Golden State Warriors 4 Boston Celtics 3
We have reached the NBA Finals, pitting the Golden State Warriors against the Boston Celtics. The Warriors eliminated Denver, Memphis, and Dallas in six, six, and five games, respectively. Meanwhile, the Celtics swept Brooklyn, before surviving seven games series with the defending champion, Milwaukee Bucks, and Miami.
Boston turned its season around in January with a renewed commitment to first year coach Ime Udoka’s defensive philosophy. Indeed, the Celtics possess great length to bother shooters all over the floor and switch defensively better than any team in the NBA. , becoming, by far, the best defense in the league.
While I believe Boston’s defense will create problems for Golden State, I worry about the Warriors’ myriad of offensive weapons. While everyone is aware of Steph Curry and Klay Thompson, rejuvenated Andrew Wiggins and youngster Jordan Poole give the Dubs two more options to fill the basket. Four potentially elite scorers are something the Celtics have yet to face in this deep run to the Finals.
In the end, in what will be a classic series, Golden State’s ability to swing the basketball to finally find an open shooter will be the difference.