The 2021-22 NBA Finals will last at least five games after the Celtics and Warriors split the first two ahead of a trip to Boston.

Celtics Claim Game 1

The 2021-2022 NBA Finals tipped off with an upset as the Boston Celtics took out Game 1 with a 120-108 win over the Golden State Warriors. Just as they have done since the start of the calendar year, Boston used their defence to seal the deal. They kept the Warriors – who scored 38 points in the 3rd quarter – to just 16 points in the 4th.

You’d think Jayson Tatum had a big part in the Celtics scoring 120 points following his impressive point-scoring display throughout the Eastern Conference Finals. He did, but not in the way most would have expected before the game. Tatum finished with only 14 points but set a record for the most assists in an NBA Finals debut with 13 on the night.

Despite not scoring a point in the 4th quarter, Tatum ended with a plus-27 in plus-minus while his passes translated into 38 points throughout the game. He didn’t shoot the ball well connecting on only three of his 17 shots. Still, Tatum found a way to impact the result and lead the Celtics to a Game 1 win.

Third Quarter Things

While Tatum’s play gave the Celtics a 1-0 series lead, he couldn’t replicate the dose in Game 2. His career-worst minus-36 ended up as the worst in the game while Steph Curry bounced back to score 29 points to lead the Warriors to a 107-88 win.

Everybody knows the Warriors flick a switch at halftime and fly into the 3rd quarter. Even while losing Game 1, they still scored 38 points in the 3rd. With 35 points to Boston’s 14 in the 3rd quarter of Game 2, Golden State pulled out to a lead they wouldn’t give up.

Curry caught fire and the Celtics had no answer. When Jordan Poole splashed a 39-foot bomb as time expired in the 3rd, it felt as though this game was already over. They may have crumbled in the 4th quarter only three days earlier, but the Warriors wouldn’t make the same mistake this time around.

The Warriors now head to Boston with the series level at 1-1. While they dominated Game 2, the Warriors are $2.27 underdogs ahead of Game 3.

Coaching Changes

The 2021-22 NBA season may not be over yet but most teams in the league are already preparing for October.

Frank Vogel wasn’t the reason for the Los Angeles Lakers performing so bad but ended up as the scapegoat for a poor season. Darvin Ham has been tasked with getting the Lakers back on track after signing on as the new head coach following his success as an assistant with the Milwaukee Bucks. Ham has previously spent time with the Lakers as an assistant back in 2011.

Meanwhile, Quin Snyder has stepped down from his role with the Utah Jazz. Undoubtedly one of the better coaches in the NBA and one that can get more than most expect out of his players, Snyder had taken the Jazz as far as he could.

I strongly feel they need a new voice to continue to evolve. That’s it. No philosophical differences, no other reason. After eight years, I just feel it is time to move onward. I needed to take time to detach after the season and make sure this was the right decision” – Snyder

He doesn’t have a new job lined up yet. Terry Stotts is the obvious choice to replace Snyder at the Jazz. However, it’s likely that Utah conducts a thorough search and doesn’t confirm their replacement until closer to the preseason.