The Boston Celtics have snagged the lead in the 2022 NBA Finals after a 116-100 win in Game 3 over the Golden State Warriors. Behind a monster performance from the trio of Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart, they could put the Warriors on the ropes before heading back to San Francisco in Friday’s Game 4.

Boston showed their resiliency after a blowout defeat in Game 2. They have yet to lose a game after a loss so far in this year’s playoffs, winning all seven of their chances. 77 points combined from their star trio put the Celtics on top and gave them the chance to go up 3-1.

The Warriors, of course, will not go down easily. A one-game lead can be lost in an instant. The Celtics have to come out ready to play in Game 4. The dynamic of the entire series is at stake. Boston can put themselves in a very favorable position to win or let the series even back up.

3 things Celtics must do to dominate Warriors in Game 4 of 2022 NBA Finals to go up 3-1

3. Keep the ball moving

The Celtics did a great job of finding good looks on offense by keeping the ball moving. They created openings off the ball and made quick, snappy passes to collapse the Warriors’ vaunted defense. An offense with so much movement is hard to contain, with Boston providing a quintessential example of it on the biggest stage.

Whenever Celtics that aren’t named Tatum or Brown tried their hand at isolation, it didn’t usually go well compared to possessions where fewer dribbles occurred. The Warriors can keep up when not-so-great ball handlers try to make something out of nothing. When they use screens to free up ball-handlers and get the ball to rollers or players on the perimeter who attack openings, they look nothing short of dominant.

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Boston recorded 28 assists in their Game 3 win and 33 in their series-opening win, which both rank in the top five among all their games in this year’s playoffs. They should note that and look to keep sharing the rock.

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2. Target Stephen Curry again

The Warriors’ defense rivaled that of the Celtics’ throughout the season. But a chain still remains as strong as its weakest link. Between the two teams’ starters, Stephen Curry is the weakest defensive link. Boston looked to get him in front of the ball and then went to work.

Smart and Derrick White, the guards that the Celtics use the most, both have the strength to take it right at Curry and everyone else can use their height advantage.

The Warriors surround Curry with a lot of solid defenders and could help him by shrinking the floor. But if that happens, it will give Boston more passing lanes and thus, more room to collapse the back line of their defense. Taking it right at Curry yields good results for Boston. They have no reason not to keep doing it.

1. Dominate the paint

Boston completely owned the paint in Game 3. Robert Williams may have only played 26 minutes but his impact on the game was impossible to ignore. He, along with Al Horford and Grant Williams, gave the Celtics the edge inside, which gave them a monumental advantage in the game.

The Celtics collected 47 rebounds to the Warriors’ 31 while securing nine more offensive boards. Their astronomic 40.9 offensive rebound percentage helped them control the game. Boston shot 17 more shots in the paint than the Warriors. Such differing shot charts reveal why the Celtics were able to own most of Game 3 and hold on for the win even after a classic third-quarter run from Golden State.

The biggest key for the Celtics, as they look to keep their lead in the NBA Finals, is to own the paint on both sides of the floor.