Resist the Warriors in the 3rd quarter, the challenge of the Celtics

Resist the Warriors in the 3rd quarter, the challenge of the Celtics

After their stunning victory in Game 1, many had praised the qualities of “resilience” of the Celtics. During these playoffs, and like their season, the Celtics have often overturned mountains, but they also have a constant problem: they sometimes completely miss quarters. In Game 1, they lost the 3rd quarter with a score of 38-24. In Game 2, it’s worse 35-14! A quack reminiscent of the one conceded in Game 1 against the Heat: a deficit of 25 points in the 3rd quarter.

“It is something that we must correct, settle” concedes Al Horford. “I know the coach talked about it. I have to take a step back and watch the whole game. I have to look in particular at the third quarter, and find solutions to do better. They do a good job in the third quarter. During the season, we were pretty good in the third quarter. It is a question of state of mind. »

The 3rd quarter of Game 2 was thus catastrophic with a 4 out of 17 on shots and five stray bullets. So they lost more balls than they scored shots…

“It’s a recurring theme in these playoffs so far” recognizes Ime Udoka. “We lose the ball. Teams are prevented from scoring on the half court, but behind they are given easy baskets. (…) We lost 11 balls in the first half, which they converted into 18 points, then we lost five or six more in this quarter. It blew everything up and it also hampered our attack. For us it was obviously a disappointing quarter, but the first half was equally disappointing. »

“It’s easy to talk about it, but we have to get moving and change something”

For Jayson Tatum, it was the attack that rubbed off on the defense, with these recurring ball losses. “I think tonight the stray balls, and sometimes our offense had an impact on how we defended. We were a little static in the 3rd quarter, and I have the feeling that it translates into defense. »

For Derrick White, frustration dominates. The team was only two points behind at the break, without playing well, and this 3rd quarter ruined everything.

“It’s clearly frustrating. We talk about it a lot during all these playoffs. But it’s easy to talk about it, but we have to get moving and change something. It was a big quarter from them, and it really was a quarter that put us out. »

Stephen Curry and the Warriors are known for accelerating in the 3rd quarter and they proved it again in the first two games of the Finals. The Celtics can’t make it a constant problem.

Shots Bounces
Players GM Minimum Shots 3 points LF Off Def Early pd bp Int CT party Points
Jayson Tatum 76 35.9 45.3 35.3 85.3 1.1 6.9 8.0 4.4 2.9 1.0 0.6 2.3 26.9
Jaylen Brown 66 33.6 47.3 35.8 75.8 0.8 5.3 6.1 3.5 2.7 1.1 0.3 2.5 23.6
Dennis Schroder 49 29.2 44.0 34.9 84.8 0.6 2.8 3.3 4.2 2.1 0.8 0.1 2.4 14.4
Marcus Smart 71 32.3 41.8 33.1 79.3 0.6 3.2 3.8 5.9 2.2 1.7 0.3 2.3 12.1
Derrick White 26 27.4 40.9 30.6 85.3 0.5 2.9 3.4 3.5 1.2 0.6 0.6 2.2 11.0
Al Horford 69 29.1 46.7 33.6 84.2 1.6 6.1 7.7 3.4 0.9 0.7 1.3 1.9 10.2
Robert Williams 61 29.6 73.6 0.0 72.2 3.9 5.7 9.6 2.0 1.0 0.9 2.2 2.2 10.0
Josh Richardson 44 24.7 44.3 39.7 85.9 0.6 2.3 2.8 1.5 0.9 0.8 0.5 1.9 9.7
Daniel Theis 21 18.7 59.8 35.7 68.8 1.3 3.4 4.7 1.0 0.7 0.4 0.7 2.3 7.9
Grant Williams 77 24.4 47.5 41.1 90.5 0.8 2.7 3.6 1.0 0.8 0.5 0.7 2.4 7.8
Payton Pritchard 71 14.1 42.9 41.2 100.0 0.5 1.4 1.9 2.0 0.6 0.4 0.1 0.9 6.2
Romeo Langford 44 16.6 42.9 34.9 58.8 0.7 1.7 2.4 0.4 0.4 0.5 0.4 1.0 4.7
Jabari Parker 12 9.4 47.4 50.0 100.0 0.4 1.9 2.3 0.5 0.7 0.3 0.1 1.1 4.4
Aaron Nesmith 52 11.0 39.6 27.0 80.8 0.3 1.4 1.7 0.4 0.6 0.4 0.1 1.3 3.8
Enes Freedom 35 11.8 52.6 40.0 85.7 1.7 2.8 4.6 0.2 0.6 0.1 0.4 1.2 3.7
matt ryan 1 5.3 20.0 20.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.0 0.0 0.0 3.0
Sam Hauser 26 6.1 46.0 43.2 0.0 0.2 0.9 1.1 0.4 0.1 0.0 0.1 0.3 2.5
Luke Kornet 12 7.1 57.1 0.0 66.7 0.8 1.3 2.1 0.7 0.0 0.3 0.2 0.6 2.2
Joe Johnson 1 2.0 100.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 2.0
justin jackson 1 2.0 0.0 0.0 100.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 2.0
Malik Fitts 8 3.5 60.0 50.0 0.0 0.3 0.6 0.9 0.6 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.1 1.9
Brodric Thomas 12 5.0 44.4 22.2 60.0 0.2 0.7 0.8 0.9 0.5 0.1 0.1 0.6 1.8
Nik Stauskas 6 2.5 33.3 33.3 50.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.2 0.2 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.2
Juancho Hernangomez 18 5.3 18.5 16.7 66.7 0.5 0.9 1.4 0.2 0.3 0.2 0.1 0.4 1.1
Bruno Fernando 20 2.9 50.0 100.0 80.0 0.4 0.4 0.8 0.2 0.3 0.0 0.2 0.3 1.0
Juwan Morgan 1 3.6 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Kelan Martin 3 1.9 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.3 0.3 0.7 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
cj miles 1 2.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.0 0.0

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