2022 NBA Finals Game 3 Preview
Celtics Versus Warriors Game 3: Wednesday June 8th, at Boston, 8 pm Central
Celtics are 3.5-point Home Favorite (via Caesar Sports book) in Game 3
Updated Top 10 Players in the Series:
- Steph Curry
- Jayson Tatum
- Jaylen Brown
- Draymond Green
- Andrew Wiggins
- Al Horford
- Derrick White
- Marcus Smart
- Jordan Poole
- Klay Thompson
As you can see, my list has gotten changed up quite a bit…
Steph & JT
Steph Curry has been the best individual offense player in this series, and it’s not even close. In Game 1, the Warriors lost, but it definitely wasn’t because of the Chef. He dropped 34 in the first game, and followed up with the easiest 29 points you’re going to see in a NBA Finals setting. “Easy” is the key word here. While Tatum held his own; Steph has just found his offense way easier, so far in this series. It’s like he’s playing a game of 21, while everyone else is playing 5v5.
The Draymond Dilemma
Just when I was ready to call Draymond washed, he drops a classic Draymond performance. He gave the Warriors the most impactful 9,7, & 5 stat line you will see. Draymond was everywhere. He was getting sneaky steals, arm hooks, pushes, and grabs. There was an instance he blatantly pushed Grant Williams in the back, and Grant got called for the foul. At first I was annoyed, but then I had to respect it. That’s his game, and he’s excellent at it. He mentally had the edge on the Celtics and the officials the entire night. As someone who took 5 years to finish undergrad, I’m familiar with the, if you ain’t cheating you ain’t trying mentality.
Jaylen Brown & His Poor Shot Selection
Jaylen Brown started off hot, and turned into that one guy who’s never seen a shot he didn’t like. Every local pick up game has one. The deeper issue was he let Draymond get in his head a bit. His Game 1 performance still warrants a move up in the rankings.
Predictions & Notes
- Klay will have a comeback performance in Game 3.
- Andrew Wiggins looks like the 3rd best player on the Warriors right now.
- Jordan Poole is a rich man’s Jordan Clarkson (that’s not a bad thing).
- Coach Udoka waited too long to pull Robert Williams from the Game.
- Al Horford looked old, and Marcus Smart looked hurt.