The Boston Celtics are two wins away from claiming the NBA championship.
Jaylen Brown scored 27 factors, Jayson Tatum had 26 and Marcus Sensible added 24 because the Celtics used a fourth-quarter push to defeat the Golden State Warriors 116-110 in Sport 3 of the NBA Finals on Wednesday. With a 2-1 sequence lead, Boston is midway to the 18th title in franchise historical past.
The Warriors discover themselves in a gap, with an extra concern in Steph Curry‘s well being. The star level guard sustained an obvious harm late within the fourth quarter.
Curry scored a game-high 31 factors earlier than he was damage. Klay Thompson had his greatest recreation of the sequence for Golden State with 25 factors, and Andrew Wiggins added 18.
Curry banged up late in loss
- 1 Curry banged up late in loss
- 2 Celtics survive Warriors’ third-quarter surge to take 2-1 sequence lead
- 3 Invoice Belichick, Nia Lengthy, extra celebs pack TD Backyard
- 4 Al Horford Flagrant foul on Steph Curry results in seven-point possession
- 5 Steph Curry shortly picks up fourth foul in third quarter
- 6 Celtics have 12-point lead at halftime; Curry in foul hassle
- 7 Draymond Inexperienced, Grant Williams separated by refs; no techs known as
- 8 Nelly acting at halftime
- 9 Celtics outscore the Warriors 33-22 within the first quarter
- 10 Steve Kerr not involved with Klay Thompson’s taking pictures
- 11 Gamesmanship or sincere mistake with rim top?
- 12 Robert Williams will begin; Andre Iguodala ‘good to go’
- 13 Mike Breen again for ABC broadcast
- 14 Steph Curry’s protection — sure, protection — helped carry Warriors in Sport 2
- 15 Golden State has been highway warriors in postseason
Curry was down on the court docket in ache with 4:07 left within the fourth quarter after he and different gamers tried to corral a unfastened basketball. As Curry dove to the ground, Boston’s Al Horford appeared to fall on Curry’s left leg.
It’s unknown how problematic the problem is for Curry and the Warriors. “We’ll know extra (Thursday),” Warriors coach Steve Kerr mentioned in an odd change with a reporter.
Curry checked out of the sport with 2:19 left, with Kerr saying, “I took him out with two minutes left as a result of we had been down by 14 factors.”
Requested if there was no concern shifting ahead, Kerr replied, “I did not say that. The harm did not drive him out of the sport.”
Curry mentioned though he is “in some ache,” he would not really feel like he’ll be sidelined.
“I will be alright. I obtained caught — clearly in some ache, however I will be alright,” Curry mentioned. “See the way it feels (Thursday) and prepare for Friday. … Do not feel like I am going to miss a recreation. Benefit from these subsequent 48 hours to prepare.”
Mentioned Warriors guard Klay Thompson: “We want him if we wish to win this factor. I do know Steph goes to do every little thing he can in his energy to play. I’m actually hoping he is okay as a result of he is our id, and with out him, it is going to be very troublesome.”
Celtics survive Warriors’ third-quarter surge to take 2-1 sequence lead
The Boston Celtics withstood the Golden State Warriors’ third quarter onslaught for a 116-100 victory in Sport 3 that gave them a 2-1 sequence lead.
After the Warriors took an 83-82 lead on Stephen Curry’s 3-pointer with 3:42 remaining within the third quarter, the Celtics went on a 20-8 run on the finish of the third and begin of the fourth that gave them a 102-91 lead. They cruised from there.
The Celtics went to their huge lineup that featured 6-foot-9 Al Horford and 6-9 Robert Williams III. They managed the inside, contested Golden State’s pictures, compelled turnovers and had been by no means in deep trouble within the fourth quarter.
Sport 4 in Friday in Boston.
Jaylen Brown and Jaylen Brown paced the Celtics with 27 and 26 factors, respectively.
Curry had 31 factors for the Warriors and was concerned in a uncommon seven-point possession within the third quarter that reinvigorated the Warriors.
