If they win tonight in Boston (tomorrow Friday morning in Beirut), Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors will revive their golden dynasty with a fourth NBA championship title in six finals, but the resilient Celtics, led 3- 2 and back to the wall, won’t be fooled by their fiery fans.
This sixth game is the decisive first of an intense and close series of seven meetings, which may have tipped in favor of Golden State on Monday night. Steve Kerr’s players have indeed won (104-94) despite a big air hole from Curry who, for the first time in 133 play-off games, did not put a single basket in three points, 72 hours after his masterclass with the Celtics where he had planted seven (43 pts). His teammates, like Andrew Wiggins (26 pts), a sparkling man from the shadows, took over, honoring the team’s slogan, “Strength in Numbers”, during its first victorious campaign in 2015. And Boston, for the first time in these play-offs, conceded a second defeat in a row, after leading 2-1, without having been able to make the break in game n ° 4 in his TD Garden volcano, which Curry worked to extinguish. But the team coached by Ime Udoka proved that it knew how to reverse this type of compromised situation, in the semi-finals and final of the Eastern Conference, at the expense of the Milwaukee Bucks of Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Miami Heat of Jimmy Butler, beaten during the matches 6 and 7.
Which logically inspires distrust in the Warriors, who remember having experienced even worse misfortune in 2016: they led 3-1 in the final against Cleveland before the Cavaliers, then carried by LeBron James (left since at the Los Angeles Lakers) , did not win the next three matches. “We’ve been there before, yes… At the time, we were too impatient. So, even if we are in a favorable position, we haven’t accomplished anything yet. The mission always remains the same, to win four matches, ”recalled Klay Thompson. “We have two chances to be champions, but we know it will be very difficult. That’s why no one is celebrating in the locker room, ”added his coach Steve Kerr.
On the Celtics side, “the frustration predominated a little” after this fifth lost match, due as much to an overflow of errors and clumsiness in attack as to a lack of gas in the last quarter. But not dejection. “The message is to stay confident, go home, rest and prepare to come back here. The key is regularity and consistency in the efforts produced, ”recalled coach Ime Udoka. And to Jaylen Brown the strong words: “You have to keep the faith, it must be at the highest level possible. We have to play as one man. All season, it’s been a bit us against the rest of the world. I don’t see a difference now. I’m looking forward to this sixth game. It’s a question of survival. We have to approach it with that mentality and play Celtics basketball. »
No doubt Boston fans, who are dreaming of a record 18th title and winning the Decibel Game in this series, will be pushing hard behind their team. A hostile environment within the TD Garden which will force the Warriors – in search of a 7th title in total (the first two were gleaned with Philadelphia in 1947 and 1956, the third with Golden State in 1975) – “to try to contain (their) emotions, ”said Stephen Curry. “It doesn’t have to be perfect, you just have to play the best game of the year in terms of intensity and concentration,” added the point guard, determined to find the target behind the arc. “After a 0/9 three-pointer like that, Stephen is going to be very upset in the next game. That’s all we need, ”congratulates his teammate Draymond Green in advance.
Here are the complete results of the five games already played in the NBA Finals:
Golden State Warriors-Boston Celtics 108-120
Golden State-Boston 107-88
Boston-Golden State 116-100
Boston-Golden State 97-107
Golden State-Boston 104-94.
Golden State leads the seven-game series by three wins to two for Boston. The first team with four wins is crowned NBA champion. If Boston equalizes with three wins everywhere tonight, the decisive Game 7 will be played this Sunday, June 19 in the United States (Monday, June 20 in the early morning in Lebanon).
If they win tonight in Boston (tomorrow Friday morning in Beirut), Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors will revive their golden dynasty with a fourth NBA championship title in six finals, but the resilient Celtics, led 3- 2 and back to the wall, won’t be fooled by their fiery fans. This sixth game is the decisive first of a series of…