Warriors vs. Celtics: Golden State wins NBA Finals in Game 6 in Boston – everything you need to know about Finals

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — The Golden State Warriors have won the NBA Finals after beating the Boston Celtics in Game 6 in Boston.

RELATED: Warriors are NBA champions after beating Celtics 103-90 in Game 6

NBA Finals schedule

  • Game 1 – Thursday, June 2 at 6 p.m. PT — Celtics beat Warriors 120-108

  • Game 2 – Sunday, June 5 at 5 p.m. PT — Warriors beat Celtics 107-88

  • Game 3 – Wednesday, June 8, 6 p.m. PT — Celtics beat Warriors 116-100

  • Game 4 – Friday, June 10 at 6 p.m. PT — Warriors beat Celtics 107-97

  • Game 5 – Monday, June 13 at 6 p.m. PT — Warriors beat Celtics 104-94

  • Game 6 – Thursday, June 16 at 6 p.m. PT – Warriors beat Celtics 103-90
  • Game 7 – June 19 at 5 p.m. PT (not necessary)

They both played for…

Somewhere, Gregg Popovich must be pleased.
Ime Udoka and Steve Kerr played for Popovich with the San Antonio Spurs, both served as assistant coaches under him, and neither makes any effort to hide the affinity they have for the NBA’s career victory leader.

And now, Udoka and Kerr are about to go head-to-head.

Udoka vs. Kerr

Udoka has a chance to become the 10th coach to win a title in his first season. Eddie Gottlieb (1947 Philadelphia Warriors), Buddy Jeanette (1948 Baltimore Bullets), John Kundla (1949 Minneapolis Lakers), George Senesky (1956 Philadelphia Warriors), Paul Westhead (1980 Los Angeles Lakers), Pat Riley (1982 Los Angeles Lakers), Tyronn Lue (2016 Cleveland Cavaliers) and Nick Nurse (2019 Toronto Raptors) are eight of the coaches who have pulled off the feat.
The other name on that list is Kerr – who did it with Golden State in 2015, the start of this run of greatness from the Warriors. That was the beginning of six finals appearances in eight years, the two exceptions being when injuries and a roster reset kept them from the playoffs in 2020 and 2021.

Udoka played for Popovich and later was a San Antonio assistant. Kerr played for the Spurs, then assisted Popovich with USA Basketball through last summer’s Tokyo Olympics – when the Americans won a fourth consecutive gold medal.

How many championships?

For the Celtics, it’s a chance at an 18th NBA championship – which would break the tie with the Los Angeles Lakers for the most in league history.

For the Warriors, it’s a chance at a seventh crown – which would break a tie with the Chicago Bulls for third-most in league history.

It’s also a rematch of the 1964 finals, when Bill Russell and the Celtics topped the Warriors in five games.

Division Matter

Golden State could pull off a rarity: winning the NBA championship after not winning its division.

Each of the last 10 NBA champions has also won its division that season; the last division nonwinner to claim the title was Dallas in 2011.

The Warriors finished 11 games behind Phoenix in the Pacific Division this season.

Boston could keep the streak of division-winning champions alive. The Celtics tied for the Atlantic Division title.

NBA Originals

The Warriors (then of Philadelphia) and the Celtics are two of the league’s original franchises, which makes this matchup seem like a fitting end to the league’s 75th anniversary season.

The Warriors won the league’s first title, beating the Chicago Stags in five games for the inaugural title awarded by the Basketball Association of America. The BAA rebranded to the NBA after three seasons.

Fathers and Sons

If Golden State wins this NBA title, the Payton family gets another ring and joins a very small club.

Gary Payton won an NBA championship with the Miami Heat in 2006; his son Gary Payton II plays for the Warriors, who are four wins from this season’s title.

The other father-son duos to win rings as players, according to the NBA: Mychal Thompson and the Warriors’ Klay Thompson; Bill Walton and Luke Walton; Rick Barry and Brent Barry; and Matt Guokas Sr. and Matt Guokas Jr.

Stay with ABC7, your home for the NBA Finals, for the latest on the Golden State Warriors’ quest to become NBA champions yet again.


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