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Former Boston Celtics player Bill Walton cheers with fans in the third quarter during Game Three of the 2022 NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors at TD Garden on June 08, 2022 in Boston, Massachusetts

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Former Boston Celtics player Bill Walton cheers with fans in the third quarter during Game Three of the 2022 NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors at TD Garden on June 08, 2022 in Boston, Massachusetts

Former Boston Celtics player Bill Walton cheers with fans in the third quarter during Game Three of the 2022 NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors at TD Garden on June 08, 2022 in Boston, Massachusetts.  Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFP (

The Boston Celtics are in position to take a commanding lead in the NBA Finals, while the Golden State Warriors are hoping they don’t have to play without star guard Stephen Curry.

Boston is halfway toward winning its first NBA title since 2008 and the Celtics will look to take another step Friday night when they host the Warriors in Game 4 of the best-of-seven series.

Boston is looking to grab a 3-1 lead after outplaying Golden State for most of the contest in Wednesday’s 116-100 home victory.

The Celtics have had issues at home in the postseason but the raucous Game 3 atmosphere fueled a fast start and an energetic ending.

“This is the finals, it’s big,” Boston star forward Jayson Tatum said. “But at the same time, you want to keep that same focus of we’ve got a game on Friday, we’ve got to lock in and things like that. When you walk in the Garden and it’s already filled while you’re warming up, you definitely notice a different energy.”

The Warriors are more concerned about the left foot of Curry, who was injured during a scramble for the ball when Celtics big man Al Horford landed on his leg. Curry was in pain on the floor and initially remained in the game with 4:07 to play. He was removed less than two minutes later when coach Steve Kerr decided the game was out of reach.

“We’ll see how it responds,” Curry said. “Not much (else) to say. I don’t feel like I’ll miss a game. Take advantage of these next 48 hours to get ready.”

Curry scored 31 in Game 3 and made 6 of 11 from 3-point range. He is averaging 31.3 points and has made 18 of 37 (48.6 percent) of his shots from 3-point range in the series.

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Fellow Splash Brother Klay Thompson is hopeful Curry will be on the floor on Friday.

“Well, we need him if we want to win this thing,” Thompson said. “I know Steph is going to do everything he can in his power to play. I am really hoping he’s OK because he’s our identity, and without him, it will be very difficult.”

Golden State continued its trend of stellar third quarters as it outscored Boston 33-25 to trail 93-89. But the Warriors tallied just 11 final-quarter points on 5-of-15 shooting, including misses on eight of nine 3-point attempts.

Al Horford #42 of the Boston Celtics reacts after a play with teammates Marcus Smart #36 and Grant Williams

Al Horford #42 of the Boston Celtics reacts after a play with teammates Marcus Smart #36 and Grant Williams #12 in the first quarter against the Golden State Warriors during Game Three of the 2022 NBA Finals at TD Garden on June 08, 2022 in Boston, Massachusetts. Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFP 

A lot of the credit for the Celtics’ strong defensive showing went to big man Robert Williams III, who contributed eight points, 10 rebounds, four blocked shots and three steals.

“Rob is really a game changer,” Horford said. “We’re very fortunate to have a guy that impacts winning in the way that he does, because it’s beyond the numbers with him. It’s just all the things that he brings, being in the right places. I’ve been so impressed with Rob, just his ability to just continue to get better and learn.”

Boston has been impressed with the way Williams has fought through a left knee injury. He has missed just one of the team’s past 10 games despite the ailment that limited him to 14 ineffective minutes in Game 2.

“It’s been rough. Throwing everything at it,” Williams said. “Usually it’s more sore the day after the game. …

“I think it’s a matter of playing through pain. Obviously, not getting the time off that I need for this injury. We’ll focus on that after the season.”

Williams helped Boston possess a 47-31 rebounding edge in Game 3. Golden State forward Draymond Green had just two points and four rebounds.

“I just think I never found a rhythm, really on both ends of the floor,” Green said. “Not enough force. But just got to find a rhythm quicker. … I was soft. That’s what was most disappointing to me.”

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Thompson enjoyed his best game of the series with 25 points.

Boston had three players top 20 points: Jaylen Brown (27), Tatum (26) and Marcus Smart (24).

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Nick Kyrgios has laughed off questions regarding his on-court attire, as he opted to change his shoes and hat before taking a post-match interview following his gutsy performance in the fourth round.

Kyrgios’ detractors were desperate for something, anything, to take the shine off his impressive five-set win, where he battled a shoulder ailment throughout, receiving treatment several times.

But if his win over Stefanos Tsitsipas was a ‘circus’, as the vanquished Greek proposed it was, this was anything but.

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Save for a couple of words with the chair umpire late in the contest, Kyrgios was focused, and almost reserved at times.

Few sports stars are as polarising – and when Kyrgios switched his hat and shoes for a red Jordan brand cap and some matching sneakers, it gave his critics – of which there were fewer than his last match, for obvious reasons – the ammunition they needed.

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On commentary, Aussie legend Todd Woodbridge said that his countryman “might receive a letter in his locker” about the hat and shoe change.

The 27-year-old’s post-win press conference was nothing like the combative environment that it was two days ago, right until the very end.

A reporter posed the idea that Kyrgios invites his own controversy, including an open flaunting of clear wardrobe rules.

“Why then would you walk on to centre court with bright red trainers on and do an interview in a red cap?” Kyrgios was asked.

The reply was typically Kyrgios.

“Because I do what I want,” he responded, before being pressed on whether or not he thought he was above the rules.

“No. I’m not above the rules. I just like wearing my Jordans.”

The line of questioning continued despite a moderator’s attempted intervention, when Kyrgios was quick to correct the journalist that he hadn’t ‘moaned’ about controversy.

“I haven’t moaned. I love it,” he said.

“Yeah, it’s just more attention for me. What’s that saying? Any publicity is good publicity, right?

“Keep doing you then champion,” he said to the question asker before moving on.

Kyrgios will get a day off before facing Chile’s Cristian Garin for a spot in the final four.

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Erik ten Hag was afforded a first opportunity to work with a number of returning Reds at Carrington on Monday.

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Cristian Garin came from two sets down and saved two match points in the fifth before beating Alex de Minaur to reach his first grand slam quarter-final at Wimbledon.

The unseeded Chilean trailed 5-3 in the first-to-10 fifth-set tiebreaker before winning six straight points to take a 9-5 lead.

He then converted his second match point to advance 2-6, 5-7, 7-6 (3), 6-4, 7-6 (6) on Court No.2 after four hours and 34 minutes.

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Garin is the first Chilean man to reach a Grand Slam quarterfinal since Fernando Gonzales in 2009.

The 19th-seeded de Minaur had never lost a set against Garin in three previous meetings and looked set to maintain that streak when he led 3-1 in the third-set tiebreaker. The Australian then held two match points at 5-4 in the fifth.

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