The Golden State Warriors are currently leading the series with 3-2. Boston has been struggling in the fourth quarter of the last 2 games. In 11 out of 20 quarters in the Finals, Boston’s offense has been worse than Detroit’s 28th-ranked regular-season offense.
If the Celtics win the finals it will be their 7th championship but If the Warriors win the finals it will be their 18th championship. Who else knows how to win championships other than the Golden State Warriors and clearly they are the ones with the most experienced.
Here are the five things the Golden State Warriors should do to ensure they emerge as the supreme champions of the NBA Finals 2022,
1. Draymond Green Should Step Up
Apart from talking in his podcasts, Draymond Green hasn’t done anything exceptional except giving away possession, committing nasty fouls, missing shots, and so on. He only had four rebounds and two points in 35 minutes on Wednesday, and his impact hasn’t been felt as much in this series as it usually is, or as it was when the Warriors won three NBA titles a few years ago.
The 32-year-old forward is clearly in absurd form and has become a huge offensive burden for the Warriors. He is hurting his team more than helping them. Draymond should perform like he is the top 5 defenders.
The Warriors have a great opportunity to finish things off in the next match if Green can make a heroic comeback by delivering the best performance of his career.
2. Give the Splash Brothers More Minutes
If you are an NBA enthusiast, you’re well aware of the Warriors’ deadly duo of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. From 2015 to 2019, they appeared in the Finals five times in a row until Thompson sustained the first of his two significant leg injuries. The Splash Brothers haven’t been healthy for the playoffs in the past three years, but now, in 2022, both players are well and looking as terrific as they did the last time in 2018.
There is a theory that Stephen Curry never performs badly two games in a row, the stats prove that. He has a track record of making heroic comebacks, the stats show whenever he had a bad night previously, he outperformed himself. He has shot over 52% more 3s compared to his previous game where he performed badly.
The veteran averaged 25.5 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 6.3 assists per game in 2021-22 while shooting 38.0 percent from three-point range on 11.7 tries a game. Steph has been out since March due to a left foot ailment, and in the first round of the playoffs, he is coming off the bench with a minute limit. Curry has consistently gotten in the face of the Celtics’ defense, putting pressure on the back and showing off a strong drive and kick game.
Klay Thompson averaged 23.7 points per game following the All-Star break, shooting 39.3 percent from three-point range while playing his trademark on-ball defense. The 32-year-old shooting guard is known to pour in 25-plus points in a half, and his backcourt presence makes it impossible for teams to double-team Curry or Poole. Curry’s sidekick is back, and it’s safe to say he’s a force to be reckoned with.
3. Taking Charge From the Very First Whistle
The Golden State Warriors have been delivering promising performances throughout these finals and have been getting stronger and stronger with every match they play. They have a history of winning the match if they controlled the first quarter.
There is no other option except to dominate their opponent from the very first whistle and maintain dominance throughout the game. They must score early and often, as well as defend their lead.
4. Watch Out For Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown
The young sensation, Jason Tatum, failed to find his touch and hasn’t been performing his best. Boston will require a big performance from him, who has been limited to under 30 points in every Finals game so far. If Boston can control the ball and get a breakout game from Tatum, then perhaps they will still have a chance. So, the Golden State Warriors must ensure this never happens.
As for the best player so far for the Celtics and probable MVP Jaylen Brown, who has been the standout player in the finals can lead his team to the trophy. He opens the middle of the court for his teammates in a way no other player in the NBA can by putting the opposition in impossible positions. So, the warriors should keep a close eye on him and if possible continuously guard Jaylen by preventing any kind of extraordinary play from him.
5. Stop Getting Carried Away
The Golden State Warriors should hold their horses because there is a term in sports called, “Celebrating too early”. They are not the ones under the pressure of losing everything in game 6 because they are already leading the scoreboard. They have to carry the match-winning confidence from the last matches and focus only on the positives by making sure not to flinch.