2022 NBA Finals Notebook

San Francisco: After going through 3 rounds of the playoffs, the two best teams remain in the NBA as the Golden State Warriors will take on the Boston Celtics in the 2022 NBA Finals. The Warriors will have home-court to start. The Celtics return to the NBA Finals for the first time since 2010 while the Warriors are back in the finals for the first time since 2018. 
 
How they booked their trip to the Finals: 
 
Warriors: 
Defeated Denver in 5 games in Round 1
Defeated Memphis in 6 games in Round 2
Defeated Dallas in 5 games in West Finals 
  
Celtics: 
Swept Brooklyn in Round 1
Defeated Milwaukee in 7 Games in  Round 2
Defeated Miami in 7 Games in East Finals
 
This is the first time that the Celtics will take on the Warriors in the Playoffs since 1964 when the Warriors were led by Wilt Chamberlain & the Celtics had Bill Russell. 
 
The Warriors are coached by Steve Kerr & are led by Steph Curry, and Klay Thompson while the Celtics are led by coach Ime Udoka & stars Jayson Tatum & Jaylen Brown,
 
Best of NBA Finals Media Day 
 
Celtics:

Jayson Tatum on Kobe Arm Band he wore in Game 7

“I just kind of revert it back to being a kid, watching the Finals every year growing up. Every kid can imagine themselves being in the NBA and being in the Finals, but actually living out your dream in real time is a surreal feeling. Sometimes you have to pinch yourself, right. I walk in, I see this backdrop and it’s like, damn, I am in the Finals.

So I’m just trying to take all this in and just enjoy the moment.”

Warriors 

Injury status to Gary Payton II, Otto Porter Jr., Andre Iguodala for Game 1

Draymond Green About how Boston plays defense

“You respect and admire that everyone is defending. You know, there’s not a guy who comes on the floor who isn’t giving 110 percent on that side of the ball. You have to give a lot of respect to Ime. That’s not a much different squad than we’ve seen the past few years, or at least two years or three. It’s not a much different team.

Yet, you know, more has been required of them, and they have answered that bell. So you have to give a lot of credit to him. You have to give a lot of credit to Marcus Smart, who is their leader on that side of the ball. In order to have everyone come in and play, there has to be some leadership there that’s holding that all together, that’s holding somebody responsible. And to me, I think that’s Marcus Smart. I think that plays a huge role in it. I appreciate that more than anything.”

Other NBA Finals News:

Series Schedule

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