These NBA playoffs and finals have been a showcase for the resilience of the Boston Celtics and Golden State Warriors.
No team has lost consecutive games this postseason. Golden State is 5-0 after one loss, including a win in Game 2 of this series. Boston improved to 7-0 after a loss by winning Game 3 and taking a 2-1 lead.
The Warriors have another chance to bounce back in Friday’s crucial Game 4. A win ties the series at 2-2 and sends it back to San Francisco wide open for either to prevail. A Celtics victory gives them an almost insurmountable 3-1 lead and complete control of the series.
MAIN GAME 4:Boston in the driver’s seat, but Game 4 could upset the series
CONCLUSIONS OF GAME 3:The Celtics show resilience once again to overcome the Warriors
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Who has the advantage heading into Game 4? Here’s everything you need to know for Friday’s game, including broadcast information and key X-factors for each team.
What TV channel is broadcasting the NBA Finals?
Game 4 of the 2022 NBA Finals will be nationally televised on ABC at 9 p.m. ET.
What is the NBA Finals schedule?
(All Eastern Time; **If necessary)
Game 1: Celtics 120, Warriors 108, Chase Center, San Francisco
Game 2: Warriors 107, Celtics 88, Chase Center, San Francisco
Game 3: Celtics 116, Warriors 100, TD Garden, Boston
Game 4: Friday, 9 p.m., TD Garden, Boston
Game 5: June 13, 9 p.m., Chase Center, San Francisco
**Game 6: June 16, 9 p.m., TD Garden, Boston
**Game 7: June 19, 8 p.m., Chase Center, San Francisco
How do you stream the NBA Finals?
Game 4 can be streamed live on ESPN.com and ESPN+. The stream is also available on FuboTV.
Who are the X factors for Game 4?
Robert Williams III of Boston
Williams has been managing the soreness in his left knee that has bothered him since the end of the regular season and kept him out of the points during the playoffs. However, when he is 100% and at the top of his game, the Celtics are at their best. Williams made his mark in Game 3 with eight points, 10 rebounds, four blocks and three steals in 26 minutes and played great defense all over the court. Coach Ime Udoka called Williams a prototypical “modern NBA center.” His defensive versatility allows the Celtics to play big more often alongside Al Horford and take advantage of the smaller Warriors.
Golden State’s Jordan Poole
Poole has arguably been the Warriors’ biggest X-factor all season, and we’re seeing why in the Finals. Aside from a brief stretch late in Game 2 after the outcome was largely decided, Poole hasn’t had a significant impact on the Finals. He is scoring 12 points per game in the series after averaging 18.4 through the first three rounds. Golden State desperately needs his production as a third (and sometimes second) scoring option, especially if Steph Curry will be hampered by the apparent leg injury he sustained in Game 3.