After blowing a 17-point halftime lead in Sport 2 of the Eastern Convention Finals to the Warmth, there was reportedly a blowup within the Celtics’ locker room following the loss.
Marcus Good and different Celtics gamers have been arguing within the locker room, according to Gary Washburn of The Boston Globe.
Good reportedly screamed “y’all on that bull—” to teammates earlier than heading into the lavatory. Washburn additionally reported that a number of gamers have been arguing for a number of minutes and that objects have been thrown.
Kemba Walker downplayed the incident to reporters moments later.
“It was nothing,” Walker mentioned. “It was nothing. I’m not talking about it.”
Tatum expanded a bit extra on the workforce’s feeling after happening 2-0.
“We’re pissed off,” Tatum mentioned. “That’s workforce sports activities. We’re not presupposed to be blissful we’re down 0-2. It was nothing [out of the] odd. Simply speaking in regards to the sport. It’s cool, gotta prepare for the following one.”
“What occurs within the locker gotta keep within the locker room,” Tatum later added. “We’re not supposed to return out right here and speak about what we talked about as a workforce after a win or a loss. That’s why we go within the locker room and discuss to one another, whether or not we win or lose. That’s that.”
“Guys have been emotional after a tough sport, a tough loss,” Celtics head coach Brad Stevens mentioned.
Good reportedly left the world not lengthy after and didn’t converse to the media after Thursday’s loss.
As for what occurred within the sport itself, the 2 frequent questions that Stevens, Tatum and Walker confronted have been, “What occurred in that third quarter?” (which noticed the Celtics get outscored 37-17), and why they have been struggling towards the Warmth’s zone protection.
Stevens thought his workforce wasn’t related in the course of the third quarter.
“We pulled aside and we didn’t play effectively. And so they did an excellent job,” Stevens mentioned. “We’re not beating this workforce if we’re not utterly related on each ends of the court docket. So, we’ve received to get again at being that, which we did at occasions however proper now they’re a greater workforce and we’re going to must struggle to get again into this sequence.”
Tatum merely mentioned that the Warmth “outplayed us, lengthy story brief.”
The Celtics did come again from a seven-point deficit within the fourth quarter to take a five-point lead with 4:25 remaining. Nevertheless, the Warmth closed the sport on a 15-7 run to offer them a 106-101 win.
Whereas the Celtics weren’t in a position to maintain the small lead, Stevens preferred the way in which his workforce performed down the stretch.
“I believed that when we did that, we have been actually taking part in rather well,” Stevens mentioned. “Dragić hit the 2 contested pictures over Theis, one in every of them on the very finish of the shot clock when he threw it in. We did quite a lot of good issues within the final seven minutes. We simply shot ourselves within the third.”
The Warmth broke out their zone protection for a lot of the second half, permitting simply 41 factors after the Celtics scored 60 within the first half.
Stevens tipped his cap to the Warmth, however did replicate that the Celtics have been in a position to deal with the zone significantly better in Sport 1.
“It’s a tough zone to play towards,” Stevens mentioned. “We did play effectively towards it in Sport 1. We performed with method higher tempo than we did tonight. So, we’ll return and we’ll take a look at it, determine if it was a technical factor or a tempo factor or an execution factor or a not-as-focused-on-the-important-stuff factor.”
Within the 25 performs the Celtics had towards the Warmth’s zone protection within the second half, they solely made 5 pictures and dedicated 5 turnovers, according to ESPN’s Kirk
The Celtics had 5 made pictures and 5 turnovers on 25 performs towards the Warmth‘s zone protection within the 2nd half.
— Kirk Goldsberry (@kirkgoldsberry) September 18, 2020
Tatum was noticeably a type of gamers affected by the zone. He dedicated 5 turnovers and noticed his shot makes an attempt lower in half from Sport 1 (24) to Sport 2 (12) as a result of he wasn’t in a position to get open seems to be. He mentioned that he needs to be “able to shoot” and be “in a position to shoot over defenders, any daylight I get.”
“I want. I knew,” Tatum mentioned on the way to fight the workforce’s struggles towards the zone protection. “I gotta take a look at the movie. We’ve received to have higher spacing, I feel. Plenty of occasions we simply weren’t in the fitting spots. Whether or not it’s towards a person or a zone, that’s not going to assist. You’ve all the time received to have the fitting spacing with a view to create good motion (and) an excellent shot. Spacing tousled towards an excellent workforce, an excellent defensive workforce.”
The Celtics have two days to determine the way to beat the Warmth’s zone protection or else they’ll go down 3-Zero after Saturday’s Sport 3.