In Game 3 of the NBA Finals, the Boston Celtics defeated the Golden State Warriors 116-100 to claim a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.
The Celtics dominated by playing defensively sound basketball. The Celtics battled it out with an excellent showcase of what a good defense is capable of. On the greatest stage, defense and rebounding controlled the day.
This series may be a significant data point in the age-old debate between offense and defense. The Celtics’ loss in Game 2 was partly due to their defense not performing at the same pace. However, it appears that they are back on track following Game 3.
Curry scored a match 31 points despite being whistled for four fouls. Draymond Green was extremely silent during the game and fouled out in the fourth. Andrew Wiggins and Kevon Looney attempted, but failed, to fight past foul trouble.
The Warriors mounted on one of their classic third-quarter rallies to retake control of a game they had been down since the first moment. The Celtics, on the other hand, were going far too far back throughout that third-quarter rally. The Warriors have two of the best shooters in the league and a slew of other playmakers. As a result, they can’t be determined below the 3-point line. Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson will take advantage of a quarter of an inch to make a shot.
The Warriors were down 3-1 in the Finals the last time they did so in 2019, and there was one big drawback. Kevin Durant only appeared in a cameo against the Raptors. Golden State’s three-peat effort was wiped out when Thompson injured his knee in Game 6, and Durant chose to heal across the country in Brooklyn. The Warriors are healthier going into Game 4 on Friday, but they’ll be on the road against a tricky Celtics squad. In addition, they let up 68 points in the first half to Boston on Wednesday. They must devise a strategy to counteract the Celtics’ bulk, which was both physical and metaphorical in Game 3.