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2022 Finals Hard Power Collision - Player Commentary and Game3 Prospects

2022 finals hard power collision

After the first two games of the NBA championship game, the Warriors and Celtic were tied. However, when the data of the players on both sides is spread out, only Curry maintains a high level. As for whether the other players are hot and cold, or they feel cold in both games… This article will focus on the performance of the main players of the two teams in the first two games and personal comparisons. Views after the third game. 

After the first two games of the NBA championship game, the Warriors and Celtic were tied. However, when the data of the players on both sides is spread out, only Curry maintains a high level. As for the other players, whether they are hot or cold, or they feel cold in both games…

What is certain is that when the coaches on both sides frequently use tricks to contain and block the opponent’s formation, the player’s performance is really crucial. For example, in the third quarter of the second game, Curry and Poole made four three-pointers in succession. is a good example.

back-court

Marcus Smart

10 points, 3.5 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 2.5 turnovers, shooting percentage: 47.1%, three-point shooting percentage: 40.0%

The Celtics are the No. 1 defense lock, although the ankle injury, but the first two games did not seem to be a big problem. It is worth noting that in the first two games of Udoka, Tatum and him took turns defending Green, which made the Warriors offensive center Green appear semi-paralyzed, and the effect is obvious.

Actually, I’m less worried about Smart on the defensive end. Compared with defense, offense is the item he needs to stabilize. The most obvious example is mistake. As the Celtics’ only ball handler, Smart really needs to control mistakes and stabilize the rhythm. The second game is a good example. He made five turnovers in the whole game, and danced with the Warriors when the offense and defense were successful, and the result of the rhythm being taken away was three quarters clocking out.

Derrick White
16.5 points, 2.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 2.5 turnovers, shooting percentage: 41.7, three-point shooting percentage: 58.3%

Derrick White

16.5 points, 2.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 2.5 turnovers, shooting percentage: 41.7, three-point shooting percentage: 58.3%

In 2019, Fred Vanvleet struggled in the playoffs, shooting just 25.6 percent from 3-point range. Who knows, following the birth of Dongguan’s fetus, VanVleet’s outside hit rate rose to 63.2% in one go! And the dazzling performance of the championship game that year also allowed him to win the only non-Kawhi Leonard vote in the FMVP vote. Since then, the player has become a nightmare for the Warriors after giving birth.

Not to die, this year the Warriors faced another player who became a father in the playoffs-White. In the first game, he made 5 of 8 three-pointers, scored 21 points, and led his team to reverse the score in the fourth quarter; in the second game, even though his hand felt a little down, he still punished the Warriors for two shots.

After at least the first two games, White has proved that his weapons are not only excellent in screening and clingy defense, but also on the offensive end, he has become a ruthless role that the Warriors cannot underestimate.

Jaylen Brown

20.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 turnovers, shooting percentage: 37.5%, three-point shooting percentage: 29.4%

To say the most consistent player in the first two games of the Green Army, I would say Brown, who scored 24 and 17 points respectively in the first two games. There is no doubt that the Celtics need his attacking firepower, but, paradoxically, Brown’s attacks have often been a drag on the Greens. Like dribbling.

In the first game, the Warriors used Klay to defend Brown. Although the former has excellent defensive ability, he will not directly restrain Brown’s poor dribbling because he rarely takes penalties. So in the second game, the players serving Brown became Green and GP2. In the face of these penalty shooters, coupled with the Warriors’ second- and third-line closings, which made him score consecutive goals with a good feeling at the beginning of the season, he will continue to score on the offensive end. Eat turtle completely.

Perhaps it would be better for Brown to be a pick-up point rather than a start-up point.

Stephen Curry

31.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 3 steals, shooting percentage: 45.7%, three-point shooting percentage: 46.2%

In the first two games, Curry completely showed the FMVP’s stance, beating other players regardless of traditional data or efficiency, but before fighting for the FMVP, the most important question is: the Warriors want to win the championship.

In fact, compared to Durant in previous years, if the Warriors want to regain their glory this year, Curry’s performance is definitely the key. After all, Celtic’s defense is unlikely to expect the Warriors to use the system to make the role players play enough to affect the game. , so as the strongest single point Curry in the array, it is very important whether he can rely on his strength to eat hard. For example, the second quarter of Game 2 is a good example.

