How to watch Boston Celtics vs. Golden State Warriors: NBA Finals TV schedule, FREE live stream. The 2022 NBA Finals are set, with the Golden State Warriors hosting the Boston Celtics at Chase Center in San Francisco to kick off Game 1 of the series on Thursday, June 2, 2022
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In the conference finals, Boston outlasted the Miami Heat in Game 7 to win 100-96 and advance to their first NBA Finals since 2010. Meanwhile, the Warriors handled the Dallas Mavericks in five games, and will be in their first finals since 2019.
For both teams, it’s a chance for finals redemption. In 2019, the Mavericks lost 2-4 to the Raptors, while the Celtics lost 3-4 to the Lakers in 2010.
The series may well be determined by which team’s star duo can break through the other’s defense. Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown are the biggest rising stars in the NBA, looking to bring a championship parade to Boston, but Steph Curry and Klay Thompson are tried a true titans of the sport who won’t make it easy for them.
What is the schedule for the 2022 Finals?
(All times Eastern)
Game 1: June 2, 9 p.m. Chase Center, San Francisco, California.
Game 2: June 5, 8 p.m. Chase Center, San Francisco, California.
Game 3: June 8, 9 p.m. TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts.
Game 4: June 10, 9 p.m. TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts.
Game 5: June 13, 9 p.m. Chase Center, San Francisco, California.
Game 6: June 16, 9 p.m. TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts.
Game 7: June 19, 8 p.m. Chase Center, San Francisco, California.
Golden State won at Boston 111-107 on Dec. 17. The Celtics rolled on Golden State’s home floor in the rematch on March 16, winning 110-88.
Schedule: Thursday and Sunday at San Francisco, June 8 and 10 at Boston, June 13 at San Francisco if necessary, June 16 at Boston if necessary, June 19 at San Francisco if necessary.
A rematch of the 1964 NBA Finals. Golden State is seeking a fourth championship in eight years, while the Celtics are trying to break a tie with the Los Angeles Lakers and become the first team with 18 NBA titles. Celtics coach Ime Udoka will seek to become the 10th coach in NBA history to win a title in his first season, something that Golden State’s Steve Kerr did with the Warriors in 2015.
Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, Andrew Wiggins and Kevon Looney for the Warriors against Marcus Smart, Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Al Horford and Robert Williams III for the Celtics.
Put simply, it’s the great offense of Golden State against the great defense of Boston. The experience edge goes to the Warriors. But Smart, Brown and Tatum have been building for this moment and are now, officially, a Big 3. Smart — the defensive player of the year — will draw the primary assignment on Curry, the most prolific and probably most creative 3-point shooter in the history of the game.
The bench keys: Derrick White had a huge Eastern Conference finals for Boston, and Jordan Poole has exceeded all reasonable expectations for Golden State throughout the playoffs.
If the Warriors get Gary Payton II back to form in this series after his elbow fracture, that’s a huge plus. Grant Williams would be another X-factor off the bench for Boston and will likely log huge minutes anyway because it wouldn’t seem likely that Robert Williams III dogged by knee recovery will be on the floor a ton.
Williams III has been on the floor for Boston, but limited and limping often. Otto Porter Jr. (left foot) is planning to return in this series for the Warriors. Payton II’s return would give the Warriors a boost, particularly on the defensive end. The Warriors’ Andre Iguodala, who has said he’s retiring after this season, has missed the last 12 games with a cervical disc issue.
The 2022 NBA Finals are set. The Golden State Warriors and the Boston Celtics will square off in a best-of-seven series for the Larry O'Brien Championship Trophy.
It marks the Warriors' first Finals appearance since 2019 and their sixth in eight years. This is the Celtics' first Finals appearance since 2010, after Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown fell short to the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals in 2020.
We know Steph Curry and Klay Thompson will get points. But can Jordan Poole continue to score against Boston like he has so far in the playoffs. Poole averages 18.4 points in the postseason, shooting 53.1% from the field and 39.3% on 3-pointers. If Poole can score at that rate, it will open up offense for not only Curry and Thompson but the rest of the Warriors, including Andrew Wiggins. But this is also Poole’s first Finals so his production is worth monitoring. If he can hold his own defensively against the Celtics’ talented wings, that also helps the Warriors.