The Boston Celtics won Game 1 against the Golden State Warriors, and there's no doubt that this was a surprise to many, as the Golden State Warriors are usually extremely dominant at home.
During the 4th quarter, the Boston Celtics went on a 17-0 run, which ultimately won them the game. The Celtics were down by 12 points going into the 4th quarter, and their comeback to win made for some extremely exciting basketball.
Part of the reason that the Boston Celtics were able to rally and win is due to a speech coach Ime Udoka gave ahead of the 4th quarter. Udoka told the team they were getting "punked" by the Warriors and challenged the team to give themselves "a chance". Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports relayed the news:
Sensing the contest slipping away, and before the fourth quarter commenced, an impassioned Celtics head coach Ime Udoka took his seat, looked his team in the eyes and issued a fiery challenge that consisted of a descriptor that not many first-year head coaches could vocalize.
“You’re getting punked out there,” Udoka told Yahoo Sports of his pre-fourth-quarter challenge. “They’re punking us right now. Is this the way you want to go out? This is not us. Let’s at least give ourselves a chance.”
From there, challenge accepted and message received.
The Warriors’ high-octane offense was held to 16 fourth-quarter points while giving up a 40-piece that led to a colossal collapse that sealed their fate.
It remains to be seen if the Boston Celtics do end up winning the series. Even though they managed to steal Game 1 on the road, they are 3 wins away from winning the Finals, and the Golden State Warriors are a team that won't go away quietly, as they are an elite defensive team with championship experience.
It is quite possible that we'll see 7 games in these Finals. There is no doubt that both teams have the talent to win, and neither team seems particularly outmatched. Hopefully, that leads to some exciting basketball, and we'll see who ends up winning the 2022 championship soon enough.