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Curry, Warriors show championship poise Celtics can’t match, win Game 6 and NBA title

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BOSTON – Equilibrium. An experience. Champion character.

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These terms can become clichés, but clichés exist because there is some truth in them – a team lifting the Larry O’Brien trophy has to show that balance, that attention to detail under pressure.

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Golden State showed it in Game 6 in Boston.

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They showed it throughout the NBA Finals. They’ve shown that over the last couple of seasons as an organization.

Thanks to this, the Warriors became champions again.

A desperate Celtics team hit the court in Game 6 and, with their season on the line, attacked early—aggressive defense, hooligan ball play inside, then moving rock and looking for an open man, and then throwing punches. Boston took a 12-2 lead to open the game.

Then the Warriors showed championship poise.

They weathered the storm and continued to relentlessly execute their game plan, knowing that the Celtics had a stretch in every game where they were sloppy. That time came at the end of the first quarter and spilled over into the second quarter—eight scoreless Celtics possessions that led to a 21-0 win for the Warriors (or 35-8 to stretch it a bit longer).

Turnovers, the main harbingers of the Celtics’ troubles, told the story. Boston had 13 losses in the first half—the most in half a season—and 23 in a game.

That’s too much against the Warriors.

“We started well, and then it left us” Al Horford said. “Offensive rebounds hurt us. These turnovers really hurt us. I felt that we were still fighting. But even when we struggled and when we got to what looked like shooting distance, we flipped the ball again. We would do something unreliable or unreliable.”

Stephen Curry scored 34 goals en route to Finals MVP as the Warriors defeated the Celtics 103–90 to win their fourth NBA championship in eight seasons and their first since 2018.

“I’m happy for everyone, but I’m very happy for Steph,” said Warriors coach Steve Kerr. “For me, this is his main achievement in his incredible career.”

The Warriors were simply the best team in the series. The Celtics are a younger, bigger, sportier team, and it took the Warriors several games to figure out how to beat them. This is where the poise, the champion character, manifests itself – Golden State adapted, but did not lose its identity, delved into what worked, and did not give up. They didn’t panic – just like the organization didn’t panic and make deals in the last couple of seasons – they focused on what they knew worked.

Part of the problem for Boston was that too much of the series Andrew Wiggins outplayed Jason Tatum and kept the Celtics star under relative control as Tatum scored 13 points on 6-of-18 shooting in Game 6. Marcus Smart scored 9 points on 4-of-12 shooting. When a drought hits, it exposes the Celtics’ lack of shooting.

To be fair, the Warriors have an underrated defense — they’ve been number two in the NBA this season — and they’ve done a great job of assisting Tatum’s offense and Jaylen Brown, forcing them to play the crowd and read correctly. The Boston stars did it only occasionally.

Meanwhile, the Warriors just kept going—setting up spades, passing the ball and moving it, then returning it, showing how important it is to have sharpshooters in the lineup. Wiggins scored 18 points and was 4 out of 9 out of 3. Jordan Pool there were 15 off the bench and there were 3 out of 8 out of 3. Even Draymond Green had a couple of triples on his way to a dozen points in his best game of the series. Earlier in the series, it was clear that Green needed to do more for Golden State. In games 5 and 6 he did it and they became champions.

While celebrating in their locker room, the Warriors started jokingly chanting “F*** you Draymond” and you can bet Green was dancing right in the middle of it all.

Game 6 Clay Thompson didn’t show up, it was a rough night for him, but in the end, the player who struggled with two career-ending injuries was celebrating another title.


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