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Warriors beat Celtics in Game 2 to hit back, even going 1-1 in the NBA Finals

Golden State used a signature surge in the third quarter to build a big lead and this time didn't let up, finishing a 107-88 win over Boston in Game 2. (Author: Gardener)

1SAN FRANCISCO — Sunday's result in Game 2 of the NBA Finals was predictable. The Golden State Warriors have been really good after a playoff loss in the past, and the Boston Celtics have struggled to win back-to-back playoff games in the last two rounds. That happened in Game 2 when the Warriors defeated the Celtics 107-88 to end the series 1-1. The Warriors capitalized on a strong third quarter, beating the Celtics 35-14 and building an 87-64 lead. With Golden State leading 93-64 and 10:29 in the game, the Celtics waved the white flag, replacing their key rotation players with reserves who don't play much unless it's a blowout. "Preparation was all about our intensity and physicality," said Warriors coach Steve Kerr. "It was obviously ramped up tonight and it had to be given what Boston did in Game 1. So that's the name of the game in the finals. Warriors star Steph Curry finished with 29 points after scoring 34 in Game 1. He had 14 points in the Warriors' big third quarter as they held a six-point lead to 87-64 on a 19-2 run in the last 4:17 of the frame. He went for consecutive 3 seconds 40 seconds apart as the Warriors extended their lead and edged out Boston. Curry, who had 10 points in the first quarter, shot 9 for 21, including 5 for 12 on 3. After the third quarter, Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown were the only Celtics in double figures, and three starters (Al Horford, Robert Williams III and Marcus Smart) had just two points each. Going into the fourth quarter, the Celtics were 12-to-27 with 3-pointers but only 9-to-34 on 2-pointers. Smart, Horford and Derrick White were 5-toned for three quarters 21. Horford had a team-high 26 points in Game 1 but only two in Game 2. Tatum had 28 points and Brown had 17 but only seven for Tatum and two for Brown in the second half. "It was pretty obvious, just our level of strength and physicality was cranked up quite a bit, and that had to be it," said Warriors coach Steve Kerr. "What Boston did in the second half, you know, the other day in the fourth quarter, we knew we had to come with a much better focus and sense of aggression and I thought that started from the start." Throughout the finals of the Eastern Conference vs. Miami, Celtics coach Ime Udoka bemoaned his team's turnovers, particularly after a loss. The Celtics were sloppy in Game 2 against the Warriors with 19 turnovers leading to 33 points. It was a constant theme in the playoffs," said Celtics coach Ime Udoka. Golden State forced turnovers and played solid defense, making offense difficult for the Celtics, who shot just 37.5% from the field. Draymond Green said, the Warriors would have to let the Celtics feel their presence, and Golden State was a lot more physical with their defense. He impressed with seven points and three rebounds, and while plus-minus can be a difficult stat to make sense of, the Warriors were 15 points better than the Celtics with Payton on court. For comparison, the Celtics were outplayed with Tatum on court by 36 points. Payton, who had seven points, three assists and three rebounds, wanted to play in Game 1 but Kerr said before Game 2: "I didn't feel comfortable playing him in Game 1 because it didn't look like he was healthy enough to play. Golden State's Klay Thompson and Jordan Poole, two players who advanced to the finals in the playoffs averaging nearly 20 points started the game with a 3-for-16 shooting, including 1-for-10 for Thompson. But Poole, who hit two Big 3s late in the third quarter, ended the game on 17 points and hit 5-for-9 on 3s, and Thompson had 11 points (despite shooting for 4-for-19). This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Warriors beat Celtics in Game 2 to hit back, even 1-1 in NBA Finals

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Draymond Green set the tone for Warriors in Game 2

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The first sign that Game 2 of the NBA Finals was headed toward the Golden State came on first possession. Marcus Smart dribbled across midfield and turned the ball to Jayson Tatum who quickly threw it to Al Horford near the top of the key. (Author: Gardener)

Game 2SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The first sign that Game 2 of the NBA Finals was headed toward the Golden State came on first possession. Marcus Smart dribbled across midfield and turned the ball to Jayson Tatum who quickly threw it to Al Horford near the top of the key. Trying to move, Horford ended up on the ground, at the wrong end of a wrestling match with Draymond Green - who got his hands on the ball and did what he does best, wreak havoc. The tone was set. The Warriors vowed to be tougher in Game 2 and fulfilled that plan - led by Green. A 107-88 win Sunday night tied things up at a game apiece, with the Warriors leading by just two points at halftime and beating Boston by 27 points in the first 13 minutes of the second half. "We knew we had to come with a much better focus and sense of aggression and I thought that started from the start," said Warriors coach Steve Kerr. "Draymond played a big part in that." That makes green. Hockey has what is called a Gordie Howe hat trick when someone scores a goal, an assist and a fight penalty in the same game. Basketball was supposed to have what he called a Draymond Green box score: He finished Sunday night with nine points, seven assists, five rebounds, one technical, might have had a second after a little nudge, and was a thorn in Boston's side all night. "You know, when he's out there playing with that intensity and he's flying around and making plays, you know, not only does our team feed on it, but the crowd does too," said the Warriors' Kevon Looney. "If he's out there getting steals, blocks and assists, it makes the game easier for everyone." Not that it's breaking news. After all, that's what Green said on Twitter. Jordan Poole had the game of the night, a 39-foot goal late in the third quarter. Biggest contribution from Green, who only took three shots all night: It may have gotten inside Boston's head. And if that happens — and if he can stay in Boston's mind — it'll be a huge advantage for the Warriors as the series moves to the Celtics' homeland for Games 3 and 4 this week. "I mean, he's going to do what he's doing," Horford said after Game 2. We're going to do what we do, focus on ourselves. In Game 3, we'll be better at home.” In Boston, all the comforts of home await you. More than 18,000 fans, mostly in green, a city that used to celebrate the Celtics titles as if they were annual holidays and has only seen a single since Larry Bird's last title in 1986. Make no mistake, it's going to be a huge boost for the Celtics. It will also be a big boost for Green. He led the emotional charge into Game 2 and the Warriors are hoping it continues. "We couldn't go 2-0 down to Boston," Warriors guard Gary Payton II said. He lights it and everyone else follows him, and tonight was one of those big nights where everyone reacted to The Warriors have won a road game in 26 straight playoff series, in large part because Green invades enemy territory, plays the role of official villain, and somehow makes opponents forget that they really should be worried about Curry and Klay Thompson and the boys can score a lot. The biggest moment of Green's night came with 54.3 seconds remaining in the first half. The Celtics' Jaylen Brown attempted a 3-pointer and was fouled by Green. They both landed on the ground, Green's legs coming down near Brown's head. Green already had a technician; a second there would have ended his night, but neither was called. "Draymond Green does that," Brown said. He'll pull you, he'll grab you, he'll try to screw up the game because he's doing it for his team. It's nothing to be surprised about. Nothing that surprises me. Brown took two of the three free throws awarded that game, leveling the game at 50-50. The Warriors scored 43 of the game's next 57 points. Coincidence or not, at that moment the game changed. "You need to send a message," Green said. “People follow me on this side of the ball. If I don't send a message, who will send this message? I'm not just going to come and sit in front of you all and hold myself accountable and not support it. He set the tone on Sunday. It will be seen on Wednesday if he sets the tone for the rest of this series.

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Warriors get a big boost from Gary Payton II, whose return could justifiably make this series resonate

Payton was plus-15 in 25 important minutes on Sunday (Author: Gardener)

Gary Payton IIThe Warriors tried many different things in their 107-88 Game 2, Sunday night's series win over the Celtics. They lined up Klay Thompson against Bigs and freed Draymond Green to get more in the firing line to defend Boston's stars. But the most encouraging development for the Warriors on Sunday was the game of Gary Payton II, who finished Game 2 with seven points, three assists and three rebounds on 3-on-3 shooting after failing to see the floor in the first set. He was a plus-15 in 25 significant minutes. Payton hasn't played since breaking his elbow in Game 2 of the Conference Semifinals against Memphis, and Steve Kerr didn't think he was ready to go into Game 1. But on Sunday he was in full swing, and while he's certainly not 100 percent, he showed that he's unquestionably healthy enough to be an important part of the rotation moving forward. It's hard to overstate what a healthy payton means for Golden State. His return could turn this evenly balanced series in the Warriors' favour. That's how significant his influence is. Anyone who's watched the Warriors and Payton this season knows that's no exaggeration. His energy, ball pressure, ability to run the ground and slice into open space and act as a short-rolling playmaker (all things he showed on Sunday) make the Warriors a more dynamic and athletic team. Pair-wise, Payton gives Golden State another elite defender for Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown. Payton isn't the size of Draymond Green or Andrew Wiggins, and Tatum was actually able to smash some tough jumpers over him, but you're not going to make it easy for Payton. Golden State is happy to accept that Tatum does as many of these shots as his heart desires: "I thought he was brilliant," Kerr said of Payton. "The level of defence, the physicality and the speed of switching give us a huge boost." Jordan Poole has become an enigma in this series. He was a turnstile on defense in Game 1 and not much better on offense. Payton gives Kerr a Poole alternative, and sure enough, Payton jumped Sunday in the second-half rotation against Poole. Poole was held out for most of the third quarter as Golden State, perhaps not coincidentally, turned a two-point lead into a 23-point lead, and I'm guessing Payton would have been over Poole in the final lineup had the game been close would be down the track. Payton in the final lineup over Poole leaves the Celtics with just one defender in Curry and we need to stop this dialogue that Curry is kind of a weak link. He's small, yes, but he's a good defender. Even when Poole is playing, Payton offers perimeter support. In Game 1, Poole came on for Draymond. Swapping the best defender on the team for the worst is a bright red Boston hunting license. In Game 2, Payton stepped in alongside Poole, and Green also stayed on the court. That keeps Golden State's defense in the fight. Watch Payton push Tatum before Green flies in for a change, a tag team dose of pressure that leads to a turnover and Curry 3 at the other end. With the Warriors scoring just four points in the non-curry minutes and Poole the lone creator left, Payton traded back by five at the 6:57 mark with Golden State. Boston's halffield defense is a nightmare to score against. Golden State wants to preserve as many transition opportunities as possible. Before his injury, the Warriors were making 3.3 more turnovers per 100 possessions with Payton on the floor. All told, the Celtics committed six turnovers in Payton's first half. Payton, like Green, only ignites the Golden State's defenses through presence. The good thing about Payton's injury is that it wasn't an area that kept him from conditioning. Kerr told reporters that three weeks ago Payton was on the court "to go through intense defensive slides and sprints and one-on-one full court without using his left arm," and you saw that level of conditioning in that he was immediately granted 25 minutes of action, above his pre-injury playoff average. Kerr was concerned if Payton would be able to extend his left arm to shoot. Things didn't look good as Payton edged two free throws back, but then he buried a corner 3, which is such an important shot on Golden State's offense not only to keep reasonable distance, but to make Boston pay for it , when it inevitably breaks down Curry, like here: "I know it was hard for him to miss the first couple of free throws and then step in and knock down those three since he's had very few reps in shooting basketball since that Memphis series." shows who he is," Green said of Payton. Most guys can't get up in that situation but GP, he's tough and he's built right and he's stepped up and gave us some good minutes tonight." Good minutes might be an understatement. And there's a lot more moving forward for Payton to put his stamp on this series.

