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Game 3 Preview: Warriors at Celtics – 08/06/22

Game 3 Preview: Warriors at Celtics – 08/06/22

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MATCH 3 GAUNTLET IN BOSTON
After splitting the first two games of the series at home, the Warriors travel to Boston on Wednesday for Game 3 of the 2022 NBA Finals. Wednesday’s showdown will be the Dubs’ first road game of the Championship Series. , the last visit to the TD Garden December 17 during the regular season. Going into Wednesday’s game, the Warriors have won at least one road game in each of the last 26 playoffs, an NBA-record streak that began in 2013, and are looking to continue that streak in the first road game of the final team.

WARRIORS FINALS WATCH PARTY AT THE CHASE CENTER
Dub Nation – due to popular demand, we’re moving our watch parties inside the Chase Center! Come to the Chase Center and cheer on the Dubs with your fellow fans as we broadcast the game to the arena! Tickets are required and cost $25, with proceeds going to the Warriors Community Foundation. Plus, your Watch Party ticket gets you free rides on MUNI on the day of your event. ” To buy tickets | Event Information

LAST TIME OUT
The Warriors opened what was a two-pointer at halftime with a 35-14 third quarter in Sunday’s 107-88 win over the Celtics in Game 2 of the 2022 NBA Finals Stephen Curry scored 14 of his 29 points in the third period and Jordan Poole closed out the quarter with a buzzer-beating shot from nearly halfway up the field. With the win, the Dubs tied the best of seven Championship Series at 1-1. » Complete recap of the game

THIS THIRD QUARTER BLITZ
There’s just something about the third quarter, because the Warriors played their best ball in the third period in each of the first two games. The Dubs outscored the Celtics 73-38 in the third period of those two games combined. Third-quarter excellence is nothing new for the Dubs, as they led the NBA overall plus-minus in the third period of the regular season, outscoring opponents by an average of 2.8 points per game over the course of the season. of this period. In this postseason, the Warriors had their most success from distance in the third quarter, making more threes (3.7) and at a better rate (41.3%) than in any other period. Stephen Curry has had tremendous third quarters throughout his career, and that continued on Sunday, and Jordan Poole and Andrew Wiggins also had their third quarter moments in this series.

MATCHUP AT A GLANCE

Playoff standings
GSW BOS
53-29 51-31
3rd West 2nd East
PTS: 113.7 (1st) PTS: 106.8 (8th)
REC: 44.3 (5th) REC: 42.7 (7th)
ASD: 27.9 (1st) ASD: 24.7 (5th)

PREVIOUS GAME BEGINNERS

GSW: Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Andrew Wiggins, Draymond Green and Kevon Looney

BO: Marcus Smart, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, Al Horford and Robert Williams III

INJURY NOTES AND LIST

GSW: GSW: Andre Iguodala is day to day. James Wiseman (right knee injury management) is absent. Team notes

BO: None. Team notes

CURRY FLURRY NBA FINALS
Stephen Curry sank five splashes on his way to a game-high 29-point effort in which he didn’t play a second in the fourth quarter on Sunday. Curry, who set an NBA record in Game 1 for the most 3-pointers in any quarterfinal game with six splashes in the opening frame, was the leading scorer in each of the first two games of the series. The two-time MVP and three-time champion averaged 31.5 points in the first two games of the Finals, shooting 45.5% from the field and 45.9% from 3-point range with 12 total splashes.

Curry’s offensive abilities have been well documented, but it’s his defensive work that has impressed his teammates recently. Curry played in passing lanes throughout Game 2 and had three interceptions, in addition to defending as a defender on the ball, as noted by Draymond Green.

TEAM HEADS OF EVENTS

GSW BOS
PTS: Curry (26.6) PTS: Tatum (26.3)
REC: Looney (7.7) REB: Horford (9.3)
AST: Green (6.3) AST: Tatum (6.1)

BOSTON SCOUTING REPORT
The Celtics enter Game 3 of the NBA Finals without having lost any consecutive playoff games yet. In fact, Boston has lost two in a row just once since Jan. 23. However, Boston was beaten at home in those playoffs. Despite falling one game behind Miami for the Eastern Conference’s best home record, the Celtics actually have a better road record (8-3) in this playoff than they do at home (5-4). .

In the Finals, Boston saw top-to-bottom performances from several players on its roster. All-NBA wing Jayson Tatum rebounded from a cold shooting Game 1 by making six of his nine 3-point attempts in a 28-point effort in Game 2. And after Marcus Smart and Al Horford made a few 3-point daggers in Game 1, each of those two starters had just two points in Game 2, shooting a combined 2-for-10 from the floor with seven turnovers. Jaylen Brown carried the Celtics for multiple periods in the first two games, leading Boston’s Game 1 comeback early in the fourth quarter and starting hot with nine of his 17 points in Game 2 in the first two minutes and half. of the first quarter, and Derrick White also hurt the Dubs with his outside shot (seven threes in two games).

If Game 3 goes like the first two games, keep an eye on the 3-point line. Boston has made almost as many 3-pointers (36) as 2-pointers (37) in the first two games, and their shooting percentage is actually better on the three (46.2%) than on the two-point attempts (42.5%). The Warriors rebounded from their Game 1 loss in Game 2, and now the Celtics will look to do the same after the Dubs held them to their playoff low on Sunday.


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