Boston Celtics: 3 keys to taking a commanding 3-1 NBA Finals lead

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The Boston Celtics now stand just two wins away from their first NBA championship since 2008. After a scrappy Game 2 loss that turned out to be a blowout, the Cs returned home for Game 3.

Jaylen Brown wasted no time getting going as he led the offense to a successful first quarter. The Celtics held a comfortable lead heading into the half. Unfortunately, as has been the case throughout the series, Golden State blitzed Boston in the third. Entering the fourth quarter, the C’s lead had dwindled down to just four.

Just like in Game 1, the fourth quarter was all Boston from the get-go. The Celtics returned the favor to the Dubs and pounded the rock inside constantly.

Draymond Green fouled out down the stretch and by the end of the twelve minutes, the Celtic lead crept back up to 16.

Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum showed up and played to their superstar potential. Brown led the way with 27 points and Tatum was not far behind as he posted 26.

Marcus Smart completed the trifecta of twenty point scorers for Boston as he added in 24. The Celtic trio made incredible history with their all around solid performance.

Golden State saw Steph Curry light it up once more with his tag team partner Klay Thompson not far behind.

Game 4 at the TD Garden awaits, and with momentum on their side, Boston has a chance to take a commanding series lead.

As Game 4 approaches, Rob Williams III (knee) is the only Celtic on the injury report as he is listed as questionable. Otto Porter Jr. and Andre Iguodala are both game time decisions with minor ailments.

One major add to the injury report is Stephen Curry as he has developed a foot injury during a loose ball scrum. According to the man himself, Steph should play in Game 4.

Without any further delay let’s take a look at three keys to a Game 4 win.