Because the 2022 NBA Finals tip off, one in every of its authentic franchises is about to carry the Larry O’Brien Trophy. Boston Celtics and Golden State Warriors have performed all 76 NBA seasons, starting in 1946-47. The truth is, the Warriors gained the primary NBA championship (because the Philadelphia Warriors).
In the meantime, the Celtics are in place to win their record-setting 18th NBA championship, which might break a tie with the Los Angeles Lakers for probably the most titles. The Warriors are looking for their fourth NBA championship in eight seasons and seventh general.
Listed here are some key trivia, forward of the best-of-seven summit conflict –
- Head-to-Head Historical past: Celtics confronted Warriors solely as soon as earlier than within the NBA Finals – the place Celtics emerged victorious. The 1964 championship collection was gained by Celtics in 5 video games.
- The Stuff of Legend: Stephen Curry will be a part of an unique record of greats if he wins his 4th NBA championship to go together with his 2 MVPs. The opposite members of this rarefied membership are all-time greats – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Tim Duncan, LeBron James, Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan and Invoice Russell
- Staying Energy: Golden State Warriors are the primary crew to succeed in the NBA Finals six occasions in an eight-season span for the reason that Chicago Bulls from 1990-91 – 1997-98
- Milestone Watch: Golden State guard Klay Thompson wants two three-pointers to move LeBron James (432) for second place in playoff historical past, trailing teammate Stephen Curry (530).
- New on the Scene: No participant on the Celtics’ roster has ever performed within the NBA Finals earlier than. Boston is seeking to accomplish what the Milwaukee Bucks did final season: win the NBA championship with out a participant on the roster with earlier NBA Finals expertise. The Warriors additionally gained all of it within the 2014-15 season with no earlier NBA Finals expertise
- Auspicious Debut: Ime Udoka has led Boston to the NBA Finals in his first season as an NBA head coach. He has an opportunity to change into the fourth particular person within the final eight years to win an NBA championship as a rookie head coach, becoming a member of Steve Kerr (2014-15 season), Tyronn Lue (2015-16) and Nick Nurse (2018-19).
- Thrill of the Chase: Chase Heart in San Francisco will host the NBA Finals for the primary time. The world opened in 2019. Previous to that, the Warriors performed 47 seasons in Oakland. Golden State has not misplaced at Chase Heart within the 2022 NBA Playoffs (9-0).
- Well worth the Wait: Boston forward-center Al Horford’s first NBA Finals look has been a very long time coming. A 15-year veteran with 13 seasons of playoff expertise, Horford has performed extra playoff video games with out showing within the NBA Finals than any participant in league historical past (141 playoff video games).
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