NBA Finals 2022: X factors and series keys to the Golden State Warriors vs. Boston Celtics showdown

After three rounds of upsets, thrillers, blowouts and everything in between, the NBA Finals are here -- and it's a series that will pin some familiar faces against a group with zero experience on the league's biggest stage.

The Golden State Warriors, led by three-time champions Stephen Curry, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson, are making their sixth Finals appearance in the past eight seasons. 

Despite the offensive strengths of each team, this series will be a defensive clinic on both sides. This is the first Finals to feature the top two teams in defensive efficiency since 1996.

Can Jayson Tatum continue knocking off future Hall of Famers in the playoffs? Will Curry finally grab that elusive NBA Finals MVP award? What are the biggest X factors for each team?

The Warriors have barely played with a fully healthy roster. Andre Iguodala has missed the entire postseason so far. Otto Porter Jr. missed three games. Gary Payton II has been out since early in the second round.

But those players will be reintegrated into team practice this week, and each could be an important addition to the Warriors' title hopes.

If the Warriors cut down on their turnovers, they will be far more difficult to beat. And if they are beaten, it won't be because they gave the ball to their opponent.

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