By Cameron Buford, Whatsgoodinsports.com

The National Basketball League would decide their season’s champion over the next week or two. The Boston Celtics, one of the most winningest franchises in NBA history, will get a chance to add to their trophy collection when they face the Golden State Warriors. The Warriors are a team that has found its way back to the NBA Finals for the first time since the 2018- 2019 season. Though the Celtics have the linage, the Warriors have more playoff experience in this particular match-up.

This article will highlight many of the stats and trends of this NBA Finals series. Such as, the Warriors have won 13 consecutive game one’s at home in playoff series. However, by Boston winning game one of this series, Boston has improved to 8-2 on the road in the 2022 NBA Playoffs. On the other hand, Golden State lost for the first time at home in the 2022 NBA Playoffs to move their home playoff record to 9-1 this season.

The Warriors Stephen Curry hit six three-pointers in the first quarter, this was the most threes by a player in any quarter of an NBA Finals game, breaking the tie he had Ray Allen and Kenny Smith. Curry’s 21-point outburst is the most points by a player in the first quarter of an NBA Finals game over the last 50 years.

However, Boston didn’t wilt under that three-point barrage by the Warriors. Instead, they went on a three-point barrage of their own. Al Horford led them with six three-pointers made that night. Which were was the most three-point shots by any player in his NBA Finals debut. Horford’s 26 points make him the second-oldest player to score at least 25 points in his NBA Finals debut. Chris Paul’s 32 points in his NBA Finals debut last season, Paul became the oldest player to score the most points.

The Celtics responded by hitting 21 three-pointers and becoming the second-most by a team in an NBA Finals game. Oddly the Warriors have given up the two Finals games with the most three-pointers made. First the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2017 and now the Celtics in 2022. By hitting those 21 three-pointers, the Celtics outscored the Warriors by 24 points (40-16) in the fourth quarter while tying the record for the largest point differential in any quarter of an NBA Finals game.

The Celtics (21) and Warriors (19) combined to make 40 three-pointers; this is the most combined threes in an NBA Finals game. With his second three-pointer tonight, Golden State’s Klay Thompson passed LeBron James for the second-most threes in playoff history. Thompson (434) now only trails his teammate Stephen Curry (537) for the most three points made in playoff history.

Game one of the 2022 Finals marked the first NBA Finals game which was played in San Francisco. This would also be the NBA Finals debut for every Celtics player. Though Boston’s Jayson Tatum struggled from the floor in his NBA Finals debut, he did record 13 assists, which is the most assists by a player in their NBA Finals debut.

Most Celtics fans watched anxiously to see if the Celtics would come into game two as hot as they finished game one. Those same fans are looking for Jayson Tatum, in particular, to have a better game for them to win the game. By hitting his first shot of the night, Jayson Tatum becomes the Celtics player to score at least 500 points in a single postseason. He joins the likes of Larry Bird (1984, 1985, 1987), Kevin Garnett (2008), and Paul Pierce (2008). Tatums’ great start was about the only thing that went the Tatum’s great start was the only thing that went the Celtics’ way in game two. On the other hand, game two was the third time Stephen Curry has recorded back-to-back games of at least 25 points and five threes in the NBA Finals, as he scored 29 points and made five threes in the Warriors’ game two, win over the Celtics. Steph’s teammate Klay Thompson is the only other player to post at least 25 points and five threes in consecutive games in the NBA Finals.

With their game two wins, the Golden State Warriors avoided a 2-0 deficit in the NBA Finals and won game two of the NBA Finals for the fifth consecutive time. They’ve also improved to 5-0 after a loss in the 2022 NBA Playoffs. All five of those victories have come at home, with an average margin of victory of 15.4 points. The Warriors have also raised their home record to 10-1 at home in the 2022 NBA Playoffs.

I listed Jordan Poole as one of the potential unsung heroes for the Warriors to win this series. He had the most impact on the series in a critical win for them. Poole, 22, became the youngest player to make at least five threes in an NBA Finals game. In the history of the finals, this is the 40th time that teams have split the first two games of the NBA Finals. In the previous 39 instances, the team that wins Game 3 has gone on to win the series 82.1% of the time (32-7).

Let your voice be heard by sharing your thoughts on how you think the rest of this series will play out. Do you expect the Celtics to be able to defend their home court, or do you expect the Warriors to be the first team to win consecutive game in this final’s series? Let me know your thoughts by reaching out to me on Twitter @_voiceofthefans or shoot me an email at voiceofthefans@outlook.com. I also encourage you to forward any suggestions on what angles about this new version of this NBA Finals you want to read about this season.