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Warriors send a resounding message by exploiting Celtics' vulnerabilities

NBA Finals: Warriors send powerful message by exploiting Celtics' weaknesses (Author: Gardener)

NBA FinalsSAN FRANCISCO -- The Golden State Warriors not only needed a win to end the NBA Finals, they desperately needed something resounding to send a message to the Boston Celtics: "We don't care, we're getting through." They had to show they could penetrate the Celtics' psyche on and off the ground, that pressure could be applied and sustained at length until the Celtics collapsed. The result in Game 2 was predictable, a 107-88 win at the Chase Center, but the how was impressive and telling. The Celtics haven't shown they can handle wealth, coming Sunday 2-5 in games after wins after the Brooklyn Nets' first-round sweep. The Warriors went undefeated after losses in the playoffs and often responded with a roar. The Warriors repeatedly spoke of playing with force and getting the corporeal Celtics to handle things on those terms, as opposed to the leisurely walk they had in the series opener. Boston has more ways to win this series, with its size at the top and the shooting powers of Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown enough to carry the top teams to victory in a seven-game contest. Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown defends Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry during Game 2 of the 2022 NBA Finals at the Chase Center in San Francisco June 5, 2022. But the Warriors showed perhaps the best path in their ability to tap the Celtics. weak points, tap their last nerves and let them fall back on their worst impulses. The 18 turnovers were ghastly, eye-rolling and wiped out some of the gains the Celtics should have in a streak that has favored them in so many technical ways. It's easier to absorb Tatum's 28 points and Brown's 17 when the Celtics are shooting 37.5% and Al Horford disappeared after a Thursday night premiere. "We knew we had to come with a better focus and sense of aggression and I thought that started from the start," said Warriors coach Steve Kerr. "I think turnovers are often a by-product of physicality and intensity. Draymond [Green] had a lot to do with it, as did Gary [Payton II] and Wiggs [Andrew Wiggins]. It's not necessarily inevitable, but Green and those suddenly unruly Warriors were on the right side from the start of the game, forcing turnovers and helping Tatum hit everything deep. Green was switched to Brown and began hitting away, which of course caused a technical foul for his troubles - the cost of doing business, he'd probably say. "It wasn't just me at Jaylen Brown, it was down the line," Green said .Steph Curry sets the tone on the offensive side of the ball, that's my job, set the tone on the defensive side of the ball and that's what I wanted to do from the start.” Sooner or later the Celtics were going to implode, and it was Curry who turned the screws on in the third quarter but he needs to be more specific – because of his age and what other scoring opportunities this team doesn't consistently have. When he saw the little light from the Celtics touchline he lunged. Fourteen of his game-strong 29 points came in the third - he attacked the relentless Celtics as they drew breath to collect themselves. Unlike Game 1, he started Fire, Curry read and let the game come to him. Klay Thompson and Wiggins had room to assert themselves while Curry waited for his chance to show the greatness that will be required each night. "There's definitely a need for me to be aggressive throughout the game, to create, to attract attention, to get shots and to continue to press," Curry said. I don't know how it's going to play on the street, rest of the series ." Jordan Poole has more subtle pressure than anyone considering how explosive he can be and how much pressure a second shot can put on the Celtics. Poole hasn't had consecutive bad games in these playoffs, so it seems he needed a game to acclimatize to the new opponent, the new expectations and his own importance in this series. It took a day to get used to the intensity, the desperation of the moment, and the way the Celtics played—the Dallas Mavericks aren't them. It's a competitive advantage," Poole told Yahoo Sports after scoring 17 goals in 22 minutes. "At this point we can do anything to get a win. Whether it's going in someone's head, bumping them early, knocking the ball out of their hand, or not letting them win a shot up after a whistle. All the little things count, it's the highest level. Gary Payton II kept poking and bouncing around in his return from an elbow injury like a toddler discovering Pixy Stix for the first time. He sat in Tatum's personal space, and W Iggins kept being that pesky gnat who wouldn't go away, leaving Tatum to do other chores. Payton adds an element of irritation only matched by Green, subtly helped by Poole. "Last week I knew I was very close," said Payton, who scored seven points and had a 15-plus in 25 minutes. The Warriors were as loose as a team could be in the days leading up to Game 2, fully aware of how they screwed up Game 1 and undeterred by the talent pouring in from the east. They're not the classic Warriors, but they know themselves and their dynamics, as well as all of their other titular teams.

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Warriors' Steph Curry shows leadership through patience and defense in Game 2 win over Celtics

Curry knew exactly what his team needed in a competitive game on Sunday and delivered at every turn (Author: Gardener)

Steph CurrySAN FRANCISCO – There is a famous quote attributed to the ancient Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu that says, “A leader is at his best when people hardly know he exists. When their work is done and their goal achieved, they will say, 'We did it ourselves.' The idea is that a leader moves in silence, only subtly intervening when necessary, and letting his team take the glory. During Game 2 of the NBA Finals, Stephen Curry proved that even the most respected philosophers of our time can be dead wrong. On Sunday, Curry made sure the Boston Celtics — and everyone in the world with even a remote interest in basketball — knew he existed. Curry held his ground powerfully in a game the Golden State Warriors desperately needed to win, keeping his team afloat in an ugly offensive first half and sparking a game-changing run at both ends of the floor in the third quarter that ultimately resulted in a 107-88 Victory over the Celtics and a 1-1 draw as the teams travel east in Game 3 on Wednesday. Not just shooting, but defending too," said Warriors coach Steve Kerr after the win. He just works on his game, his strength, his stamina year after year and it's a pleasure to watch him play every night. " Curry, whose scintillating 21 points in the first quarter in Game 1 had fans who didn't know any better poised to crown the Warriors, went 5 to 16 off the field and 1 to 6 from the 3-pointer for the rest of the game. Reach as he watched the Celtics pull off a historic fourth-quarter shootout to sweep the Warriors off the ground in the first-ever finals game at the Chase Center. He called Sunday's second game a "come unto Jesus moment." Whether it was Jesus, Buddha, Moses, Mohamed, or just plain old basketball genius Curry, he lifted the Warriors to 5th with 29 points, six rebounds, four assists and three steals in a game they just couldn't afford to lose - for-12 3-point shooting against countless defensive looks and relentless physicality from the Celtics. "The guys will try to deal with him physically, but he's used to it. He's a lot stronger than he used to be," Warriors center Kevon Looney said after the game. "He knows that sometimes he has to sacrifice himself and sometimes he doesn't have to draw as many looks to find us and I think he did a good job of balancing today." Everyone in the building knew that the Warriors would come out with more intensity after what transpired in Game 1. Draymond Green, who never shied away from outward displays of intensity, tied Al Horford on first possession of the game and then conceded to Horford for a layup and a technical foul after a confrontation with Grant Williams – all just minutes into the first quarter. He's certainly done the work he needs to do for this team to achieve the level of aggression necessary to survive against a team as good as Boston. Boston got off to a 13-5 start thanks to some hot shots from Jaylen Brown, who Green was assigned to guard to start the game. Minutes later, it was clear that Golden State would have to work extremely hard for every pass, dribble and basket they could muster on Sunday night. Klay Thompson, who said the team must play with "desperation," was keen to get a shot - he went just 1-for-5 from the field and 0-for-3 from 3-point range in the first quarter en route to a terrible one 4-for-19 filming night. With all warriors struggling to fight offensively despite their improved tenacity and intent, Curry set to work. It wasn't marked by the glitz and awe of the first quarter breakout in Game 1, but his methodical ability to keep the Warriors in the game amid their offensive struggles on Sunday was just as important. He didn't shoot particularly well, but Curry scored 10 points in the opening frame, had four free throws and dished out three assists. On the surface, it didn't seem like Curry would dominate the game, but lo and behold, the Warriors somehow held a 31-30 lead after the first quarter. He took what the defense gave him," Green said after the Game 2 win. "I think for the first, probably six, minutes of this game or so, he had zero points. Let the game come to him and we've all been following the Celtics defense. The bar didn't budge much, but Boston went into the dressing room with a 52-50 lead at halftime, setting the stage for the Warriors to attack in the third quarter. Curry was in the third and offensively brilliantly crucial quarter, scoring 14 points on 4-for-9 shooting, including 3-of-6 from beyond the arc. Coming off a tall screen just in front of his own bench, he rose and waved one 30-foot shot to put the 17 Warriors up, putting the Celtics to bed felt like the final blow — although the Warriors and the Chase Center fans wouldn't dare go that route. With For all his offensive exploits, it would be easy to ignore what Curry did on the defensive side of the ball, especially in the third quarter. Kerr and the Warriors have been preaching all year that Curry isn't getting enough credit for his defense, and Sunday provides ample evidence for their claim. Curry's hands were everywhere as he vaulted the fast lanes, powerfully defying any Celtic attempting to exploit a size advantage. Watch as Curry thwarts Horford's attempt to basket him and brings him to the aid of Otto Porter Jr. He then reads that Williams cuts under the basket for a possible layup and slips to deflect Horford's pass before the Celtics knew what hit them. Those kinds of instincts are generally attributed to Defensive Player of the Year winners like Green and Marcus Smart. "From my rookie year to now, it's always been about effort and just a nurturing factor to overcome physical limitations with matchups or whatever," Curry said of his defensive development. Curry was integral to a defense that forced more turnovers (five) in the third quarter than Boston Field had (four). By the time the buzzer sounded to end the frame, the Warriors had edged the Celtics 35-14, their widest lead in a Finals quarter in franchise history. The Warriors had nothing to do in the first half and Curry kept them afloat. When they needed a KO punch in a must-win game, it got through both ends. It's not a revelation to say that Curry is one of the greatest basketball players Earth has ever seen (and probably most other planets as well), but his leadership can sometimes be taken for granted. He doesn't yell like Green or smash clipboards like Kerr, but he knows when his team needs him and most of the time he knows how to deliver. "I think this year I'm definitely going to have to be aggressive throughout the game — to create, draw attention, get shots and just keep pushing," Curry said after Game 2. I don't know what it's going to be like the street look, rest of the series. It's always about being confident with the ball and making plays."