Horford was known as for a Flagrant 1 foul for not permitting Curry to land safely whereas taking pictures a 3, which Curry made regardless of touchdown on Horford’s toes. Curry made the flagrant free throw and the Warriors maintained possession. That possession result in a 3-point shot from Otto Porter, marking a seven-point possession (82-73 to 82-80) and large swing for the Warriors.
However after Curry gave the Warriors a short lead, the Celtics regained management.
Invoice Belichick, Nia Lengthy, extra celebs pack TD Backyard
Invoice Belichick is rooting for the house crew.
“Begin off with an enormous go Celtics,” the New England Patriots head coach mentioned throughout a press convention on Wednesday, whereas sporting a Boston Celtics hat. “Large one tonight right here. I am certain followers will probably be out in full drive, and see if we will deliver this one house.”
Seems, Belichick is without doubt one of the followers in attendance, along with Patriots CEO Robert Kraft. Coach was not alone. Patriots stars James White, Dont’a Hightower, Damien Harris, Davon Godchaux and Byron Cowart additionally attended the sport.
Celebrities turned out in drive. Nia Lengthy, the fiancé of Celtics head coach Ime Udoka, was additionally in attendance with the couple’s 10-year-old son Kez.
Rappers Nelly (who’s acting at halftime) and Jadakiss, Houston Rockets’ John Wall and Meals Community star Man Fieri had been additionally taking within the recreation, along with Celtics greats Paul Pierce, Antoine Walker, Invoice Walton, Charlie Scott, ML Carr, Leon Powe, Dana Barros and Eddie Home.
— Cydney Henderson
Al Horford Flagrant foul on Steph Curry results in seven-point possession
Al Horford was known as for a Flagrant 1 foul for not permitting Steph Curry to land safely whereas taking pictures a 3, which Curry made regardless of touchdown on Horford’s toes. Curry made the flagrant free throw and the Warriors maintained possession. That possession result in a 3 level jumper from Otto Porter, marking a seven-point possession (82-73 to 82-80) and large swing for the Warriors.
The Warriors have outscored the Celtics 29-21 thus far within the third quarter, due to Curry’s 15 factors within the quarter.
— Cydney Henderson
Steph Curry shortly picks up fourth foul in third quarter
Steph Curry got here out the third quarter cooking with two fast three pointers, however he discovered himself deeper in foul hassle after selecting up his fourth with 9:11 to go within the third quarter. Curry was known as for a taking pictures foul after reaching as Marcus Sensible went as much as his taking pictures movement past the arc. Curry couldn’t assist however smile after selecting up his fourth foul and even chatted with Sensible afterwards. (We will solely guess that Curry requested Sensible if he fouled him.) Sensible made all three of his free throws.
Steve Kerr did not problem the decision and left Curry within the recreation, regardless of his foul hassle. Kerr had no alternative. Curry had 6 of the Warriors’ 8 factors within the third quarter at that time.
— Cydney Henderson
Celtics have 12-point lead at halftime; Curry in foul hassle
Jayson Tatum got here alive within the second quarter, scoring 8 of his 11 factors within the body. Jaylen Brown continued his scorching streak, with 22 first quarter factors on 8-13 from the sphere and 4-6 from three. As a crew, the Celtics are taking pictures 57.4% from the sphere (27-47) and 44.4% from three (8-18).
Regardless of their lights-out taking pictures, the Celtics’ eight turnovers have helped preserve the Warriors inside placing distance. Golden State scored 14 factors off of turnovers and solely face a 12-point deficit.
Klay Thompson began to seek out his stroke following a taking pictures stoop. He leads the Warriors with 15 factors on 4-for-9 from the sphere and 3-7 from three after lacking his first three pictures. Steph Curry has 14 factors, however is in foul hassle with three. Andrew Wiggins scored 13 factors. Can the Warriors flip in considered one of their well-known third-quarter blitzes to get again into the sport?
