The NBA Finals are tied at 2-2. If that sounds acquainted to followers of the Boston Celtics, it ought to.
For no matter motive, when the Celtics make the NBA Finals, 2-2 ties appear regular. And that is precisely the place they’re now, twisted up going into Game 5 of this yr’s collection towards the Golden State Warriors on Monday night time.
This is the thirteenth time in Boston’s 22 title-series appearances that there was a 2-2 tie headed into Game 5. In the earlier 12 such conditions, Boston has gained the title 9 occasions — however failed to take action in 1985 and 2010, the final two occasions through which the Celtics had been concerned in a tied finals after 4 video games.
Being in a 2-2 finals tie is a little bit of a rarity for the Warriors. This is barely the second 2-2 tie within the franchise’s 12 finals appearances; the opposite was in 2015, when Golden State gained Game 4 at Cleveland after which claimed the title in six video games.
Warriors guard Stephen Curry’s 137 factors up to now on this collection are essentially the most via 4 video games of any NBA Finals since Kevin Durant additionally had 137 for the Warriors at this level in 2017.
Curry has 25 3-pointers up to now, essentially the most via 4 video games of a finals. There have been seven situations of a participant having at the very least 15 3s within the first 4 video games of a finals — Curry is liable for six of them, Danny Green (17 in 2013) the opposite. Curry had the earlier most via 4 video games, 22 in 2018.
He had 17 3s via 4 video games within the finals in 2016 and 2017, and 15 3s via 4 video games within the 2015 and 2019 finals.
Curry has the file for many 3s in a finals, making 32 in 2016. He’s on tempo to interrupt that no matter whether or not this collection goes six or seven video games.
With their first 3-pointer in Game 5 of the finals, the Celtics will set an NBA file. It’ll be their 307th of the playoffs, essentially the most by a group in a single postseason.
They at present share that file of 306 with the 2016 Warriors.
This season’s Warriors are as much as 280 3s in these playoffs. That’s already the fifth-most in a postseason, behind the 2016 Warriors, this yr’s Celtics, the 2019 Toronto Raptors (286) and this yr’s Dallas Mavericks (284).
The Warriors have a shot at setting the mark for many 3s in a full season, together with playoffs. They’ve made 1,456 this season, 39 behind the file set by the 2018-19 Houston Rockets.
Every recreation on this collection has been determined by at the very least 10 factors. It’s the primary time that the primary 4 video games of an NBA Finals have all been double-digit affairs for the reason that Golden State-Cleveland collection in 2016 — when the primary six video games had been that manner.
Before that, the latest time there wasn’t a single-digit margin within the first 4 finals video games was the San Antonio-Detroit collection in 2005.
Golden State has seen 9 of its final 11 video games determined by at the very least 10 factors. The two exceptions simply missed; each had been nine-point video games.
Depending on whether or not this collection goes six or seven video games, Boston will play both 106 or 107 video games this season.
It’ll be near a file.
The 2007-08 Celtics performed 108 video games, which is essentially the most by any group in an NBA season. The 2004-05 Detroit Pistons and 1994-95 New York Knicks performed 107, tied for second-most.
Golden State will play both 104 or 105; if the finals go seven video games, the 105-game season would be the second-longest in Warriors historical past. The 2015-16 Warriors performed 106 video games.
The Warriors reclaimed the home-court benefit in these NBA Finals by profitable Game 4 in Boston.
Still unclear: if that issues anymore.
Regardless of what occurs in the remainder of the finals, this season will end with groups profitable only a smidge underneath 55% of the time at house.
It’ll be the second-lowest leaguewide house profitable share in NBA historical past, someplace between 54.7% and 54.9% relying on how the final two or three video games of this collection prove.
It’s now a pattern, too, though arenas had been stuffed with screaming followers once more this season. The two lowest house profitable percentages had been set within the final two seasons: 54.65% in 2020-21 (when, in equity, quite a lot of arenas had been empty for a lot of the common season due to the pandemic) and 55.1% in 2019-20 (not together with video games performed within the bubble).
Warriors guard Klay Thompson has 99 3-pointers in finals video games, two shy of LeBron James for No. 2 on the all-time checklist.
The file, as can be anticipated, belongs to Stephen Curry. He’s as much as 146 3s in finals video games, and counting.
After Curry, James and Thompson, no person else in NBA historical past has greater than 59 — the totals reached by Danny Green and J.R. Smith.
The NBA’s playoff pool — the bonus cash that postseason groups share — was $17.3 million this season. About half of that will probably be going to the Celtics and Warriors, to separate amongst gamers and employees nevertheless they select.
If the Celtics win the finals, they’ll obtain a complete of $4,490,613 from the playoff pool. If they lose the collection, they get $3,455,946.
If the Warriors win the title, they get $4,403,194. If they lose within the finals, they’ll obtain $3,368,527.
The payouts are barely extra for the Celtics as a result of one of many components in figuring out how a lot a group receives from the pool is predicated on seeding. The Celtics get $349,660 for being a No. 2 seed. The Warriors get $262,241 for being a No. 3 seed.
Both groups received $258,449 for being within the first spherical, $307,520 for making the convention semifinals and $508,174 for making the convention finals.
The finals payouts are $3,066,810 to the profitable group, $2,032,143 to the shedding group.
Among non-finals groups, Miami ($1,511,221) received the largest payout, adopted by Phoenix ($1,502,472).
The minimal payout for playoff groups this season was $258,449.