2022 Finals | 1 series, 2 teams, 22 stats

Who would have imagined at the beginning of 2022 that Golden State and Boston would compete for the Larry O’Brien Prize, during finals ? Very few (if not anyone) as the two teams, and not the favorites at all at the start of the campaign, were expected at this point in the competition.

However, as this defining series approaches the title, the poster between Warriors and the Celtics makes your mouth water, on the 76th. finals Date. Two high-quality groups, led by flamboyant individuals (Stephen Curry and Jason Tatum in the lead), will attempt to succeed the Bucks from Giannis Antetokounmpo.

And in this league that gives pride to statistics, quantitative achievements will never again fail to rain. In order to best prepare you for these temptations finalsBasketball USA also offers you to find below some key stats to remember, before hostilities start…

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0 – The number of players in the top 5 polls for MVP 2022 who will participate in this finals 2022. Since the ABA/NBA merger (1976), this is only the third time finals Free of the top 5 members in the best player in the same year. The first time was 1978 (Sonics / Bullets). The second time was 1990 (Blazers / Pistons).

1 – Like how many franchises have gone, since the ABA/NBA merger (1976), from the worst record in the league to qualifying for the finals, in just two years. These are the Warriors, who are still deep in the NBA in 2019/20 (15 wins, 50 losses) but are (already) back on top – or nearly – in 2021/22.

2 – Like the number of teams that have qualified, since the ABA/NBA merger (1976), for finals Despite a negative mid-season balance sheet. The first is the 1981 Rockets (4-2 loss to Boston), who recorded 18 wins and 23 losses after 41 games. The second is this year’s Celtics, who set a 20-21 record after 41 games.

3 – Because the top three scorers for the Warriors (Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Jordan Paul) and the Celtics (Jason Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Marcus Smart) in these playoffs were drafted by Golden State and Boston. It’s the first time since finals 1998 between the Bulls (Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Tony Cucock) and the Jazz (Karl Mallon, John Stockton, Bryon Russell) that such a scenario occurs. Brown does not buy.

4 – Like how many franchises have participated in at least 6 times finalsDuring a maximum period of 8 seasons. The Warriors (2015-22) recently joined the Celtics (1957-1964, 1962-1969), the Lakers (1962-1969, 1966-1973, 1980-87, 1984-1991) and the Bulls (1991-98).

4 Like how many father/son duo have won an NBA title. In addition to Matt Jukas and Matt Jukas Jr.; Rick Barry and Brent Barry; Bill Walton and Luke Walton; In addition to Mychal Thompson and Klay Thompson, Gary Payton and Gary Payton II could also be added to this list, if the Warriors manage to win this year.

5 – Like the number of players who have won at least 4 NBA titles, 2 MVP Cups and 1 MVP Cup finals. Right now, this (super) closed circuit consists only of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, Tim Duncan, and LeBron James. But, in the event of coronation and individual distinction, Stephen Curry will join this list of legends…

6-5 – Like the Warriors’ record of 11 previous appearances in finals 6 titles (1947, 1956, 1975, 2015, 2017 and 2018) and 5 finals (1948, 1964, 1967, 2016 and 2019).

7 “Like how many titles the Warriors could have, if they win this year. It would be the third-highest total in the NBA, behind the Lakers (17) and… the Celtics (17). But ahead of the Bulls (6).

7-2 Like the Celtics’ away record in these playoffs, it’s the best in the league so far. Remember that, as in the conference finals, Boston doesn’t have the field advantage in this finals against Golden State.

8 – Like how many teams have arrived since the ABA/NBA merger (1976) to finalsAfter just one year of absence from the qualifiers. This year the Warriors joined a roster that already included the 1977 Blazers (champion), 2002 Nets, 2008 Celtics (champion), 2015 Cavaliers, 2020 Lakers (champion), 2020 Heat and 2021 Suns.

9 Like the number of coaches who won the title in their first season on the bench in the NBA. But, if he crowned the Celtics, Im Odoka would join this list, currently made up of Eddie Gottlieb (1947), Buddy Janet (1948), John Kundla (1949), George Sineski (1956), Paul Westhead (1980) and Pat Riley ( 1982), Steve Kerr (2015), Tyronn Lue (2016), and Nick Nurse (2019).

9-0 – Like the Warriors’ record at home in these qualifiers, which is the best in the league. Remember that, as in the first round, in the conference semifinals and in the conference finals, Golden State has the field advantage in these finals against Boston.

9-7 Like the Celtics’ record against the Warriors since Steve Kerr became their coach. Since the 2014/15 season, Golden State has had a record positive for 28 of 29 other NBA franchises, so the only exception is called Boston. Eight years ago, in 2014, Stephen Curry, Clay Thompson, Draymond Green, Andre Iguodala and Marcus Smart were already present in every band.

17-4 – Like Celtics’ record in 21 previous games in finals 17 titles (1957, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1968, 1969, 1974, 1976, 1981, 1984, 1986 and 2008) and 4 finals (1958, 1987) then 2085, 2007.

18 “Like the number of titles the Celtics could have had, if they had won this year. It would be a new NBA record, ahead of the Lakers (17), Bulls (6) and … Warriors (6).

70.5 – Or the percentage of wins Klay Thompson and Draymond Green in the playoffs. This is simply the best in history, among players who have played at least 100 “post-season” matches. Behind the Thompson/Green duo, we find the other member of the “Big Three” warriors, Stephen Curry (69.5%), then Ron Harper (68.8%) and Dennis Rodman (68.6%).

106 – Like the close defensive ratings of Warriors (106.6) and Celtics (106.2) in the regular season. Simply put, these two top defenses in the league are battling head-to-head for the Larry O’Brien Cup. Note that in the playoffs, Boston (105.1) had an additional defensive lead, while Golden State fell somewhat (111.0), still at this point average for 100 ownership. “Defense Championship wins”.

123-0 – According to the number of matches finals It is played consecutively by the entire Warriors team (123) and the entire Celtics team (0). In detail, that gives 32 for Andre Iguodala, 28 for Stephen Curry, 27 for Clay Thompson, 27 for Draymond Green and 9 for Kevin Looney.

141 – Like how many play-offs Al Horford has played. This is the highest total in history, among all players who have not played a single match in finals. But this sad streak will (finally) come to an end within the Celtics, and it’s Paul Millsap, his former teammate, who will reclaim this less-than-rosy status.

1964 – Like the year he faced the Warriors and the Celtics in finals (Boston win 4-1). This is the only other time these two teams have played each other at this point in the competition. There are three other playoffs between them, but it was at the time they were in the same conference (East), because the Warriors were playing in Philadelphia: in 1958 (Boston win 4-1), in 1960 (4 Boston 4-1). 2) In 1962 (Boston win 4-3).

1977-81 “Like the last five years five different champions have been crowned. But, if we get the Celtics title, after those of the Warriors (2018), the Raptors (2019), the Lakers (2020) and then the Bucks (2021), we can revive a similar series.

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