The NBA Finals could end on Thursday if the Golden State Warriors can beat the Celtics again at TD Garden in Boston.
The Golden State Warriors have struggled to close out the series on the road this postseason. The Warriors are 0-3 on the season, according to ESPN Stats & Information, and they have a chance to close the series away from the Chase Center in San Francisco. The Celtics have had the opposite experience, going 3-0 in the playoffs this season.
However, history favors the team leading 3-2 going into Game 6. These teams won the series 81 percent of the time (39 of 48). The last team to go 3-2 was the Warriors’ game against the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2016. If the Warriors win, it will be their fourth championship in eight seasons, the first since the Chicago Bulls (1991 to 1998).
TD Garden fans brought the energy to Games 3 and 4, so expect Game 6 to be even more lively.
Here are some of the best scenes from Game 6 of the NBA Finals.
everything turns golden
To say it’s currently Condition Gold is an understatement.
Golden State led 54-39 at halftime and beat Boston 52-25 in the final 20 minutes of the first half. Not surprisingly, an ugly box score tells Boston’s story.
3-for-14 3-pointer performance. A total of 12 turnovers. Jayson Tatum and Marcus Smart each committed 3 fouls. There were just two bench points, created on 1-of-9 shooting by Derek White, Grant Williams and Peyton Pritchard, who were beaten 15-2 by Golden State Reserves.
Add it all up, and it goes without saying that Boston had to make a lot of changes in the second half to keep the season alive.
Oh, and don’t forget: Boston dominated the third quarter in the first four games of this series. If this happens again here, the season is over. – Tim Bontemps
drop by a quarter
The Celtics couldn’t have been better in the first few minutes of Game 6. Boston led 14-2 in the first four minutes, moving the ball well and chasing Golden State on defense.
Then, everything fell apart.
The Celtics have failed to play to their advantage due to the many times they’ve had in this series. After some early success with low post shots, Boston’s offense dried up. Mistakes start to flow, as they often do. Golden State finished the quarter with a 25-8 run and a 27-22 lead.
the most important is? After setting the TD Garden on fire to start the game, all the energy is sucked out of the buildings here in the second early. — Bondage
Bay Area rapper G-Eazy turned up at TD Garden to watch the Warriors try to get another championship.
— Sports Center (@SportsCenter) June 17, 2022
Jesus Shuttlesworth in the building
After the Celtics took a 12-2 lead early in the first quarter, former Celtics Ray Allen appeared on the video board during a timeout and was greeted with applause. Allen was part of Boston’s 2008 championship team and fell out with Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce after leaving to join the Miami Heat in 2012, but it seems time has healed old wounds. – Adam Reisinger
ray thumbs up pic.twitter.com/LU2pAE1MLh
— Taylor Snow (@taylorcsnow) June 17, 2022
Jayson Tatum’s son Duce was clearly hyped after his father hit a 3-pointer in the first quarter.
Deuce was hyped after his father was three years old 😤 pic.twitter.com/UlehAW3TRK
— ESPN (@espn) June 17, 2022
Bleeding Green (and White)
Fans in the lower deck of TD Garden found shirts on their seats, including some with “BOS”, “617” and “18” written on the lower bowl. –Alyssa Miller
In Game 6 in Boston, the Celtics haven’t lost three straight since late December, and people are looking forward to a fight on the court tonight. As Celtics star Tatum entered the court for a pregame warm-up, fans packed the lower seats and chanted, “JT! JT! JT!” –Alyssa Miller
Nothing says we’re here to force Game 7 like a custom ice sculpture, right? correct.
The Celtics showed off their TD Garden decoration in full force ahead of Thursday night’s game, a sculpture depicting the Boston mascot, logo and the message “It’s All About 18.”
Know your audience
Fans applauded when Al Horford took the field to warm up the Celtics about 75 minutes before Game 6. About a minute later, fans booed loudly as Stephen Curry came on the court to warm up.
A Boston fan in a white Paul Pierce jersey also yelled at Andre Iguodala during the warm-up. — ohm Inmisuk
Jordan Poole had a deep understanding in the pregame warm-up, hitting 17 three-pointers in a row.
Jordan Poole randomly drew 17 triples 😳 pic.twitter.com/C6sppYHi2K
— Sports Center (@SportsCenter) June 16, 2022
dance to the music
The Warriors continue their road tradition of regularly playing music during shooting drills or before games, with artists from their cities. So, for the second time in these playoffs, Golden State’s shooting drill playlist includes a new version of Boston’s own and the group’s famous solo.
So when the media was allowed into shooting practice Thursday morning, Curry was filming Johnny Gill’s smooth vocals and his classic slow riff of “My, my, my.” However, they didn’t opt for Gill’s 18-minute live version of “My, My, My,” which is incredible (check it out!)
STEPH MY, MY, MY Finals Edition pic.twitter.com/2iyjWWO3x6
— Ohm Youngmisuk (@NotoriousOHM) June 16, 2022
Warning to the Celtics: In the Warriors’ Game 4 in Boston, Curry hit a new version of “Can you stand the rain.” Of course, he continued to explode that night, finishing with 43 points and 10 rebounds.
After Stephen filmed “My, My, My,” the speaker shouted out Bobby Brown, the most famous member of the new edition, and his hit “My Privilege.” Fittingly, Draymond Green — Boston’s Public Enemy No. 1 — began to agree, especially when the lyrics “They say I’m crazy…I really don’t care” came along. —— Yang Meishu
Draymond slots for Bobby Brown’s ‘My Privilege’ pic.twitter.com/bWZmv2Uhix
— Ohm Youngmisuk (@NotoriousOHM) June 16, 2022
Game 6 Clay?
Klay Thompson has made a name for himself in Game 6 of the playoffs throughout his career. Teammate Poole showed his support for another stellar performance (hopefully) by rocking a 2011 NBA Draft jersey featuring Thompson.
Must represent family.
Jordan Poole 🤝 Klay Thompson pic.twitter.com/ZkGdNWOQVA
— Golden State Warriors (@warriors) June 16, 2022
eyes on the prize
When Curry saw the championship prize, he knew a good one, as he checked the U.S. Open trophy in practice before Game 6 on Wednesday.