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The Warriors Choked Game 1 So Hard

Game 1 of the NBA Finals went completely sideways for Golden State and the Celtics proved their defense can dominate any team.

If you are a frequent reader here (thanks) I hope you forget everything I said yesterday. Well, the Warriors may still win this in six games—but last night was not a good indication of that. How did the Celtics do it? How did the Warriors blow it? Let's take a look at a few things.

The Celtics Adjusted After The 1st Quarter

Stephen Curry came out of the gate doing Curry things. He hit 6 three-point shots in the first quarter and torched the Celtics for 21 points in the opening frame. The Celtics were making the criminally poor choice of going high on screens and letting Curry have air space to put up three-point jumpers. Curry can't be given any space if you're going to contain him. The Celtics figured this out quickly and started doubling up on Curry and staying up after the screens came. After going 6-7 from beyond the arc in the first quarter, Curry went 1-7 the rest of the contest. Brutal.

Give The Celtics Credit

The Celtics deserve credit for their defensive adjustments and how quickly they were able to contain Curry after his first-quarter outburst. The Celtics also rained down shots like a monsoon. The Celtics shot 51% from beyond the arc. The 120 points scored by the Celtics are more impressive when you consider that their best player had a bad game. Jayson Tatum shot a putrid 3-17 from the floor in Game 1. He couldn't get anything going. Luckily for the Celtics, veteran and Latino Al Horford showed out in his first NBA Finals game. After 16 years in the NBA, Horford's first NBA Finals game was a great performance. Horford led the Celtics with 26 points on 9-12 shooting. He also hit 6-8 from outside the arc. Jaylen Brown also had 24 points.

The Celtics' offense was almost more impressive than their defense, and that's saying something. The Warriors better find their adjustments, because allowing the Celtics to shoot over 50% from the floor and %50 from outside is not going to win them another championship.

Where Were The Other Warriors?

Draymond Green: 2-12 FG / 0-4 3P / 4 Total Points

Jordan Poole 2-7 FG / 1-5 3P / 9 Total Points

Klay Thompson 6-14 FG / 15 Total Points

Draymond Green sure put up a big stinker of a game. His defense was pretty good, but the Warriors need more from Green. Jordan Poole came into this series as the wild card—a player ready to explode and help the Warriors off the bench. He did not. Klay Thompson didn't have a putrid game, scoring 15 points and shooting 3-7 from outside, but he needed to attack more than he did. Overall the Warriors did not have a balanced offense. They were out-assisted by the Celtics 33-24. They were beat on points in the paint, 34-26. A lot of the other statistics were close to even. The difference came in when these points were scored.

Fourth Quarter Choke Job

The Boston Celtics outscored the Golden State Warriors 40-16 in the 4th quarter. I could have just written that at the top of the article and called it a day. The Warriors choked late in their own house. That has to be something they think about until Game 2 on Sunday, 8 p.m. EST on ABC.