The NBA Playoffs are over and now we are ahead of the most special moment of the season: the Finals, which will start next Thursday. The Golden State Warriors and the Boston Celtics will take on each other in a very even series to earn the ring. Who will win the Larry O’Brien trophy this year?
Golden State Warriors: an expected return
The Golden State Warriors are back to the NBA Finals three years later. They faced the Toronto Raptors back in 2019 and they fell in Game 6. A tough end for the franchise from San Francisco, as they have been unable to reach that level throughout the last seasons, until now.
Injuries have been on Warriors’ side throughout the entire season: Klay Thompson has almost missed two seasons, Draymond Green has always been in the nursing more times than what he would have liked, and Stephen Curry has not been at his full availability at some parts of the season. However things have gone decent for the Warriors, as they have finally managed to unite their ‘Big Three’ totally healthy at the right moment to battle for the ring.
After finishing 3rd in the Western Conference with 53 victories and 29 defeats, the team coached by Steve Kerr have knocked out the Denver Nuggets of Nikola Jokic (4-1), the Memphis Grizzlies of Ja Morant (4-2) and the Dallas Mavericks of Luka Doncic (4-1). The Warriors have not played any single Game 7 so far in their path, but they still have the finals ahead of them. Will they be able to beat Boston and win the ring without having to make it to the last game?
Boston Celtics: ready to make history
The Boston Celtics are back in the finals after 12 years. The last time they reached them was back in 2010 when they feel to the Los Angeles Lakers of Pau Gasol and Kobe Bryant in Game 7. They are even with 17 rings in a mythical rivalry against the lakers and now they have the opportunity to put themselves ahead of them and increase the historical legacy of the franchise.
The team from Boston finished the season 2nd in the tight East with 51 victories and 31 defeats. The key of the team has been their iron defense. Ime Udoka has managed to form the best possible defense in the league through a system based on decreasing the space and rush the time of the opponent.
The Celtics started the Playoffs by sweeping the Brooklyn Nets in a series that way more was expected from the team of Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving. However, in their next two knockouts, the Celtics have needed the Game 7 to beat the Milwaukee Bucks of Antetokounmpo and the Miami Heat of Jimmy Butler and company.
They have proved to be one of the most solid teams in these kind of series and their presence in the finals is more than justified. Will they be able to make history and become the team with the most rings?
Translated by Guillermo Bermejo.
Main image: Edit Manuel Aguayo.
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