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NBA Finals - US Sports: Curry form should worry Celtics

We head to the TD Garden for the first time in this year's NBA Finals, with the Boston Celtics and the Golden State Warriors tied at 1-1 in the best-of-seven series.

After winning the opening game in San Francisco, the Celtics suffered a heavy defeat at the Chase Center on Sunday and Stephen Curry stepped up to show just how good he can be.

The three-time NBA champion fired 29 points in the Warriors' 107-88 victory, with Steve Kerr's men now travelling to Boston looking to take an advantage for the first time in the series.

What: Golden State Warriors @ Boston Celtics - Game 3
Where: TD Garden, Boston
When: 02:00am, Thursday 9th June 2022
How to watch: Sky Sports Arena, bet365's Sports Live Streaming
Odds: Golden State Warriors 7/5, Boston Celtics 5/8

Dominant Curry can take it to Boston

Golden State clearly have the standout player across the two squads and the Celtics will need to find a way of stopping Steph Curry – easier said than done!

The GSW Point guard - who is 10/11 to be the Finals MVP - scored five three-pointers during the second half of Game 2, as well as making six rebounds and four assists.

Curry is always crucial to the Warriors but has been even more so in the current series, with the likes of Klay Thompson struggling to have an impact in the opening two games.

The shooting guard was just four from 19 from the field on Sunday, scoring just 11 points – that came off the back of Thompson's 15-point haul in the opening game.

But Curry - who scored 34 points in Game 1 - is capable of covering for his team-mates and the Celtics will be well aware that he needs to be stopped.

It is worth noting that GSW won at the TD Garden back in December, with Curry scoring 30 points in the 111-107 victory, with the Warriors available at 7/5 on the Money Line.

Celtics coach concerned by turnovers

During Game 2, Jayson Tatum became the youngest Celtic's player to score 500 or more points in a single post-season campaign when firing 28 points in defeat.

But that was overshadowed by how Boston fell apart in the second half, having been just two points behind at the midway stage.

Coach Ime Udoka watched on as his team committed 19 turnovers and that led to 33 for the Warriors - who also recorded 15 steals to just five for the Celtics.

Afterwards, Udoka admitted: "For us, that was a little disappointing. That's kind of been a constant theme in the play-offs. When that happens, we're in trouble."

Tatum, who bagged 27 points and eight rebounds when the Celtics lost to the Warriors in the regular season, has scored 40 points across the opening two games.

Another key stat going into Thursday's showdown is that in previous NBA Finals where the series has been tied at 1-1, the team that won Game 3 has gone on to win the championship 82% of the time.

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