Celtics or Warriors? Our writers share their predictions for the NBA Finals | The NBA Finals

What warriors must do to win

So Golden State Play Warriors Basketball™ (The ball is flying like a hot potato, everyone is eating), they can win this streak easily. They also have the luxury of a potential Steph Curry or Klay Thompson supernova any night, which is a bonus. But if they play their brand of basketball, they won’t necessarily need one. CDL

If the Golden State has proven one thing over the years, it’s that when they’re healthy and playing their basketball style, it’s hard to beat them in one game, let alone four. with three different Players returning from injury In the finals, the health question is at least answered. TF

Stay healthy and keep their big three (Carrie, Thompson, Draymond Green) out of Covid-19 protocols? Honestly, if the well-heeled Warriors played their basketball style, exploited Boston’s mental weaknesses (see below) and prevented Jason Tatum from performing in Finals over the ages, the Warriors should win their fourth title of the century. HF

Warriors will win if they are Rely on their experience in the playoffs The Celtics beat the youth. Curry, Greene, and Thompson played in 82 NBA Finals. By comparison, the entire Boston team will make their debut. In addition, the warriors are equipped with a high-octane attack that can ignite at any time. Curry and Thompson will lead the way, but are close to defeat if Jordan Paul and Andrew Wiggins can also be explosively so offensively. AR

What the Celtics need to do to win

The Celtics came here thanks in large part to it Their defensive prowess. They have been top defense in the league since the start of 2022. They will need to play the stronger version of this defense to bring down an offensive juggernaut like the Warriors. CDL

stay healthy. So many key players – mainly Marcus Smart and Robert Williams III – that they were so in and out of the squad that you’d think they were tossing a coin to decide whether to play on any given night. If this trend continues, Boston is in danger. TF

When the Celtics shoot all cylinders, they can’t be stopped. Unfortunately for them, they always seem to get in their way. Boston They can’t afford to make their jobs more difficult By committing non-coercive turns, inexplicably accumulating bad postures and/or letting officials get into their heads. More experienced warriors would make them pay a price if they did. HF

And the Celtics will win if they stay solid in defense. While facing the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals, the Celtics held the Heat game over several low-scoring quarters including a first quarter of 11 points in Game Four. To control the paint. AR

You will be the best player in the NBA Finals

Stephen Curry He already has a pretty crowded souvenir bag (among its brackets are three NBA championships and two regular season MVPs) but it contains a somewhat surprising, and at times controversial, omission: he never won MVP in the Finals. I bet this is the year that changes for him. CDL

man, legend, legend curry Himself. I could have gone with Andrew Wiggins here easily, but when I look at the stars at night they seem to be very cooperative with Steph to finally take the final MVP trophy and elevate his legacy a little more. TF

Smart money is on Steph Curry, of course, but let’s not forget that fellow Splash Brother Klay Thompson Able to take matters into his own hands by assembling a long-range shooting streak in a row that could leave even Boston’s incessant defense struggle to find answers, especially if their game plans focus on Steve to start the series. HF

Jason Tatum. During the Eastern Conference Finals, Tatum was able to continually launch his offensive against the miserly Heat defense that had strangled Tra Young and James Harden in the previous rounds. Tatum wouldn’t face the same defensive pressure he does against fit, but not great, defenders, Thompson Wiggins. Tatum will average close to 30 points per game for an Honors MVP. AR

Unknown player to watch

In many respects, the series hinges on the effectiveness of the Celtics’ defense and, through the transitive property, on The Time Lord, Robert Williams III. He’s perhaps the most versatile defender, but he has a knee injury and certainly didn’t look like himself in the Miami series. If he can get close to 100% in the finals, his defensive skill set gives the Celtics a real shot. CDL

Gary Payton II He came out several weeks ago breaking his elbow against Memphis, and some people may have forgotten how much of an impact he had on the Warriors. An elbow injury can affect his ability to shoot when he returns, but he’s a great defender that might not matter much. TF

Andrew Wiggins He might have the strangest career yet of any of the Finalists, from top pick in the 2014 NBA Draft to Rookie of the Year to borderline with Minnesota Timberwolves. Fortunately for him, he rediscovered a stroke with the Warriors and saved some of his best post-season basketball. It’s hard not to root for him, even if you’re a warrior hater. HF

