August 12, 2022

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — The Golden State Warriors won the NBA Finals after defeating 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 6:00 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
  • Thu June 7 – June 19 at 5 p.m. PT (not necessary)

They both played for…

Somewhere, Gregg Popovich must be happy.
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 career leader.

And now Udoka and Kerr are about to face off.

Udoka vs. Kerr

Udoka has a chance to become the 10th manager to win a title in his debut 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 achieved the feat.
The other name on that list is Kerr — who did it with Golden State in 2015, the start of that Warriors run of greatness. It was the start of six Finals appearances in eight years, the two exceptions being when injuries and a roster reset kept them out of the playoffs in 2020 and 2021.

Udoka played for Popovich and later served as an assistant at San Antonio. Kerr played for Spurs and then helped Popovich with USA Basketball at the Tokyo Olympics last summer – when the Americans won a fourth consecutive gold medal.

How many championships?

For the Celtics, it’s a chance to win 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 to win a seventh crown – which would break the tie with the Chicago Bulls for third in league history.

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

Division material

Golden State could achieve a rarity: win the NBA championship after failing to win its division.

Each of the last 10 NBA champions also won their division that season; the last non-winner in the division 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 division champion streak alive. The Celtics are tied for the Atlantic Division title.

NBA Originals

The (then Philadelphia) Warriors and Celtics are two of the league’s original franchises, making this game 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 Basketball Association of America title. The BAA was renamed the NBA after three seasons.

fathers and sons

If Golden State wins that NBA title, the Payton family gets another ring and joins a tiny 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 away from this season’s title.

The other father-son duos to have won rings as players, according to the NBA: Mychal Thompson and Klay Thompson of the Warriors; 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 news on the Golden State Warriors’ quest to become NBA champions again.

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