The Boston Celtics claimed a 2-1 lead in the NBA finals after beating the Golden State Warriors 116-100 on Wednesday evening, with the Warriors now sweating over the fitness of Stephen Curry heading into game four (Celtics 4/9, Warriors 7/4 – series winner).
After losing game two, the Celtics responded in fine style, with Jaylen Brown flying out of the blocks.
He scored 17 of his 27 points in the first quarter, while Jayson Tatum contributed 26 points. Marcus Smart added another 24, and the 17-time NBA champions now lead 2-1 in the series, heading into game four on Friday.
Not only did the Warriors lose the contest, but they are also panicking over the fitness of Curry. He scored a game-high 31 points, including six three-pointers, but he injured his left leg in a melee in the final quarter.
Curry came off worst when scrambling for the ball on the floor and team-mate Klay Thompson, who scored 25 points on Wednesday, says he needs to return for his team to lift the trophy.
He told reporters: “We need him if we want to win this thing. And I know Steph will do everything he can in his power to play. I’m really hoping he’s okay because he is our identity and without him, it will be very difficult.”
In his post-match interview, Curry said he was confident he could shake the issue off, but he would need to assess the damage ahead of Friday’s clash in Boston.