Most people assumed that an NBA Finals between the Boston Celtics and Golden State Warriors would be incredibly close.
Yet, few people assumed that it would be truly as close as it currently is.
The one-point margin through four games of the NBA Finals (Warriors 422, Celtics 421) is the closest a Finals has been at this stage since 1969 (Lakers 431, Celtics 430). Boston won Game 7 at the Forum that year for Bill Russell's last title.
— Kevin Pelton (@kpelton) June 11, 2022
Right now there is a one-point margin through the first four games of the Finals.
You read that right: the Warriors have scored 422 points through Game 4 and the Celtics have scored 421.
Literally just one point separates their grand totals.
That margin is the closest a Finals has been at this point since the year 1969 when the Los Angeles Lakers had 431 points and the Celtics had 430.
In the end, Boston won that series in Game 7 to claim Bill Russell‘s final title.
How will these Finals pan out?
Closer Than Close
It’s hard to tell which team is the favorite to win it all this year.
Yes, the Warriors have a slight advantage because the series is currently tied as it moves back to their home court.
Plus, they will get yet another game in California before everything is over.
Yet, the Celtics have already stolen a game in the Bay Area and they are fired up and ready to do whatever they can to stop the Warriors.
Simply put, this is still anyone’s series.
It’s rare to see two teams this competitive even at this point in the postseason.
But the Celtics and Warriors are giving fans one heck of a Finals.
Both teams have proven that they deserve to be here and both have proven that they aren’t going to roll over.
No matter who ends up winning, it’ll likely be by a razor-thin margin.