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The Celtics faced the world's best Warriors in Game 2 and couldn't pick up the pieces as they collapsed

Now a team that has lost just once in a row since January must react after their mistakes were exposed for all to see. (Author: Gardener)

Game 2SAN FRANCISCO — As the third quarter began Sunday night, the Celtics were indeed in a position to strike. Despite kicking the ball around and poor shooting, they were just two points behind the Warriors. The problem was that they entered the segment of the night where the Warriors tend to morph into world hitters and the Celtics tend to morph into slop. The Warriors started throwing in 3-pointers from all angles and the Celtics started to crumble. After the dust cleared after Jordan Poole hoisted in a 3-pointer buzzer from midfield to be safe, the Warriors had outplayed Boston by 21 points. There would be no heroic comeback from the Celtics this time. That 107-88 Golden State win in Game 2 of the NBA Finals was so thorough that both teams' starters watched from the bench for most of the fourth quarter. This series is tied at 1 and Game 3 will be played at TD Garden on Wednesday night. It was a gratifying experience for the Warriors, who beat Boston 35-14 in the third game. "I thought everyone was more committed, that was pretty obvious," said Warriors coach Steve Kerr. Jayson Tatum had 28 points on 8 of 19 shooting for Boston. Coach Ime Udoka said that when Brown caught his second foul midway through the quarter and went to the bench, it seemed to upset his rhythm. Now the Celtics have to learn from it. Brown later called it a "phantom" foul call, hastening an issue in the Celtics' post-game press conferences. With Warriors forward Draymond Green as the main instigator, Golden State got under their skin. When Green, who already had a technical foul in play, fouled Brown with a 3-pointer, the two had to be separated after an entanglement in the fall. If Green had been called to another technical, it would have been his second and a sack. Udoka grinned a little later and said he wasn't surprised given the circumstances that Green didn't pick up a second. Udoka, whose frustration was beginning to boil over, later caught one himself. "I was just demonstratively letting them know how I felt during the game," he said, "on purpose to get a tech." But when the physicality, the office, and the general feeling threw Boston off, the Warriors seemed alive to give, with Green leading the way. "I think everyone played with more power," he said. "It wasn't just me with Jaylen Brown. It's a total team effort, guys willing to help when help is needed and guys up for the challenge at the point of attack.” Stephen Curry had 29 points to accelerate Golden State, which was 15 of 37 3-points - Scored as a team. The Warriors had 33 points from 19 Boston turnovers, mostly thanks to 15 steals. Sullivan: The Celtics should have expected the Warriors to react and they should be happy with a split on the road. In Game 1, the Celtics' secondary options were given plenty of time and space on the sidelines, and they thrived. Al Horford, Derrick White and Marcus Smart combined to drill 15 of 23 3-pointers, a perfect blend of candid looks and shooting luck. Afterwards, Green smiled as he scanned the stat sheet and explained that he wasn't worried about his team progressing because he didn't expect that to happen again. On Sunday, Horford, Smart and White were just 2 for 7 from across the arc. Horford didn't take any, and he said he wasn't even that close to having a clean look. Golden State made some subtle adjustments such as: B. Putting Green, his best defender, more often on Brown. Udoka said Boston's inability to attack the paint shut off some of those opportunities. "They definitely upped the pressure a little bit and got a little more aggressive towards each of us," White said. Losses certainly never feel good, and the tenor of a streak can certainly change with a one-sided game like this. But the fact remains that these Celtics, playing in the Finals for the first time, came to San Francisco and took home field advantage away from a team that had lived in this round for the past eight years. The Celtics haven't lost straight games in the postseason, and they've only lost two straight games once since January. That consistency will be tested against a Warriors team unlikely to be rocked by a street environment. Brown, for example, wasn't thrilled about bringing the series back to Boston. "Each game is its own story."

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Boston Celtics 88-107 Golden State Warriors - How It Happened

Minute-by-minute report: Steph Curry starred in a stunning victory for the Warriors as they leveled their streak with the Celtics (Author: Gardener)