— Cydney Henderson
Draymond Inexperienced, Grant Williams separated by refs; no techs known as
Grant Williams and Draymond Inexperienced are chirping early after Williams was known as for an offensive foul on Inexperienced following an unlawful display screen. Inexperienced enthusiastically clapped after the whistle and obtained tousled with Williams, who drained to run by way of him whereas getting again. They needed to be separated by refs, however neither earned a technical for the pushing.
The Celtics complained after Sport 2 that the Warriors “obtained away with so much,” primarily Inexperienced, who averted a second technical after the same dust-up with Jaylen Brown.
“That is what Draymond Inexperienced does. He’ll do no matter it takes to win,” Brown mentioned after Sport 2. “He’ll pull you, he’ll seize you, he’ll attempt to muck the sport up as a result of that is what he does for his or her crew. It is nothing to be stunned about. Nothing I am stunned about.”
— Cydney Henderson
Nelly acting at halftime
Hip hop star Nelly and Celtics star Jayson Tatum are longtime buddies. And so they each carried out at TD Backyard in Sport 3 on Wednesday.
Tatum began heating up within the second quarter to assist lead the Celtics preserve their lead, and Nelly is acting at halftime.
Nelly, whose hit albums embrace Nation Grammar (2000) and Nellyville (2002), and Tatum are each from St. Louis.
Celtics outscore the Warriors 33-22 within the first quarter
The Celtics got here out to gate crimson scorching, happening a 10-2 run in opposition to the Warriors. And so they saved their foot on the gasoline, outscoring Golden State 33-22 within the first quarter. Every part appeared to go proper for Boston, who shot 54.5% from the sphere as a crew (12-for-22) and 40% from three (4-for-10). Jaylen Brown leads the Celtics with 17-first quarter factors, whereas Jayson Tatum is off to a different sluggish begin with solely three factors.
The Warriors struggled to get going offensively within the first quarter. Though they’re identified for his or her stellar taking pictures past the arc, Golden State shot a poor 20% from three, going 2-10. Klay Thompson’s taking pictures woes continued. He has 5 factors, taking pictures 1-for-4 from the sphere and 1-for-3 from three. Steph Curry leads the Warriors with 7 factors, however he picked up two fouls.
“They got here proper at us and Jaylen Brown had an enormous quarter,” Steve Kerr mentioned after the primary quarter. “We weathered the storm, however now we have to play higher protection.”
— Cydney Henderson
Steve Kerr not involved with Klay Thompson’s taking pictures
Klay Thompson has had huge playoffs video games throughout his celebrated profession.
There was his Sport 6 efficiency within the second spherical this season in opposition to the Memphis Grizzlies during which he scored 30 factors on 8-of-14 3-pointers. He additionally as soon as scored 41 factors, which included making 11-of h18 3-pointers, in 2016 in Sport 6 of the Western Convention finals in opposition to the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder.
However he has struggled mightily within the Finals. He shot 4 of 19 from the sphere and completed with 11 factors.
When requested about Klay’s poor taking pictures in Sport 2, Warriors coach Steve Kerr informed NBATV’s Jared Greenburg, “This has been one thing that’s occurred all through Klay’s profession. It’s actually not an enormous deal, it’s simply the Finals; there’s an enormous highlight on it. However he’s by no means been a man that will get to the foul line so much, by no means been a man that makes use of athleticism to get to the rim and get simple buckets. He’s a leap shooter, one of many best of all time. There are simply evening when pictures don’t go in. So the main target is simply preserve taking pictures, see if you may get a few good ones early. Klay will get his rhythm with one shot.”
— Larry Starks
Gamesmanship or sincere mistake with rim top?
Warriors play-by-play announcer Tim Roye tweeted, “A few of the Dubs complained concerning the top of the basket they usually had been proper.” The Celtics’ gameday operations crew introduced out a ladder and 10-foot measuring stick, and certainly, the rim was a few inches too excessive.
