Live Now on ABC 🏆 pic.twitter.com/krG2R3zVcp

— NBA (@NBA) June 3, 2022

Speaking of Looney, the Celtics are hunting him on the perimeter. He just had back-to-back possessions guarding Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown. Thus far, Looney is holding up.

Starting Time Lord on Wiggins and Tatum on Draymond is an interesting defensive strategy for Boston.

But I’ll guess that leaving Steph Curry wide open for a walk-up 3-pointer wasn’t in the sport plan.

— Zach Kram (@zachkram) June 3, 2022

21. Curry with three 3-pointers in the primary 6:05 of the primary quarter. His third gives the Warriors a 20-14 lead and forces a Boston timeout. Curry has 11 of Golden State’s first 20 points. Wiggins with six, Klay with three. Smart leads the Celtics with six points, with three apiece from Tatum and Horford and an alley oop dunk from Robert Williams III.

Steph Curry starts Game 1 on 🔥

He has 11 of the @warriors 20 points thus far in Q1!#NBAFinals presented by @YouTubeTV 🏀

— NBA (@NBA) June 3, 2022

The timeout didn’t cool Curry off in any respect as he splashes his fourth triple in the primary seven minutes.

Steph Curry starts Q1 on 🔥 he’s as much as 14 points & 4 3PM for the @warriors! #ToastedHighlight pic.twitter.com/UVvBY5dm0Q

— NBA (@NBA) June 3, 2022

steph showed up able to collect his FMVP trophy i see

— Shea Serrano (@SheaSerrano) June 3, 2022

First time Curry has made 4 3s in the primary quarter of a playoff game since 2017 against the Spurs

— Kirk Goldsberry (@kirkgoldsberry) June 3, 2022

Find someone that trusts you as much as Steph trusts that Klay goes to splash this 3-pointer.

@nba

The Splash Brothers connection is something else 😂🔥 #NBAFinals presented by YouTube TV #nba #basketball #sports

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20. Defense —> Offense

Jaylen Brown getting it done on each ends of the court to deliver a four-point swing for the Celtics. First he blocks Looney’s dunk attempt in transition, then comes back down the court for an uncontested dunk of his own.

The block …

N🚫PE pic.twitter.com/cjfD77cFl0

— Boston Celtics (@celtics) June 3, 2022

… and the dunk.

HAMMERTIME 🔨 pic.twitter.com/2WTA2l80Zm

— Boston Celtics (@celtics) June 3, 2022

19. Andre Iguodala checks in for first motion since Game 4 of the primary round. It’s at all times nice to have a former Finals MVP coming off the bench. Good to see that every one players were available to open the series after each teams had quite a few players battling injuries within the previous rounds.

18. Just while you think there aren’t any more 3-point records for Stephen Curry to interrupt, he found one other one as his sixth 3-pointer of the primary quarter topped the previous mark of 5 for many 3-pointers in 1 / 4 in Finals history. Curry did have two of the 4 games with five 3s, so he’s really just breaking his own records at this point.

Most three-point field goals made, one quarter, NBA Finals

  • 6: Stephen Curry, Golden State vs. Boston, June 2, 2022 (1st Quarter)
  • 5: Kenny Smith, Houston at Orlando, June 7, 1995 (third Quarter)
  • 5: Ray Allen, Boston at L.A. Lakers, June 6, 2010 (2nd Quarter)
  • 5: Stephen Curry, Golden State at Cleveland, June 9, 2015 (4th Quarter)
  • 5: Stephen Curry, Golden State vs. Cleveland, June 3, 2018 (4th Quarter)

A number of records to observe the remainder of the sport:

  • Ray Allen has probably the most 3s in a Finals half with seven (that one looks as if its happening tonight)
  • Curry has probably the most 3s in a Finals game with nine (that one may additionally be in serious danger)

Stephen Curry has set the NBA Finals record for three-pointers made in 1 / 4 with six in the primary quarter.