Boston Celtics 88-107Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) reacts after a basket in the third quarter of his team's NBA Finals win over the Boston Celtics. Minute-by-minute report: Steph Curry starred in a stunning victory for the Warriors as they leveled their streak with the Celtics. It's the least surprising thing in the world that the Warriors finished 1-1 in the NBA Finals, although if you happen to be a Celtics fan it must be annoying that they played a one-ball game at halftime have lost fashion in the blowout after so many bad deals. You can't do that against any team, certainly not against what is perhaps the biggest team in the third quarter of NBA history. The good news for Boston is that the Celtics haven't lost two straight games this entire postseason and will be playing Game 3 at home. It is understood that their head coach has plenty of film to watch and flaws that he needs to point out. We'll be continuing our coverage of the 2022 NBA Finals here in the Guardian throughout the coming week, but that's enough for today's live coverage. The Golden State Warriors tied the NBA Finals 1-1. Veteran Nik Stauskas, who almost quit basketball, is in for the Celtics and hits a three-pointer. It won't affect the final score, but it's nice to see him get shot in a final game. The Celtics' Malik Fitts takes the last few meaningless points for Boston and it will do it. Poole hits a threesome. The ends of the benches are all out, so be prepared to see new names in the next few updates. The "Poole Party" continues as he squirts a three-pointer, and quite frankly, I'm ashamed to even write that out. Hey, Sam Hauser hit a three for Boston. All the Warriors are giving up now are free throws. White is on the line and takes his free throws, but to be gentlemanly, he promptly fouls Klay Thompson. White dunks and that's enough for the Warriors for another team timeout. Grant Williams comes onto the free throw line after colliding with Draymond Green. That's not going to move the needle, not now that there's basically half a quarter left. Pritchard makes another basket. The announcers wonder if Udoka replaced his appetizers en masse to give them some kind of "different energy" here, letting the appetizers stew a little. Thompson hits a 16-footer. We're getting to the point where we only get stories from our announcers and not much play-by-play. Hey, a Boston basket! And then Bjelica misses a layup. Can we just click the Simulate game to end option here? Poole misses a layup but the Warriors get the ball and Kerr calls a timeout, presumably to make sure they get a great shot here. I'm sure he'll want to give his appetizers a break here at some point. Aaron Nesmith gets minutes and considering how little Udoka likes to use him, that gives you an idea of ​​where this one is headed. It's time to rest the starters, unless there's some kind of miracle run here. Jayson Tatum now minus 36 in this game. — Chris Forsberg (@ChrisForsberg_) June 6, 2022 Tatum is playing a surprisingly awful game for one in which he scored 28 points. Tatum misses, Thompson gets the rebound. Poole hits a jumper. Bjelica scores quickly and yes, that quick start from Golden State might have just ended the suspense. Boston is taking a break. And the Warriors score first. Payton makes a two-pointer to extend the lead. Boston outplayed Golden State in the fourth quarter of Game 1, 40-16. If they do this again, they win by 1. — Morten Stig Jensen (@msjnba) June 6, 2022 Yes, but they're playing a Warriors team that knows the Celtics are capable of it. I don't think they believed in Game 1. Look for a more focused finish here, especially since they know a Game 2 loss will seriously jeopardize their season. But the good news is that this isn't over yet, so there are reasons to keep reading this blog. If that shot comes in, it won't be your night. Celtics 64-87 Warriors, late in the third quarter Tatum gets back on the line and pulls a foul on Curry. He misses his first again but makes the second to cut the lead to 15 points. You need a perfect defensive end here... You don't get it and allow a looney layup. Then the C's record their 16th turnover of the game with a shot clock violation. Poole scores with a knight, White misses a long three and Poole, after the buzzer runs out, hits a nearly half place to surpass the Warriors' perfect third. And another three-pointer from Curry to give the Warriors a 17-point lead. I don't think the Celtics can count on another magical fourth quarter. Tatum goes to the line and takes one of two free throws. Curry bets on an early dagger three, but it doesn't do any good. And Derrick White travels just when it looks like the Celtics have the perfect scoring opportunity. As always, whenever the Celtics have given them free ball possession, they take advantage of it. Curry hits a three and the Warriors look as controlled as they have all game. Marcus Smart concedes his fourth personal foul and Green goes to the line. He takes his first free throw while Payton Pritchard comes in to spell Smart. Green hits his second. Otto Porter Jr. responds with a three-pointer of his own, just what the Warriors needed: they want to defeat any ghosts of their stumble toward the finish line in Game 1. In the time it took to post this tweet, I missed another turnover from the Celtics. The Warriors fail to convert and Grant Williams hits a three. Then Tatum and suddenly it's just a six-point game. The Celtics out here making beautiful but fruitless plays. — Libby Crews (@libbycrews) June 6, 2022 This is an oddly poetic way of putting it. There's a beauty to this game, but the frustrating kind. The Warriors are taking a break. The Warriors are taking a break. They're up 12 points now halfway through the third quarter: can't go wrong from here, right? There's Horford's first shot of the game, a layup by Jaylen Brown. Brown is called for a foul that viewers want Curry to see as a shooting foul. Curry's shot isn't good, but he gets two free throws and makes both. And a technical foul on… Celtics head coach Ime Udoka. Curry makes the technical free throw. Meanwhile, Brown misses a threesome on her end. Just a not great shooting quarter for the Celtics here, credit the Warriors defense for some of that. He's a little wobbly and I don't see how he's still in the game. He misses his first free throw and Grant eventually comes to the Williams' ceremonial substitution. Wiggins takes free throw number two. Curry leaps to move on. Horford, also fanned out, cannot score. Thompson hits another layup and yes, that looks like another hot Warriors third quarter. Celtics have the ball from the time-out. Looney is called out for a foul after Tatum swarmed in the paint. He goes to the line and takes two free throws. He basically just fielded Jaylen Brown on the sidelines for a doubles team. — John Karalis 🇬🇷 🇺🇦 (@John_Karalis) June 6, 2022 Robert Williams is unhealthy. A defensive collapse from Boston gives Looney an easy look at a dump. Brown throws another terrible pass, this time under heavy pressure, and at the other end Thompson finally hits a three, causing the Celtics to call a timeout. Looks like another great Warriors third quarter: That was a 7-0 run from nowhere. Al Horford attempts his first shot of the game. It's not good, but nice to see him try. Brown and Curry attempt two non-ideal shots with no points. Neither team can score to start with the first few possessions. Tough game for Thompson, who misses a knight. Brown hits a layup for Boston and Curry hits one to regain the lead straight away. Start of the second half And Draymond Green is the one who starts the bad turnover brigade in the third quarter. @HunterFelt I see you doing The Guardian's Celtics coverage tonight. I don't understand basketball that much, but like the Bruins, I definitely want the Boston team to win , 2022 To recap the first half for the casual fan: The Boston Celtics look like a superior team offensively and defensively BUT they're turning the Ball over and over again. The Golden State Warriors don't look like themselves, but they do a fantastic job of capitalizing on the Celtics' mistakes and have a two-point lead. No doubt both coaching teams will use the break to emphasize the importance of good fundamentals when it comes to agricultural arson. — Homelessness Advocate (@Roscommon_Cat) June 6, 2022 We just got a virtual tie, two points clear with 24 minutes to go is nothing in the NBA, so my prediction for the second half is pretty simple: The team that will come out in the next two quarters taking care of the ball will be the one who wins. Al Horford didn't attempt a shot in the first half. The last time that happened (in a game where he played at least 12 minutes in the first half) was... https://t.co/0RtNGjGGUB - Alex Speier (@alexspeier) June 6, 2022 Maybe the Get guys who saved Game 1 going in the second half? Also, he's really good at not flipping the ball. I'm only going to suggest that for the Celtics. Don't say you haven't learned anything from this liveblog. The name was "an allusion to the story of an old Dutchman who got rid of rats by burning down his infested barns." Sounds like what the Celtics are doing with the turnovers here. Celtics 50-52 Warriors, End of First Half Celtics 50-52 Warriors, End of First Half Because the officials don't want to kick green out of a playoff game, they don't call a double tech. Brown is on the line for three free throws. He misses the first to the delight of the Warriors faithful. He does the second and the third. The game is briefly tied, but again the Celtics let the Warriors score late in the quarter, that would be Wiggins with the basket. Celtics can't respond in the few seconds they have left. So officials just decided to reward Draymond Green for picking up a tech earlier in the game by allowing him to get away with a second. It feels like it could either go up 10 points if they stop turnovers, or down 10 points if the Warriors' offense fires as usual (except for that one 10-0 run). Green records another foul, his second personal. And we get a look back at the confrontation between green and brown here. And now a foul on Smart, but it doesn't put anyone on the line. Warriors can't score possession and the Celtics throw again. (Have you heard that before?) Of course, the warriors respond with their own casual turnover. The Celtics can't get anything going on offense here. Brown throws the ball away again and Green makes her pay with a jumper of his own. Tatum, shooting much better than he did in Game 2, hits a shot to put the Celtics ahead. However, a foul by Horford puts Green on the line. He misses the first but ties the game up with his second. Derrick White is open for a three and he scores! What would the Celtics do without him? Celtics recover the ball from time-out and hit a three-pointer to make it a one-ball game. Al has one shot left and it's almost halftime... would probably be good to try and get him on offense. — Anna Horford (@AnnaHorford) June 6, 2022 The source is not unbiased, but it's not wrong either. Listening to the radio while waiting to be seen at A&E sounds like such a chaotic game. Golden State needs a run with Steph back in the game as Boston won't continue to give the ball away. Boston has come back to play. No, I think they can actually keep giving the ball away, but you're spot on about the messiness of this game. Again, this feels like one of those games that are immensely winnable for Boston, but they refuse to take it easy. Warriors cap a 7-0 run with a jumper and then lead by 10 with a three from Wiggins. The Celtics are taking some time off to figure out why they keep doing this to themselves. After the time-out, Curry settles things with a jumper and then grabs another bad Celtics pass that appeared to have been thrown straight at him. After that he hits another threesome just to make sure they are made to learn from their mistakes. You can't do that and expect to win this game. @HunterFelt for your international readers, can we just make it clear that a "barn burner" is a good thing? Because it doesn't sound like a good thing... — Homelessness Advocate (@Roscommon_Cat) June 6, 2022 It's a very good thing. And then a three-pointer, and that's enough for the Warriors, who looked lost on that last defensive possession, to call their own time-out. Bjelica, who made a cameo in the final seconds of Game 1, has another layup to end the game. Nemanja Bjelica is in the game and scores to level the game briefly, but Robert "Time Lord" Williams, back in the game, hits a layup to put the Celtics back in front. Wiggins misses a close range layup. Anyone want to score here? Thompson misses a jumper. Finally, finally Tatum hits a three to put Boston back up and he now has 16 points. I'm guessing they're calling Poole 'cause he tried to take White down. After all this, Brown just misses his shot. They should have just let the game continue. And another Celtics turnover. Luckily, White Pooles blocks the layup. Poole does something that calls him out for a technical foul which I honestly can't see here. Once the Celtics decide to stop turning the ball over, they will run away with it. — Dante Turo (@DanteOnDeck) June 6, 2022 When. But I agree with that tweet, I like the Celtics' chances when they play with a little more focus. Celtics 30-31 Warriors, end of the first quarter Oh, this looks more like Game 1. Tatum hits a three, which is immediately answered by Payton II. Tatum shrugs and hits a threesome himself. Oh, and now it's a competition Poole is ready to play. Looney pulls out Tatum but Curry ends up missing the first three. The poor start with Boston ends with them losing the lead: Otto Porter Jr. steals a post from Derrick White and gets the ball to Curry, who scores. Unacceptable lack of composure from Boston at the end of the quarter: they should be up 7-8 points and not down one here. Curry misses his first free throw, Golden State drops a lot of points early on but takes the second. Another Boston envelope: He loses control of the ball, Jordan Poole steals and Curry makes it a one-point play with a grueling three-pointer. Theis gets a key rebound and then just throws it away. And now Jayson Tatum intercepts his second foul, putting Curry on the line. Celtics play better than Warriors but also make a lot of bad spontaneous decisions. I have a feeling the Warriors will take the lead if this continues. I'm sure that's partly what Boston head coach Ime Udoka is telling you now. Looney with a dunk makes it a three-point game, they've crawled back in and the Celtics take a full timeout, their first of the game. And now Grant Williams is being called out for a "common foul," which always sounded snooty to me. Curry goes to the line where he takes his two free throws. A foul on White puts Green on the line where he goes 2-for-2. Brown is called out for a second foul putting Gary Payton II on the line after missing the layup. Feels a bit cheesy, but it's been that way for the whole game. Payton II misses the first free throw and the second free throw. Brown takes the tech free throw. Curry misses his end and Brown hits a three. Gary Payton II makes his long-awaited return to the lineup to applause from the home crowd. Meanwhile, Grant Williams lays up and then commits a foul, at least according to our officials. Oh and Draymond is called for a technician. Thompson, outside time-out, absolutely airmails a three-pointer. It's okay, Brown misses the three just as badly. Oh, here comes the bad sales for Boston, this one on Marcus Smart. The two teams start using their bench right here: Grant Williams and Derrick White are now in the game. Thompson finally hits a key basket here to make it a three-point game. The good news is that with the free time I can provide faster point updates. The bad news is that I will be on duty about 30-45 minutes longer than Thursday. The officials were not involved in Game 1. That was a good time. — Adam Kaufman (@AdamMKaufman) June 6, 2022 Tatum and Brown are called out for back-to-back fouls. We'll see if these affect the rest of the game. The Warriors, meanwhile, are taking some time off to plan what they will do with the ball the next time they have possession. The Celtics get Curry going but he still gets close to the basket and hits the floater. Tatum hits a threesome the Warriors would love to answer: And Draymond does! He makes a layup and draws a Horford foul, but can't connect to his freebie (which isn't always free). Smart attempts a three-pointer that would have forced a Warriors timeout had he gone in. However, he doesn't succeed and Looney cuts the lead to six points at the other end. Brown tries the same spot and hits him, but Looney dives to end the Celtics run. Tatum then scores his first points of the game. Brown then drives to the basket, takes the shot and commits a foul on Wiggins. He takes his free throw. He takes his free throw. The Celtics get the ball back, but the Warriors force Robert Williams out. Wiggins scores first for the Warriors, but Jaylen Brown responds with a three. Smart then adds a jumper to the Celtics' early lead. Celtics win the opening tip and bring the ball to Marcus Smart, who is promptly tied for another jump ball by Draymond Green. The pre-game montage concerns the warriors: the narrative has shifted to them as those whose series is at stake. The Celtics have sort of done their job by guaranteeing a street split so the pressure is only on the Warriors. Oddly enough that's why I have Golden State, I don't trust Boston, when they start feeling good then they start making unforced errors and... Hopefully I'll bounce back from that random personal insight in time for the opening tip, which is coming soon . One note, the shirts the Celtics and Warriors wore during warm-ups weren't just platitudes, they contained links to relevant organizations. These are the shirts worn by Steve Kerr and Ime Udoka before the game. He's probably right considering the team may be overdue for an overhaul. It's amusing that he waited until the Los Angeles Lakers had hired their own head coach before making the announcement. I've had the Celtics win one of two going into the start of this series so I think I'll be spot on here overall. To make my broader prediction come true, I have to predict the Warriors to win today to even the streak. Maybe Warriors 101-98 Boston Celtics. No, I have no real basketball argument to back that statement other than "vibes" (and the fact that the Celtics have had a problem with not picking up momentum after big wins this postseason). This just feels like one long, chaotic series, so why not guess which outcome is ruining as many narratives as possible. That's just my own prediction. You can either email [email protected] or tweet @HunterFelt with a prediction of your own, and we'll include it here as we make our way to the opening tip. Both the Celtics and Warriors wore orange jerseys with "End Gun Violence" written on them before the game. A nice touch and it's always nice to see two teams coming together just before they spend the next few hours destroying each other. "Awareness and change must take place," says Celtics coach Ime Udoka, commenting that both teams wear the "End Gun Violence" jersey. #nbafinals pic.twitter.com/Bw4BDO1G6L - Alisha Miller (@alisha_m_miller) June 5, 2022 There's a show called The Final Straw that ABC is doing right now (produced by Peyton Manning) and... potentially bad news for Golden State. Game 1 was injury free (even Boston's Sam Hauser played despite the empty benches), but Game 2 was not. However, the good news far outweighs the bad. After being available for Game 1 in an emergency capacity, Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said Gary Payton II should be available to play off the bench tonight. You can't predict basketball. When the Golden State Warriors built a 12-point lead over the Boston Celtics in the fourth quarter, I predicted, "So, can Boston come back from a 12-point deficit? Not impossible, but Tatum will need a big game and the defense needs to be flawless.” Well, I was half right. The Celtics did have to play flawless defense and held the Western Conference's strongest offense to just 16 points, but Tatum didn't score a single point from there. In fact, he only had 12 points on Thursday, the same number of assists he dished out (credit Tatum for not having a shooting night off to prevent him from otherwise helping his team). Thus, the Warriors lost a double-digit lead late at home on a day when they had done everything they could to contain their opponent's best player. Now they're down 0-1 in an NBA Finals where almost everyone (including this writer) had them as favorites. That means today's Game 2 is the biggest game they've had to play since Kevin Durant was in the lineup. So do they come back with a big win tonight or do the Celtics use the momentum of their shocking Game 1 victory and take a stranglehold on the 2022 NBA season. I have my own predictions, but I'll wait and let you guess what they might be. Let me just say this postseason is like the final season of Better Call Saul. It's not going to go the way we all think it will. What you can predict is that we will use your thoughts, questions and/or concerns in this live blog. You can email them to [email protected] or tweet them @HunterFelt and we'll post them during today's game. It's Game 2 of the 2022 NBA Finals between the Boston Celtics and the Golden State Warriors at San Francisco's Chase Center. The opening tip is scheduled sometime after 8:00 PM EST, but we'll be back well before then with more updates, predictions, and the occasional fun pastime. In the meantime, here are a few thoughts on Game 1: Sometimes it's difficult to find the right words, whether it's competing in the National Spelling Bee or other high-profile, high-pressure competition on Thursday night's Game 1 of the NBA Finals. "My boys found me tonight and I put them down," Horford said on ABC after his pivotal role in the Boston Celtics' stunning and odd 120-108 win over the Golden State Warriors. "Have fun." A contest that began with Stephen Curry's three-point production line working overtime ended in the much less predictable spectacle of Horford scoring from distance, inspiring his teammates to do the same when they did in the fourth quarter cleared a 12-point deficit. Horford, a 15-year NBA veteran making his first Finals appearance a day before his 36th birthday, had the highest total for the Celtics with 26 points, including a career-high six three-pointers. In what was collectively the most dominant quarter in NBA Finals history, the Celtics were rampant towards the end, sinking seven straight threes en route to nine of 12. You can read the full report below: Related: The Celtics' fourth-quarter deluge hit the Warriors with their own weapons | Tom Dart

