Sky Sports will show all four rounds of the US Open at Brookline, with coverage starting at 1pm Thursday; NBA Finals Game 6 is live on Sky Sports Arena & Main Event Thursday night from 1:45 a.m.
By Ali Stafford at Brookline
Last update: 06/16/22 05:59
Jamie Weir thinks the Boston crowd at the US Open this week is bound to leave the LIV Golf Series rebels to a hostile reception on the course when they play at Brookline on Thursday.
As golf’s biggest stars prepare for the US Open at Brookline this week, basketball’s biggest showcase could end just six miles away at TD Garden.
The two events form a standout sports Thursday for the city of Boston, as the US Open kicks off and Game 6 of the NBA Finals unfolds with the Boston Celtics hosting the Golden State Warriors.
Many of basketball’s biggest stars enjoy a round of golf and Keegan Bradley, an avid Celtics fan, will be just one of the top title hopefuls keeping tabs on events on the hardwood.
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“I’m definitely biased on that, but I consider Boston the best sports city in the world — or at least the country,” Bradley said during his pre-tournament press conference on Wednesday. “They [the fans] are so knowledgeable about the sport.
“Mostly basketball, football, baseball and hockey, but they’re gonna be loud and they’ve got Game 6. Damn what a time to be in Boston. I wish I hadn’t played in the tournament so I could have fun with all these sporting events! Really, really awesome.”
Thursday night’s showdown is a win-or-go-home situation for the Celtics following their 104-94 loss at San Francisco on Monday, despite Golden State superstar Stephen Curry failing to find a 3 points for the first time in 233 games, left them 3-2 in the best of seven series.
Boston would need to win tonight and again in Game 7 in California on Sunday to become champions for an NBA-record 18th time, with defending US Open champion Jon Rahm admitting it will be a difficult task for the Celtics over the next few days.
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When asked to predict how tonight’s contest will go, Rahm told the media during his press conference, “I think I have to be careful what I say to Boston about this!
“It’s hard now after they [Celtics] are down 3-2 and knowing that Game 7 is underway [Chase Center]. Especially knowing that the Warriors won with Steph [Curry] having one day off, it’s hard to think the Celtics can do it two in a row with one being out.
“I would love to see the Celtics win. I went on vacation to Cabo with my family, and when we landed Jayson Tatum’s family was there. He was training and training for the season, but part of his family was there.
“We ended up FaceTiming for a little while, so I’d love to see him win, but I just like seeing some good basketball and hoping the best team wins.”
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The sports double-header follows back-to-back nights of MLB action in the city, with Bradley among the stars of the PGA Tour at Fenway Park on Tuesday night and throwing the first pitch before the Boston Red Sox’ victory over Oakland Athletics.
Huge crowds are expected at the Country Club this week, and many of those spectators will then make the short trip around town to pack Boston’s many sports bars for NBA action.
“I think the crowds in Boston are some of the best in the sport,” Phil Mickelson said ahead of his latest Grand Slam bid. “I think they’ve given me a lot of support, and I’m very grateful for that over the years. I think their enthusiasm and energy is what creates such a good vibe.
“Whether it’s positive or negative towards me directly, I think it’s going to create an incredible atmosphere to hold this [US Open] championship. I think it’s going to be a big event, and the people here have a lot to do with it.”
US Open Live Golf
June 16, 2022, 1:00 p.m.
How can I watch the US Open and NBA Finals?
Sky Sports is once again the home of the US Open, with over 40 hours of live coverage from all four tournament days and a host of additional tournament programming throughout the week.
The third Major of the year is just around the corner, where Europe’s stars will look to build on their recent success. Watch the US Open in June live on Sky Sports Golf!
Coverage begins from 1 p.m. on the first two rounds and 4 p.m. on Saturday, with action starting from 2 p.m. on the final day. Plenty of highlights will be available each morning, with clips and highlights available on Sky Sports’ digital platforms.
Every NBA Finals game is shown live on Sky Sports: watch Golden State Warriors @ Boston Celtics – Game 6, live on Sky Sports Arena and Main Event, Thursday nights from 1:45 a.m.
Rehearsals will be available in the mornings after games and, if the NBA Finals takes place in Game 7, the decider will be live on Sky Sports Arena and Main Event on Sunday nights from 12:45 a.m.