Lake Buena Vista, Fla – Boston Celtics took second lead in the second half, losing 106-101 to the Miami Heat on Thursday night, Celtics Guard Marcus Smart ESPN’s owner Andrews says he was shouting at his teammates in the locker room before taking the oath of office.
According to Andrews, the smart locker room was called “to some bulls —” and there were several loud clangs – as if someone was pulling stuff – coming from inside, while several players, beyond the smart, were screaming.
Smart left without speaking to reporters after request following Game 2 of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals, but spoke – Celtics coach Brad Stevens, Guards Kemba Walker And Jaylan Brown, Forward And Jason Tatum – Everyone tried to underestimate the situation.
“It was nothing,” Walker said. “It was nothing.”
“The guys were emotional after a tough game,” Stevens said. “Severe loss.”
“It’s really, really a lot of emotion flying around,” Brown said. “Obviously we think we can win. We would have won, but we didn’t win. So a lot of emotions are flying around. That’s all.”
“I do not know who said that,” said Tatum. “I mean, we’re 0-2. I mean, we’re disappointed, but it’s team sports.
“We’m not happy about being below 0-2, but nothing out of the ordinary, just talking about the game. It’s fun. Get ready for the next one.”
To do this, the Celtics need to find out what happened to them in the fourth quarter of Game 1 and the second quarter of Game 2 – both of which gave Boston a double-digit lead (14 points in Game 1, and 15 in Game 2). Boston trailed 37-17 in the third quarter, splitting in the hail of missed shots and dirty turnovers.
“Man, they overtook us,” Walker said. “They overtook us. It was really unacceptable for us. It was a very bad foot for us.
“We did not continue to do what we did to get us up and running. I think we got some kind of comfort, and they took advantage of it a lot. They played hard. They played very hard. They played very hard. They needed it.
But even after that, the Celtics were able to stabilize themselves. Boston took a 94-89 lead after 15-2, with 4:25 left, and with Walker digging a 3-pointer, the Celtics could have escaped their devastating third quarter.
It was only when the Celtics felt things were falling apart that they fell apart again. Miami ended the game 17-7, with just one minute left to take a seven-point lead from two behind nine times.
When the Celtics came back thanks to Brown’s back-to-back 3-pointers, they tripled with 15.1 seconds left in the front corner of the Miami bench. Jimmy Butler Hit a pair of free throws to ice the game for the Heat.
“We have to be vocal, implement, and stand together,” Brown said. “That’s it. We feel confident about our abilities, we feel confident about our game plan.
“As far as we know we have not implemented this. Two games, we have reached the end of the game and we are waiting for Game 3. We have to find a way to win.”
In the second half, the Celtics battled hard against Miami’s zone defense, going 15 for 15 and making five turnovers. Boston had similar problems throughout the seven-game Eastern Conference semifinal series against the Toronto Raptors.
Now, after doing so in the first two games of the series, the Celtics are two games away from a 10-1 draw against Miami in the playoffs. Butler himself said after the game that the Heat were not as capable as the Boston team, to the point of insulting injury – an advantage that should go further in Boston’s favor going forward. Gordon HowardSuspiciously upgraded before losing Game 2, he could return to Game 3 on Saturday night and Game 4 on Wednesday.
“It simply came to our notice then [defense is] It’s about winning championships, ”Butler said.
“That’s how we’re going to win. We have to make it a tough game. We have to get out of the mud like we say, because at a talent level, I think Boston has an edge.”
So far, Boston has not been able to play a full game at a consistent level, whether it is out-tugged or executed. As such, the Celtics are facing two losses in this range.
“We locked up for 48 minutes and did not execute the game plan,” Brown said. “I think it’s about 75 per cent, we played well. It’s always been a sequence of events for a quarter of us.
“If we take it, we will win.”
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