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Boston Celtics 88-107 Golden State Warriors - How It Happened

Minute-by-minute report: Steph Curry starred in a stunning victory for the Warriors as they leveled their streak with the Celtics (Author: Gardener)

Boston Celtics 88-107Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) reacts after a basket in the third quarter of his team's NBA Finals win over the Boston Celtics. Minute-by-minute report: Steph Curry starred in a stunning victory for the Warriors as they leveled their streak with the Celtics. It's the least surprising thing in the world that the Warriors finished 1-1 in the NBA Finals, although if you happen to be a Celtics fan it must be annoying that they played a one-ball game at halftime have lost fashion in the blowout after so many bad deals. You can't do that against any team, certainly not against what is perhaps the biggest team in the third quarter of NBA history. The good news for Boston is that the Celtics haven't lost two straight games this entire postseason and will be playing Game 3 at home. It is understood that their head coach has plenty of film to watch and flaws that he needs to point out. We'll be continuing our coverage of the 2022 NBA Finals here in the Guardian throughout the coming week, but that's enough for today's live coverage. The Golden State Warriors tied the NBA Finals 1-1. Veteran Nik Stauskas, who almost quit basketball, is in for the Celtics and hits a three-pointer. It won't affect the final score, but it's nice to see him get shot in a final game. The Celtics' Malik Fitts takes the last few meaningless points for Boston and it will do it. Poole hits a threesome. The ends of the benches are all out, so be prepared to see new names in the next few updates. The "Poole Party" continues as he squirts a three-pointer, and quite frankly, I'm ashamed to even write that out. Hey, Sam Hauser hit a three for Boston. All the Warriors are giving up now are free throws. White is on the line and takes his free throws, but to be gentlemanly, he promptly fouls Klay Thompson. White dunks and that's enough for the Warriors for another team timeout. Grant Williams comes onto the free throw line after colliding with Draymond Green. That's not going to move the needle, not now that there's basically half a quarter left. Pritchard makes another basket. The announcers wonder if Udoka replaced his appetizers en masse to give them some kind of "different energy" here, letting the appetizers stew a little. Thompson hits a 16-footer. We're getting to the point where we only get stories from our announcers and not much play-by-play. Hey, a Boston basket! And then Bjelica misses a layup. Can we just click the Simulate game to end option here? Poole misses a layup but the Warriors get the ball and Kerr calls a timeout, presumably to make sure they get a great shot here. I'm sure he'll want to give his appetizers a break here at some point. Aaron Nesmith gets minutes and considering how little Udoka likes to use him, that gives you an idea of ​​where this one is headed. It's time to rest the starters, unless there's some kind of miracle run here. Jayson Tatum now minus 36 in this game. — Chris Forsberg (@ChrisForsberg_) June 6, 2022 Tatum is playing a surprisingly awful game for one in which he scored 28 points. Tatum misses, Thompson gets the rebound. Poole hits a jumper. Bjelica scores quickly and yes, that quick start from Golden State might have just ended the suspense. Boston is taking a break. And the Warriors score first. Payton makes a two-pointer to extend the lead. Boston outplayed Golden State in the fourth quarter of Game 1, 40-16. If they do this again, they win by 1. — Morten Stig Jensen (@msjnba) June 6, 2022 Yes, but they're playing a Warriors team that knows the Celtics are capable of it. I don't think they believed in Game 1. Look for a more focused finish here, especially since they know a Game 2 loss will seriously jeopardize their season. But the good news is that this isn't over yet, so there are reasons to keep reading this blog. If that shot comes in, it won't be your night. Celtics 64-87 Warriors, late in the third quarter Tatum gets back on the line and pulls a foul on Curry. He misses his first again but makes the second to cut the lead to 15 points. You need a perfect defensive end here... You don't get it and allow a looney layup. Then the C's record their 16th turnover of the game with a shot clock violation. Poole scores with a knight, White misses a long three and Poole, after the buzzer runs out, hits a nearly half place to surpass the Warriors' perfect third. And another three-pointer from Curry to give the Warriors a 17-point lead. I don't think the Celtics can count on another magical fourth quarter. Tatum goes to the line and takes one of two free throws. Curry bets on an early dagger three, but it doesn't do any good. And Derrick White travels just when it looks like the Celtics have the perfect scoring opportunity. As always, whenever the Celtics have given them free ball possession, they take advantage of it. Curry hits a three and the Warriors look as controlled as they have all game. Marcus Smart concedes his fourth personal foul and Green goes to the line. He takes his first free throw while Payton Pritchard comes in to spell Smart. Green hits his second. Otto Porter Jr. responds with a three-pointer of his own, just what the Warriors needed: they want to defeat any ghosts of their stumble toward the finish line in Game 1. In the time it took to post this tweet, I missed another turnover from the Celtics. The Warriors fail to convert and Grant Williams hits a three. Then Tatum and suddenly it's just a six-point game. The Celtics out here making beautiful but fruitless plays. — Libby Crews (@libbycrews) June 6, 2022 This is an oddly poetic way of putting it. There's a beauty to this game, but the frustrating kind. The Warriors are taking a break. The Warriors are taking a break. They're up 12 points now halfway through the third quarter: can't go wrong from here, right? There's Horford's first shot of the game, a layup by Jaylen Brown. Brown is called for a foul that viewers want Curry to see as a shooting foul. Curry's shot isn't good, but he gets two free throws and makes both. And a technical foul on… Celtics head coach Ime Udoka. Curry makes the technical free throw. Meanwhile, Brown misses a threesome on her end. Just a not great shooting quarter for the Celtics here, credit the Warriors defense for some of that. He's a little wobbly and I don't see how he's still in the game. He misses his first free throw and Grant eventually comes to the Williams' ceremonial substitution. Wiggins takes free throw number two. Curry leaps to move on. Horford, also fanned out, cannot score. Thompson hits another layup and yes, that looks like another hot Warriors third quarter. Celtics have the ball from the time-out. Looney is called out for a foul after Tatum swarmed in the paint. He goes to the line and takes two free throws. He basically just fielded Jaylen Brown on the sidelines for a doubles team. — John Karalis 🇬🇷 🇺🇦 (@John_Karalis) June 6, 2022 Robert Williams is unhealthy. A defensive collapse from Boston gives Looney an easy look at a dump. Brown throws another terrible pass, this time under heavy pressure, and at the other end Thompson finally hits a three, causing the Celtics to call a timeout. Looks like another great Warriors third quarter: That was a 7-0 run from nowhere. Al Horford attempts his first shot of the game. It's not good, but nice to see him try. Brown and Curry attempt two non-ideal shots with no points. Neither team can score to start with the first few possessions. Tough game for Thompson, who misses a knight. Brown hits a layup for Boston and Curry hits one to regain the lead straight away. Start of the second half And Draymond Green is the one who starts the bad turnover brigade in the third quarter. @HunterFelt I see you doing The Guardian's Celtics coverage tonight. I don't understand basketball that much, but like the Bruins, I definitely want the Boston team to win , 2022 To recap the first half for the casual fan: The Boston Celtics look like a superior team offensively and defensively BUT they're turning the Ball over and over again. The Golden State Warriors don't look like themselves, but they do a fantastic job of capitalizing on the Celtics' mistakes and have a two-point lead. No doubt both coaching teams will use the break to emphasize the importance of good fundamentals when it comes to agricultural arson. — Homelessness Advocate (@Roscommon_Cat) June 6, 2022 We just got a virtual tie, two points clear with 24 minutes to go is nothing in the NBA, so my prediction for the second half is pretty simple: The team that will come out in the next two quarters taking care of the ball will be the one who wins. Al Horford didn't attempt a shot in the first half. The last time that happened (in a game where he played at least 12 minutes in the first half) was... https://t.co/0RtNGjGGUB - Alex Speier (@alexspeier) June 6, 2022 Maybe the Get guys who saved Game 1 going in the second half? Also, he's really good at not flipping the ball. I'm only going to suggest that for the Celtics. Don't say you haven't learned anything from this liveblog. The name was "an allusion to the story of an old Dutchman who got rid of rats by burning down his infested barns." Sounds like what the Celtics are doing with the turnovers here. Celtics 50-52 Warriors, End of First Half Celtics 50-52 Warriors, End of First Half Because the officials don't want to kick green out of a playoff game, they don't call a double tech. Brown is on the line for three free throws. He misses the first to the delight of the Warriors faithful. He does the second and the third. The game is briefly tied, but again the Celtics let the Warriors score late in the quarter, that would be Wiggins with the basket. Celtics can't respond in the few seconds they have left. So officials just decided to reward Draymond Green for picking up a tech earlier in the game by allowing him to get away with a second. It feels like it could either go up 10 points if they stop turnovers, or down 10 points if the Warriors' offense fires as usual (except for that one 10-0 run). Green records another foul, his second personal. And we get a look back at the confrontation between green and brown here. And now a foul on Smart, but it doesn't put anyone on the line. Warriors can't score possession and the Celtics throw again. (Have you heard that before?) Of course, the warriors respond with their own casual turnover. The Celtics can't get anything going on offense here. Brown throws the ball away again and Green makes her pay with a jumper of his own. Tatum, shooting much better than he did in Game 2, hits a shot to put the Celtics ahead. However, a foul by Horford puts Green on the line. He misses the first but ties the game up with his second. Derrick White is open for a three and he scores! What would the Celtics do without him? Celtics recover the ball from time-out and hit a three-pointer to make it a one-ball game. Al has one shot left and it's almost halftime... would probably be good to try and get him on offense. — Anna Horford (@AnnaHorford) June 6, 2022 The source is not unbiased, but it's not wrong either. Listening to the radio while waiting to be seen at A&E sounds like such a chaotic game. Golden State needs a run with Steph back in the game as Boston won't continue to give the ball away. Boston has come back to play. No, I think they can actually