Plus, really gotta compliment him on his defense. I have to say that today’s Curry is no longer the curry that LeBron ate and wiped clean. This year Kerr even boldly let him switch to double-J, and it has been proved that Curry did not suffer.

I think if Curry can get to the next level, the Warriors’ chances of winning will undoubtedly increase, but if he can only stay at the level of the first two games, the Warriors will play five or five waves at most. What is certain is that the Warriors need Curry to continue to consistently output around 30 points in order to have a chance of winning.

Stephen Curry
31.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 3 steals, shooting percentage: 45.7%, three-point shooting percentage: 46.2%
Jordan Poole
13 points, 2 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 3.5 turnovers, shooting percentage: 38.1%, three-point shooting percentage: 42.9%

Klay Thompson

13 points, 2.5 rebounds, 2 assists, shooting percentage: 30.3%, three-point shooting percentage: 26.7%

There is a lot of presence on the defensive end, especially in the second game, which made us see the difference between him and Poole. But aside from defense, Thompson had almost nothing in the first two games.

I don’t need to say more about this. It can be seen from his 30% hit rate in defensive battles, but what I want to say is that even if the hit rate is not good, Thompson still needs to continue to shoot, especially his first two shots in the first two games chose me. think it’s all reasonable.

The good news is that Thompson has always had a lot of confidence in himself, and I’m not worried that he’s taking less shots, I just hope he can get back a little bit of his touch.

Jordan Poole

13 points, 2 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 3.5 turnovers, shooting percentage: 38.1%, three-point shooting percentage: 42.9%

In fact, Poole was quite discussed in the championship game. After all, his performance in the first game was really not ideal. Regarding the rebound in the second game, I don’t want to say more. I think it is just a display of personal ability, and it does not help his disadvantage of insufficient confrontation.

Excluding the garbage time in the second game, in fact, Poole’s playing time is less than 20 minutes. I think this scheduling is reasonable. After all, whether dribbling or fighting, Poole can’t manipulate his opponent, so it is reasonable to allocate his time to GP2, but Regarding those demeaning noises, I still have to say, Poole has his value on the court, Curry can’t play 48 minutes, and when he goes off the court, the Warriors need to have the ball after all. ?

However, what is certain is that his influence in the championship series is definitely not as high as that of the Western Championship. The Warriors only need him to hold the ball for a short time when Curry is resting. During the period, he only wants to reduce mistakes and grasp sinking and retreating.

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Jayson Tatum

20 points, 5.5 rebounds, 8 assists, 3 turnovers, shooting percentage: 30.6%, three-point shooting percentage: 50.0%

After the slump in the first game, Tatum rebounded in the next game as usual. However, aside from his 3-point shooting, I don’t think Tatum has really bounced back. In fact, his problem is the same as Brown’s. His dribbling is not skilled enough, which leads to frequent shots.

In fact, the Warriors did not use any strategy to avoid dislocation in the face of him. On the contrary, the Warriors generously let Curry and other guards switch directly. However, as far as the results are concerned, Tatum’s effect of dislocation and hard eating is not very good. The reason is that as long as he cuts in, he will fall into the Warriors’ second- and third-line defense traps. In the first game, he passed out 13 assists, but in the more rigorous second game, Tatum was completely unable to eat, and the number of assists dropped to 3 and 4 turnovers occurred.

Celtic needs his singles firepower, and paradoxically, if his singles don’t work that day, it’s almost equivalent to a death sentence for the Greens.

Al Horford

14 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists, shooting percentage: 62.5%, three-point shooting percentage: 75.0%

Al Horford

14 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists, shooting percentage: 62.5%, three-point shooting percentage: 75.0%

After scoring 26 points in the first game and becoming the favorite of the FMVP, Horford was guarded to only 2 points to score in the second game. As for the three-point artillery fire that killed the red eye in the first game, he did not shoot a single ball in this campaign.

In the second game, the Warriors did not let Horford make three-pointers at all, and treated him as a double-J. Basically, whether P&P or ambush on the weak side, the Warriors will always have someone by his side. And when Horford has the ball, the Warriors no longer allow him to comfortably execute the response. Instead, they press up to give collisions, reducing the quality of his response.