The previous record was five, shared by Curry, Ray Allen and Kenny Smith.

— NBA Communications (@NBAPR) June 3, 2022

17. The primary quarter ends with Golden State leading 32-28 because of 21 points on 7-9 FG (6-8 3FG) shooting from Curry.

Steph is COOKING early in Game 1 🔥

21 PTS & 6 3PM in the first quarter! pic.twitter.com/T5lFdEfF4J

— NBA TV (@NBATV) June 3, 2022

21 points in the primary quarter for Steph Curry. Hotter than fish grease is correct, @MarkJonesESPN

— Malika Andrews (@malika_andrews) June 3, 2022

As I discussed in here, Steph averaged 35.1 points while hitting half of his threes (41 of 82) within the six games against Boston leading as much as their last matchup (when he got hurt after 14 minutes). This will not be recent…https://t.co/UJsz8QzdLu

— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) June 3, 2022

Curry’s 21 first-quarter points are probably the most in a Finals quarter since Michael Jordan had 22 within the 4th quarter of Game 4 against Phoenix in 1993. pic.twitter.com/dh7GZoJFRm

— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) June 3, 2022

The team that is switched probably the most ball screens this season has been in drop coverage against Stephen Curry.

(And yes, I understand that Williams & Theis have mostly been in drop all season. Still.)

— John Schuhmann (@johnschuhmann) June 3, 2022

Boston only trailing by 4 with Steph going Human Torch is important. They’ve absorbed a heck of a punch from him and the Warriors. Can they deliver one in all their very own within the second quarter? They’ll get a likelihood to do it with Steph starting the quarter on the bench. Thus far that’s the one thing that’s been capable of stop him.

16. We got a Finals wedgie — shout out to The Starters (now the No Dunks) crew — on a block by Robert Williams III on Jordan Poole layup attempt.

Finals Wedgie?! Extremely rare.

— Tas Melas (@TasMelas) June 3, 2022

Quick correction: Gotta give credit to Robert Williams III for the block. #WeAreWedgie https://t.co/WeS83FVmQN

— J.E. Skeets (@jeskeets) June 3, 2022

15. Big response from the Celtics with a 10-0 run to tie the sport at 47-47 with five minutes remaining within the half. Jaylen Brown with six of the ten points within the run as he leads the Celtics with 10 points total.

Marcus Smart ties it up for the @celtics on ABC!

Game 1 Live Now 🏀 pic.twitter.com/dGahy6qmc7

— NBA (@NBA) June 3, 2022

Tied at 47 which is an enormous W for the Celtics given Steph’s start.

— Tim Reynolds (@ByTimReynolds) June 3, 2022

A pair of free throws from Brown with 2:32 left within the half gives Boston its first lead because the opening minutes of the primary quarter.

Meanwhile, Curry has no points on 0-for-2 shooting thus far within the second quarter and was just hit with back-to-back fouls in lower than a minute. He goes to the bench with 54 seconds to play still sitting on 21 points.

A tale of two quarters for Steph Curry 👀

Celtics up 2 on the half #NBAFinals pic.twitter.com/L843so0W36

— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) June 3, 2022

14. On the half, the Celtics lead 56-54 after outscoring the Warriors 28-22 within the second quarter.

What a first-half in Game 1 🍿@celtics 56 | @warriors 54
HALFTIME on ABC#NBAFinals presented by @YouTubeTV 🏆 pic.twitter.com/uOmJpKikAp

— NBA (@NBA) June 3, 2022

Jayson Tatum did not have his best scoring half, but he did rack up 7 assists in the primary two quarters of Game 1.

That is probably the most assists in a half of a player’s NBA Finals debut since John Stockton had 7 within the second half of Game 1 against the Bulls in 1997. pic.twitter.com/a2MpK41pgj

— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) June 3, 2022

Curry still leads all scorers with 21 points, while Brown (12) and Smart (10) have combined for 22 for Boston. Tatum has eight points and 7 assists for the Celtics, while Otto Porter Jr. has been a activate the Warriors bench with nine points on a 3 3-pointers.

