The 2022 NBA Finals tip-off in a few hours, but fans who had grown accustomed to watching basketball nightly are in for a rude awakening. There's only one instance (between Games 4 and 5) where these players will have one day of rest.
And that expanded schedule could be a boon for this banged-up Celtics team.
Boston Celtics NBA Finals Schedule
Game 1: Thursday, June 2: Boston @ Golden State (9 p.m. ET)
Game 2: Sunday, June 5: Boston @ Golden State (8 p.m. ET)
Game 3: Wednesday, June 8: Golden State @ Boston (9 p.m. ET)
Game 4: Friday, June 10: Golden State @ Boston (9 p.m. ET)
Game 5: Monday, June 13: Boston @ Golden State (9 p.m. ET) – if necessary
Game 6: Thursday, June 16: Golden State @ Boston (9 p.m. ET) – if necessary
Game 7: Sunday, June 19: Boston @ Golden State (8 p.m. ET) – if necessary
How This Helps Boston
Except for Game 5, the players will have two full days to rest between every outing in this series. Between the Milwaukee and Miami series, Boston had played 12 straight games of basketball coming off just one day of rest. That takes a toll.
And two of Boston's best players paid the price, as both Marcus Smart and Robert Williams missed time during that stretch. Both are still dealing with those lingering injuries.
Smart appears to be the healthier of the two, but those extra days should help his ankle get back to 100%. Williams, on the other hand, was clearly breaking down at the end of that Miami series.
He grabbed 4 rebounds and blocked 2 shots over the last two games against Miami and limped his way through 14 minutes of action in Game 7. That's a far cry from the 9.6 rebounds and 2.2 blocks per game he averaged during the regular season.
With Williams on the court in the regular season, Boston had a 107.0 defensive rating. With him off the court, that figure jumped to 109.8; that's a huge difference.
Williams is the anchor of this Boston defense and gives the Celtics a gigantic size advantage over the Warriors if he's healthy. Now that he'll get some rest in between games, there's a chance he finally will be.
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