Warriors and Celtics, two worlds opposed to the conquest of the ring

Few spectators will be more pleased with the NBA final that begins this Thursday night (early Friday morning in Spain), which Gregg Popovich. Two of his disciples in the spurswill occupy the benches of the Golden State Warriors and the boston celticstwo teams that are part of the aristocracy of the League.

Steve Kerr looking for his fourth title. Ime Udoka may be the tenth rookie coach to do so, following in the footsteps of Nick Nurse who was champion in 2019 with the Raptors of Marc Gasol, Serge Ibaka Y Sergio Scariolo as an assistant on the bench.

Both have followed opposite paths to reach the last stage in the fight for the ring. Kerr has converted the Warriors in an overwhelming block on attack, unstoppable when connected. No team this season has reached the defensive excellence of the Celtics of udoka, your commitment to shield yourself behind. The fight for the ring will be the scene of two worlds colliding.

The presence of the Warriors in the end. She will be the sixth in the last eight years, in which they have accumulated three titles. The Celtics they only add a championship since the time of Larry Bird: the one from 2008, with Paul Pierce, Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett in their ranks and Lakers of Kobe Y Pau Gasol as victims.

Experience is on the side of Warriors overwhelmingly. The players of Kerr accumulate more than a hundred games in finals for none in the Celtics. His only two absences in the ‘playoffs’ in 2020 and 2021 came due to injuries. But the way they have been reborn is amazing. Two years ago they had the worst record in the league. They only won 15 games. Last year they fell in the play-in with Memphis. But they have managed to rebuild their hard core (Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green) and are once again betting favourites.

Thompson missed the first part of the season and has a total of 941 days out after overcoming a knee ligament injury and an Achilles injury. Draymond Green He has been absent for two months due to a back injury, Stephen Curry, injured ankle, missed a month. But past forward in this course of Jordan Poole, Andrew Wiggins and Kevon Looney and the increasingly important appearances of Gary Payton, Otto Porter or Kuminga They have allowed that they have not dropped in the whole year of the Top 3 of the West.

“We understand how difficult it is to win. We have seen it these last two years. And for everyone, this final is special & rdquor ;, says Curry. In case of victory, the Warriors would add their seventh ring and would tie with the Bulls as the third franchise with the most titles.

Exhausting ‘playoffs’

Tiredness can also be a factor to take into account. The Warriors they eliminated the Mavericks of Doncic in five games and have had time since last Thursday to rest and prepare for the final. “The playoffs are a very stressful and exhausting two-month period and any little break that comes is a gift,” admits Kerr. The Celtics, on the other hand, swept the Brooklyn Nets of Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving in the first round (4-0), but they have needed seven games to get rid of the champions milwaukee bucks in the semifinals and also the Miami Heat in the West final. Jayson Tatum, Jayleen Brown and Al Horford, three of their references have exceeded 38 minutes per game in these last two series and played 44 in the seventh game against Miami.

The return of the Dominican Al Horford to the squad, the sublime season of Jayson Tatumthe MVP of the Western finals, and of Jaylene Brownthe two greatest talents in the squad, and the exceptional defensive work of the Celticswhich took a qualitative leap starting in January, have paved the way to the final in Boston, which aspires to its 18th championship title, which would allow it to break the tie right now at the top of the ranking with the Lakers.

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In this image of defensive solidity, the shooting guard plays a transcendental role. Marcus Smartnamed Defensive Player of the Year, and the one who seems destined to pair with Curry to disconnect it. the intimidation of Robert Williams and the work of Grant Williams and Daniel Theis they give, in theory, some internal advantage to Boston.

“We believe in ourselves. We have a commitment in defense,” explains the veteran Horford about Boston’s best argument and the biggest question this final raises: can the defense of the Celtics disable the lethal attack of the Warriors?

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