Horford, who is not good at attacking on his own, is basically impossible to count on him to clear the siege in a single play. It depends on how Udoka creates opportunities for him!

Andrew Wiggins 

15.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1 assist, shooting percentage: 44.4%, three-point shooting percentage: 40.0%

Aside from Curry, I think Wiggins was definitely the most important player in the Warriors’ first two games! Just like defending Luka in the Western Conference Championship, Wiggins continued to face Celtic ace in the championship game. It must be said that as long as he is on the court, the Warriors defense seems to have a stable force. In the second game, he and Draymond mainly defended double-J, and the effect was obviously excellent. If the Warriors can continue to limit Tatum’s shooting percentage to 30%, they will undoubtedly be one step closer to the championship. And this heavy responsibility is falling on the shoulders of Wiggins.

On the offensive end, since the player defending Wiggins is Robert Wliiliams, it is very important for the former to control the latter to sink and hit a three-pointer. And the 40% three-point shooting rate in the first two games shows that there is no doubt that Wiggins can do it. Also, be sure to praise Wiggins for averaging 2 offensive rebounds per game in the Celtics’ terrible restricted area, which is beyond my expectations, and I hope it continues.

Kevon Looney

8 points, 8 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 2 blocks, shooting percentage: 70.0%

In fact, Wiggins averaged 2 offensive rebounds per game is not the most, in this regard, the only player with two teams is Looney.

Continuing his previous job, Looney is still doing the drudgery in the championship game, and I think he’s done a good job of that. That includes 3.5 offensive rebounds, and 2 blocks that left me stunned.

Draymond Green

6.5 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists, shooting percentage: 26.7%

The dismal shooting percentage in the first game became the target of crusade against all parties, and Green, who promised to change, did what he said. In the second game, he read the game more calmly, and only shot three times. Not that he has to take fewer shots, but when the team has a lot of good attack points, it’s certainly better than Draymond’s own shot if he can create open space for them.

On the defensive end, the second match against Brown was very effective. As a DPOY favorite at the beginning of the season, there is no doubt that the defensive end has influence as long as he is on the court. However, the premise is that he must manage his emotions in order to stay on the court! In fact, in the second game, he almost received a second technical foul twice… I have to say, it’s really unnecessary for him to complain and cause trouble. As the center of offense and defense, he must try to stay on the court. to contribute to the team.

Otto Porter Jr.

7.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.5 steals, shooting percentage/three-point shooting percentage: 83.3%

In the fourth quarter of the nightmare of the first game, Celtic had a few gaps due to Porter’s deep defense, which led to another question: Will Porter’s speed not keep up with the Green Army’s offense? Regarding this, I seriously think it’s fine. After all, he may suffer in single defense, but in the part of assist defense, with his excellent judgment, he can fully grasp the harshness of the green army. I think the average of 2.5 interceptions per game is the best proof.

Draymond Green
6.5 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists, shooting percentage: 26.7%

Game 3 and beyond

When everyone is talking about how the Celtics limit the Warriors’ offense, I think we should also be concerned about how the Warriors limit the Celtics’ offense? Because in fact, after the first two games, my feeling is:

Both sides have a bit of a problem with the opponent’s defensive strategy. On the one hand, they can only catch a few sinking shots in the face of infinite switching or can’t explain the mad shot; on the other hand, they rely heavily on single-point breakthroughs.

That’s why I wrote Collision of Hard Power in the title, because the two sides have spent the last moment of the season, and they have exhausted all their possible moves, especially for the Green Army. It can be expected that there will be fewer rotations in the future. For nine people, it will not increase. As for the Warriors, looking at their bench, Kuminga is probably the only one who can play as the Raiders. After all, it’s impossible to call Lee on the court (really don’t)! ?

In view of this, the performance of the stars is really crucial. If the superstars on both sides are evenly matched, the key to the victory is the handling of details.

For example, in Game 2, the Warriors made a matchup change against the Celtics and switched to a conservative switch, which is one of the details. Of course, the Green Army can’t blame others for its 18 mistakes.

Judging from the above star performance and detailed handling, I can’t predict with certainty who will win Game 3? But in the long run, I think the seasoned Warriors have an advantage over the Celtics who don’t have traditional ball control.

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