NBA Finals live updates: Game 1 underway at TD Garden

The NBA Finals are finally here and some of the league’s biggest stars are vying to take home the Larry O’Brien Trophy for the first time.

Luka Dončić and Jayson Tatum are the favorites to take home the NBA Finals MVP Award, Kyrie Irving is playing in his fourth Finals and Kristaps Porzingis is back after missing the Celtics’ last 10 playoff games with a calf injury.

For a full breakdown of how the Dallas Mavericks and Boston Celtics got here, check out Yahoo Sports’ Dan Devine’s full analysis and predictions for the series.

Speaking of our Yahoo Sports experts, Senior NBA reporters Jake Fischer, Vincent Goodwill and Ben Rohrbach will have live analysis and updates from Game 1 in Boston throughout the night.

Stay with Yahoo Sports for live coverage of Game 1 of the 2024 NBA Finals and instant analysis as the Mavericks and Celtics open their quest for the title.

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    Kristaps Porziņģis is in the game

    Kristaps Porziņģis checks into the game to a massive ovation at 4:43 into the first quarter. Celtics coach Joe Mazzulla said prior to the game that Porziņģis is not under a minutes restriction.

  • Luka gets on the board early in Game 1

  • Tip-off is next

    The national anthem and Bill Walton tributes are complete, and tip-off is just moments away. Every game is critical in a Finals series, but Game 1 so often sets the tone for the entire series. Per Land of Basketball, teams that win Game 1 of the Finals go on to win the series more than 70% of the time.

    The Celtics won Game 1 of each of their three series in the Eastern Conference playoffs. The Mavericks on the other hand, lost Game 1 to the Clippers in the first round and Game 1 to the Thunder in the second round. The Mavs have started all four series on the road. Only one team seeded lower than 4 — the Mavs are the 5-seed — has ever won the NBA championship, the 1995 Houston Rockets as a 6-seed.

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    Early boos for Kyrie

    As Mavericks guard Kyrie Irving is introduced prior to Game 1 of the NBA Finals, he is met with a considerable amount of boos from the TD Garden crowd in Boston. Nothing more than the usual amount of animus for a bitter rival. We will see if it gets nastier as the game gets under way.

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    A lot on the line for Luka Dončić

    Prior to Game 1 of the NBA Finals, Dallas Mavericks coach Jason Kidd — a member of the NBA’s 75th anniversary team — said both Luka Dončić and Kyrie Irving are “a little bit more gifted than I am.” Kidd told reporters this week that Dončić would be considered the greatest Maverick in history if he were to win the championship. High praise from an all-time great.

  • Porzingis takes the floor to a huge applause

    The Unicorn popped the Boston crowd when he took the floor for warmups ahead of his first ever NBA Finals, which is against his former team. He also said hello to legendary Manchester City and Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola.

  • Starting lineups for tonight’s Game 1

    Kristaps Porzingis will be coming off the bench tonight for Boston. He started all 57 games he played in during the regular season and each of the four games he played in the first round against Miami.

  • Players to warm up in Walton shooting shirts

    In addition to honoring him with pins handed out in TD Garden, the players will warm up in WALTON shirts before Game 1 of the NBA Finals, commissioner Adam Silver announced before the game.

  • Porzingis back in the lineup for the Celtics for Game 1

    The Celtics get a major offensive weapon back with the return of Kristaps Porzingis to the lineup after he missed all of the past two rounds with a calf injury. He did play in the first round against the Miami Heat, averaging just over 12 points per game, but he was a major contributor to the Celtics attack in the regular season as part of Boston’s trio of 20-point scorers along with All-Stars Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown.

  • Luka Dončić nursing injuries heading into Game 1

    It was never in doubt that he’d play, but Luka Dončić does enter his first NBA Finals a little banged up. Per the Mavs, he’s dealing with a right knee sprain and some left ankle soreness.

    The bumps and bruises didn’t seem to bother him too much in the Western Conference Finals — a series he was named the MVP of after five brilliant performances.

  • Celtics to hand out Walton pins

    While the Boston Celtics are celebrating being back in the NBA Finals, the team — and NBA family — are still remembering Hall of Famer Bill Walton, who died after a battle with cancer late last month. To honor him tonight, the Celtics are passing out Walton pins with a tie-dye pattern to memorialize the legend who helped the Celtics to an NBA championship in 1986.

  • The 2024 NBA Finals are here

    The stars are arriving at TD Garden ahead of Game 1 of the Finals.

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