September 28, 2022

KEY POINTS

  • The Celtics had been pressured into a tricky spot after a third-quarter storm by the Warriors in Sport 2
  • Jayson Tatum was not a fan of his Celtics turning the ball over an excessive amount of
  • Celtics coach Ime Udoka additionally expressed his dismay concerning the staff’s reckless turnovers

The Boston Celtics didn’t take a 2-0 lead within the NBA Finals after the Golden State Warriors bounced again with a lot ferocity in Sport 2.

Each squads leaned closely into their established gameplans for a lot of the primary half, however one other disappointing third-quarter efficiency mixed with a sport plan change for the Warriors sealed the Celtics’ destiny as they misplaced, 107-88.

Celtics star Jayson Tatum was requested about his staff needing to undergo one other third-quarter letdown throughout the postseason.

“I believe, tonight, [it was the] turnovers. I [also] assume, typically, letting our offense have an effect on how we defend. We had been a little bit stagnant within the third quarter and I really feel prefer it translated on the defensive finish and so they received going and [started] hitting photographs, issues like that,” he glumly informed the media. 

The Celtics have been their very own greatest enemy within the third quarter this postseason as they’ve discovered themselves needing to battle even tougher going into the ultimate body as a substitute of having the ability to give their essential rotation guys some relaxation.

Turnovers definitely did play a task within the loss because the Celtics had 18 for the sport in comparison with the Warriors’ 12 and was 33 factors off of turnovers in favor of the house staff.

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Going into halftime, the rating was at 52-50 in favor of the Warriors, however the third quarter noticed a 35-point explosion from the Warriors, and the Celtics responded with a whimpering 14 factors.

There isn’t any doubt that the Warriors are probably the greatest groups to return out swinging after their brief break, however permitting Warriors star Stephen Curry to drop 14 factors on 4-of-9 capturing from the sector throughout the fourth was an enormous mistake on the Celtics’ finish.

Tatum himself had a a lot better outing in Sport 2 than the primary assembly as he ended the evening with 28 factors, six rebounds, and three assists, however solely Jaylen Brown and Derrick White had been those in double digits with 17 and 12 factors every.

Head coach Ime Udoka additionally spoke about what went flawed in Sport 2.

“That’s our one theme within the playoffs,” he initially remarked referring to their turnovers.

“It was extra of the identical within the third quarter. … That hampered our offense as nicely. For us, it was a disappointing quarter after all, however the first half was simply as disappointing [after] solely being down two and we’re not taking part in good basketball in any respect.

Because the Finals shifts to the TD Backyard for Sport 3, Udoka and the Celtics must tighten issues up if they’re to defend homecourt in opposition to the surging Warriors.

Jayson Tatum #0 of the Boston Celtics dribbles in opposition to Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors throughout the fourth quarter in Sport One of many 2022 NBA Finals at Chase Middle on June 02, 2022 in San Francisco, California. Picture: Ezra Shaw/Getty Photos

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