U.S. Open champion Jon Rahm 'would love' to see Celtics win 2022 NBA Finals

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U.S. Open champion Jon Rahm 'would love' to see Celtics win NBA Finals originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

BROOKLINE, Mass. -- Reigning U.S. Open champion Jon Rahm knows how hard it is to win a golf tournament when you enter Saturday and/or Sunday trailing by a few strokes or more.

Therefore, he understands the challenge facing the Boston Celtics in the 2022 NBA Finals.

The Celtics are on the brink of elimination trailing 3-2 in the series after losing to the Golden State Warriors on the road in Game 5 on Monday night. They must win Game 6 in Boston on Thursday and again in Game 7 in San Francisco on Sunday to become champions for the 18th time.

Teams trailing 3-2 in the NBA Finals have won the series just nine times in 48 instances. Only four have won both Game 6 and Game 7 in the 2-2-1-1-1 series format the league returned to in 2015.

Rahm is at The Country Club in Brookline, Mass., this week as he prepares to defend his U.S Open title. Naturally, he was asked about the NBA Finals and, specifically, which team he's rooting for.

"I think I have to be careful what I say in Boston about that," Rahm said with a smile at his Tuesday press conference. "It's hard now going down 3-2 and knowing that Game 7 is in (Golden State), especially knowing the Warriors won with Stephen Curry having an off night, it's just hard to think that the Celtics can do it two in a row, with one being on the road.

"I would love to see the Celtics win. I actually went on a vacation to Cabo with my family, and when we landed, Jayson Tatum's family was there. He was practicing and training for the season, but part of his family was there. We ended up FaceTiming for a little bit. So I would love to see him win, but I just like to see good basketball and hope the best team wins."

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Rahm knows that Boston sports fans are among the most passionate in sports. He's expecting a pretty fired up atmosphere at The Country Club throughout the week as he attempts to become the ninth player to win back-to-back U.S. Open titles.

"I've seen a little bit of (the atmosphere) already," Rahm said. "Usually at the TPC Boston we didn't get the crowds that we're going to get this week. So, from the little bit we had there, it's going to be pretty loud and it's going to be a lot of fun. Anytime we come to the Northeast it's very unique. The people love sports. There hasn't been a U.S. Open here in a very long time, so they're hungry for it. You can tell."

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