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“It’s good that the game starts at midnight,” he quipped, referring to the 9 p.m. start. “We will have enough time to fix it.”

Kerr added that such a mishap is not particularly uncommon during a season.

It happens every now and then,” he said. “The players have a very keen eye for that. Players can tell. I imagine someone walked out there, looked at it, didn’t look right. As long as they take care of it, everything is fine.”

Lots of history

In Game 4 of the 1984 Finals, the Lakers stormed Kurt Rambis broke loose on a fast break and was clotheslined to the ground by Celtics forward Kevin McHale.

Rambis leapt up to challenge McHale before stumbling again and the teams were separated before things escalated further. And in one of the last rows at the top of the forum, an 18-year-old Kerr watched it all unfold.

“There’s definitely something mystical about the Celtics,” Kerr said. “Incredible franchise, incredible story. And for me, having grown up with these games and being a fan, it’s pretty cool to train against them in the finals.”

Steve Kerr and the Warriors welcome a golden opportunity to meet the Celtics in the NBA Finals.Steven Senne/Associated Press

This is Golden State’s sixth Finals appearance with its current core, but the other franchises it’s faced during this run haven’t had quite the same mystique. Yes, the Cavaliers — Golden State’s four-time opponents — had it Lebron Jamesbut until they defeated the Warriors in 2016, they had no championships.

Then in 2019, the Warriors faced the Raptors, who made their first Finals appearance.

So Game 3 of these NBA Finals, played under the Celtics’ 17 championship banners, promised to give a little more juice to a Golden State team that has been the main one for the past eight years.

“It’s something special,” Warriors star Stephen Curry said. “Historical team, dynasties from the 80’s, how many championships they’ve won over the years, all the different highlights to look at. [They] just have a different iconic look when you see it on tv.

“Just watch larry [Bird] do what he’s done his entire career by watching the Boston LA series, [Kevin Garnett], Ray Allen, Paul Pierz, [Rajon] rondowho get the championship here. KG’s hilarious “Anything is Possible” aftermath. There is a lot of history in this city, in this building. There should be a great atmosphere out there on the pitch.”

Kerr played in the NBA from 1988 to 2003 and said some of his fondest memories early in his career came at the old Boston Garden. He recalled a game there against the Celtics when a couple of injuries gave him a rare starting opportunity.

“I remember going to half court [before tipoff] and banging fists,” Kerr said. “Larry Bird actually said, ‘Good luck Steve.’ I said, ‘You too, Larry.’ I thought, ‘What’s happening?’ It was surreal.”

No big deal

The Celtics were able to maintain their routines for the most part during the playoffs, but the Finals are a different story.

In addition to the unusually long flights, the situation in Boston is also somewhat disturbed. For example, instead of training at the Auerbach Center, the Celtics had to hold the sessions at the TD Garden due to media responsibilities there. But coaches I am Udoka mostly shrugged when asked about the changes.

“It’s not for me,” he said. “I don’t think it affects the boys very much. We’re still doing stuff at the practice facility. But the guys know what it is, a big stage and that’s probably one of the things that’s lower on the totem pole. The boys didn’t say anything about it.”

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As of Wednesday night, the Celtics had not lost a straight game this postseason. Udoka said his team had a knack for quickly brushing aside frustrating performances. “And we attacked the areas where we did poorly and tried to improve on those,” he said. “We’ve had some success down the road but for us it’s just a resilient group that doesn’t care about the last game, put it behind us and move on to the next.” … Pierce attended the game on Wednesday. warrior forward Andre Iguodala was active after missing Game 2 due to knee pain.


Adam Himmelsbach can be reached at adam.himmelsbach@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @adamhimmelsbach.

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