The Boston Celtics defeated the Golden State Warriors in Game 3 of the 2022 NBA Finals with 116-100 in their favor. In contrast to Game 2, the Celtics did not collapse in the third quarter even though they were outscored 33-25. A lead of 2-1 in the series has set the pace for Game 4, where the Warriors have to mark their victory to keep the hopes alive for their fans.
Key performances by Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum drove the Celtics to victory, with Brown scoring 27 points and Tatum contributing 26 to the team. Seventeen points came from Brown’s side in the first quarter itself. The remaining three quarters witnessed others make their play.
Robert Williams put up 8 points with 10 rebounds and 4 blocks. His performance rented away from critics who saw him struggle in the first two games. Game 4 is crucial with an expectation to perform in the best form.
Draymond Green from the Warriors looked to refuse to catch the rhythm in the game as he scored 2 points to land a foul in the later time. Green walked out with 4:07 left in the fourth quarter. Damage was done, and the Celtics fans were only happier to see him leave.
Stephen Curry will show up in Game 4 despite his ankle injury. The final announcement is yet to be made before Game 4. His return is a major factor if the Warriors want to remain in the finals. Curry’s contribution of 31 points brought them closer to the Celtics. Match slipped away, but sports have a surprising way of functioning where anything can happen.
Klay Thompson displayed his best performance by scoring 25 points. If not Curry, Thompson must take on his shoulder to carry Game 4. Draymond Green could not outperform the Celtics, and the Celtics controlled his presence. With an ankle injury, Curry has 94 points in three games, and it is doubtful if the number will accelerate in the remaining two games.
Steve Kerr, the Couch of the Warriors, called it a tough night, adding that the team could not get it going. He also commented on Curry leaving the game with 2:19 left on the board. Steve Kerr said that it was not the injury that forced Curry out of the game but because there was not much to catch up to.
Al Horford dedicated the win to the fans whose energy, he stated, was contagious not to spread panic within the team even when things got a little shaky for the team.
Game 4 is scheduled for Friday at 9 PM ET. It remains to be seen if the Golden State Warriors can equalize the finals to make Game 5 hopeful. Fans and audiences could turn up in big numbers for the – kind of – 2022 NBA Finals decider.