The Warriors and Celtics bring contrasting strengths to a competitive NBA Finals,

The Golden State Warriors played in every finals from 2015 to 2019 and are back after a couple of years away.

The Boston Celtics haven't gotten this far for a dozen years,

The Boston Celtics haven't gotten this far for a dozen years,

But are making their 22nd trip to the finals as a franchise.

But are making their 22nd trip to the finals as a franchise.

It's a matchup between a blistering offense and a juggernaut defense — a Cuisinart vs. a woodchipper,

As True Hoop's David Thorpe puts it — both of which have gotten stronger since the playoffs began,

Neither team were favored to get here — the Celtics, WGBH notes, with an ugly 20-21 record halfway through the season,

And the Warriors were only the No. 3 seed in the West.

And the Warriors were only the No. 3 seed in the West.

But the Warriors were steady as they fought past Ja Morant's Memphis Grizzlies and Luka Doncic's Dallas Mavericks.