keep giving the ball away, but you're spot on about the messiness of this game. Again, this feels like one of those games that are immensely winnable for Boston, but they refuse to take it easy. Warriors cap a 7-0 run with a jumper and then lead by 10 with a three from Wiggins. The Celtics are taking some time off to figure out why they keep doing this to themselves. After the time-out, Curry settles things with a jumper and then grabs another bad Celtics pass that appeared to have been thrown straight at him. After that he hits another threesome just to make sure they are made to learn from their mistakes. You can't do that and expect to win this game. @HunterFelt for your international readers, can we just make it clear that a "barn burner" is a good thing? Because it doesn't sound like a good thing... — Homelessness Advocate (@Roscommon_Cat) June 6, 2022 It's a very good thing. And then a three-pointer, and that's enough for the Warriors, who looked lost on that last defensive possession, to call their own time-out. Bjelica, who made a cameo in the final seconds of Game 1, has another layup to end the game. Nemanja Bjelica is in the game and scores to level the game briefly, but Robert "Time Lord" Williams, back in the game, hits a layup to put the Celtics back in front. Wiggins misses a close range layup. Anyone want to score here? Thompson misses a jumper. Finally, finally Tatum hits a three to put Boston back up and he now has 16 points. I'm guessing they're calling Poole 'cause he tried to take White down. After all this, Brown just misses his shot. They should have just let the game continue. And another Celtics turnover. Luckily, White Pooles blocks the layup. Poole does something that calls him out for a technical foul which I honestly can't see here. Once the Celtics decide to stop turning the ball over, they will run away with it. — Dante Turo (@DanteOnDeck) June 6, 2022 When. But I agree with that tweet, I like the Celtics' chances when they play with a little more focus. Celtics 30-31 Warriors, end of the first quarter Oh, this looks more like Game 1. Tatum hits a three, which is immediately answered by Payton II. Tatum shrugs and hits a threesome himself. Oh, and now it's a competition Poole is ready to play. Looney pulls out Tatum but Curry ends up missing the first three. The poor start with Boston ends with them losing the lead: Otto Porter Jr. steals a post from Derrick White and gets the ball to Curry, who scores. Unacceptable lack of composure from Boston at the end of the quarter: they should be up 7-8 points and not down one here. Curry misses his first free throw, Golden State drops a lot of points early on but takes the second. Another Boston envelope: He loses control of the ball, Jordan Poole steals and Curry makes it a one-point play with a grueling three-pointer. Theis gets a key rebound and then just throws it away. And now Jayson Tatum intercepts his second foul, putting Curry on the line. Celtics play better than Warriors but also make a lot of bad spontaneous decisions. I have a feeling the Warriors will take the lead if this continues. I'm sure that's partly what Boston head coach Ime Udoka is telling you now. Looney with a dunk makes it a three-point game, they've crawled back in and the Celtics take a full timeout, their first of the game. And now Grant Williams is being called out for a "common foul," which always sounded snooty to me. Curry goes to the line where he takes his two free throws. A foul on White puts Green on the line where he goes 2-for-2. Brown is called out for a second foul putting Gary Payton II on the line after missing the layup. Feels a bit cheesy, but it's been that way for the whole game. Payton II misses the first free throw and the second free throw. Brown takes the tech free throw. Curry misses his end and Brown hits a three. Gary Payton II makes his long-awaited return to the lineup to applause from the home crowd. Meanwhile, Grant Williams lays up and then commits a foul, at least according to our officials. Oh and Draymond is called for a technician. Thompson, outside time-out, absolutely airmails a three-pointer. It's okay, Brown misses the three just as badly. Oh, here comes the bad sales for Boston, this one on Marcus Smart. The two teams start using their bench right here: Grant Williams and Derrick White are now in the game. Thompson finally hits a key basket here to make it a three-point game. The good news is that with the free time I can provide faster point updates. The bad news is that I will be on duty about 30-45 minutes longer than Thursday. The officials were not involved in Game 1. That was a good time. — Adam Kaufman (@AdamMKaufman) June 6, 2022 Tatum and Brown are called out for back-to-back fouls. We'll see if these affect the rest of the game. The Warriors, meanwhile, are taking some time off to plan what they will do with the ball the next time they have possession. The Celtics get Curry going but he still gets close to the basket and hits the floater. Tatum hits a threesome the Warriors would love to answer: And Draymond does! He makes a layup and draws a Horford foul, but can't connect to his freebie (which isn't always free). Smart attempts a three-pointer that would have forced a Warriors timeout had he gone in. However, he doesn't succeed and Looney cuts the lead to six points at the other end. Brown tries the same spot and hits him, but Looney dives to end the Celtics run. Tatum then scores his first points of the game. Brown then drives to the basket, takes the shot and commits a foul on Wiggins. He takes his free throw. He takes his free throw. The Celtics get the ball back, but the Warriors force Robert Williams out. Wiggins scores first for the Warriors, but Jaylen Brown responds with a three. Smart then adds a jumper to the Celtics' early lead. Celtics win the opening tip and bring the ball to Marcus Smart, who is promptly tied for another jump ball by Draymond Green. The pre-game montage concerns the warriors: the narrative has shifted to them as those whose series is at stake. The Celtics have sort of done their job by guaranteeing a street split so the pressure is only on the Warriors. Oddly enough that's why I have Golden State, I don't trust Boston, when they start feeling good then they start making unforced errors and... Hopefully I'll bounce back from that random personal insight in time for the opening tip, which is coming soon . One note, the shirts the Celtics and Warriors wore during warm-ups weren't just platitudes, they contained links to relevant organizations. These are the shirts worn by Steve Kerr and Ime Udoka before the game. He's probably right considering the team may be overdue for an overhaul. It's amusing that he waited until the Los Angeles Lakers had hired their own head coach before making the announcement. I've had the Celtics win one of two going into the start of this series so I think I'll be spot on here overall. To make my broader prediction come true, I have to predict the Warriors to win today to even the streak. Maybe Warriors 101-98 Boston Celtics. No, I have no real basketball argument to back that statement other than "vibes" (and the fact that the Celtics have had a problem with not picking up momentum after big wins this postseason). This just feels like one long, chaotic series, so why not guess which outcome is ruining as many narratives as possible. That's just my own prediction. You can either email [email protected] or tweet @HunterFelt with a prediction of your own, and we'll include it here as we make our way to the opening tip. Both the Celtics and Warriors wore orange jerseys with "End Gun Violence" written on them before the game. A nice touch and it's always nice to see two teams coming together just before they spend the next few hours destroying each other. "Awareness and change must take place," says Celtics coach Ime Udoka, commenting that both teams wear the "End Gun Violence" jersey. #nbafinals pic.twitter.com/Bw4BDO1G6L - Alisha Miller (@alisha_m_miller) June 5, 2022 There's a show called The Final Straw that ABC is doing right now (produced by Peyton Manning) and... potentially bad news for Golden State. Game 1 was injury free (even Boston's Sam Hauser played despite the empty benches), but Game 2 was not. However, the good news far outweighs the bad. After being available for Game 1 in an emergency capacity, Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said Gary Payton II should be available to play off the bench tonight. The son of defensive genius Gary "The Glove" Payton (in case you wanted to feel old), Payton II (nicknamed "The Mitten") has been a key part of the Warriors' resurgence this season. You can't predict basketball. When the Golden State Warriors built a 12-point lead over the Boston Celtics in the fourth quarter, I predicted, "So, can Boston come back from a 12-point deficit? Not impossible, but Tatum will need a big game and the defense needs to be flawless.” Well, I was half right. The Celtics did have to play flawless defense and held the Western Conference's strongest offense to just 16 points, but Tatum didn't score a single point from there. In fact, he only had 12 points on Thursday, the same number of assists he dished out (credit Tatum for not having a shooting night off to prevent him from otherwise helping his team). Thus, the Warriors lost a double-digit lead late at home on a day when they had done everything they could to contain their opponent's best player. Now they're down 0-1 in an NBA Finals where almost everyone (including this writer) had them as favorites. That means today's Game 2 is the biggest game they've had to play since Kevin Durant was in the lineup. So do they come back with a big win tonight or do the Celtics use the momentum of their shocking Game 1 victory and take a stranglehold on the 2022 NBA season. I have my own predictions, but I'll wait and let you guess what they might be. Let me just say this postseason is like the final season of Better Call Saul. It's not going to go the way we all think it will. What you can predict is that we will use your thoughts, questions and/or concerns in this live blog. You can email them to [email protected] or tweet them @HunterFelt and we'll post them during today's game. It's Game 2 of the 2022 NBA Finals between the Boston Celtics and the Golden State Warriors at San Francisco's Chase Center. In the meantime, here are a few thoughts on Game 1: Sometimes it's difficult to find the right words, whether it's competing in the National Spelling Bee or other high-profile, high-pressure competition on Thursday night's Game 1 of the NBA Finals. "My boys found me tonight and I put them down," Horford said on ABC after his pivotal role in the Boston Celtics' stunning and odd 120-108 win over the Golden State Warriors. "Have fun." A contest that began with Stephen Curry's three-point production line working overtime ended in the much less predictable spectacle of Horford scoring from distance, inspiring his teammates to do the same when they did in the fourth quarter cleared a 12-point deficit. Horford, a 15-year NBA veteran making his first Finals appearance a day before his 36th birthday, had the highest total for the Celtics with 26 points, including a career-high six three-pointers. In what was collectively the most dominant quarter in NBA Finals history, the Celtics were rampant towards the end, sinking seven straight threes en route to nine of 12. You can read the full report below: Related: The Celtics' fourth-quarter deluge hit the Warriors with their own weapons | Tom Dart