Shout out to Kevin O’Connor for digging into the Second Spectrum data on the half. As discussed earlier, Boston was hunting that Looney switch from the opening tip and now we’ve the numbers to indicate for it.

The Celtics aren’t yet attacking Steph or Poole like we saw the Mavs do last round. In the primary half, they ran only 4 pick-and-rolls vs Poole and three vs Curry. As a substitute, they attacked Kevon Looney 17 times and scored 20 points. They need a Looney switch. Stat via @SecondSpectrum. pic.twitter.com/uaxz42hU65

— Kevin O’Connor (@KevinOConnorNBA) June 3, 2022

13. We’ve got a milestone watch update for the Warriors on the break because the “Big Three” proceed to climb the all-time playoff lists: Klay is now second in playoff 3s, Curry is thirteenth in playoff points and Green is ninth in Finals steals.

Congrats to @KlayThompson of the @warriors on moving as much as 2nd on the All-Time Playoffs 3-Pointers made list! #NBA75 pic.twitter.com/aAuPGYEJ2k

— NBA (@NBA) June 3, 2022

Congrats to @StephenCurry30 of the @warriors on moving as much as thirteenth on the All-Time NBA Finals Scoring List! #NBA75 pic.twitter.com/X3YNxG4hQg

— NBA (@NBA) June 3, 2022

Congrats to @Money23Green of the @warriors on moving as much as ninth on the All-Time NBA Finals Steals List! #NBA75 pic.twitter.com/72m4lcJ8my

— NBA (@NBA) June 3, 2022

12. A fast start for the Warriors to open the 2nd half, as they get a 3 by Wiggins and a runner by Curry to take the lead back.

But then Marcus Smart decided to interrupt out the old around the globe move to place the Celtics on the board within the third.

Marcus Smart “around the globe” and in for the bucket 🌐

Game 1 Live Now on ABC#NBAFinals presented by @YouTubeTV pic.twitter.com/eY6BNuB65Z

— NBA (@NBA) June 3, 2022

After going scoreless within the second quarter, Curry has a fast five points within the third as he knocks down his seventh triple of the sport. He’s as much as 25 points while only scoring in odd numbered quarters. Smart responds by picking up Steph at half court, plays aggressive on-ball defense 40 feet from the basket. After just a few swipes, a foul known as. Curry shoots the 3-pointer after the whistle and it splashes (don’t waste them after they don’t count, Steph).

11. Wiggins knocks down one other 3-pointer for Golden State, and one other coming off an offensive rebound by Looney. We saw an analogous play for the primary bucket of the sport for Curry. The Warriors are outscoring the Celtics on second-chance points 19-5 (and have a 10-3 advantage on offensive boards) thus far.

Kevon Looney becoming Wes Unseld on the glass within the playoffs is such an enormous bonus for the Warriors…

— David Aldridge (@davidaldridgedc) June 3, 2022

Five more offensive rebounds for Kevon Looney in quarter-hour. An NBA high 47 offensive rebounds in these playoffs.

— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) June 3, 2022

Kevon Looney continuing to dominate the offensive glass will not be something I anticipated coming into this series. He’s already got five offensive rebounds, and Golden State has a 19-5 edge in second likelihood points. That is the difference on this game thus far.

— Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) June 3, 2022

10. Curry is fully in his bag in Game 1. He shakes Jaylen Brown on the drive, then flings up the acrobatic runner within the lane that falls through as Steph crashes to the ground. He’s up to twenty-eight points on the night and the Warriors are up by nine.

Steph is unreal 😨

(via @NBATV)pic.twitter.com/7vTRWLbkmv

— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) June 3, 2022

9. It’s been one other big third quarter for the Warriors thus far — a theme for this 12 months’s postseason. Can the Celtics stop the bleeding?

