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Celtics Address Perplexing Slow Begin to Pivotal Game 5 of NBA Finals


The Celtics were either coming back to Boston with a likelihood to capture the Larry O’Brien Trophy on their home floor or facing the potential nightmare scenario of the Warriors celebrating a championship victory on their home floor.

Unfortunately for the Celtics, of their 107-97 loss, that they had to dig out of a 24-8 hole as they were inexplicably lethargic to begin the sport.

Jayson Tatum, who led the Celtics with 27 points and ten rebounds, tied Jaylen Brown for a team-high 4 assists, but had 4 giveaways, said of Boston’s slow start: “That is on us. We have got to obviously, start higher, not dig ourselves a hole. But (we) gave ourselves a likelihood; we played extremely well in that third quarter.”

Tatum added: “Just attempting to sustain that level of play. We have got to do it most of the time throughout the course of a game to provide ourselves a likelihood.”


Regarding his team’s lack of energy at first of essentially the most meaningful game within the careers of everyone on the Celtics’ roster, Brown, who registered 18 points, nine boards, and 4 assists, but led all participants with five turnovers, responded: “I do not know how you can answer that query. We come out each night and check out to do the most effective job that we possibly can.

“Credit to Golden State; they got here out with great energy and made it tough for us. I feel like we had some attractiveness, but it surely didn’t go our way tonight. We do not hang our heads, we do not make excuses for it, and we’ll come out and prepare for the following one.”


Ime Udoka, also miffed by the Celtics’ slow start, expressed: “It’s hard to clarify that start. We lacked physicality early. They took the fight to us early.”

While addressing Boston’s offense stagnating again, Udoka conveyed: “Spacing was the difficulty with them being physical, especially in the primary quarter. They blew up a few of our actions, and we were playing on top of one another.”

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He went on to say: “Credit to them so far as their physicality on defense, but at this point, we all know what works well for us, and we have got to have that consistency.”


Al Horford, who had nine points and nine rebounds in Game 5, voiced: “Our backs are against the wall, and that is the time where we take a look at one another within the eyes, and we have got to figure it out. We’ve a chance now, and we have got to figure it out. There is not any tomorrow for us.”

Further Reading

What Stood Out in Game 5 of NBA Finals: Warriors Shake Off Celtics’ Third-Quarter Run to Take 3-2 Lead

Is Jayson Tatum Putting Too Much Pressure on Himself? Celtics Star Shares His Perspective

[Film Room] Keys to Celtics Getting Jayson Tatum Stepping into Game 5 of NBA Finals

Celtics Address Reasons Behind Their Offense Stagnating in Game 4 Loss to Warriors

[Film Room] In NBA Finals Game 3, Jaylen Brown Balanced Scoring and Facilitating, Showing How He Can Raise Celtics’ Ceiling

Tony Parker Sizes Up the NBA Finals, Talks Ime Udoka and His Collaboration with MTN Dew LEGEND

The Anatomy of the Celtics’ Fourth-Quarter Comeback in Game 1 of NBA Finals

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