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Steph Curry injured in 116-100 Warriors loss to Celtics in NBA Finals Game 3

Steph Curry Injury

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Steph Curry sank a 27-foot three-pointer near the conclusion of the third quarter, putting the Golden State Warriors in front of the Boston Celtics for the first time since the first minute.

It was also the Warriors’ last lead, as they were defeated 116-100 by the Celtics, who took a 2-1 lead in the NBA Finals series.

With four minutes left in the game, Curry plunged to the floor in a tussle for a lost ball with Al Horford of Boston, who rolled onto Curry’s foot.

Despite being in excruciating pain,  the Warriors’ talisman continued to play for another two minutes before exiting the court.

Klay Thompson, another Splash Brother, stated of Curry’s heroics, “Steph will do whatever he can to play.” He also stated that Steph Curry represents the team’s identity and that playing without him would be difficult.

Curry proved to be the Warriors’ sole threat to the Celtics’ formidable defense, demonstrating its dominance late in the game by holding Golden State to 11 points in the fourth quarter. With 31 points on Wednesday, he was the team’s leading scorer, and Golden State will be hoping he can recover in time for Game 4.

Curry told reporters after the game, “Obviously, in some pain, but I’ll be alright.” “Wait and see how I’m feeling tomorrow, then prepare for Friday.”

“I’m not worried about missing a game.” I’m going to make the most of the next 48 hours.”

Two three-pointers by Jaylen Brown, who led the Celtics with 27 points, nine rebounds, and five assists in the first quarter, helped Boston jump out to an early lead. The Celtics took a 33-22 lead into the second quarter after their lead grew to 15 points.

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In the first half, the Warriors went 8-of-23 from the field, and their scrambling defense gave up multiple fouls, including three to Curry. But, as has been the case all season, Golden State recovered in the third quarter and went on a 14-3 run to erase the Celtics’ advantage.

The Celtics found a way to fight back in Game 2 when a third-quarter scoring explosion was enough to give the Dubs the win. With an 11-6 rally, Boston reclaimed the lead heading into the fourth inning and never trailed again.

Jayson Tatum, Marcus Smart, and Brown each had more than 20 points, five rebounds, and five assists, becoming the first trio of teammates to do so in an NBA Finals game since Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Michael Cooper of the Los Angeles Lakers in 1984 — a series that the Celtics won in seven games.

Will the outcome of this year’s NBA Finals resemble that of 1984? Answers will be given in Game 4, which is set to take place on Friday.

Opinions expressed by California Observer contributors are their own.

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