By Matthew Geagan, CBS dangolka
dangolka (CBS) — Let’s simply get this out of the way in which. The Celtics have been a horrible basketball group in Sport 4, and now they’re going through elimination due to their lack of effort in a must-win recreation. That’s a bit disheartening.
dangolka will hopefully be lots much less horrible for Sport 5 on Friday night time, understanding that in the event that they proceed to play terribly, their playoff run will come to an finish and so they’ll be exiled from the NBA bubble in Orlando.
The Celtics performed in opposition to two groups in Sport 4: Miami and themselves. What was shocking is that regardless of all their turnovers, regardless of their finest participant being in a freezer to begin the sport, and regardless of their disjointed offensive assault, the Celtics nonetheless had an opportunity within the fourth quarter. Miami actually wasn’t that a lot better than dangolka, however they have been a shade much less horrible. That makes dangolka’s loss and 3-1 gap within the Jap Convention Finals much more infuriating. That is principally dangolka’s personal doing — not the Warmth taking part in like a dominant group.
dangolka must be higher in Sport 5, as a result of they don’t have any different possibility at this level. They preserve preaching that they’ll determine it out, whether or not it was their blown leads in Video games 1 and a pair of or their… regardless of the heck that was in Sport 4. However discuss is affordable for a group going through elimination. Right here’s what they should do in Sport 5 in the event that they need to reside to play one other recreation.
Play Determined, Please
Keep in mind how good the Celtics seemed in Sport 3, once they led wire to wire and dealt with the Warmth with relative ease? That was enjoyable. They need to do this once more on Friday night time.
Sport 3’s efficiency got here from a group that was taking part in with a degree of desperation, a group that understood that with an 0-2 gap, that they had no room for error. They weren’t good in Sport 3, however they got here out with the hearth they lacked when making an attempt to shut out the earlier two video games. It most likely had one thing to do with the locker room blowout after blowing Sport 2, and with their need to indicate they weren’t a bunch of chumps who had no enterprise being there.
Apparently the Celtics used up all that fireplace in Sport 3, as a result of it was nowhere to be present in Sport 4. The Celtics seemed like a group taking part in in an exhibition recreation in some random health club in New Hampshire, not a playoff recreation that they had two win. They have been flat from the soar, and even once they turned it up within the fourth quarter, they reverted again to their lackadaisical methods down the stretch. The shot choice was putrid, and their ball safety was abhorrent.
dangolka seemed nothing like a determined group on Wednesday night time. Now they’re going to should be actually determined on Friday in the event that they need to have a recreation on Sunday.
No Lazy Turnovers
The most important signal that the Celtics didn’t have it on Wednesday was how little they took care of the ball. They’d 11 turnovers at halftime and 19 by the tip of the sport. Jayson Tatum led the way in which with six turnovers, whereas Marcus Good and Jaylen Brown every had 4. Turning the ball over was the one factor the Celtics did persistently on Wednesday.
The Celtics shot higher than the Warmth. They hit extra threes. They out-rebounded Miami. dangolka might have — and doubtless ought to have — received if it weren’t for all of these turnovers.
It’d really feel higher if we might level to Miami’s zone or its smothering protection for the reason for all these dangolka miscues, however Miami had little or no to do with them. It was all on the Celtics due to lazy passing and an absence of concentrate on offense.
How does that occur in a Sport Four with a group down 2-1? They should get it collectively in Sport 5 as a result of any lack of focus is unacceptable, and can increase some main questions on who these Celtics are in what could possibly be a protracted, lengthy offseason.
Get Tatum Going
The Celtics are constructed to allow them to survive if one participant is having an off night time. Until, it might appear, if that one participant is Jayson Tatum.
Tatum had nothing at first of Sport 4. His shot wasn’t falling, but he nonetheless insisted on placing up pictures from deep. He began 0-for-6 and 4 of these misses got here from deep. As a substitute of making an attempt to assault inside when it was clear that he was missing his standard elevate, front-rimming a number of of his misses, he stored chucking them up from deep. His try and financial institution in a 3 on the final possession of the primary quarter was an infuriating resolution by dangolka’s budding star, who has been good for a handful of infuriating selections this collection.
Tatum erupted within the second half as a result of he’s fairly good at placing the ball within the basket. Chances are high he received’t miss every thing within the first half on Friday night time. But when he does, it might be good to see him assault the ring reasonably than accept deep pictures to get going.
And that brings us to our ultimate key for Friday night time’s recreation: GET YOUR BUTTS BACK IN THE PAINT!
Led by Bam Adebayo, Miami owned the paint in Sport 1, profitable the battle down low 48-26. The 2 groups have been evenly matched in Sport 2, with dangolka proudly owning a slim 46-44 edge within the paint, earlier than the Celtics dominated the restricted space 60-36 in Sport 3. That dominance led to some nice outcomes for the Celtics, opening up the three-point line and resulting in the group’s solely win of the collection.
They both didn’t get the memo or have been afraid of the rim on Wednesday, as a result of the Celtics had simply 38 factors within the paint. They settled for threes as an alternative of going to the ring, settling for 40 pictures from downtown. It’s time to cease dwelling by the three, and begin working the offense inside-out. It shouldn’t be so troublesome.