“It is a good factor the sport begins at midnight,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr mentioned jokingly. “We’ll have loads of time to repair it. I assume they’re fixing it then, proper? it occurs each from time to time. Gamers have a extremely sharp eye for that. Gamers can inform. I think about someone went on the market, checked out it, did not look proper. So so long as they deal with it, then every little thing is sweet.”
Earlier than the conspiracy theorists put an excessive amount of tin foil on their caps, Boston has to shoot on that finish of the court docket in a single half. Except in fact, it was mounted after Golden State used that rim within the first half and earlier than the Celtics shot at it within the second half …
Robert Williams will begin; Andre Iguodala ‘good to go’
Ime Udoka has given Robert Williams the go-ahead to start out Sport 3 for the Celtics. Williams was listed as questionable with proper knee soreness, however Udoka mentioned “every little thing is sweet” when requested about his standing. Williams has averaged 5 factors, 4 rebounds and three blocks within the NBA Finals in opposition to the Warriors.
Golden State’s Andre Iguodala (proper knee irritation), who didn’t play in Sport 2, Gary Payton II (getting back from fractured left elbow) and Otto Porter Jr. (left foot soreness) are all listed as questionable, however Warriors coach Steve Kerr mentioned they’re “good to go.”
Mike Breen again for ABC broadcast
After lacking the primary two video games of the NBA Finals in COVID protocols, Mike Breen is returning to the ABC broadcast desk for Wednesday evening’s Sport 3.
Breen had been sidelined after testing optimistic and lacking Sport 7 between Boston and Miami within the Japanese Convention finals and Video games 1 and a couple of of the Finals between Boston and Golden State.
Steph Curry’s protection — sure, protection — helped carry Warriors in Sport 2
Steph Curry did a bunch of Steph Curry issues.
Scored, rebounded, handed, defended. Sure, defended. Ran all around the court docket, making an impression offensively and defensively. Sure, defensively. Thrilled the house crowd along with his 3-point taking pictures.
He had 29 factors, six boards, 4 assists and three steals, his efficiency in Sport 2 of the NBA Finals main the Warriors to a 107-88 victory in opposition to the Celtics, night the best-of-7 sequence at 1-1.
“He was unimaginable, and most significantly, his decision-making was nice,” Warriors ahead Draymond Inexperienced mentioned. “He obtained off the ball. He did not drive into visitors. He took what the protection gave him.”
Within the Warriors’ 35-14 third quarter, Curry had 14 factors, made three 3-pointers and was a significant component throughout a 19-2 run late within the quarter that busted open a six-point recreation and made it an 87-64 Warriors lead headed into the ultimate body.
“Steph was breathtaking in that quarter,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr mentioned. “Not simply the shot making, however the defensive effort. He simply would not get sufficient credit score for his stage of conditioning, physicality and protection.”
As a lot as Curry’s offense is usually the speak, his coach and teammates needed to rave about his protection.
“Individuals go at him to attempt to put on him down as a result of they understand how essential he’s to us offensively, and it is fairly dramatic the distinction in Steph’s power and physicality in his physique now than from eight years in the past after I first obtained right here,” Kerr mentioned. “So the man’s wonderful. He simply retains engaged on his recreation, his power, his conditioning yr after yr, and it is a pleasure to look at him play each evening.”
— Jeff Zillgitt
Golden State has been highway warriors in postseason
Stephen Curry and the Warriors haven’t any drawback taking part in on the highway.
The Warriors have received not less than one away recreation in 26 consecutive playoff sequence.
“We all the time know learn how to discover a solution to win video games it doesn’t matter what fashion it’s, excessive scoring, low scoring, defensive battle, shootout, no matter it’s,” Golden State guard Stephen Curry mentioned. “We discover one other stage of grit and dedication, simply a capability to discover a solution to get it executed. Being in hostile environments, you get examined, you get pushed. Our expertise sort of exhibits on the proper time.”
— The Related Press
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