“The @warriors are the most effective third quarter team I’ve ever seen.”

Join @CJMcCollum on ESPN2 for the NBA Finals: Celebrating 75 broadcast 💎 pic.twitter.com/7Xgv7zXoK2

— NBA (@NBA) June 3, 2022

Golden State hitting the Celtics with a vintage Third Quarter Warriors third quarter … led by Third Quarter Loon.

— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) June 3, 2022

8. “(Finals) MVP” chants for Curry on the free throw line with 4 minutes remaining within the third. He makes each to offer him 30 points on the night and puts the Warriors back up by double-digits (77-66).

The Warriors push the result in 15 points — their biggest of the sport — on a pair of Wiggins free throws (he’s as much as 20 points). Can the Celtics cut this to single digits heading into the fourth or will the Warriors put this one out of reach?

7. The third quarter ends with Golden State leading 92-80 after winning the third quarter 38-24. It’s the fifth time this postseason that the Warriors have scored no less than 35 points within the third quarter.

Within the star matchup, Curry has a decisive edge over Jayson Tatum. Curry has 30 points on 10-19 shooting (7-13 3P) while Tatum can’t buy a bucket as he has just 12 points on 3-14 FG (1-5 3P)

30 PTS for Chef Curry through 3 quarters!

BOS 80 | GSW 92
Start of Q4 on ABC

The #NBAFinals presented by @YouTubeTV 🏆 pic.twitter.com/JS5v9rtjm2

— NBA (@NBA) June 3, 2022

Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown are a combined 9-of-31 from the sphere

— Kirk Goldsberry (@kirkgoldsberry) June 3, 2022

6. Boston’s not done yet! The Celtics open the fourth quarter on 7-0 run to chop result in five points with 9:35 to play. Timeout Warriors.

Much like the second quarter, Steph begins the fourth on the bench. How long will they sit him? Not long … he’s back in the sport after the timeout.

Punch dribble and SWISH

JB leads the @celtics with 19 points on ABC.

The #NBAFinals presented by @YouTubeTV 🏆 pic.twitter.com/5IjZaMu5XG

— NBA (@NBA) June 3, 2022

Not hurting the Finals MVP campaign that Boston is dominating the non-Steph minutes … https://t.co/NrDhKRtBJY

— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) June 3, 2022

The Warriors come out of the timeout and immediately turn the ball over, resulting in a fast-break layup for the Celtics and making this a three-point game.

5. We just saw nine straight possessions (from 8:44 to six:05 remaining) with a made bucket because the teams are trading shots backwards and forwards. Can one in all these elite defenses get a stop?

Jaylen Brown is an ideal 4-4 FGM in Q4 🔥

The @celtics have cut the result in 3 on ABC pic.twitter.com/5iksJd1Emd

— NBA (@NBA) June 3, 2022

Derrick White ties the sport at 103-103 with 5:40 left to play.

A glance back at Derrick White’s 3 to tie up the sport 🤯

No air-space. No problem.

The @celtics lead with lower than 3 mins remaining on ABC pic.twitter.com/9JKZyaieVP

— NBA (@NBA) June 3, 2022

After a missed runner by Curry, Al Horford splashes a 3-pointer to offer the Celtics a three-point lead. We’ve now seen a 15-point swing within the fourth quarter and there’s still 5:08 to play.

🚨 Al Horford gives the @celtics the lead 🚨

BOS 106 | GSW 103
5:08 remaining in Q4 on ABC 🏆

— NBA (@NBA) June 3, 2022

High level of basketball being displayed gentlemen

— Kevin Durant (@KDTrey5) June 3, 2022

4. Jaylen Brown has 10 points within the fourth quarter, continuing a stretch of incredible play in the ultimate period this postseason.

