Celtics-Warriors score takeaways: Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum lead Boston to Game 3 win

Celtics-Warriors score takeaways: Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum lead Boston to Game 3 win

The Boston Celtics regained the lead in the 2022 NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors. At home for the first time in the series, the Celtics pulled away from the Warriors for a 116-100 win in Game 3 on Wednesday night. Boston, up 2-1 in the Finals, held off a Golden State charge in the third quarter and put the game aside in the fourth quarter. Jaylen Brown (27 points), Jayson Tatum (26) and Marcus Smart (24), combined for 77 points to lead the Celtics, who led by as much as 18 points in the first half.

Stephen Curry scored a game-high 31 points on 12 of 22 shooting and went on to score 15 in the third quarter as the Warriors momentarily held the lead. Klay Thompson had his best game of the series, adding 25 points, but it wasn’t enough. Draymond Green struggled, scoring just two points and adding three assists before fouling out in the fourth quarter

Boston is now 7-0 after a playoff loss. Golden State, meanwhile, is also undefeated in the 2022 playoffs after a loss, and the Warriors have won at least one road game in their last 26 playoffs. Game 4 is scheduled for Friday night in Boston.

Here are three key takeaways from Game 3.

Celtics balanced offense resists Warriors push

Here’s a fun stat to show how impressive Boston’s Game 3 win was: Tatum, Brown and Smart are the first trio to each have 20 points, five assists and five rebounds in a Finals game since 1984, by ESPN Stats and Information. The latest trio to do that, oh just the Showtime Lakers with Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Michael Cooper.

Brown started early for the Celtics, scoring 17 points in the first quarter to fire up the Boston crowd and help the C’s take an early lead. He was batting in 3 seconds, reaching the free throw line and working in mid-range jumpers to show Golden State the full range of his offensive skills. Although Brown did most of his damage in the first quarter – as he only scored 10 points over the next three quarters – it didn’t matter as Smart and Tatum took over from him for the rest of the game. Smart’s performance was particularly notable, given his two-point miss in Game 2. He got to the edge easily and had favorable rolls from beyond the arc to help Boston maintain their advantage in crucial moments.

But it wasn’t just the Big 3 of Tatum, Brown and Smart who did it for the Celtics. Grant Williams gave Boston huge minutes off the bench, posting his best performance in this series with 10 points and five rebounds. The same goes for Robert Williams III, who was only two points away from a double-double (eight points, 10 boards). Although Robert Williams battled a lingering knee injury, he still looked sharp on the floor, finishing with four blocks on the night. With him patrolling around the rim, the Warriors were limited to just 26 points in the paint, a steep drop from the 40 points they generated in Game 2.

Although the Celtics almost let things fall apart in the third quarter – again – they managed to hold off a huge performance from Curry to take the series lead 2-1.

The Warriors lost, but Klay could be back

Going into Game 3, Thompson joked about what he would do to regain his shooting touch for this series. After all, he was only shooting 30.3 percent from the field and was 4 of 15 from 3s.

“Gosh, probably just YouTube ‘Game 6 Klay’ because there were some very pressured situations I was in,” Thompson said. “I ended up shooting the ball well. When you can do it with your back to the wall, you can do it anytime. It’s just about keeping that mental strong.”

I don’t know if Thompson actually loaded up some of his greatest playoff hits heading into Wednesday’s game, but whatever he did, it certainly worked. Thompson shot 41.2% from the field and 38.5% from deep to finish with 25 points. He punished the Celtics every time one of their greats entered pick-and-roll coverage, and showed he could create for himself in the arc as well.

The only problem, however, is that even his rebounding performance wasn’t enough to take the Warriors to a win. However, with Golden State losing again, seeing Thompson warm up in Game 3 should be a hopeful sign for the Warriors moving forward.

Curry’s potential injury could change the streak

At the end of the fourth quarter, players from both teams were diving to the ground for a loose ball. By the time the whistle sounded and everyone had gathered, Curry was still on the ground, wincing in pain. He slowly got up and limped and stayed in the game, but he didn’t look the same after this incident. The replay showed Horford inadvertently falling on Curry’s leg amid the rush on the floor. After the match, Curry said his foot hurt, but hoped he could play in Game 4.

Here is an overview of the room:

After the game, Warriors coach Steve Kerr declined to elaborate, saying “We’ll know more (Thursday).”

Thompson also spoke on Curry’s injury: “Steph is going to do everything he can to play. I really hope he’s okay because he’s our identity.”

Thompson hit him in the head. Curry was the undisputed MVP for the Warriors throughout the playoffs, and even in Game 3, his 15-point third-quarter performance was the reason Golden State was back in that game. We’ll have to wait and see what the Warriors say about any potential injuries, but if Curry isn’t 100% healthy, then Golden State will be in trouble. The fact that Curry will only have one day off until Friday’s Game 4 only makes things worse for any recovery time needed.

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