The Celtics lose Game 6 of the NBA Finals against the Warriors

This season, the Celtics will not be celebrating their 18th championship in team history.

The Golden State Warriors won Game 6 103-90 on Thursday to win the NBA Finals and their fourth championship in the previous eight years.

In Game 6, Boston got off to a fantastic start, going up to a 12-2 lead. However, towards the end of the first quarter, the Warriors embarked on a 21-0 run that extended over into the second quarter, giving them a 15-point lead. In the first half, Golden State built a 21-point advantage, but Boston reduced it to 15 points before halftime.

In the first minutes of the second half, Steph Curry hit three 3-pointers to give the Warriors a 22-point advantage, their largest of the night. Al Horford, on the other hand, had a fantastic shooting quarter, hitting three 3-pointers and scoring 12 points to pull the Celtics within 10 points going into the fourth.

Boston trimmed the deficit to eight points in the fourth quarter, but turnovers continued to plague the Celtics. On the night, they had 23, which was tied for second most on the season.

Curry scored 34 points in the game. Jayson Tatum, on the other hand, struggled hard, scoring only 13 points on 6-of-18 shooting.

The following is a rundown of the Celtics’ season-ending loss:

3:32 in the fourth quarter: The Celtics continue go back-and-forth with the Warriors, and that’s not going to cut it. Jaylen Brown hit a 3-pointer to cut the Warriors’ advantage to eight points, but Andrew Wiggins answered on the Warriors’ following possession. Horford hit another 3-pointer, but Curry drove to the basket and sank a difficult layup to put Golden State up by ten points.

Jayson Tatum’s already bad night got much worse as he travelled after having an open look in the corner. The Warriors are up 93-81.

5:37: Jaylen Brown is in pain, clutching his left ankle after slipping down while transitioning.

Robert Williams got a put-back dunk opportunity at 6:47, but the ball went in and out. For the Celtics, it was a night like this. They’re down 84-72.

8:15: With Curry on the bench, the Celtics are unable to cut down the Warriors’ lead any further. The Warriors are up 82-70.

Warriors 76, Celtics 66 at the end of the third quarter.

To conclude the third, the Celtics finally showed some life. They only gave up four points in the second part of the quarter, while Al Horford sparked the offence with 12 points.

Still, they’re behind by double digits and need another run to save their season.

2:06: Things are starting to get interesting. Brown hits a 3-pointer and then snags a rebound on a floater in transition to help the Celtics go on a 12-2 run. As the Celtics extend their lead to 74-62, Steve Kerr signals the end of the game.

3:36: The Celtics finally get Curry to miss a three-pointer, but Wiggins comes in for the tip to put an end to the team’s 7-0 run.

4:52: The Celtics score five straight baskets, two on a put-back by Robert Williams and one on a 3-pointer by Smart. Steve Kerr signals the end of the game with his team leading 72-55.

6:12: Steph Curry makes a thunderous 3-pointer in transition to give the Warriors their biggest lead of the night, 22 points. The Celtics call a timeout as he begins to point to his hand, signalling for his fourth ring.

Horford has three 3-pointers this quarter, as of 6:47. What is the issue? The Warriors have responded each time with 3-pointers of their own to take a 69-50 advantage.

8:50: Al Horford makes his first 3-pointer of the game, but the Warriors get three points back thanks to an offensive rebound and a 3-pointer from Curry. Warriors have a 60-44 lead.

11:33: The Celtics had a tough defensive first possession, only for Green to score a 3-pointer just before the shot clock expired.

Turnovers, turnovers, turnovers, and more turnovers. The Celtics have 12 of them already, eight of which came in the second quarter, when they were outscored 27-17. They were held to 13 points by the Warriors.

ImeUdoka called three timeouts during the Warriors’ 21-0 and 14-2 runs to help stop the bleeding. In the second half, the Celtics only have three timeouts left, which is something to keep in mind if they want to challenge a play.

Because Jayson Tatum and Marcus Smart each have three fouls, the Celtics may want to challenge a play earlier than typical in the second half. When both players picked up their third foul in the second quarter, Udoka sent them to the bench, further hurting them.

Tonight’s stat line for Boston’s three bench guys is hilarious. They’re a combined -67 in 28 minutes, shooting 1-for-9 and scoring two points.

Steph Curry exited with less than a minute remaining as he began to wince. In the second half, this is something to keep an eye on.

Warriors 54, Celtics 39 at halftime

After the Warriors grabbed a 21-point lead, the Celtics rallied in the final few possessions of the first half. However, they are still down by a large margin going into halftime of a game that must be won.

With a Smart double dribble at 2:25, the Celtics had their seventh turnover of the quarter.

2:39: The Warriors are on their way to another victory. The Celtics have gone on a 14-2 run in the last four minutes, while continuing to turn the ball over.

4:22: As he wrapped his arm around Wiggins, Tatum picked up his third foul. Tatum is sent to the bench after he and Smart both receive early fouls.

5:42: The Celtics have now turned the ball over on two consecutive possessions, for a total of eight in the game. Curry scores a layup to give the Warriors a 44-31 advantage.

8:02 p.m.: The Celtics maintain their winning streak. In transition, Robert Williams made a huge block on Curry, which resulted to an easy two for Tatum on the opposite end.

Warriors call timeout with a 37-29 lead.

8:54: Jaylen Brown scores a pair of baskets to put himself on a 5-0 run. Gary Payton, on the other hand, drew a foul on Smart, his third of the game, and he is sent to the bench.

10:13: Warriors are now up 21-0. The Celtics still appear to be lost, even after Udoka re-inserts Brown and Smart. Poole’s miss resulted in an offensive rebound, which he used to convert another 3-pointer. Brown lost the ball, giving Wiggins an easy dunk.

