Tatum warns Boston: "Too predictable".  What does the Celtics need to restart in Game-3

Coach Udoka: “Now let’s change register”. Let’s analyze the keys to find the lost offensive verve

Now it’s up to the Celtics to respond. Golden State, fresh from the disastrous fourth period of the first match of the Finals, got back to playing its basketball in Game-2, changing pace in the third fraction to then go on to win easily. Now the series moves to Boston in perfect equality, with the Celtics who, however, must find the lost offensive verve in the second half of Sunday’s match. Brown’s good start, then visibly lowered to the distance, and a decidedly different Tatum compared to race-1 were not enough because the supporting actors, who were decisive on Thursday, struggled a lot at an offensive level. Of course, thanks to the defense of Golden State but also to a certain confusion in attack for the visiting team.

bad on an offensive level

Bad Horford (1/4 shooting for two points), a very bad Smart (1/6), however willing in defense, too little incisive White (4/13), the “heroes” of game-1 have fenced off at an offensive level in the second match of the series, thus allowing Curry and his teammates to firmly take the reins of the match once again in the third quarter. A trend, that of floundering in the third fraction, which begins to worry coach Udoka. “We had our opportunities – underlines the coach from Boston in the post-match – we started well and we went on +9 then the turnover arrived and Golden State took advantage of it. In attack we were not disciplined as in game-1, not we moved the ball well around the perimeter and above all we threw away too many possessions. The problems in the third quarter? Unfortunately they are becoming a constant in these playoffs.


Two points down at half-time, after a first half with ups and downs, Boston became self-defeating in the third period, facilitating the task of a Golden State that greatly raised the level of intensity in the fraction. Five turnover and a disastrous 4/17 from the field thus produced the third fraction, closed 35-14 in favor of the Warriors, which changed the balance of game-2.

now reverse the trend

At TD Garden Boston he will absolutely have to reverse the trend to put pressure on a team that, with the recovery of an excellent Gary Payton II, seems to have found the right answers on a defensive level. “We became too predictable in the third quarter – says Tatum – we didn’t move the ball as we should have done and we weren’t able to find good shots. Unfortunately when we struggle in attack we let ourselves be conditioned also on the defensive level and this shouldn’t happen”. Now it’s up to coach Udoka to find the right “adjustments”. The answers will come to the TD Garden.

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