Ime Udokatechnician of the boston celticsassured this Friday that some plays of Steph Curry cannot defend themselves, after the leader of the Golden State Warriors scored 43 points and seven three-pointers in a 107-97 win at the Boston T.D. Garden that even 2-2 the NBA Finals.
“The number of his 3-point attempts is the one we don’t like, he shot 14 times and nine of them in the first half. But we defended very well on some 3-pointers. They were well closed and (if you connect them) there is nothing to doUdoka said at the Garden’s post-match press conference.
Curry, who had finished the third game with a sore foot, led the Warriors with 43 points, ten rebounds and four assists and returned home field advantage to his team in the Finals, which will have its next chapter this Monday in San Francisco.
“Every time we are five or six points ahead, we make bad decisions.. We wanted to move the ball fast to attack, but sometimes time seemed to pass and we didn’t know what to do,” Udoka considered.
“Credit to them, we knew it would be difficult,” he acknowledged.
Despite the loss, Udoka expressed confidence in his team’s chances of winning at least one game in San Francisco and recalled the recent away victories achieved by his players in the playoffs.
“We know we can do it. Let’s go for an away win. As much as we’d like to take the easy way out, give the Warriors credit. We already achieved it (win at home), we did it in Miami and in Milwaukee,” he stressed.
The Celtics gave up despite a double-double of 23 points, 11 rebounds and six assists from Jayson Tatum, 21 points and six rebounds from Jaylen Brown and 18 points, four rebounds and five assists from Marcus Smart, on a night in which Al Horford finished with eight points, six rebounds and four assists.
Al Horford: “Now we are against the wall”
the dominican Al Horfordforward for the Boston Celtics, assured that he is clear that his team is “against the wall“, after the Golden State Warriors won 107-97 at the TD Garden and tied the NBA Finals 2-2, with home field advantage.
“Now we are against the wall. It’s a big challenge. We have to study the video and understand how to be better”, recognized Horford in the press conference after the match.
The Celtics lost home court advantage and are required to win at least one game at San Francisco’s Chase Center in order to be NBA champions.
Steph Curry led the Warriors to victory with a double-double of 43 points and ten rebounds, in a game in which Horford contributed eight points, six rebounds and four assists.
“Much credit to him, he was fantastic tonight. He made great plays for the team, to allow them to win the game, you have to give him credit,” Horford acknowledged.
Despite the loss, the forward expressed his gratitude to the Dominican community of Boston, who came to the Garden to support him.
“I feel very special, very proud, I appreciate that support, that sacrifice of all the people who have come here. It is something that fills me with a lot of happiness, a lot of pride, I saw the flags, I saw the people representing. Obviously, we would have liked to win this game, now we have to do it on the road,” he said.
Also participating in the press conference was Marcus Smart, who joined Horford in admitting Curry’s merits in the Warriors’ win over the Celtics.
“When you give rhythm to one like himthe basket is getting bigger,” he acknowledged.
Looking ahead to the next game, Smart was convinced that the Celtics and Jayson Tatum, team leader, will be able to increase the level, despite the fact that, he recalled, it is his first experience in an NBA Finals.
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