Wednesday, September 28, 2022

The Celtics were resilient in Game 1; Warriors must answer now

SAN FRANCISCO ( Associated Press) — In Game 1, Boston showed its resilience.

In Game 2 Golden State gets a chance to answer.

Over the past two months, no team in the NBA has shown more bounce-back potential than the Celtics and Warriors. The latest example came on Thursday night, when the Celtics played a brilliant 48-18 to erase a 15-point deficit and win Game 1 of the NBA Finals 120-108.

It was the fifth double-digit return by Boston in these playoffs. Golden State is the only team to have six such rallies after this season.

“We’ve been like this all year,” said Celtics coach Ime Udoka. “Tough grinder, resilient group we can always rely on to protect us when we need it.”

Now it’s the turn of the Warriors. He hasn’t dropped back-to-back games in more than two months, and – although it should be noted that the trio has only played 20 games together – he has so far played consistently this season with Stephen Curry, Drummond Greene. Haven’t lost the game. Klay Thompson in all lineups.

“This series,” Curry said after Game 1, “is just getting started.”

The Warriors know they missed a chance in Game 1. Boston’s big rally – down 15 late in third to up 15 late in fourth – Represented for the fourth time this season, Golden State had lost a home game after leading by at least 15 points.

Others: The Warriors led Memphis by 19 points in the first half on October 28, were up 16 in the middle of the third quarter against Denver on February 16, and led Dallas by 21 points in the third – and 19 in 9:59 Led with left – before falling on February 27th.

Golden State is 5-0 since early March after a loss; Boston, incidentally, is 8-0 up in that period after the loss. But Golden State’s interest in getting back on track quickly after the Game 1 loss served as a silver lining.

“Guys are disappointed, as you would expect,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “But this is a seven-match series for a reason. I think you give Boston credit. They came in and won. Played a great fourth quarter. We’ll come in, watch the movie and see where we can get better. And you know, it’s a game. So, you move on to the next one.”

Game 2 is not technically necessary for Golden State.

But the reality is that another loss would put the Warriors in serious trouble against a Boston team on Sunday forged by fire. During these playoffs.

Consider their path: They made their way through a Brooklyn team led by Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving in Round 1, defeating Giannis Antetokounmpo and defending champion Milwaukee in seven games in Round 2, then winning another Game 7—it on a road – Miami to claim the Eastern Conference title.

“It’s hard to win in this league, especially in the playoffs,” said Boston’s Jaylen Brown. “Any night, things can go differently, but a good team is able to respond. A good team is able to do its best every night. … We’ve been through a lot. We’ve done that all these years.” I have learned a lot, and now that the stage is at its brightest, we have to apply what we have learned in these moments.”

This is what happened in Game 1. Even when things were looking hazy, Boston relied on her experience in such moments.

The Celtics rallied down 17 to beat Brooklyn on April 20, down 11 – in the third quarter – to beat Milwaukee on May 9, an opening 10-point deficit en route to blowing up the Bucks in Game 7 of that series. Wiped out on May 15, then came back from the opening 10-point hole and beat Miami in Game 2 of the East Finals on May 19.

Then came Thursday, when the cardiac Celtics struck again.

“I’m sure those experiences helped,” Kerr said.

Game 2 offers warriors a chance to show off their experience.

“We know they are a good team,” Curry said. “And that’s why we. We have to answer on Sunday.”

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