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June 13, 2022 at 10:57 p.m. EDT

Name a best duo

Jordan Poole and the Chase Center half-court third quarter buzzer beaters, name a better duo.

Jared Weiss

Writer, Celtics

June 13, 2022 at 10:52 p.m. EDT

Give up cover for victory (for now)

Would you watch this, the Celtics are actually playing drop coverage on Stephen Curry!

A block from Grant Williams, a modified move by Robert Williams II and step 3 for Steph. It can be done.

And the difference between Game 4 and tonight is only inches, not because the Celtics threw the cover itself in the trash.

Mike Prada

Mike Prada

Managing Editor, NBA

June 13, 2022 at 10:51 p.m. EDT

Both can be true

Tired: The Warriors are magic in the third quarter.

Wired: The Warriors are magic in the third quarter.

Eric Korean

Eric Korean

Personal Writer, Raptors

June 13, 2022 at 10:44 p.m. EDT

Hand down, man down

Shooting variance, yes, but it’s open looks the Celtics get.

John Hollinger

John Hollinger

Senior Writer, NBA

June 13, 2022 at 10:42 p.m. EDT

Celtics take a 58-55 lead

The Celtics started 0 of 12 from 3. They’ve been 8 of 8 since. The Warriors are 3 of 21. Steph Curry still hasn’t reached 3.

Anthony Slater

Anthony Slater

Senior Writer, Warriors

June 13, 2022 at 10:41 p.m. EDT

It may be time for traditional pick-and-rolls for the Warriors

With the way Marcus Smart pushes Stephen Curry off the ball, it’s probably time for Steve Kerr to return to more traditional pick-and-rolls with his superstar.

The off-ball stuff worked early, but Boston adapted.

Mike Prada

Mike Prada

Managing Editor, NBA

June 13, 2022 at 10:40 p.m. EDT

Tatum wakes up in the third

Jayson Tatum up to 22 points on 9-of-12 shooting from the field.

He was expected in this series.

Anthony Slater

Anthony Slater

Senior Writer, Warriors

June 13, 2022 at 10:38 p.m. EDT

Marcus Smart asks for a sub

Marcus Smart is injured. He just asked for a submarine.

Derrick White is about to show up at the next whistle.

Jared Weiss

Jared Weiss

Writer, Celtics

June 13, 2022 at 10:34 p.m. EDT

3 point struggles for both sides

After missing their first 12 games, the Celtics are 5 for 17 of 3. The Warriors are 3 for 17.

Marcus Thompson II

Marcus Thompson II

Senior Columnist, Bay Area

June 13, 2022 at 10:33 p.m. EDT

Celtics open third on 10-0 run

Great moment as the Celtics have huge defensive possession scrambling for a shot clock violation, then Tatum controls to put Wiggins on a screen and then back up to get a three wide open.

Buries a contested 3 on the next play and it’s a 2-point play. What a race.

The Warriors lead 51-49.

Jared Weiss

Jared Weiss

Writer, Celtics

June 13, 2022 at 10:23 p.m. EDT

Difficult for Jaylen Brown in the first half

Hard to understand how Jaylen Brown scores when Draymond Green is in his zone as the Warriors get their hands on the ball while he holds it and then Green shades it so hard the only counter is to rebound and call for a clear outside.

Brown doesn’t hit his dribble pull-up tonight and Green is too big and too fast to let Brown reach his eurostep to the right.

Even when Brown tries to cross the lane and eject him, he doesn’t slow down to do two-footed reads and the Warriors can get deflections on his takedowns.

Jared Weiss

Jared Weiss

Writer, Celtics

June 13, 2022 at 10:22 p.m. EDT

It was a rattling first half

Both teams combined to shoot a gruesome 6-for-32 from 3-pointers in the first 24 minutes of action, or 18.75% for those of you scoring at home.

For the most part, both teams generated reasonably healthy long-range shots, although fewer were taken by each team’s absolute best shooters.

Expect these looks to drop by a higher proportion in the future, which is a big reason why I focus more on shot quality than shot success at the start of a match.

Even so, the gruesome shoot made the finish all the more important and it kind of amplifies Robert Williams’ impact. The Warriors are much less aggressive both shooting in the paint and driving when Williams is there, which was clear in the final minutes of the second quarter when Williams was down.

Hopefully Udoka saves some of Williams’ minutes for the second half as the Celtics need more than twelve minutes from their top rim protector per half if he’s physically capable. It was an impressive and courageous final from the 24-year-old. big man.

Danny Leroux

Danny Leroux

June 13, 2022 at 10:17 p.m. EDT

It was bad, but it could be worse for Boston

Jaylen Brown has made a number of bad decisions. The Celtics bench did not score a field goal. Boston’s offense was an absolute mess.

The Celtics put themselves in a brutally difficult position on the road, but are still one race away from being back in this game.

Jay King

Jay King

Writer, Celtics

June 13, 2022 at 10:17 p.m. EDT

Great minutes for GP2

The Warriors got some great minutes in the first half with Gary Payton II. He was exceptional in defense. He even played center for a while.

He was paired on Robert Williams III and Andre Iguodala noticed him and tried to switch. But Payton waved him off. He defended Brown, Tatum, Smart and Horford in 13 minutes.

More so, he gave the Warriors seven points, including a corner 3.

Payton’s game is an interesting development on the heels. Jordan Poole doesn’t look good and the Celtics attacked him a lot more on defense in this game.

It could very well end up being Payton in stride.

Marcus Thompson II

Marcus Thompson II

Senior Columnist, Bay Area

June 13, 2022 at 10:14 p.m. EDT

Dare I say?

If the Warriors win this game, and ultimately this series, and Andrew Wiggins is the most consistent two-way player in the series, shouldn’t he be named MV (is hit in the head with a mallet)?

David Aldridge

David Aldridge

Senior Columnist, NBA

June 13, 2022 at 10:13 p.m. EDT

Warriors lead 51-39 at halftime

Draymond Green plays his best half of the final, scores eight points and flies away. Andrew Wiggins gave 16 and seven rebounds. 10 points from Steph Curry without making another 3.

The Warriors defense holds the Celtics to 39 points. Up to 12 at halftime. Neither team makes their shots.

Anthony Slater

Anthony Slater

Senior Writer, Warriors

June 13, 2022 at 10:12 p.m. EDT

Let’s see if it pays

I really like this game plan for the Celtics to take down their stagnant critical-time offense early so maybe they know how to run a random play in the fourth quarter.

It’s a bold strategy. Cotton, let’s see if it pays off for them.

Jared Weiss

Jared Weiss

Writer, Celtics

June 13, 2022 at 10:07 p.m. EDT

Warriors take advantage of Celtics facade

Both teams have tried to make a lot of back cuts against perimeter-facing defenders, but unsurprisingly, the Warriors have much more success with it because it’s a critical part of their offense.

Jared Weiss

Jared Weiss

Writer, Celtics

June 13, 2022 at 10:03 p.m. EDT

Wiggins has found his rhythm

Andrew Wiggins with 14 points and 7 rebounds in this first half. He made some tough 2s in the end when the Warriors offense got stuck in the mud.

Wiggins has 31 points and 23 rebounds the last six quarters of this series.

Anthony Slater

Anthony Slater

Senior Writer, Warriors

June 13, 2022 at 10:01 p.m. EDT

Celtics finally connect remotely

That 3-pointer from Tatum with about 4:30 left in the first half was the Celtics’ first mark from that range in the game.

They missed their first 12 3-pointers.

Jay King

Jay King

Writer, Celtics