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How to Watch NBA Finals Online, TV, Time, Current Odds

The Celtics can take a 2-0 lead in Sunday's NBA Finals -- and take absolute command. (Author: Gardener)

SundayThe Golden State Warriors are attempting to level again with the Boston Celtics in Game 2 of the NBA Finals on Sunday, June 5. The Celtics can take a 2-0 lead -- and absolute lead -- of the NBA Finals in Sunday's second game of the title series for the Warriors when they visit. Technically, it's not a must for the Warriors, but starting a streak with two losses at home would mean they would need to do something almost unprecedented to win a championship. There was much talk of the Celtics having no finals-experienced players ahead of Thursday night's series opener; They capitalized on a 48-18 run to retire late and win 120-108. But just after last buzzer, there was no celebration in the winners' locker room - just a reminder from Marcus Smart that, as Kerr said, the side needed to switch quickly for Sunday. The Celtics ended Golden State's 13-game winning streak at home in Game 1, and that means the Warriors are 1-0 down for the first time in this playoff. The Warriors led by 15 points late in the third quarter of Game 1 and trailed by 15 points in the final moments. It was only the second Finals game in 25 years in which both teams were at least 15 points clear – the other being Game 5 of the 2014 Finals between San Antonio and Miami. The Golden State Warriors and Boston Celtics will face off in Game 2 of the NBA Finals on Sunday, June 5 at 7:00 p.m. Game 2 of the NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Boston Celtics will be broadcast on ABC. UP 1-0: Winning Game 1 of the NBA Finals almost always results in a championship for the Celtics. Thursday's win in the series opener marked the 15th time Boston have led 1-0 in the finals. The Celtics have won the title 13 of the previous 14 times — with the exception of 1985, when the Los Angeles Lakers lost Game 1 148-114 but won four of the next five games to win the championship. The Warriors are down 1-0 for only the third time in Kerr's eight seasons as coach. They rebounded to win the 2016 Western Conference Finals against Oklahoma City and then lost the 2019 NBA Finals to Toronto. HOME REBOUND: The Warriors are 7-3 in home games after a home loss this season, including 15-, 21- and 31-point wins. TATUM BOUNCEBACK: Game 1 marked only the 10th time Boston All-NBA forward Jayson Tatum has made at least 10 shots in a game and shot 20% or less. He was 3 for 17 in the series opener - but led everyone with 13 assists. In those situations, he averaged 23.6 points and 8.4 rebounds on 47% shooting on his next call. BOSTON 3 PARTY: The longer this streak lasts, the better the odds the Celtics will set a record for most 3-pointers in a single postseason. Boston has hit 263 3s so far in these playoffs and is sixth-best in a playoff run. The Warriors have 235 3s so far in this playoff, putting them on track for one of the top five postseason 3-point totals. ODDSMAKERS SAY: Golden State is a four-point favorite in Game 2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook. But the Celtics are now favored to win the series, with Tatum slightly favored over Curry to win the NBA Finals MVP award.

