The Boston Celtics are 1-0 in the 2022 NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors. And, by the looks of things, they have a serious chance at winning the championship.
Danny Ainge saw the Celtics’ championship potential back in March. He was the franchise’s Executive Director of Basketball Operations when Boston won the championship in 2008. Now an executive with the Utah Jazz, he found a lot of “big” similarities between the 2008 team and this year’s roster.
The Athletic shared Ainge’s commending comparisons ahead of Game 2. According to his quotes from March, the 2022 team has direct parallels to the 2008 champions.
“We had good size. We had a good size shooting guard (Ray Allen), a good size small forward (Paul Pierce). And obviously (Garnett) and (Kendrick Perkins) — as the four and the five, our size was good. Not a lot different than the team that the Celtics have right now with Al Horford and Robert Williams and allowing Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart to be big for their position,” Ainge said.
He said that the addition of Al Horford allowed the Celtics starting five to fit into their roles much better.
“All of a sudden now they were bigger at every position…And so that makes a big difference.”
Will the Celtics continue their road to repeating history with a Game 2 win, or will the Warriors tie up the series? Game 2 of the 2022 NBA Finals is set for Sunday night in San Francisco.