Argue all you want about what is cause and effect, but with the Celtics, all season long, it’s either been one step forward and another back, or the other way around.
Sometimes it’s hard to tell, but the fact remains that even though the momentum was once again snatched away in their Game 4 loss to Golden State on Friday night, they’re two wins away from an NBA-record 18th title.
But now once again he has to hit the road to save himself in a Game 5 at the chase center on Monday night.
“Just be who we are. That’s all we can do,” said Marcus Smart. “Control what we can control. Tonight is over. We have to turn around and go back to that spot on Monday. We have been like this all year. We take a loss and we bounce back. This is who we are. This is what we will remain. It’s a very important match on Monday.”
But first the Celtics will have to settle their turnover issue forever. Jason Tatum had another tough night on the offensive, needing 23 shots to score 23 points, while also shooting 1-for-5 in the fourth quarter. He led the turnover charge with six of the Celtics’ 19 giveaways, which were surpassed by the Warriors on 19 points.
The Celtics are now 13-2 after a season when opponents score 18 points or less from their own mistakes, and 1-6 when the other team scores 19 or more.
And Game 4 was one of those nights, partly because they reverted to their worst iso-heavy tendencies, especially 33.3% in the fourth quarter, which saw them shooting 2-for-9 in the final 7:31. found doing. Golden State closed the game 21-6 on the power of a massive 3-pointer from Steph Curry and Klay Thompson.
At such times, the Celtics have a common word with the American economy – stagnation.
Derrick White said, “Everybody just kind of stands up, who has the ball, there is no player, there is no ball.” “We just have to do a better job of executing the stretch. I mean, that’s the difference in that game.”
As such, Smart attempted the most 3-pointers (nine) of any Celtic – as good as an indication that the ball was not moving – and thus fulfilled the Warriors’ greatest wish. Smart’s prolific shot-taking was encouraged by Golden State’s coverage.
Compare this to Tatum’s inability to find a consistent groove in the finals. For all the encouragement sent by teammates, the Celtics star has yet to uncover a stellar finals performance.
“We all are,” Smart said of the ongoing dialogue. “We just tell him constantly, keep going. This isn’t your first time in a meltdown. Won’t be the last time. You have to figure it out. We believe in you, we believe in you.”
“That’s what you’re made for,” said the point guard. “Jason has to figure it out. We have to do a good job of helping him. But, you know, he’s the player he is, these are the moments where he has to come alive and figure it out. He’ll be We don’t know when it will happen, but we’re sure it’s going to happen soon, we’re up for it, and we’re here to support that.