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Rangers vs Lightning

Check out the scenes from Sunday's game in Tampa. (Author: Gardener)

SundayAndrew Copp #18 of the New York Rangers jostle with Steven Stamkos #91 and Ondrej Palat #18 of the Tampa Bay Lightning during the first period in game three of the 2022 Eastern Conference Finals of the Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Amalie Arena on May 05, 2022 in Tampa, Fla. Ryan Lindgren #55 of the New York Rangers and Ondrej Palat #18 of the Tampa Bay Lightning scrap during the first period in game three of the Finals of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs Eastern Conference at the Amalie Arena on June 05, 2022 in Tampa, Florida . New York Rangers' Ryan Reaves #75 checks Zach Bogosian #24 of the Tampa Bay Lightning during the first period in game three of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs Eastern Conference Finals at the Amalie Arena on June 05, 2022 in Tampa, Florida. Anthony Cirelli #71 of the Tampa Bay Lightning battles for the puck in front of Ryan Strome #16 of the New York Rangers during period one in game three of the 2022 Eastern Conference Finals of the Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Amalie Arena on June 05, 2022 in Tampa, Fla. Igor Shesterkin #31 of the New York Rangers defends the goal from Jacob Trouba #8 and Pat Maroon #14 of the Tampa Bay Lightning during the first period in game three of the 2022 Eastern Conference Finals of the Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Amalie Arena June 5-5. 2022 in Tampa, Fla. Pierre-Edouard Bellemare #41 of the Tampa Bay Lightning checks Tyler Motte #64 of the New York Rangers against the boards during the first period in game three of the 2022 Eastern Conference Finals of the Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Amalie Arena on June 05, 2022 in Tampa, Fla. Tampa Bay Lightning #10 Corey Perry jostle with New York Rangers Adam Fox #23 during the second period in game three of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs Eastern Conference Finals at the Amalie Arena on June 05, 2022 in Tampa, Florida . Ryan McDonagh #27 of the Tampa Bay Lightning battles Frank Vatrano #77 of the New York Rangers for puck control during the second period in game three of the 2022 Eastern Conference Finals of the Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Amalie Arena on June 05, 2022 in Tampa, Fla. Ryan McDonagh #27 of the Tampa Bay Lightning battles Frank Vatrano #77 of the New York Rangers for puck control during the second period in game three of the 2022 Eastern Conference Finals of the Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Amalie Arena on June 05, 2022 in Tampa, Fla. Anthony Cirelli #71 of the Tampa Bay Lightning shoots into the net ahead of Igor Shesterkin #31 of the New York Rangers during the second period in game three of the 2022 Eastern Conference Finals of the Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Amalie Arena on June 05, 2022 in Tampa , Fla. Anthony Cirelli #71 of the Tampa Bay Lightning shoots into the net ahead of Igor Shesterkin #31 of the New York Rangers during the second period in game three of the 2022 Eastern Conference Finals of the Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Amalie Arena on June 05, 2022 in Tampa , Fla. Tampa Bay Lightning #17 Alex Killorn ends up with New York Rangers Frank Vatrano #77 during the second period in game three of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs Eastern Conference Finals at the Amalie Arena on June 05, 2022 in Tampa, Florida . Mikhail Sergachev #98 of the Tampa Bay Lightning battles against Kaapo Kakko #24 of the New York Rangers during the second period in game three of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs Eastern Conference Finals at the Amalie Arena on June 05, 2022 in Tampa, Florida. Ross Colton #79 of the Tampa Bay Lightning controls the puck around Justin Braun #61 of the New York Rangers during the second period in game three of the Finals of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs Eastern Conference at the Amalie Arena on June 05, 2022 in Tampa , Fla. Ross Colton #79 of the Tampa Bay Lightning controls the puck around Justin Braun #61 of the New York Rangers during the second period in game three of the Finals of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs Eastern Conference at the Amalie Arena on June 05, 2022 in Tampa , Fla. Erik Cernak #81 of the Tampa Bay Lightning controls the puck against Frank Vatrano #77 of the New York Rangers during the second period in game three of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs Eastern Conference Finals at the Amalie Arena on June 05, 2022 in Tampa , Fla. Jacob Trouba #8 of the New York Rangers shoots into the net during the first period of game three of the 2022 Eastern Conference Stanley Cup Playoffs Finals at Amalie Arena on June 05, 2022 in Tampa, Florida. Power play goal scored by New York Rangers' Mika Zibanejad #93 assisted by Adam Fox and Artemi Panarin in game three of the 2022 Eastern Conference Stanley Cup Playoffs Finals against the Tampa Bay Lightning at the Amalie Arena on June 05, 2022 in Tampa , Florida. Power play goal scored by New York Rangers Chris Kreider #20 assisted by Artemi Panarin and Mika Zibanejad in game three of the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs against Tampa Bay Lightning at Amalie Arena on June 5, 2022 in Tampa, Florida. Power play goal scored by New York Rangers Chris Kreider #20 assisted by Artemi Panarin and Mika Zibanejad in game three of the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs against Tampa Bay Lightning at Amalie Arena on June 5, 2022 in Tampa, Florida. New York Rangers center Andrew Copp (18) moves the puck in front of Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos (91) and left wing Ondrej Palat (18) during the first period in Game 3 of the NHL Hockey Stanley Cup Playoffs Eastern Conference Finals Sunday, May 5. June 20, 2022 in Tampa, Fla. New York Rangers center Ryan Strome (16) tries to stuff the puck under Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) while defenseman Victor Hedman (77) looks on during the first period in Game 3 of the NHL Hockey Stanley Cup Playoffs Eastern Conference Finals Sunday, June 5, 2022, in Tampa, Florida. New York Rangers left wing Alexis Lafreniere (13) moves the puck in front of Tampa Bay Lightning center Riley Nash (16) in the first period. in Game 3 of the NHL Hockey Stanley Cup Playoffs Eastern Conference Finals Sunday, June 5, 2022, in Tampa, Fla. TAMPA, FLORIDA - JUNE 5: Ondrej Palat #18 of the Tampa Bay Lightning puts a shot in the net against Igor Shesterkin #31 of the New York Rangers during the third period d in game three of the 2022 Eastern Conference Finals of the Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Amalie Arena on June 05, 2022 in Tampa, Florida. TAMPA, FLORIDA - JUNE 05: Igor Shesterkin #31 of the New York Rangers blocks a shot in the third period against the Tampa Bay Lightning in game three of the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Amalie Arena on June 05, 2022 in Tampa, Fla. TAMPA, FLORIDA - JUNE 5: New York Rangers' Igor Shesterkin #31 defends a shot from Tampa Bay Lightning's Nicholas Paul #20 during the third period in game three of the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Amalie Arena on Amalie June 05, 2022 in Tampa, Fla. TAMPA, FLORIDA - JUNE 05: Artemi Panarin #10 of the New York Rangers collides with Ryan McDonagh #27 of the Tampa Bay Lightning during the third period in game three of the 2022 Eastern Conference Finals of the Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Amalie Arena on June 5-5 .2022 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mike Carlson/Getty Images) (Photo by Mike Carlson/Getty Images) (Photo by Mike Carlson/Getty Images) (Photo by Mike Carlson/Getty Images) (Photo by Mike Carlson/Getty Images) (Photo by Mike Carlson /Getty Images) (Photo by Mike Carlson/Getty Images) (Photo by Mike Carlson/Getty Images) (Photo by Mike Carlson/Getty Images) (Photo by Mike Carlson/Getty Images) (Photo by Mike Carlson/Getty Images) ( Photo by Mike Carlson/Getty Images) (Photo by Mike Carlson/Getty Images) TAMPA, FLORIDA - JUNE 5: The New York Rangers leave the ice after a 3-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning in game three of the finals of the Eastern Conference of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena on June 5, 2022 in Tampa, Florida. TAMPA, FLORIDA - JUNE 05: The New York Rangers leave the ice after a 3-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning in game three of the 2022 Eastern Conference Finals of the Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Amalie Arena on June 05, 2022 in Tampa, Fla. TAMPA, FLORIDA - JUNE 05: Ondrej Palat #18 of the Tampa Bay Lightning celebrates a goal assisted by Victor Hedman #77 and Nikita Kucherov in game three of the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the New York Rangers in Amalie was Arena on June 05, 2022 in Tampa, Florida. TAMPA, FLORIDA - JUNE 05: Tampa Bay Lightning's Ondrej Palat #18 celebrates a goal alongside Steven Stamkos #91 assisted by Victor Hedman #77 and Nikita Kucherov in game three of the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the New York Rangers at Amalie Arena on June 5, 2022 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) celebrates with teammates after the Lightning defeated the New York Rangers in Game 3 of the NHL Hockey Stanley Cup Playoffs Eastern Conference Finals on Sunday, June 5, 2022, in Tampa, Florida. New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) celebrates with the bench after scoring against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the second period in Game 3 of the NHL Hockey Stanley Cup Playoffs Eastern Conference Finals Sunday, June 5, 2022, in Tampa, Fla. Tampa Bay Lightning Right winger Corey Perry (10) reacts after being called for a penalty during the second half in Game 3 of the NHL Eastern Conference Hockey Stanley Cup playoffs against the New York Rangers on Sunday, June 5, 2022, in Tampa, Fla.

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