The Boston Celtics defeated the Golden State Warriors 120-108 in Game 1 of the NBA Finals. The Celtics outscored the Warriors 40-16 in the 4th quarter en route to victory.
1. Experience is … overrated?There’s only one guarantee about the remainder of this series: You won’t hear any more chatter about the Celtics being too, ahem, green in the Finals.
2. The Celtics beat the Warriors at their own gameThe usual roles were reversed and the outcome was delivered in a most unanticipated manner: The Celtics shot 51% from deep for the game and made seven 3s to start the fourth
3. It wasn’t all bad for the WarriorsHey, Curry is on a mission to not only win a fourth championship, but also a first Finals MVP award. Wasn’t that evident by how he started the game, and partly how he finished?
“We’ll all play better in Game 2,” Curry said. “We’ve done it before and have a lot of confidence to do it again. This series is just getting started.”
4. You can call him Al HungryThe Al Horford Comeback Tour is busy spreading pixie dust once again, this time fueling a player who turns 37 Friday, here in the Finals, where he’s never been until now.
5. The ball didn’t fall right for TatumThat’s what should concern the Warriors. Not only did they lose a game with Tatum misfiring (3-17 FGs), they must anticipate a strong Game 2 response.
All of which puts Boston in a great spot. If Tatum bounces back in a big way in Game 2 — the Celtics usually win when he does — this series will get heated in a hurry.“I don’t expect to shoot that bad again,” he said. “But if it means we keep winning, I’ll take it.”