Alhorford. The 15-year-old veteran will finally get rid of the questionable distinction of having played most of the post-season games without reaching the NBA Finals. During the playoffs, Horford found ways to make game-changing plays with defense and timed three-pointers. It can be the largest X factor in the series. AR

Robert Williams III
Boston’s third Robert Williams, right, was an important defensive presence for the Celtics. Photo: Wilfredo Lee/AP

One bold prediction

Once again, Stephen Curry should finally get the MVP in the much-anticipated Finals this year, which means the Warriors have won the chip. But in case the Celtics get upset here, I’d call it now: Al Horfords will have their moment in the sun And winning the MVP award at the finals against all odds, in Andre Iguodala style. CDL

Comment teams will Mark Jackson campaigning for a job. Jackson laid the foundation for the Warriors dynasty but to this day he has not had another coaching job. Expect at least one of his fellow commentators to hit the table begging for some team – Which Team – to hire this guy. TF

We get repeat Horford game. The Celtics needed an all-time game from 35-year-old big man Al Horford to win Game 4 of their epic series against the Milwaukee Bucks, scoring 30 on an 11-for-14 shot. It was out of character for Horford, who is more of a man Brilliant glue is more of a guy making flashy stat lines, but if Boston ever needs it again, look for a repeat performer. HF

Nia Long and Deuce Tatum will find ways to go viral. Long, the fiancée of Celtics coach Ime Udoka, and Deuce, son of Jayson Tatum, captured the limelight off the field with viral moments during the playoffs. We can expect Long, the distinguished actress, to celebrate the victories with a happy dance and four-year-old Deuce to give support to his father’s teammates, both of which are causing a frenzy on social media. AR

How did this Warriors team perform against LeBron Kavas in the 2015-18 Finals?

This team is actually much deeper, in many ways, than Golden State teams before Kevin Durant in years past. But as Stan LeBron, I can’t help but be optimistic that he’s at the height of his powers, He could beat a team less than Durant It features 34-year-old Stephen Curry and an unexpected version of Klay Thompson returning from two major leg injuries. CDL

In prime condition. One of the few advantages the Cavs had over the 2015-18 Warriors was Superior Athletic. Although Steph, Klay, and Draymond may be older now, the rest of this Warriors roster is a lot sportier than their predecessors. TF

As fun as the Warriors story was, if you were to take them back in time to 2015-18, The Cavaliers have won at least one title. Steve Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green are all older, and Kevin Durant (who was the Finals MVP in both 2017 and 2018) isn’t going to make the return trip. These warriors have no death squad, any more than the medically induced coma variety. HF

The 2021-22 Warriors are good, but the 2015-18 Warriors were great. It was a team that could compete with any of the best NBA teams in history, including the Chicago Bulls in 1997 or the Los Angeles Lakers in 2001. However, this year’s Warriors team Likely to win two games against Cleveland FC The team in which LeBron James and Kyrie Irving appeared. AR

The winner will be…

Warriors 4-2 Celtics. There are a lot of nuances in predicting who will lift the Larry O’Brien Trophy. But let’s keep it simple: We’ve lived many years of basketball to bet against the healthy Stephen Curry, who is still the greatest NBA shooter ever. CDL

Warriors 4-2 Celtics. Let’s focus on training and experience. However, in the case of Boston, that does not exist. Ime Udoka did a great job making it to the finals in his first season as a coach, but he made some questionable decisions towards the end of the season. Steve Kerr and his gem have been here many times before: this experience could prove crucial in the bright lights of the finals. TF

Warriors 4-2 Celtics. These Celtics can succeed: While they had a rough start to the season, struggling to maintain a record of 0.500 while rookie coach Ime Udoka adapted to his new role, Boston ended up being the best team in the NBA right from the start in 2022. Yet Their inexperience forced them to play more games in the post-season than they should. Look for them to score big on the road before the Warriors take over the series. HF

Celtics 4-3 Warriors. It is customary to join the Golden State team, which has the experience and advantage of local stadiums. However, this Celtics team appears to be pre-appointed. They eliminated the Nets team led by Kevin Durant and Keri Irving. They bottled enough Giannis Antitocumbo to wipe out the defense fields; They outperformed the higher rated thermal side. It’s a team that won’t be denied, even against the most experienced Warriors team. AR

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