Golden State has struggled to close out series on the road this postseason. According to ESPN Stats & Information, the Warriors are 0-3 this season when they have a chance to end a series away from the Chase Center. The Celtics have the opposite experience, with a 3-0 record in elimination games this postseason.
History favors teams leading 3-2 heading into Game 6, however. Those squads have won the series 81% of the time (39 of 48 times). The last team to blow a 3-2 lead was the Warriors against the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2016. If the Warriors win, it would be their fourth championship in an eight-season span, the first time that has happened since the Chicago Bulls (1991 to ’98).
The fans at TD Garden brought the energy for Games 3 and 4, so expect things to be even more raucous for a win-or-go-home Game 6.
Here are some of the best scenes from Game 6 of the NBA Finals.
Dancing to the music
The Warriors continued their road tradition of playing music during their shootaround or pregame from artists that originate from the city they’re playing in. So for the second time in these playoffs, Golden State’s shootaround playlist included Boston’s own New Edition and group members who famously went solo.
So when the media was allowed into shootaround on Thursday morning, Steph Curry was shooting to the smooth vocals of Johnny Gill and his classic slow jam “My, My, My.” They did not, however, go with Gill’s 18-minute live version of “My, My, My” which is incredible (look it up!)
Warning to the Celtics: during the previous Warriors shootaround here in Boston for Game 4, Curry shot to New Edition’s “Can You Stand the Rain.” And of course, he went on to explode for 43 points and 10 rebounds later that night.
After Steph shot to “My, My, My,” the speakers blared New Edition’s most famous member, Bobby Brown, and his hit “My Prerogative.” Fittingly, Draymond Green — Public Enemy No. 1 here in Boston — started grooving to it, especially when the lyrics, “They say I’m crazy… I really don’t care” came on. — Ohm Youngmisuk
Game 6 Klay?
Klay Thompson has made a name for himself in playoff Game 6s throughout his career. Teammate Jordan Poole showed support for another outstanding performance (hopefully) by rocking a 2011 NBA Draft shirt featuring Thompson.
Eyes on a prize
Stephen Curry knows a good championship prize when he sees one, as he inspected the U.S. Open trophy during Wednesday’s practice ahead of Game 6.
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