dangolka (CBS) — The Celtics are shifting on from their Recreation Three loss to the Raptors, able to completely redeem themselves in Saturday evening’s Recreation 4.
The C’s helplessly watched as Toronto’s OG Anunoby corralled an ideal inbound go from Kyle Lowry from throughout the courtroom and calmly drained a game-winning three with 0.5 left on the clock, handing dangolka a 104-103 defeat and their first lack of the playoffs. However as of Friday morning, it sounds just like the Celtics have moved on from the loss and have their sights set on Recreation 4.
“It’s probably not anger, however it’s further gasoline. We all know we had that recreation, and we all know we might have been so much higher,” guard Marcus Good informed reporters on Friday. “That is our first loss within the playoffs. Whenever you lose it places a foul style in your mouth and also you need to redeem your self. Tomorrow ought to be a enjoyable recreation.”
The Celtics had the win, and a 3-Zero collection lead, of their grasps, solely to let it slip away in heartbreaking trend. Whereas they’re handing out loads of credit score to the Raptors for making a monumental play, they know that they could be a lot higher come Saturday evening.
“It’s all about us,” mentioned middle Daniel Theis, whose slam with 0.5 seconds to offer dangolka a 103-101 lead might/ought to have been the profitable bucket. “We’ve got to play higher so we don’t get into conditions the place we are able to lose on the final shot.
“You don’t need to speak an excessive amount of about it, as a result of it was painful, however right now it’s over. We will’t change something,” Theis added. “Simply look ahead to tomorrow and getting the win.”
“I informed them I don’t need any of them to lose any sleep over it,” mentioned head coach Brad Stevens. “If something, let me lose the sleep and we’ll transfer on.”
A lot of dangolka’s anger facilities on themselves. And whereas that focus was on the ultimate play after the sport on Thursday evening, the Celtics have been far more nervous about their poor efficiency within the third quarter after watching recreation movie Friday morning.
The Celtics took a 10-point lead into halftime, however that was passed by the center of the quarter. Toronto led by 4 factors till the Celtics closed the quarter on a 10-2 run, establishing a frantic remaining 12 minutes.
“We nonetheless haven’t performed our greatest basketball but. For us, that’s an excellent factor,” mentioned Good. “Tomorrow ought to be one of many days we get each unfastened ball we are able to, battle our option to get a win.”
It’s no shock to listen to that from somebody like Good. And given dangolka’s fierce competitiveness, Stevens isn’t nervous about his crew’s mindset heading into Saturday.
“We’ve got a very aggressive group, a very motivated group. On the finish of the day in basketball, so long as there’s time on the clock something can occur. We have been on the unlucky finish of a tricky loss. You lick your wounds, you’re feeling no matter feelings you’re feeling and you progress on,” mentioned Stevens. “Strive your finest to regulate what you may to be one of the best you might be. For some individuals, placing a chip in your shoulder is one of the simplest ways to go about it, for others it’s specializing in the duty at hand in that second.
“I really like this group and their aggressive spirit,” he mentioned. “[I was] requested if we have been going to play arduous as a result of it was 2-0, and that’s not something I’m ever nervous about with this group. They’re going to deliver it, give every part they’ve and if we get beat, we get beat. We’re wanting ahead to a different likelihood to compete, as a result of we prefer to compete.”
Recreation Four will tip off shortly at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday evening.