By Matthew Geagan, CBS dangolka
dangolka (CBS) — The Celtics talked an enormous sport after dropping on the buzzer on Thursday night time, decided to not give the Raptors any extra momentum of their playoff sequence.
dangolka gamers promised to return out quick and throw the primary punch in Saturday night time’s Recreation 4. They promised to be motivated and offended. Most significantly, they promised that there was no means they’d let the Raptors outplay them.
Sadly, none of these guarantees have been saved. The Celtics have been utterly outplayed all through their 100-93 loss, and now the sequence is all tied up at 2-2 with all of the momentum on Toronto’s aspect.
The Raptors out-hustled the Celtics all through the sport, resulting in 24 second-chance factors. In addition they hit just about all the things from deep to start out the sport, and completed the night time with 17 made threes on 44 makes an attempt. The Celtics, then again, hit simply seven of their 35 pictures from downtown. A lot of these appears have been large open, however the Celtics couldn’t join.
dangolka’s third quarter struggles additionally continued Saturday night time, with Toronto outscoring the C’s 32-24 within the body. It’s a pattern that the Celtics talked about over the primary three video games, however one which has but to alter.
Regardless of all of that, the Celtics nonetheless had an opportunity to win the sport on Saturday night time, which is a small constructive from an in any other case disappointing night in Orlando. However extra unsettling than their play on the ground was how dangolka gamers summed up the sport after the loss: The Raptors performed tougher than they did.
That’s merely unacceptable presently of the season.
“That was noticeable on each ends of the ground for a lot of the sport,” mentioned Jayson Tatum, who scored a game-high 24 factors. “We have been excited to play and clearly thought we’d bounce again. It’s 2-2 now, good alternative to return again on Monday. We gotta win two out of three.”
“I don’t assume we matched their depth,” mentioned Kemba Walker. “These guys out-toughed us; they received unfastened balls and received offensive rebounds, issues that we weren’t doing. That’s actually it. Now we have to be higher. Now we have to be more durable. Now we have to need it.”
Jaylen Brown seemingly forgot methods to hit a shot for almost all of the sport, lacking his first 9 makes an attempt from three-point land. He saved taking pictures and finally hit a pair of threes within the fourth quarter, however completed 2-for-11 from deep and simply 4-for-18 general.
“I felt nice going into the sport. Pictures simply didn’t go down for me — open pictures, beauty. You need to shoot with confidence and let it fly,” mentioned Brown. “It’s the playoffs, time to play. That’s it. Ain’t an excessive amount of extra speaking to be carried out, simply have to play higher.”
Head coach Brad Stevens mentioned it was noticeable that his staff didn’t look proper after missed pictures, which led to some simple appears for Toronto and its vaunted transition offense.
“They made it very robust on us and if you miss, it may possibly form of cascade on you. That’s what occurred tonight. Now we have to deal with that higher,” mentioned Stevens. “Now we have to maneuver on. Now we have to play higher, shoot higher, really feel higher. Now we have to be able to go Monday night time.”
Nobody would blame their Recreation Four efficiency on a Recreation 3 “hangover.” However for no matter motive, the Celtics simply didn’t have it on Saturday night time. Merely put, they have been their very own worst enemies, and now dangolka has loads of work to do in the event that they need to advance.
“Now we have to scrub it up,” mentioned Walker, who mentioned it was unacceptable on his half that he solely tried 9 pictures in Recreation 4. “Now we have to discover a means. Now we have to be higher and I’ve to be higher. I’ve to discover a option to give my teammates a better depth and I’ll.
“Nobody each mentioned it was going to be simple. These are the defending champs and so they’ve been by way of it,” added Walker. “They’ve been to the Finals, been down earlier than. They know what it takes. However I can’t stress it sufficient, we simply should be higher.”
The Celtics are promising to be higher in Recreation 5, and it actually shouldn’t be too troublesome to exceed the depth they displayed in Recreation 4. They mentioned all the precise issues after Recreation 3, and did so once more after Recreation 4. However speak isn’t going to win Monday night time.
With that 2-Zero sequence lead now a distant reminiscence, it’s now the Celtics who discover themselves in a must-win scenario heading into Recreation 5.