By: Ben Slomich
The first two games of the NBA Finals are in the books. The series is tied at 1 a piece as both the Celtics and Warriors continue to battle for a championship. The Celtics, one of the most storied franchises in NBA history are searching for their 18th championship, while the Warriors are looking for their 7th. One key difference in this series is experience. The Celtics have zero players on their active roster who have played in a Finals game until now. On the other hand the Warriors have a plate full of Finals experience along with veterans such as Steph Curry and Klay Thompson.
In game one the Warriors got off to a hot start, as Curry set a record for most threes in a Finals quarter. He made six in the first quarter. After that, the Warriors started to go quiet. The Celtics sensed the Warriors’ weaknesses and took advantage. Heading into the 4th quarter the Celtics were down 12 points and were looking desperate. It seemed all momentum had shifted in the Warriors’ favor and the Celtics would have to press the reset button and wait for game two. Then all of a sudden the Celtics went on a run. This is why you don’t change the channel. 36-year-old Al Horford broke free and in his first ever Finals appearance, Horford finished with a team-high 26 points and 11 of them came in the 4th quarter. The Celtics went on a 20-2 run and had a 40-16 4th quarter. Something that almost no one could have predicted. Final score Celtics 120- Warriors 108.
Game two was a different story. There was not as much drama as Golden State led most of the way. A great performance in the third quarter ended in a Jordan Poole half-court buzzer-beating three. The Warriors outscored the Celtics 35-14 in the third, elevating them to what would be a series-tying win. Jordan Poole was the Warriors leading scorer in game two, he ended with 17 points. Final score, Warriors 107- Celtics 88.