Jaylen Brown each time he shoots within the 4th pic.twitter.com/f2nogHH8GJ

— RingerNBA (@ringernba) June 3, 2022

Brown entered the sport because the leading fourth-quarter scorer of the playoffs with 120 points on 41-for-66 (62.1%) shooting from field and 18-for-27 (66.7%) from 3-point range. Those numbers are going up tonight.

The Celtics scored 17 points on their last 6 possessions (& 24 on their last 10) going into that timeout.

— John Schuhmann (@johnschuhmann) June 3, 2022

The Celtics within the 4th pic.twitter.com/aNFez2v63r

— RingerNBA (@ringernba) June 3, 2022

3. Warriors called two timeouts during this massive fourth-quarter run by the Celtics and have turned the ball over on the possession after the timeout each times.

Meanwhile, some history has been made as there have been 36 combined 3-pointers (and counting) made on this game, probably the most ever in a Finals game.

BOS and GSW have combined for 36 made 3s – most in any Finals game ever.

— Kirk Goldsberry (@kirkgoldsberry) June 3, 2022

2. By some means the Celtics are up by eight points (111-103) with 3:17 to play and Jayson Tatum remains to be stuck on 12 points on 3-for-17 shooting. While Tatum is shooting 17.6%, the remainder of the Celtics have combined to shoot 59.7% (37-for-62).

The tables keep turning as Marcus Smart sinks a 3-pointer after a Celtics offensive rebound to push the result in 11 with under three minutes remaining.

Lower than a minute later, Smart delivers the dagger 3 to place Boston up 117-103 with 1:43 to play. The Celtics have outscored the Warriors 37-11 within the fourth quarter!

Boston was down by 12 entering the 4th quarter tonight.

Under Steve Kerr, the Warriors had been 42-2 within the playoffs after they held a double-digit lead entering the 4th.

— Zach Kram (@zachkram) June 3, 2022

Horford played 140 playoff games before he got his first appearance of the NBA Finals stage. Man has he made probably the most of it in his Finals debut.

Al Horford’s six threes in Game 1 are probably the most in his profession, regular season or playoffs 😳 pic.twitter.com/MTa2dIzBMX

— ESPN (@espn) June 3, 2022

1. What a fourth quarter by Boston. They survived the Steph haymaker in the primary quarter. They survived the worst shooting night of Jayson Tatum’s playoff profession and still got the win.

Firstly of the 4th quarter, the Boston Celtics trailed by 12. They ended up with a 12-point win.

The 24-point scoring margin within the 4th tied the biggest in any quarter of a Finals game in NBA history. pic.twitter.com/TRKfln8zov

— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) June 3, 2022

If I told you Steph Curry would rating 34 points and Jayson Tatum rating 12 points (on 3-17 shooting), you prob wouldn’t have guessed this final result…

— Ros Gold-Onwude (@ROSGO21) June 3, 2022

That’s a wrap as Boston takes Game 1 by the ultimate rating 120-108. The ultimate tally from the 4th quarter is 40-16 for the Celtics.

The Boston Celtics scored 40 points within the 4th quarter tonight. Of their franchise’s history, it ties for the third most within the 4th of a Finals game.

42 – 4/25/65 vs. Lakers
42 – 06/17/08 vs. Lakers
40 – 05/27/1985 vs. Lakers
40 – Tonight vs. Warriors@celtics | #NBAFinals2022 pic.twitter.com/vuTV4eYQTO

— Basketball Reference (@bball_ref) June 3, 2022

Jay-Z’s “On to the Next One” plays because the Chase Center empties. The Warriors have 48 hours to determine what happened within the fourth quarter and put together a full 48 minutes to be certain they get out of the Bay with a split.

That is the primary home lack of the 2022 playoffs for the Warriors, because the Celtics improved to 8-2 on the road this postseason. Boston is only one road win shy of tying the record of nine road wins in a single postseason set by the 1994-95 Houston Rockets. Can they get it on Sunday in Game 2?

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