The Boston Celtics have what it takes to beat the Golden State Warriors

The Boston Celtics celebrates with the Eastern Conference Bob Cousy champions trophy (Photo by Eric Espada/Getty Images)
The Boston Celtics celebrates with the Eastern Conference Bob Cousy champions trophy (Photo by Eric Espada/Getty Images) /

The Boston Celtics are headed to the NBA Finals. They certainly didn’t make things easy on themselves, and nothing was set in stone until the final buzzer sounded, but after a 12 season hiatus, one of the NBA’s most storied franchises will have a chance to add to their impressive championship tally.

They will be taking on a Golden State Warriors dynasty that is in familiar territory. This is the Warriors sixth Finals appearence in the past eight seasons, and with their core trio of Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green all back on the court together, they are looking as formidable as ever.

This is for all the marbles, so it makes sense that this will almost certainly be Boston’s toughest challenge they have faced this postseason. That seems almost impossible considering they have had to get through the Brooklyn Nets, Milwaukee Bucks, and Miami Heat to get here, but that’s just how Boston likes it. And despite what many may say, the Celtics can absolutely beat the Warriors and win their 18th championship in franchise history.

The Boston Celtics know how to play against the Golden State Warriors

Since the start of the Warriors dynasty in the 2014-15 season, they have pretty much dismantled any team they have come across. But Boston has always seemed to be able to play Golden State well. In fact, they are the only team in the NBA since the start of the Warriors dynasty that has an above .500 record against them, as they have a 9-7 record against them since that time,

In a seven-game series with the Larry O’Brien trophy on the line, that means fairly little, but it goes to show that neither team will likely destroy the other on their way to a title. This is going to be a hard fought series between two of the best defenses in the league. Whoever wins this series is going to earn it.

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On paper, Boston matches up pretty well with Golden State. They have defenders who can stick with Golden State’s numerous perimeter threats, and they may have a size advantage considering how the Warriors are really only running one true center with Kevon Looney right now. Both sides will present some challenges for each other, and it may come down to which team can create more offense than the other.

The Warriors have the experience and the winning pedigree, but their path to the Finals hasn’t been nearly as difficult as Boston’s. They easily dispatched injured Denver Nuggets and Memphis Grizzlies squads, and overpowered the Dallas Mavericks in five games during the Western Conference Finals.

Boston has been dragged through seven game sets against the Bucks and Heat after sweeping the Nets, and if this turns into a dogfight, they may find themselves with an advantage. Granted, Golden State is much healthier than the C’s right now, but they haven’t every really been in trouble throughout these playoffs.

If there is one thing the Boston Celtics have shown us throughout these playoffs, it’s that they can never be counted out, even when it seems like the odds are against them. They swept the Nets out of the playoffs. They won Game 6 in Milwaukee to extend their season before blowing them out in Game 7. They won Game 7 in Miami after they threw away a chance to clinch a spot in the Finals on their home court.

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The Celtics have put themselves through many different challenges, and they have passed them all to this point. It will extremely tough, but the Boston Celtics have what it takes to get past this Golden State team and win their first title in nearly 15 years.