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NBA Finals Game 2: Golden State Warriors v Boston Celtics – live! | NBA finals

The lineup for the Golden State Warriors

Steph Curry, G

Klay Thompson, G/F

Draymond Green, F/C

Kevon Looney, C

Andrew Wiggins, F

Boston Celtics line-up

Jayson Tatum, G/F

Jaylen Brown, G/F

Marcus Smart, G

Al Horford, F/C

Robert Williams III, F/C

Stephen A. Smith gets a beep! That is your news about this pregame show.

A quick “league-related” piece of news: Quin Snyder has stepped down as coach of the Utah Jazz, citing the team’s need for new blood. He’s probably right, given that the team may be too late to make an overhaul.

It’s funny that he waited until the Los Angeles Lakers hired their own head coach before making the announcement. Of course, they at least wanted an interview.

prediction

I had the Celtics win one of two on the road to starting this series, so in the end, I thought I would be here in a more general sense. Of course, I asked them to win this game in the first place, not Game 1. So, in a more accurate sense of the term, I was wrong the first time. Whatever it is it will all come out in the laundry.

So to make my broader prediction correct, I have to predict the Warriors to win today to even the draw. Maybe the Warriors 101-98 Boston Celtics. Yes, I have this one down to the wire.

Yes, that’s how my brain works. No, I have no real basketball argument to back up that statement other than the “vibe” (and the fact that the Celtics have a problem with, uh, not riding the momentum after this big postseason win). It just feels like a long, chaotic series so why not guess at whatever outcome spoils the narrative as much as possible. That’s just my own prediction, you can email hunter.felt.freelance@theguardia.com or tweet @HunterFelt with your own predictions and we’ll include them here as we head towards the Opening Tips.

Pre-Game Outfit

Both the Celtics and Warriors wore orange shirts before the game with the message “End Gun Violence”. Great attitude and it’s always nice to see two teams get together just before they dedicate the next few hours to crushing each other.

There’s a show called “The Final Straw” that ABC is doing right now (produced by Peyton Manning) and… it’s just Jenga: The Television Show?

Injury report

Possible bad news for Golden State. Game 1 featured a clean injury list (even Boston’s Sam Hauser ended up playing, despite the empty bench), but Game 2 didn’t. A few hours ago it was announced that veteran Andre Iguodala would be sidelined with a swollen knee. He’s really more of a part-time player for the Warriors, but he’s still a capable contributor and the Warriors would rather have him available than not.

The good news far outweighs the bad. After being available in emergency capacity for Game 1, Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said Gary Payton II should be available to play off the bench tonight. The son of defensive whiz Gary “The Glove” Payton (if you want to feel old), Payton II (nicknamed “The Mitten”) has been a key part of the Warriors’ revival this season.

Opening

You can’t predict basketball. When the Golden State Warriors established a 12-point lead in the fourth quarter over the Boston Celtics, I thought so: “So can Boston make a 12-point deficit? It’s not impossible, but Tatum will need a big game and the defense has to be perfect.”

Well, I was half right. The Celtics did have to play impeccable defence, holding off the most powerful attack in the Western Conference to just 16 points, but Tatum has not scored a point since then. In fact, he only scored 12 points on Thursday, the same number of assists he has provided (appreciating Tatum for not letting a bad night of shooting prevent him from helping his team in other ways).

So, the Warriors lost a late double-digit lead, at home, on a day where they had done all they could to hold on to their opponent’s best player. Now they lost 0-1 in the NBA Finals where almost everyone (including this writer) made them the favourites. That means today’s Game 2 is the biggest game they’ve had to play since Kevin Durant was still in the lineup.

So will they come back tonight with a big win or will the Celtics capitalize on their surprising winning momentum in Game 1 and take the stranglehold on the 2022 NBA season. I have my own predictions but I’ll wait and let you guess what will happen. Let me say that this postseason is like the last season of “Better Call Saul.” It’s not going to work out the way we thought it would.

What you can predict is that we will use your thoughts, questions and/or concerns throughout this live blog. You can email them to hunter.felt.freelance@theguardian.com or tweet them to @HunterFelt and we will post them throughout today’s game. This is Game 2 of the 2022 NBA Finals between the Boston Celtics and the Golden State Warriors at Chase Center San Francisco. The opening tip is scheduled for sometime after 8:00 p.m. EST but we’ll be back before that with more updates, predictions, and the sometimes hilarious time-wasters.

Hunters are coming soon. In the meantime, here are some thoughts on Game 1:

Sometimes it’s hard to find the right words, whether competing in the National Spelling Bee or another high-profile, high-pressure contest Thursday night, the first game of the NBA Finals.

Al Horford keeps it simple. No fancy phraseology, no need to impose meaning. “My friends found me tonight and I knocked them out,” Horford said on ABC after his central role in the Boston Celtics’ stunning and bizarre 120-108 win over the Golden State Warriors. “Pleasant.”

A contest that started with Stephen Curry’s three-point line working overtime ended in a far more unpredictable Horford spectacle from distance and inspired his team-mates to do the same as they overturned a 12-point deficit in the fourth quarter.

A 15-year NBA veteran making his first final appearance the day before his 36th birthday, Horford was the Celtics’ top scorer with 26 points, including his career-high six three-pointers. In the most dominant combined quarter In NBA Finals history, the Celtics ran rampant towards the end, sinking seven consecutive three-pointers en route to nine for 12.

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