Warriors 1-1 vs Celtics 1-1
When: Wednesday, June 8th, at 9:00p.m.
Where: TD Garden, Boston, MA
Warriors: Andre Iguodala (Questionable/Knee), Otto Porter Jr (Questionable/Foot), Gary Payton II (Questionable/ Elbow), James Wiseman (Out/ Knee)
Celtics: Robert Williams (Questionable/Knee)
Keep an eye on:
Klay Thompson: yes he's struggled to knock down shots through the first two games of the finals. The great thing about Thompson is he can explode at any time and when he does, it's usually game over. Thompson is 10-33 from the field and 4-15 from deep through the first two games, it looks as if he's rushing into his shots which he stated during his post practice media availability. You have to give the Celtics credit for their closeouts on him defensively which is forcing him to put the ball on the floor to attack the basket or rush into tough shots. Regardless, shooters shoot and with great shooters like Thompson, when they're cold, that also means they're due for a breakout game. Boston will (and should) throw everything they have at Curry, Thompson will have plenty of chances to make the Celtics pay. How much he makes them pay will go a LONG way towards determining who wins this game.
Smart/Horford/Williams: combined to shoot 3-11 from the field resulting in two points for EACH player. It's no need to go any deeper with this, they simply need to perform better, especially offensively.
Turnovers: kill is one of the most commonly used adages throughout basketball and it was especially true in game two of the finals. Golden State, led by a swarming, physical defense, scored 33 points off nineteen Boston turnovers to cruise to victory. Fifteen of the Celtics nineteen turnovers were steals by the Warriors. That shows they were active, on a string and efficient with their rotations defensively. Marcus Smart had five turnovers, Jayson Tatum after a masterful 13 assists game one performance, had four turnovers and Jaylen Brown added three, which means Bostons three primary ball handlers were responsible for twelve of the Celtics nineteen turnovers. Boston is 1-5 in the 2022 playoffs currently when they've had sixteen or more turnovers. If Boston cleans that up it's a different ball game, especially being at home, if they don't, well, expect the same result from game two.