The NBA Finals now shift to Boston for Games 3 and 4 with the Celtics and Warriors tied at 1 game each. The Celtics surprised the Warriors with a come from behind 120-108 win in Game 1. The Warriors came out and played a very physical game to even the series with a 107-88 win in Game 2. The Celtics will look to bounce back from a playoff loss once again.
The Celtics played from behind in much of the last two rounds. They were behind 0-1, 2-1, and 3-2 to the Bucks before ultimately winning the series. Against the Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals, they were behind 0-1, and 2-1 before taking their first lead in the series at 3-2. The Celtics have not lost back to back games in the playoffs. In fact, they have only lost back to back games 1 time in their last 54 games.
The Celtics have a history of letting down after a big win during these playoffs and they followed that same pattern in the first two games of this series. After a big win on the road vs Miami in Game 2, they came out flat in Game 3 and lost the game. After a big win in Game 5 on the road they came home and lost Game 6. As Derrick White said, “If it was easy, it wouldn’t be us.”
How To Watch
When: Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET
Where: TD Garden — Boston, Massachusetts
Online streaming: fuboTV
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The Celtics won Game 1 because they limited mistakes, shot efficiently, rebounded well, limited turnovers and got to the free throw line. In Game 2, they turned the ball over way too much, were not efficient offensively, allowed too many offensive rebounds for the Warriors, and were unable to get to the free throw line. They also allowed the Warriors to play much more physically than they did. They need to get back to playing like they did in the 4th quarter of Game 1.
Historically, winners of Game 1 win the series 70.7% of the time. This is only the 7th time in the past 33 years that a team has won Game 1 of the Finals on the road. Of the previous 6 teams only 3 went on to win the series. Only twice in the past 75 years has a road team won both Games 1 and 2 on the road in the Finals so it wasn’t a big aberration that the Celtics lost Game 2.
Boston has a mediocre 5-4 record at home in the playoffs. The Celtics lost twice at TD Garden in both the second round against the Milwaukee Bucks and Eastern Conference Finals versus the Miami Heat. These struggles in Boston have been a little surprising considering the Celtics’ 28 home wins during the regular season were the second-most of any team in the East.
After the Boston Celtics landed the first punch of the NBA Finals with a comeback win in Game 1, the Golden State Warriors answered with an emphatic counter in Game 2.
Now things really get interesting as the series shifts to Boston for Game 3 on Wednesday. The TD Garden crowd is sure to be amped for its first Finals game since 2010, despite the late 9 p.m. start on the East Coast.
The Celtics stole home-court advantage with their win in the opener, but they’ve hardly been world beaters at TD Garden this postseason. They’re 5-4 at home, with two wins against the Nets in their first-round sweep, and lost twice each to the Heat and Bucks in the last two series.
What is the schedule for the 2022 Finals?
(All times Eastern; ** If necessary)
Game 1: Celtics 120, Warriors 108, Chase Center, San Francisco.
Game 2: Warriors 107, Celtics 88, Chase Center, San Francisco.
Game 3: June 8, 9 p.m., TD Garden, Boston.
Game 4: June 10, 9 p.m., TD Garden, Boston.
Game 5: June 13, 9 p.m., Chase Center, San Francisco.
**Game 6: June 16, 9 p.m., TD Garden, Boston.
**Game 7: June 19, 8 p.m., Chase Center, San Francisco.
How do you stream the 2022 NBA Finals? Game 3 of the championship series can be live streamed at ESPN.com and ESPN+. Streaming is also available on FuboTV.
Who are the X-factors for Game 3?
Golden State’s Klay Thompson
We all know Thompson is still working his way back from missing 2½ seasons due to injuries. So, no one is expecting pre-injury Klay just yet. However, he is averaging just 13 points against Boston and shooting just 10-for-33 (30.3%) from the field and 4-for-15 on 3s (26.7%). He was 4-for-19 and 1-for-8 in Game 2. Thompson is committed to defense, so that isn’t a problem. Thompson has had three 30-point games in the playoffs, including 32 in Game 5 against Dallas in the Western Conference finals. At some point, the Warriors will need a scoring lift from Thompson.
Boston’s Grant Williams
Williams has just six points through two games of the Finals, including zero in Game 1, and he has taken just four shots. The Warriors have outscored the Celtics by 19 points with Williams on the court in the series. Williams isn’t a huge scorer for the Celtics — 9.4 points per game in the playoffs — but he’s shooting 40.7% on 3-pointers. He has had random big game in this postseason: 17 against Brooklyn in the first round, 21 and 27 in Games 1 and 7 against Milwaukee in the Eastern Conference semifinals and three double-digits scoring games against Miami in the conference finals, including 19 in Game 2. The Celtics will benefit from his scoring.