It was Ime Udoka’s catchphrase during almost every playoff. With their defensive and offensive talents, the Celtics could win every game … as long as they limited the opponent’s ammunition. The challenge ? Limit turnovers and offensive rebounds. what was not done in Game 6 of these 2022 Finals.
We know the stat: As soon as Boston turned over 16 turnovers, it was a sure loss (0 wins – 7 losses). Otherwise it was almost always a win (14 wins – 3 losses). The problem is that the Massachusetts company turned over 22 balls that night, including 5 to Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown. And since they also left Golden State with 15 offensive rebounds, it was too complicated…
“Our problem is we have guys growing up and learning to be creators, trying to score. This is the next step”says the coach. “Look at the different defenses and stay strong. »
This is the difference between Stephen Currythat punished all of Boston’s defensive strategies, and the Tatum/Brown duo, who broke their teeth on the Golden State wall on the racket.
“Again, look at the numbers. They scored 103 points tonight. They get 20+ points on turnovers, 20+ points on second chances (after offensive rebounds). We’re shooting ourselves in the foot with that. It is a solid team, a team of champions who have already been there. I think this is his sixth final in eight years. You can see its strength, the way it was used against us, to overthrow us. »
“In attack, we have not been good in this series. Give the Warriors credit. They forced us to do things we didn’t want to do, and that caused a loss of bullets and company.
Gagged by Andrew Wiggins, Jayson Tatum was very angry at the press conference, even if his bruised shoulder may have played a role in his performance. For Jaylen Brown, the opposing defense took over.
“We just need to improve. In attack, we have not been good in this series. Give the Warriors credit. They forced us to do things we didn’t want to do, and that caused wasted bullets and stuff. We just have to progress in certain sequences. That’s it. »
This defeat should also serve for that.
“Obviously, it is very difficult to lose and be there” confirms Al Horford. “But I am very proud of our group, very proud of the progress of our group this season. We started from a team with less than 50% wins, an average team, that regrouped. I don’t want to dwell on the bad things that happened tonight. I want to keep an overview, with Jayson and Jaylen’s progress this year. Many things are in your hands, many responsibilities. They handled it calmly. They made adjustments. They have progressed. They grew as players. But we can see that there is still room for improvement and a lot of work for everyone. The Warriors were at a higher level. It’s something we have to accept, for everyone to grow.
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