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GAME ESSENTIALS: Warriors (53-29) vs. Celtics (51-31), at 6 p.m. (PT). TV: ABC
ODDS: Celtics -4. OVER/UNDER: 214.
FINALS SERIES UPDATE: Celtics lead, 2-1. LAST PLAYOFF MEETING: Celtics won 1964 NBA Finals 4-1.
Wednesday night could not have ended worse for the Warriors, who lost Game 3 to the Celtics and had quite the injury scare to Steph Curry.
But Curry said the foot sprain is not as bad as his previous one and he will play in Friday night’s Game 4 in Boston, where the Warriors will try to avoid falling in just the third 3-1 hole in a playoff series in the Steve Kerr era. The other two? 2016’s Western Conference finals against Oklahoma City (the Warriors came back to win) and the 2019 NBA Finals against Toronto (the Warriors lost in six games).
Curry has been vital for the Warriors during the Finals so far and scored 31 points on Wednesday to lead Golden State again. His fellow Splash Brother, Klay Thompson, broke out in Game 3 offensively, adding 25 points. But the real question now is whether they can get help from their other longtime running mate, Draymond Green.
Green admitted he played like … excrement … in Game 3, evoking similar reactions to his Game 1 performance. He responded from that first bad game with a sensational Game 2, but the Warriors are going to need him to perform even better on both the offensive and defensive side of the ball.
Meanwhile, Golden State will need to figure out something to cover up the massive size issues they’re dealing with, which resulted in getting doubled up on points in the paint (52-26) and second chance points (22-11) by the Celtics on Wednesday. Either Kevon Looney — or maybe rookie Jonathan Kuminga — should see the floor more on Friday.
How much does the foot injury impact Curry’s play? Can Green have a bounce-back game again? How will Golden State respond to the pummeling on the glass? And can the Warriors even up the series — or will they finish the night on the doorstep of elimination?
Follow along as reporters Madeline Kenney and Shayna Rubin and columnist Dieter Kurtenbach break down those questions and more in Game 4 of the NBA Finals.
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