NBA Finals Game 2 GameThread: Celtics vs. Mavericks

Detroit Bad Boys

The Boston Celtics put quite a stamp on the NBA Finals in Game 1 with a dominant performance that saw them outclass the Dallas Mavericks in virtually every facet. The Celtics relied on a one-two-three punch of Jaylen Brown, Kristaps Porzingis off the bench, and Jayson Tatum. The ability to rely so heavily on their two primary scoring wings plus the defensive prowess of J’Rue Holiday and Derrick White allowed them to play a bit of the Luka Rules.

Doncic got his 30 points, but it took him 26 shots. Only three other Mavericks scored in double figures and only Jaden Hardy did so efficiently. The Mavs couldn’t rely on its role players to hit those open corner 3s they’ve lived on all playoffs, and Kyrie Irving delivered an unequivocal dud. He shot 6-of-19, including 0-of-5 from deep, and had more turnovers (three) than assists (two). Luka can do anything, but he can’t do everything. He’ll need some help tonight to even up the series.

Game Vitals

When: 8 p.m. ET
Where: TD Garden
Watch: ABC
Odds: Mavericks +6.5

Boston Celtics (1-0)

Jrue Holiday, Derrick White, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, Kristaps Porzingis

Dallas Mavericks (0-1)

Luka Doncic, Kyrie Irving, Derrick Jones Jr., PJ Washington, Daniel Gafford

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