This is getting out of hand.

11:10: Warriors now have a ten-point lead. While defending Green, Tatum is tagged for his second foul on a controversial call. Green returned an offensive rebound to Poole for a 3-pointer, and Andrew Wiggins made a layup in transition after a missed layup.

Udoka calls a timeout, and the Celtics must quickly recover.

To begin, Boston’s bench had nothing to offer. Over 10 minutes, Derrick White is 1-for-5 with an assist and a -20. Grant Williams had a block, but he’s down to a -14 after three minutes. In six minutes, Payton Pritchard is 0-for-2 with a -16. Yikes.

Warriors 27, Celtics 22 at the end of the first quarter.

The Celtics’ first quarter came to a halt with a horrific finish. The Warriors embarked on an 11-0 run, with Green eventually hitting a 3-pointer and Jordan Poole also hitting one.

The Celtics scored just 10 points in the final 9:27 of the quarter after being ahead 12-2.

The Warriors take the lead at 0:55. Curry scored a crazy 3-pointer to go ahead by two points after Draymond Green made his first 3-pointer of the series to make it a one-point game.

2:09: The Celtics’ turnovers are starting to pile up. Brown’s most recent blunder resulted in a back-court violation as a result of a botched pass. They’ve already committed four turnovers in the first quarter.

After Robert Williams over-contested a Gary Payton 3-pointer, Brown’s error allowed the Warriors’ guard to get his own miss and score an easy layup. The Celtics are up 22-18.

3:06 p.m.: The Warriors are retaliating. Tatum’s early rest helped the Warriors go on an 8-4 run, during which Smart picked up his second foul. The Celtics are up 20-16 thanks to Tatum’s return.

Payton Pritchard has just entered the game for the first time at 5:24. This is odd because he usually checks in late in the first quarter or early in the second. ImeUdoka stated the other day that he wanted to give his star players more rest.

Payton Pritchard has just entered the game for the first time at 5:24. This is odd because he usually checks in late in the first quarter or early in the second. ImeUdoka stated the other day that he wanted to give his star players more rest.

8:57: On an offensive possession, Smart just got two fouls. Thompson was fouled by one of them, which was his second foul.

9:25: Jayson Tatum now has a 3-pointer of his own, thanks to a Smart pass. The Celtics now have a 12-2 advantage, prompting the Warriors to call timeout.

9:50: Marcus Smart and Jaylen Brown are off to a fast start for the Celtics. To begin, Boston has been employing Smart out of the post, which has resulted in him scoring four points. Brown has five of them.

On the game’s first possession, Al Horford draws a shooting foul on Klay Thompson at 11:46. He scores both of his free throws to put the Celtics up first.

12:00 p.m.: Robert Williams wins the toss, and Game 6 begins!

News and notes from the day before the game

At 8:55 p.m., Local athletes and golfers competing in the U.S. Open are among the notable celebrities at TD Garden tonight.

8:45 p.m.: The Warriors have retained their starting lineup from the last two games, starting Otto Porter Jr. instead of Kevon Looney and going small. Tonight’s starting lineup for the Celtics will be the same as usual.

8:35 p.m.: The number of turnovers committed by the Celtics is the key statistic to watch tonight. Boston is 0-6 in the postseason when it has 16 or more turnovers, including 0-3 in the Finals.

8:30 p.m.: Despite the booing, Draymond Green is having a good time in pregame workouts.

8:20 p.m.: NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has been placed in COVID protocols and will miss his second game in a row. The NBA commissioner usually hosts the award ceremony for the Finals’ winning team. Deputy Commissioner Mark Tatum will present the Larry O’Brien Trophy to the Warriors if they win tonight.

8:10 p.m.: The officials for tonight’s game are Zach Zarba, David Guthrie, and John Goble. Scott Foster, dubbed “The Extender” by NBA fans, was rumoured to be officiating Game 6, however that does not appear to be the case. Foster officiated Game 3, indicating that he could be a part of Game 7, if one is held.

8 p.m.: It appears that several of the team’s previous champions will be among the TD Garden audience tonight to cheer on the younger Celtics.

7:00 p.m.: Here’s a fun fact for you. According to Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press, the Celtics have never lost three consecutive games in their 22 NBA Finals appearances.

7:40 p.m.: With the US Open in town, there will undoubtedly be some cross-sport comparisons tonight. Some fans, like this one at Thursday’s first round, may be amusing.

7:30 p.m.: Jayson Tatum, the self-proclaimed “fashionable” man, wore no clothes for his Game 6 fit to commemorate sports idols. Tonight he’s sporting a leopard-print jacket.

Robert Williams is available and will start Game 6 at 7:15 p.m. On Wednesday, the Celtics’ centre told Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes that he’s had to have his knee drained many times during the playoffs.

Williams is “near to 100 percent healthy,” according to Shams Charania of The Athletic, who added on Thursday’s “Pat McAfee Show” that he “would anticipate him to play huge minutes tonight.”

At 6:30 p.m.,

This postseason, both clubs’ trends favour the Celtics. In their journey to the Finals, Boston has previously gone 3-0 in elimination games, defeating Milwaukee twice and Miami once. Golden State, on the other side, has lost all three of its road playoff games, falling to Denver, Memphis, and Dallas.

In most bookies, the Celtics are 3.5-point favourites in Game 6. So far in the Finals, the home team has been favoured in every game.

Boston dropped two games for the first time since losing Games 4 and 5 in March. The Celtics, on the other hand, were without Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown in one of those March defeats. Prior to Games 4 and 5, the Celtics had last dropped two games with their top tandem in January. The team’s latest three-game losing streak occurred in December, when they were battling with COVID-related absences.

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