NBA finals Game 6: Golden State Warriors v Boston Celtics – live! | NBA finals

tip-off

Boston wins the tip, Al Horford is fouled on a post-up by Klay Thompson and heads to the line, hotting both free throws.

In the Garden

The newly redesigned Larry O’Brien Trophy is in the building should the Warriors win and claim a fourth title of the Curry era, rubber stamping their championship dynasty.

Personally I find the Louis Vuitton box thing a bit ostentatious, but I guess championship trophies have to be fancy.

Game Fives

You may remember that the Celtics, red-hot following a sweep of the Brooklyn Nets in the first round, lost Game 5 against the Milwaukee Bucks at home before recovering to dethrone the champs in seven games. Earlier this week these Celtics found themselves on the losing end of another crucial Game 5. This time it was against the Warriors, who were begging Boston to take the contest, with Stephen Curry held to human totals and blanked from three point range. Thanks to Andrew Wiggins picking up Golden State, Boston are back in a similar situation: having to sweep two games.

It’s a big ask, and personally, I think Boston are out of gas. It doesn’t help that their chief rim protector Robert Williams is hobbling on a surgically repaired knee.

And so I predict a win for the visitors 116-101. What say you?

Hello!

Hi folks, and re-welcome to our coverage of Game 6 of the NBA Finals. The Celtics are on their last legs and they need to sweep the next two games to prevent the Warriors from winning their fourth title since 2015. It’s a tall order but at least Boston are at home tonight – I mean, that should help, shouldn’ you Well, perhaps not, because these Celtics are just 6-5 at home during these playoffs. So they’ll have to snap out of their Garden mediocrity if there’s going to be another cross-country haul in their future.

Do they have a chance? Absolutely, and they’re even favored to do so according to Vegas. The Celts will also have the world’s most obnoxious basketball fans willing them along to a would-be Game 7, and that can’t hurt.

How will it end? We’re about to find out because tip-off is moments away. In the mean time, feel free to send thoughts and feelings to @LengelDavid or via Email.

Stick with us!

Boston Celtics fans wait in line to enter Fenway Park for a watch party as the Boston Celtics take on the Golden State Warriors
Boston Celtics fans wait in line to enter Fenway Park for a watch party as the Boston Celtics take on the Golden State Warriors. Photograph: Joseph Prezioso/AFP/Getty Images

Unsurprisingly, Draymond Green is not a popular man in Boston. Andrew Lawrence had a look at the heel’s heel and his contribution to the Warriors down the years:

Father and son watch: here come Al and Tito Horford (I assume Tito will not be playing tonight).

Stephen Curry is the favorite for NBA finals MVP after a few ridiculous performances earlier in the series but he was (relatively) cold in Game 5. Not that it mattered as Andrew Wiggins, the former No 1 overall pick, stepped up and gave the most important performance of his career. Here’s Tom Dart with more on the Canadian:

Welcome to our coverage of Game 6. The Warriors have been here before, of course. Stephen Curry will win his fourth title with Golden State if they win tonight, and the two-time MVP says he will draw on that experience when they take the court in Boston.

“You just understand what the nerves are like,” Curry told reporters earlier this week. “At the end of the day, once you get out there, you just have to be in the moment. You got to be present as much as possible, not worry about the consequences of a win or a loss. The only opportunity you have is that 48 minutes.”

Not that he’s free of nerves exactly:

“The more you can trick your mind into being in the moment and staying there, that’s the best advice I can give anybody in that situation,” he said. “Because it’s going to be the hardest game you probably ever played in your career because of what the stakes are.”

NBA finals schedule

David will be here shortly. In the meantime here’s how the series has gone so far with the Warriors one win from the title and the series poised at 3-2 to Golden State.

Game 1: Boston Celtics 120-108 Golden State Warriors. The Celtics used a huge fourth quarter to roar past the Warriors in the series opener.

Game 2: Boston Celtics 88-107 Golden State Warriors. Jordan Poole’s halfcourt buzzer-beater polished a dominant Warriors win over the Celtics.

Game 3: Golden State Warriors 100-116 Boston Celtics. Boston moved into a 2-1 series lead thanks to strong performances from their core players.

Game 4: Golden State Warriors 107-97 Boston Celtics. Stephen Curry was at his sparkling best with 43 points to leave the series poised at 2-2.

Game 5: Boston Celtics 94-104 Golden State Warriors. Andrew Wiggins erased a rare Stephen Curry dud to take his team to within one win of the title.

Game 6: Thursday June 16, 9pm ET at Boston. (TV: ABC in the US).

Game 7 (if necessary): Sunday June 19, 8pm ET at Golden State. (TV: ABC in the US).

Leave a Comment